Master of Business Administration

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, you can start acquiring it immediately after graduating from any bachelor degree. Our MBA is ranked #1 in South Australia for career impact.*

What will you do?

The 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. 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 will prepare you to lead projects, teams and, ultimately, organisations all over the world. You would 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.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Adelaide

Designed for aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs with no work experience, the MBA offers blended learning that can be fast-tracked to just 12 months, providing a pathway into business management across a range of industries.

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

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

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM271
Deferment Yes - 2 year

January, May and September

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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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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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 in Business

Potential careers

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

Marketer / Marketing Manager;  Business Consultant;  Business Development Manager;  Business Manager;  Project Manager;  Entrepreneur;  Team Leader

Degree Structure

The Master of Business Administration is a comprehensive degree that explores the core areas of business activity from finance and marketing through to strategy formulation and decision-making. The program also introduces students to the theories of complex systems, organisational behaviour and leadership styles. Rigour and relevance are carefully balanced through the application of theory to authentic work place scenarios. Upon graduation students will have developed a sound understanding of business management practices, organisational cultures and their own leadership style.
The Master of Business Administration is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the 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 27 units
  • Research courses to the value of 3 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 6 units

Core courses

All of the following courses must be completed:

PROJMGNT 7038 Project Leadership and Communication 3 units
ACCTING 7025 Accounting Essentials for Decision Makers  3 units
ECON 7200 Economic Principles  3 units
MARKETNG 7104 Marketing Management 3 units
CORPFIN 7005 Principles of Finance 3 units
COMMGMT 7006 People and Organisations  3 units
COMMLAW 7012 Business and Corporation Law 3 units
COMMGMT 7027 Strategic Management  3 units
COMMERCE 7039 Business Research Methods 3 units


ENTREP 7901 Tech eChallenge   3 units

Elective courses

Enrol in courses to the value of 6 units from any other Postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University that are available to the student.


If my MBA studies has taught me anything - I better understand that truly great work almost always happens in collaboration with great people.

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Last updated: Thursday, 4 Jul 2024