Start date
January
April
June
September

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMMA

Fees
2021: AUD$ 40,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
083054K

Degree overview

  • The UniSA Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been designed for experienced managers and enterprising leaders. It has a strong practical focus on senior management decision-making and embeds the latest in management research.
  • Our fully-flexible MBA allows you to tailor your studies to suit your needs with options to learn face-to-face, online or in mixed mode, as well as full-time or part-time. Graduate with the same high-quality qualification no matter how you study.
  • Ranked No.8 online MBA in the world and No.1 in South Australia1.
  • Ranked No.4 MBA in Australia and in the Top 10 MBAs nationally for 12 years2.
  • UniSA Business is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • Awarded 5-Stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) for ten consecutive years.
  • Complete the Company Directors Course as part of your degree through a unique partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) – the only of its kind in Australia.
  • Learn and network with a diverse cohort or highly-experienced professionals who bring extensive management experience to the classroom.
  • Access global study experiences through the 2-week Business in China Intensive School (BICIS) or the European Summer School of Advanced Management (ESSAM).
  • Our curriculum is informed by above world-class research in Marketing4.
  • We are a global leader in Brand Management research5.
  • Awarded 5-Stars for Program Strength by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for Business Administration6.

12020 Global MBA Rankings, CEO Magazine. 22019 Australian Financial Review, BOSS Survey.  3UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020. 42018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  5AFR BOSS Magazine, April 2018 – League of Scholars.  6Ranked #7, 2020 ARWU World University Subject Rankings. 

Snapshot

0009_Michael Mullan Photography_31-05-16.jpgThe UniSA Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been developed for experienced managers and enterprising leaders. It has a strong practical focus on senior management decision-making and industry relevance.

As part of your studies, you will gain real-world insights through access to academic and industry experts, benefit from a curriculum informed by world-class research and further your professional practice to maximise your career progression. You will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse cohort of highly-experienced peers from a wide range of industry backgrounds in a sophisticated learning environment.

We deliver experiential learning opportunities with direct application to the workplace which will deepen your expertise in fields such as strategy, marketing, finance, leadership, law, international business, and ethics and sustainability.

You will also have the opportunity to study the Company Directors Course embedded within your MBA through a unique partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors – the only of its kind in Australia.

Our fully-flexible MBA allows you to tailor your studies to suit your individual needs with the option to study face-to-face (including intensives and evening classes), online or in mixed mode, as well as full-time or part-time.

As a guide, full-time MBA students generally undertake two courses per study period and part-time students undertake one course per study period. 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.

Marketing specialisation

Learn from leading scientists at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, the world’s largest institute for marketing research.

The Institute produces ground-breaking research into how brands grow and how consumers behave, and is sponsored by many of the world’s biggest brands including Colgate-Palmolive, CBS, Google and Kellogg's.

Through collaboration with the Institute, you will benefit from an evidence-based approach to marketing and gain access to the latest in practical industry research. You will gain advanced marketing knowledge across a range of areas including:

  • advertising: theory and practice
  • brand management
  • buyer behaviour insights
  • marketing strategy and planning
  • advanced marketing analytics
  • e-marketing

What you'll learn

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The MBA degree comprises eight compulsory core courses, three 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 ten 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.

You will be able to tailor your study plan based on your career interests and needs by electing the order in which you study your courses, and choose electives from a range of specialist marketing courses.

The final Strategic Industry Project requires you to plan and execute a 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 your knowledge, engage in real-world learning experiences, and stimulate personal and professional development.

You can also learn the principles and practices of good governance with the Company Directors Course delivered through a unique partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors – the only of its kind in Australia.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
COURSES and SEQUENCING: Rule(s): 1
FIRST:
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
International Business BUSS 5251 4.5
Strategic Marketing BUSS 5245 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Ethics, Governance and Sustainability BUSS 5385 4.5
Leadership for Growth BUSS 5438 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
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 Industry Project BUSS 5449 4.5 Rule(s): 4

Study hours

There are 12 courses in the MBA program, run over four study periods each year. Each course is ten weeks in duration, requiring approximately 15 hours of study per week, and may also be studied in intensive mode.

Study periods commence in January, April, June and September each year, providing you with a choice between four intakes.

Assessment

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

Research

UniSA Business 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. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, all of our assessed research was rated at or above world-class with particular strengths in business and management and marketing. Read more about our strengths in research.

Timetable

The UniSA MBA is offered across four study periods each year.

2021 MBA teaching dates:

  • Study Period 1 (Term 1)    11 January - 19 March
  • Study Period 3 (Term 2)    5 April - 11 June 
  • Study Period 4 (Term 3)    28 June - 3 September
  • Study Period 6 (Term 4)    20 September - 26 November

2022 MBA teaching dates:

  • Study Period 1 (Term 1)    10 January - 18 March
  • Study Period 3 (Term 2)    4 April - 10 June 
  • Study Period 4 (Term 3)    27 June - 2 September
  • Study Period 6 (Term 4)    19 September - 25 November

Why Master of Business Administration (Marketing)

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Our MBA has also been ranked No.4 in Australia3 and is consistently awarded by leading bodies nationally and overseas. It offers a dynamic, engaging and completely flexible program that delivers invaluable networking opportunities with both your peers and industry executives, preparing you to think and act as a global business leader.

