Master of Business Administration (International)

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

Award granted

Master of Business Administration (International)

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 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$26,000 - 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 code056889B
Deakin course code M751

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Business Administration (International) will develop business managers, particularly those operating in an international context, with the capability of dealing with all aspects of an organisation's management.

You will study a broad range of topics relating to all aspects of organisational management and the development of creative, analytical and interpersonal capabilities crucial to business leadership.

The Campus and Cloud (online) modes of study incorporate Deakin's flexible learning model, using electronic conferencing, group-based project work and interaction, high quality course materials, overseas study programs and intensive residential schools.

As part of certain units you can participate in international study tours where formal academic study is integrated with visits to professional bodies in host countries enabling you to develop a real appreciation of key aspects of business in a global environment.

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 (International) has a 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 degree requires completion of 16 credit points comprising 12 credit points of core units plus 4 credit points of elective units from a specified list (students may choose other units with prior written approval of the Course Team Chair). The 4 credit points of elective units may form one of the specialisations listed below, or students may choose these units from the range of specialisations including the general elective units.  Students must complete at least four credit points of units from the core at Deakin.

Students may choose to exit the MBA (International) early with either a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (International) or a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (International).


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Business Consulting

eBusiness and Supply Chain Management


Human Resource Management

International Business


Project Management


Retail Management

Social Media and Mobile Strategies

Course structure

Core units

MPM731Business Communication for Managers

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

MIS770Analytical Skills for Managers

MMH733Ethics for Managers

MPA702Financial Interpretation

MPM701Business Process Management

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

MPT735/MPM735International Business Management #

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

MPE707International Banking and Finance

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MWL701Business Internship Experience

Elective units

The 4 credit points of elective units may form one of the specialisations listed above, or students may choose these units from the range of specialisations or the general elective units listed below.

MLM782Indian Law

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing

MPM792Operations Management

MPT738Audacious Leadership #


MPM778The Leadership Adventure

or any other units 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

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a contemporary body of knowledge and apply research skills and theories to the evaluation of complex business issues in a global context.
Communication Demonstrate advanced communication skills and intercultural understanding in a diverse range of business and management contexts.
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 business and international contexts.
Problem solving Apply problem solving skills to conceptualise, construct and recommend solutions for complex business issues facing local and international organisations.
Self-management Work and learn independently and take responsibility for personal and professional actions.
Teamwork Demonstrate advanced team work skills in diverse organisational contexts.
Global citizenship Analyse and interpret the impact of ethics, culture and internationalisation on contemporary business.

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, with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or approved equivalent

Alternative Admission:

- A masters degree with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or approved equivalent; or

- a graduate certificate in a cognate area with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or approved equivalent + 5 years minimum relevant work experience. 

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

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 (International) 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.