Master of Business Administration



Deakin's distinctive business administration course is one of Australia's premier business education programs.

For over 30 years, the Deakin MBA has been offering relevant skills, contemporary knowledge, and real experience, while developing the business leaders of tomorrow.

The Deakin MBA is rated 5 stars by QS and is internationally recognized and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development. Further, the online program is ranked in the Top 20 globally, and number 1 in Australia.

Our MBA is designed to meet your professional needs and to fit around your work, your family and your lifestyle. The Deakin MBA offers you the option to study on campus, in the Cloud (online) and through experiential delivery options.

Our teaching staff are experts in integrating theory into professional practice and in developing coursework that is current and relevant to today's workplace. By choosing the Deakin MBA you will enjoy professional academic support services including writing workshops, mentoring programs and seminars. 

Over 30 years of experience delivering an MBA program means we understand your needs, the needs of your current and prospective employers, and the importance of matching one to the other. Our program is not just about 'knowledge' and 'skills' - but also about networking, career enhancement, and professional development. Our active alumni and industry partners work with us inside and outside the classroom to ensure your learning is grounded in the everyday reality of business, and the issues it faces. 

The Deakin MBA will challenge you. It will capture your imagination and enthusiasm. It will be a lifelong benefit to your career and to your professional development.


Key facts


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of Business Administration


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$33,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code





Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Minimum entry requirements^:

- Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years professional/managerial work experience


- Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and 5 years professional/managerial work experience


^All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • current CV
  • current contact details of two referees who can be contacted concerning your work experience
  • a one page brief outlining why you believe that your work experience would be valued by your MBA peers

Professional Recognition

By choosing appropriate units within the Master of Business Administration, students may satisfy the professional recognition requirements of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

Career outcomes

Deakin’s Master of Business Administration has a wide range of specialisations to help you progress your career in all areas of business from administration to business strategy. As a graduate you may find employment in areas such as financial planning, corporate governance, human resource management, marketing and a range of other areas.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge and apply research skills and theories to the evaluation of business issues.


Demonstrate expert cognitive and technical communication skills in delivering complex business information and recommendations

Digital Literacy

Select and use digital technologies to find, organise, analyse and disseminate complex business ideas.

Critical thinking

Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate complex ideas in an organisational environment.

Problem Solving

Apply problem solving skills to conceptualise, construct and recommend solutions for complex business issues.


Demonstrate advanced skills to work and learn independently and to take responsibility for personal actions.


Demonstrate advanced team work skills in a wide range of learning and business contexts.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate a critical understanding of global business issues.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course Structure

To complete the Master of Business Administration, students must attain a total of 12 credit points, consisting of a zero credit point unit, 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units and may include a specialisation. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Core units

  • MBA070 (0 credit point unit)~
  • Business Fundamentals and Context:

  • MBA710/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^
  • MBR711/MBA711Financial Reporting and Analysis *
  • Economics for Managers MBA712
  • Running the Organisation: Decision Making:

  • Marketing Management MBA720
  • MBR721/MBA721People Management *
  • Finance MBA722
  • Strategy and Value Creation:

  • MBR730/MBA730Principles of Leadership *
  • MBR731/MBA731Strategy Capstone *
  • ~ Unit description will be available soon

    * MPR code denotes residential version of the unit

    ^MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit.

    Elective Units

    The remaining 4 credit points may be selected in one of the specialisations listed or students may choose any four postgraduate units.


    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    Alternative exits

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Credit for prior learning into the Master of Business Administration may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies in management.  Students must complete at least four credit points of units from the core at Deakin.  There are negotiated credit arrangements for prior learning arrangements in place for CPA members.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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