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Executive Master of Business Administration

Experience a truly global Executive MBA

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  • Top 100 globally

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  • Top 40

    The QS 2017 World University Rankings by Subject have ranked our business and management subject areas at number 40 in the world.

Overview

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

With a focus on experiential learning, disruption and adaptability, you’ll work with business leaders and global organisations to address dynamic and multifaceted problems, and discover how to drive positive change in a world of uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity.

The program comprises a mix of self-directed online primers, a major strategic project and 5 x 2 week face-to-face residential blocks held approximately every 4 months over an 18 month period, from February to July, currently undertaken in Australia, England, India, Israel and the United States.*

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

Graduate with a global mindset, adept at aligning economics with ethics and reconciling opportunity with responsibility.

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

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

The Global Executive MBA is completed over 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.

Core units

  • EMBA Report 
  • Reframing Leadership 
  • Managing Connected Enterprises 
  • Thriving in New Markets 
  • Finding Opportunity in Disruptive Technology
  • Challenging Business Models 

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

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The program requires the completion of six, 12-credit point units of study over 18 months (two units in each of the three semesters).

Capstone (compulsory project)

The Executive MBA Report is a strategic project designed by you in consultation with the Executive MBA Program Director and your company (or equivalent). The project lasts 12 months and can be for your organisation or company, another organisation; or a new product, service or business. It will require you to draw upon what you learn during your studies.

At the conclusion of the program, you will present your work to your senior executive group (or equivalent), which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate first-hand your abilities as a strategic thinker and leader.

Admission requirement

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

  • 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 (typically 10 years) in a relevant field; (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).

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 .

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.

Graduate opportunities

The Sydney Global Executive MBA has been tailored to give experienced, high performing managers a competitive edge in today's global marketplace. Our rigorous selection process produces an outstanding group of senior professionals, with participants coming from a broad cross‑section of industries including biotechnology, engineering, finance, government, telecommunications, IT, healthcare, logistics and the not-for-profit sector.

When you graduate, you will join a global network of more than 320,000 University of Sydney alumni, and 56,000+ Business School alumni, around the world.

The program will enable you to:

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

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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 https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. 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 https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

“The Global Executive MBA has given me the skills and knowledge to be an adaptable and dynamic leader in today’s fast-paced business environment.”
Charmaine Cheung, Executive MBA 

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