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  • 1 Ranked #1 MBA in Australia
  • 5th In the world for employable graduates
  • 50 Ranked top 50 globally
  • 66,000+ Business School alumni worldwide
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Part-time MBA

Become your future anything
Our part-time MBA is designed for professionals looking to become more effective communicators, inspiring managers and leading thinkers.

Kelly McJannett, current MBA student

Create the future you want with Australia's No. 1 ranked MBA.

You'll discover strengths you never thought you had. You'll detect weaknesses and turn them on their head. Our part-time MBA will delve deep to unlock the ambition within, and refine your leadership skills for the real world.

Who is the part-time MBA for?

This degree is designed for professionals with 3+ years of relevant experience looking to take their career to the next level and break into senior management.

We believe success requires a unique perspective with the ability to adapt proactively to emerging global trends. Our cohorts truly reflect this commitment and mindset. You will:

  • learn with a group of like-minded professionals
  • maximise your analytical skills
  • develop the ability to articulate cogent arguments
  • experience practical, real-world learning
  • fine-tune your management, leadership and professional skills.

Our part-time MBA caters to the career demands of busy managers and is delivered at our convenient CBD campus.

We keep the cohort for this MBA small and you can complete the program in two-to-three years of part-time study.

It consists of 12 units of study – an integrated core of seven units, an industry capstone unit and up to four electives chosen by you.

A hallmark of our management education program is our strong emphasis on experiential learning. Our part-time MBA will give you opportunities to confront complex real-world problems and apply your theory and skills to these. This active learning approach is designed to maximise the contribution of students to each other's learning; all facilitated by experienced faculty and industry practitioners.

Commencing unit
Core units
Elective units

You will have the opportunity to select from a range of electives that are consistent with the degree's core and learning outcomes.

Among our wide range of electives are International Business Project and International Social Enterprise Project units that focus on global dimensions of business strategy.

Our current electives include:

  • Business Negotiations and Decision Making
  • Coaching and Performance Management
  • Creativity, Innovation and Business
  • Financing Innovation
  • Financial Strategy
  • Globalisation and Emerging Markets
  • Innovation and Corporate Venturing
  • International Business Project
  • International Social Enterprise Project
  • Leading Business Innovation
  • Leading Project Management
  • Managing with Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Use of Social Technology
Capstone unit

A key goal of our part-time MBA is to prepare you for real-world business situations. Find out more about the MBA capstone: Design Strategy.

For detailed information about units of study, please visit the part-time MBA course page.

Graduating with our part-time MBA will arm you with all you need to create the future you want.

  • Learn more about yourself as a leader and how to inspire the best in your team.
  • Be exposed to current insights from across all major business and management disciplines.
  • Master the art of taking theory and turning it into real-world, practical solutions.
  • Acquire all the management skills and competencies you need to succeed.
  • Develop the tools not only to be an effective communicator, but to become a leading thinker.
  • Become more informed and develop your ability to articulate your point of view on the forces shaping contemporary society and business.
  • Develop a lifelong professional network of high-achieving, likeminded peers.

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may vary during the period of study. For information relating to fees, please visit the part-time MBA course details page.

There are a number of scholarships available for part-time MBA students:

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

This course is not available to students who require a student visa to study in Australia.

Master of Business Administration

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
  • at least three years' work experience;

    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.

For detailed information about admission criteria, please visit the part-time MBA course page.

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher qualification or equivalent; and
  • at least five years' work experience with at least three years in a managerial role.

In exceptional circumstances the School may admit candidates without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master's degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent for the first four units).

For detailed information about admission criteria, please visit the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration course page.

Please note that the part-time MBA and Graduate Diploma in Business Administration are 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.

Step 1: Check the admission criteria

You will need to meet the necessary admission criteria before you will be considered for entry. Please check the admission criteria above.

Step 2: Apply online

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you can complete your application online.

In order to complete your application online you will need the following documents:

  • Your academic qualifications, for example, completion year and grade average
  • Your employment history/professional details
  • A one-page statement of motivation outlining what you hope to achieve  professionally and personally by completing the part-time MBA at the University of Sydney. Please upload this document where the online process requests Supplementary forms (immediately after the request for transcripts)

Documents can be submitted in MS Word, RTF or PDF formats.

If the results of your previous study aren't available by the closing date, you can still submit an application. Your application will be considered, providing you forward any outstanding results once they become available.

Step 3: Interview

If you are shortlisted for the part-time MBA we will invite you to attend a selection interview to establish your suitability. These interviews generally take place in the month following the application deadline. We will contact you with more information.

For detailed information about how to apply and application deadlines, please visit the part-time MBA course page.

In order to secure a place in the semester 1, 2019 cohort you are encouraged to apply in an early admission round.

Admission round Application deadline
Round 1 Sunday 2 September 2018
Round 2 Sunday 7 October 2018
Round 3 Sunday 4 November 2018
Round 4 Sunday 2 December 2018
Round 5 Sunday 6 January 2019
Final Round Sunday 3 February 2019

Admission to the part-time MBA is by interview only. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. The interview panel consists of the MBA Director and an MBA Program Manager.