Adelaide Master of Business Administration

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.

  • MBA rated second in Australia^
  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • AACSB accredited

^QS World University Rankings, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.

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Domestic applicants

Intake January* (including summer school options), May and September
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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.
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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.


Having worked across a range of fields, my studies helped give me the confidence and business skills to take the plunge and go into business.
Barbara Gare

Barbara Gare

Co-founder, Y Natural Skincare

Master of Business Administration

Faculty of the Professions

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021