Master of Business Administration (International Trade and Development)

Lead profitable cross-border relationships

International trade and development is the glue that binds humanity into a single, powerful engine of progress. It has the potential to generate widespread prosperity, raise global living standards, strengthen societies, and build strong, respectful cross-border relationships.

Leaders who master its complexities will enjoy a wealth of career opportunities throughout the world. Our Master of Business Administration (International Trade and Development) can be entered immediately upon completing any bachelor degree and will make you one of them.

What will you do?

The MBA (International Trade and Development) is part of the Adelaide Business School's MBA suite and can be completed over two years. You don't need professional experience to apply, as the degree will equip you with:

  • a deep understanding of global trade drivers—economic, geopolitical and cultural—and the levers of power
  • a thorough working knowledge of best-practice community development principles
  • highly advanced strategic thinking skills—the ability to see the bigger commercial and societal picture and make decisions with a truly global outlook
  • high-level problem-solving, analytical, critical thinking and self-reflection skills
  • outstanding management capabilities in critical business functions, including finance, accounting, economics and marketing
  • extensive industry and professional relationships and networks.

Where could it take you?

The MBA (International Trade and Development) will prepare you to move rapidly into senior management and leadership roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

You could tailor a multinational’s market development strategies for specific global regions; mastermind a non-government organisation’s community-building programs in developing countries; or lead official delegations to advance your country’s interests at the WTO.


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

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

SATAC Code 3CM218
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM218

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000


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

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Potential careers

Management Analyst, Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Business Development Manager, Business Management, Business Manager, Business Representative, CEO, Commercialisation Manager

Degree Structure

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

Core Courses
All students must complete the following:

PROJMGNT 7038 - Project Leadership and Communications
ACCTING 7025 - Accounting Essentials for Decision Makers
ECON 7200 - Economic Principles
MARKETNG 7104 - Marketing Management
CORPFIN 7005 - Principles of Finance
COMMGMT 7006 - People and Organisations
COMMLAW 7012 - Business and Corporations Law
COMMGMT 7027 - Strategic Management
COMMGMT 7028 - Action Research for Business

To complete a specialisation in International Trade & Development students must complete all of the following:

TRADE 5000 - International Trade: Negotiations & Agreement
TRADE 5001 - International Trade: Strategies & Opportunities
TRADE 7004 - Principles of International Trade and Development
TRADE 7005 - Agriculture and Food in International Trade
TRADE 7008 - Services Trade

And any courses to the value of 3 units from the following:
TRADE 7007 - MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development
TRADE 7009 - International Aid and Trade
TRADE 7012 - Trade Statistics

All students must complete the following:

ENTREP 7900 - eChallenge 
ENTREP 7901 - Tech eChallenge


Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all. The skills and knowledge that I have gained are in demand by businesses throughout the world.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021