We understand the demands of a busy lifestyle so ensure you have the flexibility to tailor your studies with the option to learn face-to-face (including evening classes and intensives), online or in mixed mode, as well as full-time or part-time.

As part of this degree you can also complete the Company Directors Course, delivered through a unique partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) – the only of its kind in Australia. Two-week global study tours are also available including trips to China or the European Summer School of Advanced Management.

UniSA Business is also the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

If you are driven to create new solutions, lead innovative teams and deliver exceptional results in the context of disruptive change and global uncertainty, the UniSA MBA is the next step for you.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.  2Awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) for ten consecutive years.  32019 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) – the only of its kind in Australia – this highly-regarded course is offered as a recognised elective of the UniSA 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 students, postgraduate students and alumni. Presenters share leadership and industry insights as they advance debate on issues that affect the business world and our society.

Executive Partners Program

The Executive Partners Program is a unique mentoring opportunity where you will be paired with a senior executive (CEO or Senior Manager) with proven leadership, 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 students are also invited to participate in an intensive three-week international student exchange with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in the US.

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Industry facts

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Globally, the demand for MBA graduates has risen by 13%.

Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2018, QS Intelligence Unit.

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Employers report an 18% growth in jobs available to MBA graduates in the Asia-Pacific - the strongest increase of all regions.

Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2018, QS Intelligence Unit.

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.

Alternative Pathways

Australian

If you would like to strengthen your business knowledge with a shorter qualification, the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (four courses) or the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (eight courses) may suit you. They provide a pathway into, and credit towards, this MBA.

Both can be studied face-to-face, online or a combination of both.

International

If you would like to strengthen your business knowledge with a shorter qualification, the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (four courses) or the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (eight courses) may suit you. They provide a pathway into, and credit towards, this MBA.

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:

  • UniSA Leadership Development Program – two elective course credits
  • 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
  • Australian Centre for Business Growth (AUCBG) nine-month Business Growth Programs - one elective and one core course credit
  • CPA Australia CPA program - one elective and two core course credits.

Your study experience and support

Global opportunities

International short-term and full semester exchanges, as well as intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences. The University of South Australia 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, and gain a global perspective.

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 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.

There are also a range of international study grants available, making study abroad much more accessible.

Student services

Business_Hub_images-11 copy.jpgOur dedicated MBA team is available to support you throughout your studies. The team can provide expert advice on study options, elective choices, career services and more, and can help with referrals to other support services across the University.

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more. Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform.

We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, swimming pools, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Living in Adelaide

Ranked as the 5th most liveable city in the world for the last five years, Adelaide is the perfect place to live and study. As one of the world’s most liveable and affordable cities, you will have more to spend on food, accommodation and entertainment. International students also get the same public transport discounts as local students, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Interactive learning environment

Regardless of whether you study on campus, online or in mixed mode, you'll have access to online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle.

You'll be able to:

  • access online 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 online 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 suit your lifestyle. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note, all student visa holders are required to meet their visa condition to study no more than one-third of their program in an online mode and maintain enrolment in at least one internal (face-to-face) course per compulsory study period, unless it is their final course and not available internally. If you are currently residing in Adelaide, on-campus attendance (such as seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements would apply, as outlined on individual course pages. If you are currently overseas, online study may be available following your individual study plan.

Your campus

This degree can be studied face-to-face on campus, online or in mixed mode. If studying on campus, you will be based at UniSA's City West Campus.

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Your program director

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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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 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, Industry Capability Development Manager

Master of Business Administration
Employment: BAE Systems

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Esther Roberts, Industry Capability Development Manager

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: BAE Systems

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, Head of Technology

Master of Business Administration
Employment: ElectraNet Pty Ltd

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Bill Le Blanc, Head of Technology

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

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

In my teaching, I provide a balance of theoretical knowledge, experiential skill development and motivation to implement. I also bring the practical knowledge I have gained through my industry experience, with a range of organisations from government, defence and banking, into the classroom.

Dr Ruchi Sinha, UniSA Research Education Portfolio Leader and Senior Lecturer

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Dr Ruchi Sinha, UniSA Research Education Portfolio Leader and Senior Lecturer


The UniSA MBA gave me the opportunity to expand my skills and broaden my knowledge of the executive business environment. I also had the privilege of being the first recipient of UniSA’s WiMBA scholarship. This initiative not only supports diversity for women in leadership, but also gives women the confidence to progress into executive roles. I hope my participation in this program will help address leadership inequality within industries like mine and empower others to strive for the same.”

Cheree Figg, Port Manager - Darwin

Master of Business Administration
Employment: Svitzer Australasia

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Cheree Figg, Port Manager - Darwin

Master of Business Administration
<br />Employment: Svitzer Australasia