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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
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MBADM
  • Post Nominal MBusAdmin
  • CRICOS code 091188G
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan MBADM
  • Post Nominal MBusAdmin
  • CRICOS code 091188G

Program Requirements

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

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MGMT7250 - Evidence-Based Management (6 units)

MGMT8003 - Organisational Behaviour (6 units)

MGMT8015 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation (6 units)

MGMT8022 - Strategic Management (6 units)

MGMT8270 - Leading People and Change (6 units)

MGMT8007 - Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Practice in Organisations Capstone (6 units)

A maximum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSI7280 - Managing in a Global Context (6 units)

BUSN8181 - Financial Reporting and Analysis (6 units) OR BUSN7008 - Financial Statements and Reporting (6 units)

ECON8077 - Economics for Leaders (6 units) OR ECON8069 - Business Economics (6 units)

FINM7046 - Finance for Business (6 units) OR FINM7006 - Applied Foundations of Finance (6 units)

MGMT7020 - Technology and Project Management (6 units)

MKTG7001 - Marketing for Leaders (6 units) OR MKTG7260 - Marketing Management (6 units)

A maximum of 24 units from completion of 6000-, 7000- or 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

BUSI International Business

CBEA ANU College of Business and Economics

INFS Business Information Systems

MGMT Management

MKTG Marketing

POGO Policy and Governance

Capstone Courses



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 MKTG7001 Marketing for Leaders 6 units OR MKTG7260;
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 OR BUSN7008; ECON8077 Economics for Leaders 6 units OR ECON8069; FINM7046 Finance for Business 6 units OR FINM7006; MGMT8007 Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Practice in Organisations Capstone 6 units

Admission Requirements

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement to be considered for the ANU MBA is a completed Australian Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

Following qualifications/test are also accepted to meet academic requirements:

- A completed ANU Graduate Certificate of Management with minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0; or

- A minimum GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score of 600 or higher; or

- A successfully completed Evidence-Based Management EdX MicroMasters, achieving at least 70% in the final capstone exam.

In addition, the minimum requirement for professional work experience is 5 years, including at least 3 years documented management experience. 

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

The Master of Business Administration program is highly competitive and has a limit on the number of enrolments in each academic year. Applicants will be initially assessed on the minimum criteria detailed above. Where an applicant meets the minimum criteria, they will then also be ranked based on the merit of their relative work experience, academic and/or GMAT results.

Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee a program offer.

Entry Requirements

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is a global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of international applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. 

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: 

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed eligible tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher. 

Alternate Admin Requirements

Application for course credit: Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or postgraduate qualifications in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with an incomplete Masters degree (AQF 9) may have their prior studies considered for credit on a case by case basis.

Cognate Disciplines

For the purposes of admission ‘cognate’ is to be defined as any of the following Fields of Education:

08 Management and Commerce

0801 Accounting

0803 Business and Management

0805 Sales and Marketing

0807 Tourism

0809 Office Studies

0811 Banking, Finance and related fields

0899 Other Management and Commerce

For more information, please refer to Fields of Education or contact the ANU College of Business & Economics.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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.

Program Highlights

  • Study in an exclusive program at the 1st ranked University in Australia and the 30th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2023).
  • All applicants will be considered for the Research School of Management MBA Scholarships that support the diversity of high-calibre students in the MBA program.
  • Be taught by world-renowned scholars in evidence-based practice of management, international business, operational management, strategy, project management, information systems, change management, innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and marketing. The Research School of Management is ranked 36th in the World in the area of “social science and management” in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject , Top 5  in Australia for “business and economics” in 2023 THE Subject Rankings, and was rated equal best in Australia and “well above world standard” again in the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia results.
  • World’s first Evidence-Based management MBA program. All courses in the MBA have been redesigned to equip students with the skills to identify, evaluate and apply the best available evidence to inform more effective decision making.
  • One February intake a year with a typical class size between 20 and 50 students where quality interaction is possible.
  • Finish in 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time (typically)
  • Courses in the MBA are offered in the evening to cater for part-time students.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates from the Master of Business Administration are:

  • Managers seeking promotion pathways to senior executive positions in private or public sectors, or non-government organisations
  • Managers in the private or public sectors are challenged by the complexity of modern organisations and seek career changes within (e.g. specialist to management) or between organisations (e.g. public to the private sector)
  • Entrepreneurs from a range of industries
  • Professionals from diverse backgrounds needing management knowledge and skills to enhance their career prospects
  • Management consultants seeking leading edge thinking on management practice policy advisers designing, implementing or evaluating policies
  • Management, leadership, consultant, coordination or administration positions in areas such as sales, advertising, marketing, corporate services, tourism, hospitality, health, welfare, social services, administration, public relations, policy, planning, production, education services, customer services, facilities and construction.

Who go on to become:

  • Chief Executive Officers in public or private sector
  • SES (Senior Executive Services) in the Australian Public Service
  • Company Directors
  • Executives
  • Senior Managers
  • Business Consultants
  • Entrepreneurs
  • and leaders in many other influential roles.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate and synthesise 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. Demonstrate ethical behaviour and make principled decisions; and
  8. Integrate professional knowledge and skills from fellow middle managers.

Further Information

Important announcement for 2024 applications

This MBA program is only for existing ANU students who commenced study prior to 2024 and are doing pathway studies (e.g. Graduate Certificate of Management) with the intent to exit with an MBA. New or existing students who wish to pursue a career in or with the public service, are recommended to enrol in the new Master of Business Administration program that commences in late 2024. For further information about the program, please register your interest at

Application deadline 

The MBA program will permit existing ANU students to commence in Semester 1 (February) 2024

  • Applications open 17 November 2023 and close 31 January 2024 (11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Outcomes will be provided to students within 20 business days after application.


Application materials

Applicants must complete this CV template to provide employment history (duties, responsibilities, hours, name and nature of employer). Applicants must also provide two referee reports/letters. A personal interview (in person or phone) may be required to confirm work experience and referees may be contacted. Please provide the completed CV template and two referee reports/letters as one PDF and upload it with your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If the CV template does not detail your employment history clearly, especially with respect to professional and managerial experience, your application will be deemed incomplete.

For those students without the volume of work experience required but who are interested in Masters-level Management studies, please consider the following highly attractive alternatives:

  • : a 1-year (48 unit) program that focuses on Management and related discipline studies, with a choice of specialisation,
  • : a 2-year (96 unit) program that focuses on Management and related discipline studies, with integrated research training and research thesis coursework,
  • : a 2-year (96 unit) program that focuses on Management and International Business discipline studies.

Information for employers

Employers who are seeking career advancement opportunities for their middle to senior-level managers are invited to be part of the renewal process by contacting the Research School of Management at for further information.

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

About this degree

You will start this program by enrolling in the first set of courses listed under the Management Core Specialisation.  Upon successful completion of these four courses, you will progress to the Management Essentials Specialisation courses.  The final set of courses will be from the Business Essentials Specialisations.  Further details are available on each specialisations' page.

Management Core Specialisation
Management Essentials Specialisation
Business Essentials Specialisation

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 1.5 years. If you are a domestic student, you will have up to 6 years to complete this degree.

Standard Study Plan

Academic Advice

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can email

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page: 

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