single degree

Master of Business Administration

A single 1.5 year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Business Management
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Business Management

Program Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

72 units from from completion of the following compulsory courses:

Management Core Specialisation

Management Essentials Specialisation

Business Essentials Specialisation


Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSI7280 Managing in a Global Context 6 units MGMT7020 Technology and Project Management 6 units MGMT7250 Evidence-Based Management 6 units MKTG7260 Marketing and Stakeholder Communications 6 units
MGMT8270 Leading People and Change 6 units MGMT8015 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6 units MGMT8022 Strategic Management 6 units MGMT8003 Organisational Behaviour 6 units
Year 2 BUSN8181 Financial Reporting and Analysis 6 units ECON8069 Business Economics 6 units FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance 6 units MGMT7007 Managing for Sustainability 6 units

Admission Requirements

Minimum 5 years work experience (including at least 3 years documented management experience). Additional application information

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a credit average (GPA 5.0/7.0).
An ANU Graduate certificate in management with a credit average (GPA 5.0/7.0).
All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students
Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Building upon management experience and prior learning, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides middle managers with essential business and management knowledge and skills to move into senior management roles.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Evaluate and synthesize evidence to inform decision making

2. Create opportunities and novel solutions to organisational challenges

3. Work effectively with others to resolve challenges

4. Adapt to complex and uncertain situations

5. Engage, inform and influence stakeholders

6. Incorporate the influence of a changing global environment

7. Model ethical behaviour and make principled decisions

8. Integrate professional knowledge and skills from fellow middle managers

Further Information

Note: The Research School of Management will not be taking students into the MBA and MBA (Advanced) program in Semester 2 2017.  

Students are encouraged to apply for the Semester 1 2018 intake.  
  • The deadline for the first round of applications is 30 September 2017.  
  • The deadline for the second round of applications is 29 October 2017.

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae (CV) including employment history (duties, responsibilities, hours, name and nature of employer) and the contact details of two referees.  A personal interview (in person or phone) may be required to confirm work experience. Please provide this information as a PDF and upload it with your application.

Interested in studying for 2 years?  Check out the MBA (Advanced) program.

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The ANU MBA brings the benefit of a degree from Australia's leading university. ANU is distinguished nationally and internationally for its high quality research and educational programs. Established in 1993, the ANU MBA is recognised by employers around the world.

Our MBA alumni now hold leadership positions in corporations and governments and the military in Australia and internationally. The ANU College of Business and Economics provides graduates with a distinguished alumni network operating in over forty countries around the world.

As most MBA classes have between twenty and sixty students, quality interaction is possible.

Graduates of the Master of Business Administration acquire advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled managerial work. The knowledge acquired from completion of this degree is both theoretical and applied in the business administration disciplines. They will have an understanding of recent developments in the disciplines of business administration and professional practice. In particular graduates will understand the relationship between theory and applied knowledge and the research from which it emerges.

Students have the option of choosing specialisations in fields such as Marketing, International Business, Financial Markets, Project Management, Reporting and Governance, Business Information Systems.

About this degree

The Master of Business Administration requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

72 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSI7033 International Strategic Management

FINM7006 Foundations of Finance

INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers

MGMT7001 Business Communication

MGMT7006 Effective Business Decision Making

MGMT7030 Foundations of Management

MGMT7170 Tools and Techniques for Business Project Management

MKTG7001 Marketing

ECON8069 Business Economics

BUSN8181 Financial Reporting and Analysis

MGMT8022 Strategic Management

MGMT8003 Organisational Behaviour

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Applied Finance

Business Information Systems

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

International Business



Project Management

Reporting and Governance

Enrolment Status

If you are an international student, you are required to undertake 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) and you will be able to complete the program in two years. If you are a domestic student, you will have 7 years to complete this degree.

2017 Study Plans

Academic Advice

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