Master of Business Administration

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Business Administration
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$32,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Deakin Customer Service
Tel 1800 624 316

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code035037J
Deakin course code M701

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.

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).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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


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/MPM706Strategy Capstone *

MPR721/MPM721People Management *

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPR771/MPM771Principles of Leadership *

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

Elective units

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

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

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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.

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

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.