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Master of Business Administration

Achieve your future anything.

Discover our part-time MBA, ranked no. 1 in Australia. 

Our rankings

Global leaders in management education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    Our MBA has been ranked No. 1 in Australia by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine biannual MBA Rankings in 2017 and 2019.

  • 5th in the world

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fifth in the world for graduate employability In the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019.

Overview

Today’s global business environment is rapidly changing. With Australia's no. 1 ranked MBA, you can become your future anything.

Our unique, experiential program is purpose built to unlock your personal and professional ambitions and refine your leadership skills. Delivered in our CBD campus, this flexible course can be completed in two to three years of part-time study.

Designed in close consultation with leading businesses and industry experts, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that are required to succeed in an increasingly complex global business environment. The program 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 global opportunities.

We combine high-level research with a practical, hands‑on approach to learning and a focus on you as an individual to ensure that you realise your ambitions.

Learn more about our MBA program

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

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

  • Leadership Practice and Development 

Core units

  • Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership
  • Data Analytics and Modelling 
  • Financial Management 
  • Innovation in Strategic Marketing
  • Managing People and Organisations 
  • Strategies for Growth

Capstone unit

  • Design Strategy: MBA Capstone

Elective units

  • 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

Note, not all elective units will be available each year.

Completion requirement

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.

Design Strategy - MBA Capstone

The capstone unit is the final unit of our MBA and involves a world-class learning module anchored in the field of strategic management, intersecting with principles in design thinking and product engineering. Students develop a real-life working prototype over a period of 3-4 weeks, based on a commercial problem, embedded in the strategic roadmap of our partners. Learn more.

Admission criteria

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;
  • at least three years' work experience;
  • complete a selection interview; and
  • 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 admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria download the University of Sydney Business School admission criteria guide (81.2KB).

Course opportunities

Career services
Defining your career vision and gaining the tools and knowledge you need to achieve success is critical. Throughout your MBA, our career services will provide you with coaching, career management tools and resources to help you refine your career goals and navigate the recruiting process.

Our career services have been designed to assist all part-time MBA students in the effective management of their careers, not just those actively seeking employment.

International Business Project (elective)
This 12 credit point unit of study is a two week intensive international module and gives you the opportunity to study and work in a different country. While the focus of the module varies according to location, some of the key themes addressed in the international module include the leadership and management challenges of entering new markets, managing across cultures and regulatory environments, identifying and realising new opportunities, and management and coordination challenges in multinational firms. You also work in a small team to provide strategic advice to an organisation, presenting detailed analysis and recommendations to them.

International Social Enterprise Project (elective)
This unit takes students to India for an intensive immersion into the themes of social entrepreneurship and innovation by restriction. The traditional lines between private, public and non-profit sectors are being blurred by the emergence of social enterprise and shared value. That is, social entrepreneurs are finding ways to build impact models that either break even financially, or even make profit. They have done so by engaging innovative business models to solve social and environmental problems on local and global levels. Students study these themes within the context of working in teams on a real social enterprise business problem regarding strategy and scale. At the end of the unit students have developed a working knowledge of the ideas of innovation by restriction, how to overcome issues of scaling a social enterprise in an emerging market, and cultural intelligence about working overseas. Students are expected to reflect on how the key themes and lessons can be applied to their own professional environments back in Australia.

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.

Career Pathways

Our 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.

Graduate with all that you need to create the future you want. You'll:

  • Learn more about yourself as a leader and how to draw the best out of 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 to not only be an effective communicator, but to become a thought leader.
  • Become more informed, and able to articulate your point of view, on the contemporary forces shaping our society and business.
  • Develop a lifelong professional network of high-achieving, like-minded peers.

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 EMBA 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.

Kelly McJannett. Current MBA student. Future anything.

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 1.53% 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

“I see my path as leading with purpose and inspiring change. I have accepted that this path is not going to be linear, and may never be clear. As I embark on my journey, the skills I am gaining through the MBA will empower me to take bigger risks - to be a more valuable leader and to embrace the unknown.”

Claire Taylor
Master of Business Administration
Head of Advocacy and External Relations, Royal Far West

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