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.Read More
To complete the Master of Business Administration, students must attain a total of 12 credit points, consisting of 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.
Electives may be selected from an MBA specialisation or from any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility.
Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.
Business Fundamentals and Context:
Running the Organisation: Decision Making:
Strategy and Value Creation:
* MBR code denotes residential version of the unit
^ Includes Start Anytime unit offering
+ MBT code denotes tour version of the unit
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.
- Arts and Cultural Management
- Business Analytics
- Business Consulting
- Corporate Governance
- eBusiness and Supply Chain Management
- Environmental Sustainability
- Financial Planning
- Healthcare Management^
- Human Resource Management
- International and Community Development
- International Trade and Business
- Project Management
- Property and Real Estate
- Public Management
- Retail Management
- Strategy and Planning
# previously titled Leadership and Communication
^ NEW from Trimester 3 2017
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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.
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.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Entry will be based on performance in^:
- Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years professional/managerial work experience* OR
- Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended) and 3 years professional/managerial work experience* OR
- Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and 5 years professional/managerial work experience* OR
- Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways).
^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
* Must be in a managerial or professional role. Applicants must demonstrate decision making responsibility in a range of areas such as budgeting, staffing, project management, financial management, or other relevant professional experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
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.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
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.
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).
Institute of Managers and Leaders Membership
Our exciting new partnership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML) means Deakin MBA students can elect to become members with Australia’s most powerful leadership network for the duration of their study.
Visit the IML website
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
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
Select and use digital technologies to find, organise, analyse and disseminate complex business ideas.
Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate complex ideas in an organisational environment.
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.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of global business issues.
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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Credit for prior learning into the Master of Business Administration may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriated postgraduate studies in management. Students must complete at least four credit points of units from the core at Deakin. There are negotiated credit arrangements in place for CPA members.