Master of Business Administration
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The University of Sydney MBA is a general management degree that has been specifically developed to equip managers with the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to succeed in an increasingly complex global business environment. Designed in close consultation with leading businesses and industry experts, the University of Sydney MBA will expose students enrolled in the program to cutting-edge business knowledge, give them practical experience applying theory to real world commercial challenges and provide them access to unique opportunities to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills.
A key feature of the University of Sydney MBA is its focus on developing the personal professional skills of emerging leaders and this is addressed in two core units of study: Leadership Practice and Development and Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership.
Leadership Practice and Development is designed to build the individual leadership skills and competencies that will help our MBA graduates make a difference.
The thought leadership program is designed to further develop students' critical analytical skills and to enhance their ability to clearly articulate well reasoned opinions on key issues of relevance to their organisations and the broader community. This unique offering brings to life our commitment to an MBA which is about developing the personal as well as the professional competencies of graduates.
The Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 72 credit points comprising four components:
(1) seven core units of study (42 credit points),
2) four elective units of study (24 credit points), and
(3) a capstone unit of study (6 credit points).
Candidates must also complete the zero credit point unit MBA Online Primers.
Seven core units:
SMBA6001 Leadership Practice and Development,
SMBA6002 Strategies for Growth,
SMBA6003 Data Analytics and Modelling,
SMBA6004 Financial Management,
SMBA6005 Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership,
SMBA6006 Innovation in Strategic Marketing, and
SMBA6007 Managing People and Organisations.
Find out more about above units of study visit: mba.sydney.edu.au/mba/units_of_study
For details of available elective units of study visit: mba.sydney.edu.au/mba/units_of_study
Further course information
A candidate for the Master of Business Administration completes their core unit Leadership Practice and Development in the first semester of enrolment. The Industry capstone core unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment.
A key component of the Sydney MBA is its focus on the practical application of theory to real-world business situations. In your final unit, SMBA6201 Lean Start-Up, you will confront the ultimate challenge that faces truly pioneering companies: excellence in new product development. You will learn and apply the art of lean start up methodologies to a team project, while integrating the skills, knowledge and experience you have acquired throughout the MBA. At the end of this project, your team will deliver a prototype product solution to a group of senior stakeholders. This unit has been developed through extensive consultation with industry, faculty at the University of Sydney, and academics and teaching faculty at leading international institutions.
Course outcomes and further study
The Sydney MBA has been tailored to equip experienced managers with the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to adapt, lead and succeed in the context of change.
The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Master of Business Administration is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and 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
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Business Administration will hold a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma or other AQF Level 7 qualification with a minimum credit (65%) average, or equivalent at an institution approved by the School and at a standard acceptable to the School (with original transcript to be submitted at, or prior, to interview), with:
- at least 3 years work experience and experience in a management position;
- a Statement of Motivation; a one page statement of motivation outlining what the applicant hopes to achieve professionally and personally by completing The University of Sydney MBA;
- a selection interview establishing the candidate’s suitability for the degree.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.
How to apply
The MBA is currently not available to international students studying on a Student Visa. Non-residents legally in Australia on a visa other than a student visa should contact MBA admissions staff for further information.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.