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Take your career in business to the next level with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University.

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

CEO Magazine's 2019 Global Rankings awarded our MBA a Tier One rating by for its excellent lecturers, small class sizes, student diversity, value-for-money and international study options.

You can study at our convenient city campus, or complete your MBA 100% online.

Our MBA does not assume any previous studies in business or management and covers a broad range of disciplines focused on business management, including:

  • ethics and sustainability
  • leadership and strategy
  • team management
  • enterprise resource planning systems
  • accounting and finance
  • human resource management and industrial relations
  • information systems
  • marketing
  • logistics and supply chain management
  • sport business
  • innovation, knowledge and change management.

With our relevant and contemporary course content, taught in the context of workplace scenarios, we develop excellent leaders who understand strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Exemptions are available for completed units in the CPA Professional Program and the Charted Accountants – Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Program.

In addition to highly qualified VU teaching staff (most hold a PhD) who are renowned in research and working in industry, you will hear from industry guest lecturers, who have included:

  • Mike Smith, former ANZ CEO (2007-2015)
  • Alan Kohler, business commentator/financial journalist (ABC, Eureka Report)
  • VU MBA Alumni.

Our industry and workplace partners have included Crown Hotels, the NAB, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, IBM and Tennis Australia.

To further support you in the transition to employment, Victoria University has links with:

  • Certified Practising Accountants (CPA)
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
  • Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA)
  • Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML).

Our Master of Business Administration is offered through the Victoria University Business School (VUBS), located at our City Flinders campus.

Featuring business incubators (high-tech meeting rooms replicating a business centre) and industry-standard computer labs, the Flinders campus offers a modern, spacious and comfortable learning environment.

You’ll have access to professional online business databases and a specialist business librarian.

The Victoria University Business School (VUBS) is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, with study hours tailored to the working professional.

Our after-hours adjustments put your schedule first and foremost, letting you manage the busy juggle of work and postgraduate research.

You will complete many of your study hours online, and address real issues in the workplace. Our face-to-face classes give you the opportunity to network and collaborate with an engaged and ambitious group of peers.

We also give you the option of studying our MBA entirely online, through our flexible and collaborative digital delivery.

Get the personal attention needed to achieve your potential as a business leader or manager.

We offer small classes where you'll have one-on-one interactions with your lecturers.

We also have an open-door policy. Our academics, who have worked in multiple industries, are happy assist you with your study and work-based enquiries.

VU’s world-class MBA is now also offered 100% online, removing barriers to time and place.

Victoria University Online makes it easy to fit study around commitments such as work and family. Our learning platform gives you simple access to all of your course requirements, at all times. Everything you need to succeed in your studies – including collaborating and learning with peers, meeting with VU facilitators, coursework and assessment – happens online.

VU Online is committed to excellent postgraduate-course delivery. At the centre of this is our responsive learning platform, where you can interact with a vibrant community of peers on discussion boards and chat, and receive regular advice and feedback from VU academics and unit facilitators.

Studying online allows you to tailor your study pace to your needs. The six study-period model lets you complete as many as six units in a year to graduate faster. You may take a break between subjects if needed, or power through all your units – it’s up to you.

Information on enrolments:

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Careers in business administration

Master of Business Administration graduates find employment in dynamic middle to senior management roles across finance, IT, marketing, engineering, construction, tourism and sporting industries, both in Australia and overseas. Past VU MBA graduates have undertaken career paths as diverse as joining the United Nations and running successful small businesses.

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.


Australian Master of Business Administration graduates receive some of the most generous MBA compensation (salary plus bonus) in the world (QS Top MBA Jobs and Salary Report).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Business Administration, students will be required to complete 144 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points core units
  • 48 credit points research or specialisation units (Option 1, 2, 3 or 4)

OPTION 1 - Coursework

  • 12 credit points BMO6624 Organisation Change Management; and,
  • 12 credit points BGP7730 Business Research Project (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling.

OPTION 2 - Thesis

  • 12 credit points BMO6624 Organisation Change Management; and,
  • 12 credit points BGP7711 Business Research Proposal (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points BGP7712 Business Research Thesis (Capstone)

OPTION 3 - VU Online
Available only to VU Online Students

  • 12 credit points BGP7730 Business Research Project (Capstone); and,
  • 12 credit points BMO6624 Organisation Change Management; and
  • 12 credit points BMO6625 Performance Management and Rewards; and
  • 12 credit points BMO7000 Advanced Organisational Behaviour

OPTION 4 - SpecialisationAvailable only to VU Online Students 

  • 48 credit points Change Management specialisation BSPCHG


  • 48 credit points Finance specialisation BSPFIN

Core Units

Research Units


24 credit points Elective units. Students to select units from any College of Business Post Graduate Course (subject to availability). Please check any prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling.

Elective Suggestions







BSPCHG Change Management


BSPFIN Finance


On successful completion of this course, students 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.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and 5 years of managerial experience
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Additional information

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

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Direct applications are due on 27 June 2021

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