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

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.

Course highlights

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.

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.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course will be delivered 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(external link) (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(external link) 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(external link) on the latest leadership topics and trends
  • Career development resources and opportunities including job shadowing, events and blogs
  • An IML 360(external link) 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].

Learning outcomes

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

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.


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, 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).

Course structure

College Core Units

Professional Core Units

Global Specialisation Units

(choose 4 units from the following approved list)

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.


Entry requirements

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that you have completed an approved English language test, and achieved the result as described below:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score 79 (section scores no less than: Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 176 (no individual band less than 169)
  • VU English - University Preparation UPU (Undergraduate): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): A grade.

Recognition of prior English language studies

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption. Check our Guide to English Language Requirements (PDF, 112 KB) to find out if you qualify.

Academic requirements

Entry into the Master of Business Administration (Global) requires you to have completed:

  • an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline OR
  • an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline PLUS
  • IELTS (or equivalent), with an overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Your eligibility will be assessed when we receive your complete application.

Find out if you meet the minimum academic (international qualification) requirements to be eligible to apply for this course by reviewing the academic entry requirements listed by country (PDF, 270 KB)

Applicants must be aged 18 or over to be eligible to apply for this course.

Credit for skills & past study

If you've completed study with another university or institution and believe you're 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.

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Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. This increase will be reflected in invoicing issued to you. This annual increase in fees is covered as part of the agreed terms and conditions of your Letter of Offer.

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