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Master of Business Administration

MA-BUSADM5 Postgraduate Sydney CRICOS code: 102648M

Swinburne’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides opportunities for students to develop their capability to engage and deal with uncertainty, change and turbulence in the environments in which their organisation operates. By studying an MBA, students develop skills in strategy, leadership, innovation, and ethical and social responsibility. The degree combines entrepreneurial thinking with leadership skills to prepare students to become skilled managers and leaders.  


2 years (depending on prior qualifications and experience may be completed in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time)


MBA is currently unavailable for 2024 enrolments.

Study modes


Study fees

See ‘Course fees & requirements’


Course information in detail

- Course detail, course structure and units of study.

The Master of Business Administration focuses on leadership and change, innovation and entrepreneurship, finance, ethical practices and social responsibility. It equips students with the capacity to start new ventures or initiate organisational improvements successfully by building on authentic learning experiences and solutions-driven business scenarios.

It provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain holistic management and business knowledge which prepares them for general management roles. The course design also allows the choice of electives to complete a related business specialisation such as supply chain management, project management and human resource management.

Through the partnership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders, opportunities exist to participate in industry workshops, business case studies, mentoring, and personalised professional development.

The Master of Business Administration forms the final stage in a three-stage nested suite of programs consisting of:

  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration 
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (GD-BUSADM4)^
  • Master of Business Administration (MA-BUSADM5)

^ Students are unable to enrol directly into the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration but it is available as an exit award.

^ Students must complete 6 core units and 2 elective units to be eligible for the Graduate Diploma.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Administration students must complete 16 (or equivalent) units (200 credit points) comprising:

  • 4 foundation units (50 credit points)
  • 8 core units (100 credit points)
  • 4 units comprising one specialisation or 4 elective units (50 credit points)

Students with a previous relevant qualification from a recognised institution and/or relevant work experience may be eligible for exemptions from the foundation units or core units. If found eligible, students may be able to complete a total of 100cps (8 units) or 150cps (12 units). Please refer to the course entry requirements for more information. Exemptions for the core units will only be evaluated and awarded at the discretion of the Course Director and Post Graduate Director.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Business Administration is 100 credit points (normally 8 units). The exception to this rule is for students entering with a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration who may be granted up to 125 credit points of advanced standing (normally ten units). 

Units of study

Foundation units (50 credit points)

Students must complete all 4 foundation units: 

  • INF60007 Business Information Systems
  • MGT60040 Management Analysis and Problem-solving
  • MGT60042 Business Sustainability and Social Impact
  • MGT60043 Future Management Skills

Core units (100 credit points)

Students must complete all 8 core units from this list:

  • ACC60008 Accounting Systems and Reporting 
  • ECO80001 Economics *
  • ENT60006 Opportunity Discovery *
  • FIN80005 Corporate Financial Management *
  • HRM60016 Behaviour in Organisations *
  • MGT80002 Business Strategy *
  • MGT80005 Leadership for Innovation* 
  • MKT60010 Marketing Management

Specialisation or elective units (50 credit points)

Students must complete 50 credit points of units. This can either be an available specialisation or elective units.

Note: Where specialisation units are completed as part of the foundation or core, students must select alternatives from the list of units provided.

Project Management

Students to complete the following four units:

  • INF70005 Strategic Project Management
  • PRM80002 Project Governance and Resource Management 
  • PRM60003 The Risk Management Spectrum
  • PRM70002 Leading Complex Projects
Business Information Systems

Students to complete the following four units:

  • INF70005 Strategic Project Management
  • INF70008 Business Analytics and Visualisation
  • INF80014 Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis
  • INF80042 Governing Technology for Business Environments
Elective units

Students to complete the following four units:

  • ENT70018 Entrepreneurial Mindset, New Ventures and Innovation
  • HRM70012 Managing Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
  • INF60013 Mobile Business and Social Media
  • INF80014 Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis

*Outcome units - matched exemptions are generally not granted for higher education outcome units.

Careers and graduate outcomes

- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives, and graduate skills

Career opportunities

Students’ career opportunities are enhanced by improving their leadership and management capabilities, and learning to operate effectively in a changing, complex and turbulent environment.

Aims and objectives

At completion of the Master of Business Administration, graduates will be able to: 

  • apply coherent and advanced knowledge of business concepts in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking
  • apply problem-solving, design and decision-making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use advanced tools and practices of business within project work
  • demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and a deep awareness of professional practices in a global and sustainable context
  • apply business fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a business model using appropriate business methods and tools, applied in a variety of contexts
  • reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing performance as a means of managing continuing professional development and lifelong learning
  • apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence.

Graduate skills

The Swinburne graduate attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be: 

  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas and an ability to engage in critical enquiry
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work, community situations and reasoning skills
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural).

Financial support

At Swinburne, scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current international students. Find out more about scholarships.

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AACSB Accreditation

Swinburne Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The alumni of AACSB accredited business schools are among the world’s most influential leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs impacting business, government, and non-profit sectors. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.

Course fees & requirements

- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements

Course fees

International students

A$40,200 (annual, full-time for 2023)*

 *Fees displayed are relevant to 2023 and are subject to annual review. Fees are based on a student’s study load in each semester.

Fees are estimates for students commencing in 2023 only: Tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed one of the following:

  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent; or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only).

Applicants who have additional qualifications are eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and may be able to complete the program in less than two years.

1.5 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • a bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • a graduate certificate in a related discipline; or
  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline and have two years relevant work experience* or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only) PLUS either previous related discipline Higher Education Study, OR a minimum of two years relevant work experience*.

1 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1 year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration; or
  • an honours bachelor degree in a related discipline.

* Relevant professional/managerial experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the School Dean (or delegate) with reference to School determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application. Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

English language requirements

International students

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne's English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65% or above 
  • or equivalent measures available at English Language requirements.