Master of Business Administration

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

Create the future you want with an MBA from the University of Sydney Business School. Our unique, experiential program is purpose built to unlock your personal and professional ambitions and refine your leadership skills. Delivered in our CBD campus, situated in the heart of Sydney, this flexible course can be completed in two to three years of part-time study.

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 you to cutting-edge business knowledge, give you practical experience applying theory to real world commercial challenges and provide you with access to unique opportunities to develop and enhance your 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 develop your critical analytical skills and enhance your ability to clearly articulate well-reasoned opinions on key issues of relevance to your organisation 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.

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Course outline


The Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 72 credit points comprising four components:

  • 42 credit points in core units of study;
  • 24 credit points in elective units of study; and
  • a 6 credit point capstone unit of study.

Candidates must also complete the zero credit point unit MBA Online Primers.

Core units of studySeven 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.

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Elective units

For 2017, the following electives will be available:

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The capstone unit is completed in your last session of enrolment:

  • SMBA6201 Business Capstone - Lean Design

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the Master of Business Administration completes their core unit Leadership Practice and Development in the first semester of enrollment. The Industry capstone core unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment.

Capstone experience

Industry Capstone

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 startup 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

Graduate opportunities

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.

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 Master of Business Administration 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 degrees by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research at


Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:
• an Australian bachelor’s degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification and fulfill the following three criteria: (i) professional work experience in a relevant field (typically two years in a managerial role); (ii) complete a selection interview and (iii) provide a one-page statement of motivation (outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course) or
• the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma can be credited to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system.
For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent entry requirements visit University of Sydney Business School entry guide.

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 Handbooks Online 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

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

International students

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.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

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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