Executive 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 Executive 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. Our MBA is ranked #1 in South Australia for Career Impact*.

What will you do

The Executive MBA is student-focused, with maximum flexibility to suite 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.

To accommodate the needs of busy professionals, providing maximum flexibility to customise your schedule around your needs classes include:

  • weekly evening classes
  • monthly weekend intensives (Friday/Saturday)
  • optional EMBA summer school for two weeks in January

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

Advance your career in Business

Managing Director of Yanun Project Services, David says studying the MBA with the Adelaide Business School gave him the confidence to start his own business and pursue his passions in creating pathways for First Nations people.

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

^AFR, BOSS Best Business School rankings, Career Impact, 2023

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM269
Deferment Yes - 2 year

January, May and September

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A minimum of five years' relevant work experience is required for applicants with a completed AQF Bachelor's degree (minimum GPA 5.0);


A minimum of seven years' related work experience and a satisfactory GMAT score (550) is required for applications without a completed Bachelor's degree;


A completed Adelaide or Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Interview with MBA Director where the applicant must demonstrate Leadership, Communication, Team Skills, Motivation, Business Skills.

Please upload a copy of your CV with your application. Additionally, if you have had previous contact with the EMBA Director through one of the MBA Coffee catch up sessions or EMBA Information Sessions, please indicate this in your CV.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $47,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Career Readiness

The Executive 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

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 (AACSB)

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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

Degree Structure

The Executive Master of Business Administration explores critical aspects of business activity, preparing students for executive level management. Students will integrate theory and practice, developing a wide range of technical literacy to inform evidence-based decision-making. The program will help to instil a globally aware and people-oriented mindset, aiding students in the assessment and development of their own leadership skills and capabilities. The program facilitates the advancement of social capital and fosters a detailed understanding of how to utilise innovation in the creation of sustainable business practices.

The Executive Master of Business Administration is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the degree of Executive Master of Business Administration, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 36 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 24 units
  • Research courses to the value of 3 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 9 units

Core courses
All of the following courses must be completed: 

ACCTING 7100 Accounting for Managers 3 units
BUSANA 7004 Business Analytics for Managers  3 units
CORPFIN 7101 Managerial Finance 3 units
MANAGEMT 7000 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3 units
MANAGEMT 7044 Strategic Management  3 units
MANAGEMT 7086 Fundamentals of Leadership 3 units
MANAGEMT 7087 Managing Contemporary Organisations 3 units
MANAGEMT 7104 Marketing Management 3 units

MANAGEMT 7122 Enterprise Project    3 units

Elective courses
Enrol in courses to the value of 9 units from the following:

MANAGEMT 7012 Business Performance Improvement  3 units
MANAGEMT 7022 Business Law 3 units
MANAGEMT 7031 Services and Operations Management 3 units
MANAGEMT 7040 Project Management 3 units
MANAGEMT 7046 Negotiation Skills 3 units
MANAGEMT 7047 Judgement Based Decision Making 3 units
MANAGEMT 7053 Organisation Innovation 3 units
MANAGEMT 7072 Management Project (Research) 3 units
MANAGEMT 7181 Managing in a Global Context 3 units
MANAGEMT 7112 Marketing Strategy 3 units
MANAGEMT 7115 Systems Thinking for Management  3 units
MANAGEMT 7225  Business Project (Consulting) 3 units


Note: Not all courses are available every year or teaching period

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Last updated: Monday, 18 Mar 2024