English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
1.5 years full time
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Deakin’s internationally recognised Master of Business Administration has been refined over 30 years to meet the professional needs of high-achieving MBA students. Our lecturers are highly experienced and PhD-qualified, including industry adjunct professors who are globally respected leaders in their fields. You'll get the personalised learning support you need, as well as writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring and seminars.
On top of being ranked the #20 online MBA in the world (and top 3 in Australia), this award-winning course is delivered by a AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school placing us in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
The modular nature of Deakin's MBA means you can choose from a huge range of specialisations, electives and MBA masterclasses in order to thoroughly explore your area of interest – you can tailor learning to what's relevant to your career goals, ensuring you graduate with all the right skills to secure the job, client or project you’ve been pursuing. Our industry partners and professors work together to create a curriculum that’s grounded in the everyday reality of business and reflects the contemporary challenges you'll face in the real world.
MBA masterclasses, in particular, offer a unique opportunity to upskill in future-focused areas of business. Every masterclass you complete counts as credit towards your degree, and their short duration (three to four days) help you fast-track your studies. Led by true subject matter experts from around the world, MBA masterclasses will give you a rare insight into emerging topics such as blockchain, Agile and digital transformation in a creative, workshop-style learning format.
Another reason why high-achieving professionals choose Deakin’s MBA is the constant opportunities for networking, career enhancement and professional development. With a diverse student cohort from a range of different sectors, you'll be exposed to new ideas and thinking that doesn't stop when class does.
The Deakin MBA will ignite your imagination, creativity and business mindset. You'll learn at a pace that suits you, with talented peers from around Australia and the world, and you'll graduate with a qualification that's a lifelong benefit to your career.Read More
The MBA course structure provides an integrated experience designed to reflect the foundational business knowledge required of an MBA program, career development and employability, leadership and management skills, and an integrative capstone experience.
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 (4 credit points of elective units may be taken as one of the available Faculty-wide specialistions.)* plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Students also have the option of completing Masterclasses to count towards MBA electives. The masterclasses focus on new trends and issues with industry leaders in a short and engaging format.
The Deakin Advantage capstone provides an integrative MBA experience in which students complete a ‘live case study’ as a major project which synthesises knowledge, concepts and research gained from their study program.
#MBR code denotes residential version of the unit
^MBT code denotes study tour version of the unit
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:-
postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
- Academic Research
- Artificial Intelligence for Business
- Arts and Cultural Industries
- Business Analytics
- Digital Transformation
- Event Management
- Financial Planning
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Trade and Business
- Management Consulting
- Project Management
- Property and Real Estate
- Public Sector Studies
- Supply Chain Management
#Not available in 2021
2021 course information
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
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.
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.
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.
It is expected that students will complete each short module in 10 hours of independent study.
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: https://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.
This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.
More information: WIL Programs
Minimum admission criteria^:
•Bachelor degree in any discipline and three years relevant work experience*, or
•successful completion of a Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) and three years professional/managerial work experience, or
•Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and five years professional/managerial work experience, or
•Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways)
* 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
^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. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Recognition of 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.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 Recognition of 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 eight 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 tuition fees.
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 alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. 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.
Why choose Deakin
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 consulting, strategy and planning, human resource management, marketing and a range of other areas.
Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition. DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide.
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 partnership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML) means Deakin MBA students can elect to become members of Australia’s most powerful leadership network for the duration of their study. Students who select IML membership will also be awarded a Diploma of Strategic Management and Leadership by the UK’s Chartered Management Institute and carry the designation ‘Chartered Manager’.
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 understanding of fundamental business principles and concepts and integrate own business expertise to develop insights into complex, contemporary business issues and apply this to address emerging global business trends and challenges.
Demonstrate high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required to provide clear, well-reasoned advice to organisations and lead and influence others.
Select and use digital technologies that support the research and analysis of complex business issues and enhances effective dissemination of proposals and recommendations.
Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate complex data, relationships and projects in an organisational environment.
Apply problem solving skills and creativity to arrive at evidence-based decisions and imagine strategies and the changes required to implement recommended courses of action.
Developed an enhanced insight into leadership style and reflect on own ability to take personal accountability and act as a confident leader.
Demonstrate the ability to develop networks and business relationships and leverage these to achieve collaborative and mutually beneficial outcomes.
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact entrepreneurial approaches to business issues has on social, sustainability and cultural challenges in the global business environment.