2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Start date:
19 February 2024
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.


Additional information
The course duration is 1.5 years (full-time) for applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.


Launch a dynamic international business career with the Master of Business Administration (Global) from Victoria University.

Global supply chains span multiple continents and countries. Technology is creating new markets and industries. Business leaders have to navigate an increasingly complex and volatile world that brings challenges, opportunities, and risks.

To become a successful leader and manager, you require the knowledge, skills, and experience for an international business career. Whether you find yourself living and working in Melbourne, Mumbai, Beijing, or Boston, the VU Master of Business Administration (Global) will give you the edge to succeed in today's international business environment.

Industry experts helped design the MBA (Global). This innovative, applied course has the following features:

  • a robust focus on global business issues
  • learning with industry experts through a business internship
  • practical application of knowledge to real-life problems
  • business consulting with real clients
  • career skills development
  • digital and technological expertise acquirement.

You will develop 'soft' skills to complement your global business acumen, including communication, influencing, team management and ethical awareness.

Our students have a range of prior work experience, so our course will help you achieve the level best suited to you, preparing you for entry-level management or more senior managerial roles.

Modern-day businesses operate in an ever-shifting, global environment, where success depends on flexible and creative leaders.

The MBA (Global) helps you develop your analytical, creative, and interpersonal skills critical to a truly global business career.

The MBA course's focus ensures you will create more significant networks of influence and change to become a real world citizen – adaptable, resilient, and with deep concern for social justice.

During the MBA’s internship component, you will gain authentic exposure to the real world of work.

If you join us from another country, you will discover Australian workplace practices firsthand, working full-time or part-time during the internship. The opportunity to gain work experience will help your job prospects both in Australia and internationally. 

If you are an Australian domestic student, you will benefit from an internship integrated with your existing employer so that you can progress both at work and in your study.

Our Business Consulting unit will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in consulting, or to act as an internal consultant within an organisation.

You will design, research and manage a business consulting project, and deliver solutions and practical recommendations to satisfy a real-world client.

You will benefit from authentic engagement with clients, and targeted feedback from experienced industry practitioners.

The course is highly practical, emphasising applying new knowledge gained to workplace settings, making MBA (Global) graduates work-ready.

The combined experiences in the MBA (Global) prepare you for the real world of work by developing your ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills.

You will become adept at interpersonal skills, including:

  • effective communications (written and spoken)
  • pitching
  • influencing
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • critical thinking
  • ethical awareness.

We also emphasise tech-readiness so that you can apply your business skills in today's digital environment.

If you have an Australian bachelor degree in business (or similar discipline), you may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.

If you receive 48 credit points for previous study, you may be able to qualify with an MBA (Global) in 1.5 years, enabling you to launch your global business career sooner.

This course will be delivered using the VU Block Model in an eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

Victoria University Business School has partnered with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia & New Zealand (IML ANZ) to provide Master of Business Administration (Global) students with the essential skills and resources needed to support your leadership and career development long after you graduate.

The Institute is Australia and New Zealand’s peak professional body for management and leadership. For more than 80 years, they have been supporting professionals on their leadership journey from interns to CEOs.

As part of VU’s pathway partnership with the Institute, MBA and MCIL students have complimentary access to a fantastic range of benefits including:

  • Affiliate Membership with IML ANZ for the duration of your studies plus an additional year after graduation
  • The use of IML ANZ’s nationally recognised post-nominals to help you stand out on your CV and LinkedIn
  • Professional Mentoring through IML ANZ’s Member Exchange Program
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with leaders across Australia and New Zealand
  • Fortnightly webinars on the latest leadership topics and trends
  • Career development resources and opportunities including job shadowing, events and blogs
  • An IML 360 personal development needs analysis
  • IML Member lounges in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney

If you’d like to find out more about our partnership and the benefits available, please contact [email protected] at VU or [email protected].

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Careers in business

Depending on where you are in your career and aspirations, you can aim for middle to senior management roles with our MBA (Global) degree. 

According to Labour Market Insights and QS TopMBA.com, MBA graduates' several common roles show steady growth. These include:

  • marketing/communications manager/director
  • human resources manager/director
  • Information Technology leaders
  • financial manager
  • industry-specific manager, including in health services 
  • management consultant
  • sales and marketing manager
  • policy analyst (global).

Institute of Managers & Leaders partnership

Victoria University Business School has partnered with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia & New Zealand (IML ANZ) to provide students with the essential skills and resources needed to support your leadership and career development long after you graduate.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Business Administration (Global), students will be required
to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units 
  • 84 credit points professional core units
  • 12 credit points BMO7005 Business Consulting (Capstone); and,
  • 48 credit points global specialisation units (from the approved list)

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Global Specialisation Units

Select 48 credit points from:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical and practical knowledge of people and organisations as they operate within a regulated environment nationally, regionally and internationally;  
  2. Exemplify cognitive, technical and creative skills to recognise, define, analyse, and solve organisational and business problems and inform management decision making in local and global contexts;  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for innovation and dynamic contexts;  
  4. Communicate effectively to specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities in business and other professional organisations;  
  5. Work as a reflective practitioner to collaborate productively in culturally diverse contexts, implementing ethical and socially responsible approaches to managing people and organisations;  
  6. Collaborate in teams to effectively operate in complex multicultural organisations and environments, demonstrating global leadership capability, including interpersonal skills to adapt to emerging contexts; and,  
  7. Evaluate and apply research principles and methods to plan and develop a strategy to conduct substantial consulting or business projects with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.  

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

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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.

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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 any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, 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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)

Albright Institute of Business and Language, Australia

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

Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)

ECA College, Australia

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Advanced standing: Applicants with an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent), or higher, in a similar discipline may be eligible for an exemption of 48 credit points of study.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Available start dates:

  • 19 February 2024

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 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.

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