Master of Business Administration

Course summary for international students

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Award granted Master of Business Administration
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$29,370* AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code035037J
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code M701
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's distinctive MBA is one of Australia's premier business education programs.  For 30 years, the Deakin MBA has been offering relevant skills, contemporary knowledge and real experience, while developing the business leaders of tomorrow.

Coherent themes of teamwork, sustainability, globalisation and social and regulatory responsibility run through the entire MBA program.  The focus is on profit with principles, which means graduates understand the importance of ethical behaviour and sustainable decision-making.  The program content is informed by research, scholarship and industry engagement.

Real learning experiences
The Deakin MBA program is renowned for its experiential learning opportunities.  Innovative teaching techniques include our intensive Residential Units where you can complete a unit in one week.  You can also choose to enrich your degree with study tours offered in Australia, China, Europe, India and the United States.

The Deakin MBA can be undertaken full-time or part-time and in any combination of Cloud (online) mode, Campus mode, residential and overseas study modes. Whatever you choose, the Deakin MBA is designed to be a stimulating and satisfying study experience.

Cloud (online) studies

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 charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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 rules

The MBA requires completion of 12 credit points comprising 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units and may include one specialisation. The four elective units may be selected in one specialisation as listed, or students may choose any 4 credit points from the range of specialisations. Students must complete at least four credit points of units from the core at Deakin.


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

Health and Human Services Management

Human Resource Management


Insurance and Risk Management

International and Community Development

International Trade and Business

Leadership #


Project Management

Property and Real Estate

Public Management

Research Project

Retail Management

Strategy and Planning

# previously titled Leadership and Communication

Course structure

Core units

MPA751/MPR751Financial Reporting and Analysis (Residential) *

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

MPM701Business Process Management

MPT753/MPF753Finance #

MPR706/MPM706Strategic Management *

MPR721/MPM721Organisational Behaviour *

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPM790MBA Capstone

Elective units

The remaining 4 credit points may be selected in one specialisation as listed or students may choose any units from the range of specialisations including the general elective unit listed below:

MPR709Dispute Management *

Students may choose an alternative unit with prior written approval of the Course Team Chair.

* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit
#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

Entry requirements - general

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Standard Admission:^

- A 3 year bachelor's degree or AQF equivalent + 3 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) managerial or professional work experience.

Alternative Admission:^

- A master's degree + 3 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) managerial or professional work experience; or

- A graduate certificate in a cognate area + 5 years minimum professional or managerial work experience; or

- A Deakin Business and Law Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) + 3 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) managerial or professional work experience.

Applicants  may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning for appropriate units of completed postgraduate study.

^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

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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 - specific

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact