Master of Business Administration

Postgraduate coursework

Become a business leader of tomorrow and gain relevant skills via Australia's premier Master of Business Administration - a postgraduate course at Deakin.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

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

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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 specialisations.)* 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.

8

Core units

4

Elective units

12

Total units

Core units

  • The Deakin Advantage: Leadership and Professional Development
  • Strategy and Value Creation #
  • Financial Decision Making
  • The Economic Environment ^
  • Marketing, Positioning and Consumers ^#
  • Business Processes and Technology
  • Leading People in Organisations #
  • The Deakin Advantage: Capstone
  • #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:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Elective units

    The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:-

    a faculty wide specialisation

    postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)

     

    Specialisations

    Faculty-wide specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    #Not available in 2021

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Business Administration
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    M701
    CRICOS code?
    035037J Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

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

    Australian Qualifications 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

    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.

    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.

    It is expected that students will complete each short module in 10 hours of independent study.

    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: 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.

    Work experience

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

    More information: WIL Programs

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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 relevant 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

    Cloud studies

    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. 

    Students who have completed CPA or IPA professional programs and have a current full CPA or IPA professional membership may be eligible for up to 6 credit points of RPL.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    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.

    Master of Business Administration Global Leader's Scholarship

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    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 consulting, strategy and planning, human resource management, marketing and a range of other areas.

    Professional recognition

    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.

    Communication

    Demonstrate high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required to provide clear, well-reasoned advice to organisations and lead and influence others.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use digital technologies that support the research and analysis of complex business issues and enhances effective dissemination of proposals and recommendations.

    Critical thinking

    Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate complex data, relationships and projects in an organisational environment.

    Problem Solving

    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.

    Self-management

    Developed an enhanced insight into leadership style and reflect on own ability to take personal accountability and act as a confident leader.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate the ability to develop networks and business relationships and leverage these to achieve collaborative and mutually beneficial outcomes.

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate an understanding of the impact entrepreneurial approaches to business issues has on social, sustainability and cultural challenges in the global business environment.