Master of Business Administration

Postgraduate coursework

Be a business leader of tomorrow and gain relevant skills and experience by enrolling in Australia's premier Master of Business Administration at Deakin.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Course information

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 offerings including residential units, international study programs and intensive units.

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.

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Course structure

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.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

8

Core units

4

Elective units

12

Total units

Core units

Business Fundamentals and Context:
  • Business Process Management MBA710 ^
  • MBR711/MBA711Accounting and Analysis for Managers *
  • MBT712/MBA712Economics for Managers +
  • Running the Organisation: Decision Making:
  • MBT720/MBA720Marketing Management +
  • MBR721/MBA721People Management *
  • Finance MBA722
  • Strategy and Value Creation:
  • MBR730/MBA730Principles of Leadership *
  • MBR731/MBA731Strategy Capstone *
  • ^ Includes Start Anytime unit offering

    + MBT code denotes Study Tour version of the unit

    * MBR code denotes Residential version of the 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.

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    # previously titled Leadership and Communication

    ^ NEW from Trimester 3 2017

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Business Administration
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M701
    CRICOS code?
    035037J
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

    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

    Residential units

    Offering a combination of theory and practice through guest lectures, site visits and experiential activities, residential units provide a rich and unique learning perspective, and an opportunity to meet fellow managers to develop your professional network. Residentials involve six consecutive days of intensive study where you complete your chosen unit at our award-winning and purpose-built Waurn Ponds Estate in Geelong. By enhancing your MBA in this interactive, face-to-face intensive mode you will achieve a valuable point of difference in the job market.

    International study programs

    Study programs immerse you in the culture and customs of international business. Visit leading international companies, talk to global managers, and study at some of the world’s best business schools. Combine the best of three worlds – international business, cultural understanding and gain credit towards your degree.

    Intensives

    Deakin Business School offers a range of units in intensive mode. The format can vary across units, for instance, it may involve two blocks of two consecutive days, or full-day classes spread across several weeks.


    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

     

    Mandatory Student Checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation Requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    Entry will be based on performance in^:

    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline and three years relevant work experience*  OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and five years relevant work experience*  OR
    • a 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $33,720 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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.

    FEE-HELP

    You may be eligible for the Government's FEE-HELP scheme. This scheme covers your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.

    It's similar to HECS-HELP, but designed for full-fee place courses. It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for FEE-HELP.

    Learn more about your FEE-HELP options.

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    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.

    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).

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

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

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate a critical understanding of global business issues.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. 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.

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    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 and IPA members.

    Faculty contact information

    Student Service Network
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    What students really get out of the MBA are the discussions and different ways of thinking about a situation, rather than just reading a textbook - MBA students need more than that.

    Adjunct Professor Zivit Inbar

    Faculty of Business and Law

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