Master of Business Administration

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  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

Gain a solid business education to complement your existing work experience with a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

CEO Magazine currently ranks our MBA within the top two in Australia for its excellent lecturers, small class sizes, student diversity, value-for-money and international study options. The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine currently ranks VU's MBA in Australia's top 10 programs.

Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), the MBA covers a broad range of business and management disciplines. Tailor your MBA by completing elective units in a particular business area of study.

The course will cover all aspects of managing a business and does not assume any previous studies in business or management.

Elective areas of study include:

  • Accounting
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Sport Business
  • Innovation, Knowledge and Change Management.

Exemptions are available for completed units in the CPA Professional Program and The ICAA Chartered Accountants Program. Please contact the course coordinator for further details.

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VU graduates thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic global business environment. Through practical learning facilitated by leading academics, you will develop a cross-section of management, marketing and financial expertise, opening up a wealth of career opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Job titles

Career progression toward senior management roles that may include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Marketing/communications director
  • Human resources director
  • Financial manager

Organisations employing MBA graduates

Our students come from a range of professional backgrounds and gain employment in dynamic management and consulting roles in Australia and overseas within the finance, information technology, marketing, engineering, construction, tourism and sporting industries.

Past graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the United Nations, started their own business or gained a solid business education to complement their existing experience.


Australian MBA graduates have the highest MBA compensation (salary plus bonus) in the world at an average of A$115,600 (QS TopMBA Jobs and Salary Report).


Students can study abroad at Neoma Business School, France as part of VU’s exchange program, providing valuable networking and learning opportunities.

Our MBA has a 5-star rating by the Good Universities Guide for its academic qualifications.

Dynamic learning

Students gain hands-on experience, with assessment designed to solve real business problems through simulation or working with an industry or community partner.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, working independently or in collaborative groups, graduates of the course will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective management strategies.
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and recommend actions relevant to contemporary business settings.
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for new contexts.
  4. Demonstrate accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future professional management challenges.
  5. Work as a reflective practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform management decision making.
  6. Communicate effectively to specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations.
  7. Exemplify initiative and leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly.
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone experience linked to contemporary sustainable, socially responsible and ethical management practices to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels. 

Course structure

To attain the award of Master of Business Administration, students must successfully complete the following:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) foundation units
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) specialisation units

Plus either / or

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) minor thesis unit; and,
24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) thesis unit.

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2



12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.



Year 2, Semester 1




12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.



Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have completed one of the following
    • a business related Bachelors Degree (for example, business, management, economics or commerce) and have a minimum of three years’ of full-time professional experience.; OR
    • a non-business related Bachelors Degree with a minimum of five years of full-time managerial experience
  • Other: Applicants with a non-business Bachelors Degree without the minimum five year managerial experience are directed to the 2 year Master of Business Administration (Professional) course.

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Direct applications due 27 February 2017.

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