Adelaide Master of Business Administration

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
CRICOS 059067E

Inspire greatness

We are living in a world that is at times volatile, unexpected and ambiguous. It is essential that current and future leaders be equipped to deal with complex problems in a systemic, integrated and collaborative fashion.

Our Adelaide Master of Business Administration (MBA) creates leaders who can deliver on the demands of an increasingly complex world, as demonstrated by our broad network of alumni in the business community.

What will you do?

The Adelaide MBA is student-focused, with maximum flexibility to suit the needs of busy professionals. You will:

  • build professional relationships and networks
  • gain advanced problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • develop strong leadership skills necessary for driving innovation and positive change within organisations
  • cultivate a global outlook, strategic mindset, and the ability to see the bigger picture
  • understand the management of critical business functions through coursework including finance, accounting, economics and marketing.

There are also opportunities for international exchanges at world-leading business schools.

Note: Intakes occur throughout the year, in January, May and September, with Summer School options in January.

Further information on this program can be found via the Adelaide MBA website, including application forms, brochures, scholarships, application deadlines, and details of upcoming information sessions.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Intake January (including summer school options), May and September
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Program entry requirements ensure that you will be sharing a classroom with high-calibre students, well prepared for study. The varied experiences of these participants produce a rich learning environment and foster unique, long-lasting business and social networks.

    To be eligible for entry into the Adelaide MBA, you must meet the following criteria:

    • With a completed bachelor's degree from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent degree from another tertiary institution), you must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

    • Without a completed bachelor's degree: you must achieve a satisfactory GMAT Test score of 500, and have at least seven years relevant work experience.

    Applicants may be required to provide essays and/or attend an interview as part of their MBA application.

    How to Apply

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 059067E
    Intake January, May and September
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 6.5 Writing 6.5
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 22 Writing 24
    Pearson Overall 65 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 58 Writing 58
    C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 176 Writing 176
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent AND a minimum of two years relevant work experience.


    • At least seven years relevant work experience AND a GMAT Test score of 500 AND

    All applicants must adequately meet the attributes of:

    • Leadership

    • Communication

    • Team Skills

    • Motivation

    • Business Skills

    Applicants may demonstrate they meet the work experience and attributes via their CV, essay responses or interview

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $43,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $48,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

    Adelaide MBA Scholarships

    Scholarship support for the Adelaide MBA program is funded by the Adelaide Business School across a range of categories to ensure our program is accessible to all candidates who have the capability and drive to undertake MBA studies.

    Browse Adelaide MBA scholarships
  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Adelaide MBA degree gives graduates a solid grounding in academic disciplines relevant to general management. Students acquire the conceptual and analytical abilities they need to make and carry out decisions at a senior managerial level.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Professional Accreditation

    The program is ranked first in South Australia by The Australian Financial Review's 'BOSS' magazine and is recognised internationally as a Tier 1 MBA by CEO Magazine.*

    *Rankings released in September 2019 and March 2020 respectively.

    Potential careers

    Marketer / Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager, Business Manager, CEO, Product Manager, Project Manager, General Manager, Team Leader, Innovation Manager

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Example Study Plan

    MBA Courses

    Core Courses
    ACCTING 7100: Accounting for Managers
    CORPFIN 7101: Managerial Finance
    ECON 7239: Economics for Management
    MANAGEMT 7044: Strategic Management
    MANAGEMT 7086: Fundamentals of Leadership
    MANAGEMT 7087: Managing Contemporary Organisations
    MANAGEMT 7104: Marketing Management
    MANAGEMT 7250: Research for Decision Makers

    Electives (two of the following)
    MANAGEMT 7000: Entrepreneurship
    MANAGEMT 7012: Business Performance Improvement
    MANAGEMT 7022: Business Law
    MANAGEMT 7031: Services and Operations Management
    MANAGEMT 7040: Project Management
    MANAGEMT 7046: Negotiation Skills
    MANAGEMT 7072: Management Project (Research)
    MANAGEMT 7047: Judgement Based Decision Making
    MANAGEMT 7053: Organisation Innovation
    MANAGEMT 7081: Managing in a Global Context
    MANAGEMT 7112: Marketing Strategy
    MANAGEMT 7115: Systems Thinking for Management
    MANAGEMT 7225: Business Project (Consulting)

    MANAGEMT 7117: Enterprise Project (6 units)


    MANAGEMT 7120: Enterprise Project A (3 units) and
    MANAGEMT 7121: Enterprise Project B (3 units)


    The assessment for courses is generally an individual assignment, a group assignment and an examination. In some courses there is an assessment component of class participation. Students must pass all components of assessment in order to pass a course.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 14 Oct 2020