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Global Executive MBA

To influence the world, you need to be inspired by it
Our Global Executive MBA gives you a range of unique experiences in diverse countries and organisations. Your journey will take you across Australia, to England, India, Israel and the United States.

With a focus on experiential learning, disruption and adaptability, you’ll work with business leaders and global organisations to address dynamic and multifaceted problems. Learn how to drive positive change in a world of uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity. Graduate with a global mindset, adept at aligning economics with ethics and reconciling opportunity with responsibility.

Our Global Executive MBA consists a mix of self-directed online primers, a major strategic project and 5 x 2-week face-to-face residential blocks held about every 4 months over an 18-month period, from February to July. These are currently undertaken in Australia, England, India, Israel and the United States.*

Units build cumulatively throughout the degree, with leadership at the core. Throughout the program you will work on a change initiative to address a significant strategic issue confronting your organisation through the EMBA Report – a culmination of your discoveries and learnings throughout the entire degree.

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

For more information about the course and the units of study, please visit the Executive Master of Business Administration course page.

To be eligible for admission, you will need to have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma/certificate or equivalent at an institution approved by the University of Sydney Business School and at a standard acceptable to the University of Sydney Business School (minimum credit (65%) grade average)
  • Approximately 10 years relevant work experience
  • An English proficiency of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (international students)

As part of the selection process, applicants must:

  • Complete a selection interview
  • Provide a one-page statement of motivation (outlining what you hope to achieve professionally and personally by completing the course)
  • Attend an interview (either in person ot remotely). 

For more detailed information about admissions to the Global Executive MBA, please visit the Executive Master of Business Administration course page.

Spaces on the Executive MBA are strictly limited. You are encouraged to apply in an early admission round to avoid missing out on a space in the 2020 cohort. Please note that a small number of spaces will be allocated for admission round 4 and that these will be offered to the most exceptional late applicants.

Admission round Application deadline Interview dates
Round 1 11.59pm, Sun 1 Sep 2019 Mon 9 Sep 2019
Tue 10 Sep 2019
Round 2 11.59pm, Sun 13 Oct 2019 Mon 21 Oct 2019
Tue 22 Oct 2019
Round 3 11.59pm, Sun 24 Nov 2019 Thu 12 Dec 2019
Fri 13 Dec 2019
Round 4 11.59pm, Sun 26 Jan 2020 As required

Admission to the Executive MBA is by interview only. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. The interview panel consists of the Director, Executive MBA; Manager, Executive Programs; Program Coordinator, Executive MBA; an Executive MBA faculty member; and a representative of the Executive MBA alumni community.

Please note there is only one intake for the Executive MBA per year, with the program commencing in February.

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may vary during your period of study. The tuition fees are available on Sydney Courses.

  • Participants are also charged residential fees consisting of accommodation, some meals and group transport. This is $A25,000 for the duration of the 18-month program and is paid in five equal instalments.
  • Participants are required to organise and pay for their return airfare to the host city of each overseas unit of study and for their return travel to the Australia-based units of study.

You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $A2000 upon acceptance of your offer into the program. This deposit is subtracted from the accommodation, meal and group ground transport costs for the first unit of study.

If you are offered a place in the University of Sydney Global Executive MBA program, there are several payment options available.

Corporate sponsorship

If an employer has chosen to sponsor a participant, the organisation will be required to cover the cost of:

  • tuition fees
  • student amenities fee
  • residential fees
  • return airfares.

Participants funding their own studies will be required to cover the cost of:

  • tuition fees
  • student amenities fee
  • residential fees
  • return airfares

Participants who pay using this option may be able to claim tuition fees and possible associated costs as a self-education tax deduction. To determine eligibility, participants should check with their accountant/financial adviser and consult the Australian Taxation Office website.


For eligible participants wishing to take advantage of FEE-HELP, the Australian Federal Government will cover:

  • tuition fees
    Please note, there may be a gap between how much participants are able to borrow under FEE-HELP and the total tuition fees participants are required to pay

FEE-HELP will NOT cover the following costs:

  • accommodation, meal and group transport costs for each unit of study
  • return airfares for each overseas unit of study and return travel to the Australian-based units of study
  • student amenities fee (SA-HELP loan is available).

FEE-HELP is a loan facility for eligible students (Australian citizens) who are enrolled in fee-paying, postgraduate coursework degrees. FEE-HELP enables students to obtain a loan from the Commonwealth Government to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

Eligible students repay their loan through the taxation system once their income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment.

Please note, FEE-HELP is only available to Australian citizens. Permanent residents of Australia and international students are not eligible to participate in this scheme.

Further information on FEE-HELP is available at the Australian Government Study Assist website.

Salary sacrificing

Participants may wish to speak with their employer or HR representatives to investigate whether salary sacrifice/salary packaging arrangements are available.

We are committed to investing in developing emerging leaders locally and around the world. We offer a range of scholarships to support our students, recognise achievement and offer financial assistance. They include:

Register your interest to be notified when applications open and close and to receive more information on how to apply for our Executive MBA scholarships.

David Sloan

David Sloan 
(EMBA ’15)

General Manager, Commercial and International,
Bulla Dairy Foods

“My Global Executive MBA experience gave me the confidence and skills to achieve my personal and professional goals. After being exposed to unique and dynamic experiences during the program, I feel equipped not only to cope with challenging situations, but confident that I will thrive and excel under pressure.”

Charmaine Cheung

Charmaine Cheung
(EMBA ’16)

Head of Advice Research and Offer Proposition,
BT Financial Group 

“The Global Executive MBA has provided me with the skills and knowledge to become an adaptable and dynamic leader in today’s fast-paced business environment. The immersive learning experience across a wide range of industries at different growth phases has given me a new-found appreciation of strategy, innovation and growth. It has been an immensely rewarding personal and professional journey like no other.”


1 QS World University Rankings 2019
2 QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019