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Start date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2018: AUD$ 36,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 38,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

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

  • Ranked in the top ten MBA programs in Australia for ten consecutive years1.

  • 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.

  • Ranked in the top 150 Institutions Worldwide in Accounting and Finance2.

  • Awarded 5-Stars for Program Strength by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
  • Use financial market simulation programs in the finance trading room, and engage with the global derivatives trading industry.

  • The University of South Australia Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide3.

  • Recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) academic partner.

1 Australian Financial Review, BOSS Survey.   2 QS subject rankings 2017.   3 The University of South Australia Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There is a total pool of 16,585 Business Schools worldwide, as reported by the AACSB, May 2017.


0009_Michael Mullan Photography_31-05-16.jpgThe 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 (Finance)

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_005.jpgThe 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.

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 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There is a total pool of 16,585 Business Schools worldwide, as reported by the AACSB, May 2017.   2 Awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) for nine consecutive years.   3 Australian Financial Review, Boss Survey.

Real-world connections

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Offered through a unique partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), this highly-regarded course is offered as a recognised elective of the MBA curriculum. The course will give you the specialist knowledge and skills to advise boards, join boards, and to better understand the contribution a high functioning board makes to an organisation’s success. You will also be eligible to use the post-nominal GAICD (Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) upon successful completion.

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.

Finance specialisation

UniSA is recognised in the top 150 Institutions in the World in Accounting and Finance1. You will use financial market simulation programs in the finance trading room and engage with the global derivatives trading industry. Curriculum is informed by the latest industry standards, and you will gain advanced finance knowledge across a range of areas including:

  • advanced corporate finance
  • investment management
  • international finance and trade
  • money, banking and financial markets
  • growth, finance and development
  • Chinese Banking
  • wealth management and advanced investment management

1 QS Subject Rankings 2017

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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

The UniSA MBA program provided me with the flexibility to fit in with full-time work and family and enabled me to expand my knowledge and networks. Completing the MBA has demonstrated not just my dedication to learning and applying my knowledge in the workplace, but also my commitment, time management and resilience.

Kym Myall, Director

Master of Business Administration
Employment: Australian Tax Office

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Kym Myall, Director

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: Australian Tax Office

The UniSA MBA has provided me with the knowledge and frameworks to think and act at a higher level in business. It gives a very well rounded understanding of what is involved in both managing a business, and building one. I found as I went through the program, I was able to directly apply my learning to the various development stages of my business.

Simon Schmidt, Entrepreneur and Managing Director

Master of Business Administration
Employment: Vinnovate Pty Ltd

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Simon Schmidt, Entrepreneur and Managing Director

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: Vinnovate Pty Ltd

Doing an MBA is now perhaps seen as a necessary step in any manager’s career. What I feel is sometimes missed is that all MBA’s are not equal. With a world of MBA’s on offer the number of recognised quality standards that had been awarded to the UniSA MBA assured me that I was making a sound decision. I intended to study on-campus, but also had the option of online study. In the end, I completed more courses online and overseas than I did on campus, so the flexibility of the MBA proved to be invaluable.

Steve Todd, General Manager

Master of Business Administration
Employment: Kay Brothers Winery

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Steve Todd, General Manager

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: Kay Brothers Winery

The MBA has allowed me to make more informed decisions faster than before. It has given me an understanding of the core business of other units within my organisation, allowing me to ask the right questions before I make my own business decisions.

Esther Roberts, Trade Investment Director

Master of Business Administration
Employment: London Office of the Agent General of South Australia


Esther Roberts, Trade Investment Director

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: London Office of the Agent General of South Australia

The MBA has most certainly enhanced my effectiveness as an executive leader. That alone achieved my goal for completing an MBA. The unforeseen flow-on implications of becoming a more effective executive were that further executive opportunities opened up to me that I never imagined were possible.

Bill Le Blanc, Executive Director & Chief Information Officer, SA Health

Master of Business Administration
Employment: Government of South Australia

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Bill Le Blanc, Executive Director & Chief Information Officer, SA Health

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: Government of South Australia

What you'll learn

BUS01.pngThe 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 experiences 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.


ICC_021115_003.jpgYour 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.


The MBA is offered across four study periods each year as outlined in the current timetable. The 2018 MBA teaching period dates are listed below.

  • Study period 1 (Term 1) 8 January –  16 March 2018
  • Study period 3 (Term 2) 2 April –  8 June 2018
  • Study period 4 (Term 3) 25 June – 31 August 2018
  • Study period 6 (Term 4) 17 September –  23 November 2018

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 Rule(s): 3
Managing People and Organisations BUSS 5425 4.5
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 only after all compulsory courses 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


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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

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 qualification 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 access 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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Credit Transfers

Credit transfer and exemption may be offered through recognition of prior learning for up to one third of your program 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
  • Leaders Institute of South Australia Governors Leadership Foundation Program - one course credit
  • Centre for Business Growth (CBG) nine-month Business Growth Programs - one elective and one core course credits
  • CPA Australia CPA program - one elective and two core course credits.

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