Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders)

Lead others to greatness amidst complexity

We’re living in a world that’s frequently volatile, unexpected and ambiguous. It’s essential that current and future business leaders are able to rapidly understand and solve complex problems in a systematic, integrated way.

Success demands the leadership mindset. And with our ‘pre-experience’ Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders), you can start acquiring it immediately after graduating from any bachelor degree—and complete your studies in as little as 12 months. Our MBA is ranked #1 in South Australia for career impact*.

What will you do?

The Emerging Leaders MBA is part of the Adelaide Business School’s MBA suite, and is designed for aspiring leaders and young entrepreneurs looking to fast-track their pathway into business management. This program is normally completed over 12 months, so is ideal for those coming straight from a bachelor degree. Our program will equip you with:

  • mastery of complex leadership concepts and skills—from identifying technical and human challenges, to mobilising collaborative action in different cultures and environments
  • 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, research and analysis, critical thinking and self-reflection skills
  • outstanding management capabilities in critical business functions, including finance, accounting, economics, marketing and business law.

You’ll also:

  • partner with an experienced industry mentor to plan and develop a sustainable entrepreneurial enterprise through the Australian eChallenge or Tech eChallenge
  • build extensive professional relationships and networks.

Where could it take you?

The Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders) will prepare you to lead projects, teams and, ultimately, organisations all over the world. You could even take your destiny entirely in your own hands by launching your own business.

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

  • #1 in South Australia for career impact*
  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • AACSB accredited

*AFR, BOSS Best Business School rankings, Career Impact, 2022

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM222
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2022
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 1 50.0%
    All students 2 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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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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Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

* Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Potential careers

Business Manager, Entrepreneur, Manager / Business Management, Business Consultant, Business Development Manager, Project Manager, Team Leader

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration (Emerging Leaders) you must satisfactorily complete:

  • 9 Core courses
  • 1 Research course
  • Electives to the value of 6 units from any other postgraduate courses offered by the
    University that are available to you.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses


You must complete:



Complete courses to the value of 6 units from any other postgraduate courses offered by the University that are available to you.

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Last updated: Thursday, 4 May 2023