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Start Date

1.5 year(s) full-time

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Full-time or part-time


$AU 31,800 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • 5-Star MBA as awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) for nine consecutive years.

  • Awarded 5-Stars for Program Strength by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

  • Ranked in the top ten MBA programs in Australia since 20071.

  • Ranked 7th in Australia overall,  number 5 for value for money and number 5 for research output by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Survey, 2017.

  • The University of South Australia Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide2.

  • Access the latest human resource management research and study courses that are relevant, practical and applicable to today’s environment.

  • Curriculum informed by latest research from the Centre for Workplace Excellence.

1 Australian Financial Review, Boss Survey.   2 The University of South Australia Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There is a total pool of 16,585 Business Schools worldwide, as reported by the AACSB, July 2016.



The UniSA Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been developed for experienced managers and executives.

It has a strong practical focus embedded in senior management decision-making and industry relevance. You will gain real-world insights through access to academic and industry experts, and through curriculum informed by current research and professional practice.

You will engage with a cohort of experienced peers from diverse industries in a highly interactive learning environment. This will maximise your networking and career development opportunities. We deliver experiential learning opportunities with direct application to the workplace. This will deepen your expertise in fields such as strategy, marketing, finance, leadership, law, international business and ethics and sustainability.

As a guide, full-time MBA students generally undertake two courses per study period and part-time students undertake one course. Studying the MBA full-time will normally take 18 months, however you can fast-track your study and finish in just 12 months. Part-time students taking one course per study period can typically complete the MBA in three years.

Why Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management)

Why this Degree

The University of South Australia Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1. Our five-Star MBA2 is recognised and respected globally for its excellence.

Since 2007 it has been ranked in the top ten MBA programs in Australia3. It offers a dynamic, engaging, and completely flexible degree that delivers invaluable networking opportunities, preparing you to think and act as a global business leader.

Flexible learning options mean you can tailor your studies to your busy lifestyle with the MBA offered face-to-face (including evening classes and intensives), online or as a combination of both.

If you are driven to create new solutions, lead innovative teams, and deliver exceptional results in the context of disruptive change and global uncertainty, an MBA from UniSA will be your inspiration.

1 The University of South Australia Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There is a total pool of 16,585 Business Schools worldwide, as reported by the AACSB, July 2016.   2 Awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) for nine consecutive years.   3 Australian Financial Review, Boss Survey

Real-world connections

View From the Top

View From the Top is an exclusive seminar and networking series connecting executives and thought-leaders with our MBA and postgraduate students and alumni. Presenters share leadership and industry insights, they advance debate on issues that affect the business world and our society.

Executive Partners Programme

The Executive Partners Programme is a unique mentoring opportunity in which students are matched with a senior executive (CEO or Senior Manager) with proven leadership and managerial expertise and vast business networks. Partners have worked for companies such as Alcoa, BP, Commonwealth Bank, CSR, ExxonMobil, Mitsubishi and SA Health. Every year, two EPP students are invited to participate in an intensive three-week international student exchange with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, US.

Human Resource Management specialisation

Designed and taught by academics actively involved in industry collaborative research, the Human Resource Management specialisation is relevant, practical and applicable to today’s environment. The curriculum draws on international research and UniSA’s wealth of professional connections, both locally and abroad. In your studies you will develop the expertise and skills to practice as an HRM specialist and leader, gaining advanced knowledge across a range of areas including:

  • workplace learning and development
  • managing the global workforce
  • strategic management of human resources
  • recruitment and selection
  • employment law
  • workplace health and safety management
  • employee performance and rewards

Industry facts


Globally, the demand for MBA graduates has risen by 13% between 2015-2016.1

1 Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2016/7, QS Intelligence Unit.


The median salary for master's graduates in the field of business and economics is significantly higher than undergraduates at AU$98,000.2

2 (Graduate Salaries Report 2015, Graduate Careers Australia)


Employers report a 17% increase in jobs available to MBA graduates in Asia-Pacific from 2016-2017.3

3 Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2016/7, QS Intelligence Unit.

What others are saying

When I commenced the MBA program, I had significant professional experience, including working with executives in ASX listed entities, and HR qualifications. However I didn’t have broad business qualifications. The MBA program has helped close gaps in my experience and qualifications, and has broadened my strategic perspective across disciplines.

Laura Schonfeldt, General Manager: People and Culture

Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Elders Limited

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Laura Schonfeldt, General Manager: People and Culture

Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Elders Limited

I have worked in private industry, secondary and higher education and taught overseas. Maintaining contact with the business community is very important to me, which is why I am a long standing member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development. This connection provides support to and informs the Human Resources Management degree at UniSA.

