Executive Master of Business Administration

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Ranked number one by the biennial Financial Review Boss MBA Rankings in 2013 and 2015, we have designed our Global Executive MBA to give you a range of unique experiences around the world – in different countries and organisations – so you can achieve the future you’ve imagined. Because we believe that to influence the world, you need to be inspired by it.

We have built our Global Executive MBA in collaboration with international thought leaders. It is designed specifically for experienced, high-performing executives to gain a strong competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. The program is global in its outlook and thoroughly experiential.

Our Global Executive MBA comprises a mix of self‑directed online primers, a major strategic project and five two-week face-to-face residential modules held approximately every four months over an 18-month period. Your journey will take you to Australia, India, the United States and Europe.*

Units build cumulatively throughout the degree, with leadership at the core. You will uncover your own leadership journey and better understand the leader you want to be as you develop new perspectives and explore disruption and adaptability in a global context.

Through your major strategic project, the Executive MBA Report, you will work on a change initiative to address a significant strategic issue confronting your organisation – the end result being a culmination of your discovery and learnings throughout the entire degree.

The program will enable you to:

  1. Develop a truly global mindset: gain unique insights by working with leading businesses around the world on real business problems.
  2. Apply disruptive thinking: immediately apply new, disruptive ideas to real projects, including in your own organisation.
  3. Develop fresh perspectives on influence: explore leadership from a range of alternative viewpoints, from military to political and philosophical.
  4. Become better connected: join an outstanding group of professionals and gain access to an exclusive global network of alumni, academics and partners.

*Please note that our module locations are under constant review to ensure we stay aligned with global leadership trends.

Course outline

Structure

The Global Executive MBA requires the completion of six, 12-credit point units of study over 18 months (two units in each of the three semesters):

Candidates must also complete the zero credit point unit,

EMBA6000

Executive MBA Primers

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The Global Executive MBA will involve one and a half (1.5) calendar years of full-time, intensive study. The majority of the program takes place in five 14-day residential blocks of face-to-face classes, held approximately every 4 months, over a period of 18 months.

Further course information

Progression rules

Students will be required to follow a prescribed schedule of study, as there is progressive learning. In the initial part of the course, you will complete preliminary online modules and commence work on an in-company project.

You will be required to undertake self-directed preparation prior to each module. This pre-course work is an achievable amount of study for busy professionals.

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Sydney Global Executive MBA has been tailored to give experienced, high performing managers a competitive edge in today's global marketplace. 

Further study

The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Global Executive MBA is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, such as the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).


The postgraduate research programs offered by the Business School attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research at sydney.edu.au/business/research.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Global Executive MBA will hold a bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65%) average; and approximately 10 years relevant professional experience.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

For details of admission requirements and to apply please refer to the Global Executive MBA website: sydney.edu.au/business/globalEMBA

International students

How to apply

For details of admission requirements and to apply please refer to the Global Executive MBA website: sydney.edu.au/business/globalEMBA

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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