Our Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most highly regarded in Australia. Renowned for its flexibility and industry connections, it's designed for busy professionals seeking career development while balancing work and lifestyle commitments.

Deakin's online MBA: ranked top 25 worldwide

Career opportunities

Previous Deakin MBA students have been employed in the following roles and organisations:

  • CEO, Transport Accident Commission
  • General Manager, Program Management Office, Myer
  • General Manager for Regional and Agribusiness Banking Queensland,
    Commonwealth Bank
  • Global Marketing Manager, Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Manager, Budget and Finance, United Nations
  • Managing Director, Gateway Grant Funeral Directors
  • Managing Director, Australia, Twitter
  • Manager, Portfolio and Program Management Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • President, Asia–Pacific Region, FMC Corporation
  • Principal Advisor, HSEC Training and Competency Development, Rio Tinto
  • Senior Manager, Consulting Retail and Consumer, PwC
  • Technology Program Manager, Orica.

*QS World University Rankings

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Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Other/non-award courses

Non-award courses are generally single units of study that don’t add up to a university qualification. They’re a great way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree, and can often be used as credit towards a degree course. Short courses and stand-alone study abroad programs also fall under this category.

Deakin’s MBA is designed to build your business acumen, enhance your decision-making and communication skills, and ultimately to further your career.

Colin Higgins

MBA course director

How the Deakin MBA is designed for the modern business leader

Course Director Colin Higgins provides insight into the Deakin MBA's tailored course structure and innovative, industry-linked delivery methods that combine practical experiences with flexible online learning. Also hear from graduates Ford Davis, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte, and Katherine Boiciuc, Executive of Operations, Telstra.

How the Deakin MBA enhances your career opportunities

Two MBA graduates share how the Deakin MBA helped take their careers to the next level. Hear from Ford Davis, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte, and Katherine Boiciuc, Executive of Operations, Telstra.

Institute of Managers and Leaders Membership

Our valued Pathway Partnership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) means that as a Deakin MBA student, you’ll automatically receive IML ANZ membership for the duration of your study, plus an additional year after graduation, boosting your employment prospects.

IML ANZ supports you through your MBA studies with a range of activities and resources, including one-on-one mentoring, personalised professional development, industry engagement and access to Australia’s largest network of management and leadership professionals.

Thanks to an exclusive, long-term collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the UK, our IML ANZ partnership gives you the opportunity to graduate with the Chartered Manager (CMgr) designation, the highest professional status that can be achieved as a manager or leader globally.

Learn more about the IML ANZ


Deakin’s online MBA is ranked in the top 25 in the world – and the best in Victoria for the third consecutive year – in the international university rankings published by the prestigious QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The Deakin MBA is rated by QS for program strength, delivering an 'attractive and recognised program with a very high graduate employability rate'.

The Deakin MBA is rated 5 stars in both the QS rankings and GMAA MBA 5 star rankings.

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 in Victoria.

The Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) is only one of three Victorian universities to receive accreditation from the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). ACHSM professional recognition offers candidates access to ACHSM resources and networks.

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Flexible study options

We know you’re busy and not always able to make it to class. The Deakin MBA is available on campus, online, in intensive or residential modes, or can be completed by participating in Australian and local study programs.

Residential units

Deakin Business School's residential units involve six consecutive days of intensive study. You’ll immerse yourself in focused business study, undertake innovative and experiential learning activities and build your professional networks.

Learn more about our residential units

Deakin MBA Residentials

Learn from three students as they discuss what they gained from their MBA residential experience at Deakin.

MBA Masterclasses

Deakin's MBA Masterclass series is a new study option for completing your MBA electives. The masterclasses focus on new trends and issues with industry leaders in a short and engaging format. You’ll also benefit from the diverse experience and unique perspective each student brings to the classroom.

Learn more about our MBA Masterclasses

The WHU European MBA Summer Institute

Our MBA students are eligible to participate in a short-term partner program,The WHU European MBA Summer Institute: The Changing Environment for International Business. Travelling to Vallendar, Germany, you will have the option to visit the European Central Bank or the German Central Bank, depending on which internship dates are selected.

Students will study topics in:

  • European integration
  • Business in Eastern Europe
  • Restructuring companies in transition economies
  • Innovation strategies of European companies
  • European marketing
  • Environment of mergers and acquisitions: European competition policies.

To find out more please contact us.

MBA Career Development Program

Our MBA Career Development Program has been designed to provide you with structured, dedicated career support as you progress through your MBA. From refining your career goals to navigating the recruitment process, we will empower you to manage and achieve your career advancement goals.

Learn more about our MBA Career Development Program

Start Anytime

We understand that juggling work, life and study can be complicated. Start Anytime offers you the flexibility to begin some units at any time of the year and complete them online at your own pace.

Find out more about Start Anytime

Deakin MBA Alumni community

Since our MBA was first offered in 1981, the Deakin MBA Alumni Chapter has grown to over 6000 members across 130 countries. Our alumni connect through professional development and networking events, and a variety of social media platforms.

Find out more about our MBA Alumni community

Discover the most flexible online MBA in Australia

Deakin's Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most highly regarded MBAs in Australia. Renowned for its flexibility and industry connections, it's designed for busy professionals seeking career development while balancing work and lifestyle commitments.

#24 online MBA globally

Our online MBA program is ranked among the top 25 in the world – and the best in Victoria – by the prestigious university rankings organisation, QS.

Excellent international rating

Deakin Business School achieved a maximum QS 5 star rating for its MBA in the following categories: facilities, internationalisation and diversity, teaching and student quality, and engagement and program strength.

The Deakin MBA has also received 5 stars in the latest GMAA 2016 MBA 5 star rankings.

World-class staff

Our staff are internationally recognised experts in their fields. They're supported by real managers who work in real businesses every day. They specialise in accounting, business process management, economics, finance, leadership, management, people managements, marketing and strategy.

Meet Deakin's MBA staff

The Deakin MBA offered me the opportunity to transform my career and differentiate myself within a large multinational business. I learnt to successfully translate external business trends into internal organisational decision and actions, which has since led to my appointment into regional and global roles.



Contact us

If you'd like to discuss any aspect of the Deakin MBA, please email the course director, Associate Professor Colin Higgins.

Email Colin Higgins

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

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