Dr Jane Burdett

Jane Burdett

Dr Jane Burdett

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The MBA degree comprises nine compulsory core courses, two electives and a final capstone experience.

A course runs for the length of a study period, and our academic year is divided into four study periods of 10 weeks each. All MBA courses have an applied focus. They draw on real-life business case studies, and you are encouraged to use industry and workplace based issues for assessment tasks. Courses also feature visiting industry leaders who will lead discussions around contemporary business problems.

The final Strategic Research Project requires you to plan and execute a research project for a Board or senior management group. It is your opportunity to demonstrate the proficiency and integrative knowledge you’ve gained in your MBA studies. The courses provide an opportunity to apply knowledge, engage in a real-world learning experience and to stimulate personal and professional development. You can also select your electives from a wide range of postgraduate courses delivered across the Business School and the University.

Study hours

There are 12 courses in the MBA program, run over four study periods each year. Each course is 10-weeks in duration, requiring approximately 15 hours of study per week and may also be offered in intensive mode. Study periods commence in January, April, June, and September, providing four intakes each year for commencing students.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies and reports
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • an industry-relevant project 
  • an oral or online presentation 
  • a journal or a portfolio


The UniSA Business School is recognised and respected for a comprehensive research program inspired by the contemporary challenges facing Australia and its region. Our focus is always on finding practical solutions and creating new knowledge.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. We work closely with industry to generate high quality research that informs our teaching curriculum and tackles real-world problems. We are renowned for our concentration of global thought-leaders and academic experts in the areas of marketing, human resource management, applied economics, tourism and international business.

The MBA curriculum is informed by our research expertise. And in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, all of our research was assessed as world-class. We have particular strengths in management and marketing, and we are one of only three business schools globally with an academic focus on SME business growth. Read more about our strengths in research.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Strategic Thinking: Concepts and Tools BUSS 5424 4.5
THEN - in any order:
Accounting for Decision Making BUSS 5247 4.5
Managerial Finance BUSS 5249 4.5
Managing People and Organisations BUSS 5425 4.5 Rule(s): 3
The Law for Managers LAWS 5016 4.5
International Business BUSS 5251 4.5
Strategic Marketing BUSS 5245 4.5
Ethics, Governance and Sustainability BUSS 5385 4.5
Leadership for Growth BUSS 5438 4.5
Specialisation elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Specialisation elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
CAPSTONE COURSE - normally taken when all compulsory courses have been completed successfully:
Strategic Research Project BUSS 5423 4.5 Rule(s): 4

I am a true believer that we all possess leadership skills innately and programs such as the Master of Business Administration are critical in bringing those skills to the fore and enhancing them. Partnering industry and academia ensures we are not only developing the skills of today but also the leadership skills required for the future.

Mr Peter Stevens

Program Director

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Portrait image for Mr Peter Stevens

Mr Peter Stevens

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Global Opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. There are over 25 countries and 60+ universities to choose from.

Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

There are a range of postgraduate Student Mobility Options such as intensive study-tours and exchanges. You can take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to undertake an overseas exchange, making experiences abroad more accessible.

Study tours

The Business in China Intensive School is a two-week study tour and project, offered in partnership with Peking University – a leading international business school.

The Mexico and Chile Intensive is a two-week study tour with a one-week seminar on doing business in Mexico at Pan-American University (IPADE Business School) and a one-week study tour in Chile. Students gain unique insight into emerging markets, the role that they play in the current globalised world and their impact on the global economy.

The European Summer School of Advanced Management is a two-week study tour that gives 100 of the world’s outstanding MBA students an intensive international business experience. It has previously been hosted in London, Glasgow and Copenhagen.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

Please apply via the UniSA MBA application portal.

As part of the application process, MBA candidates are required to submit:

  • an academic transcript
  • a current curriculum vitae which addresses the entry requirements and includes qualifications, and provides evidence of management experience (including experience in supervision and financial management)

If applicable, scholarship applications must also be submitted in conjunction with the completed MBA application.

Credit Transfers

Credit transfer and exemption may be offered through recognition of prior learning to eligible applicants, at the discretion of the Program Director. If you have completed appropriate postgraduate management courses at recognised institutions, you may apply for a credit transfer.

Graduates of the following courses are recognised as eligible to receive credit towards the MBA program:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course - one elective course credit (4.5 units)
  • Government of South Australia, Department for Education and Child Development Graduate Diploma Strategic Leadership - two elective course credits (9 units)
  • Leaders Institute of South Australia Governors Leadership Foundation Program - two elective course credits (9 units)
  • Centre for Business Growth (CBG) nine-month Business Growth Programs - two elective course credits (9 units)
  • CPA Australia CPA program - four course credits (18 units), including two elective courses and two core courses

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