Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$14835 csp

Start dates

ACU Term 4: 7 October 2024


A pinnacle business qualification for individuals that believe in more than just maximising profits.

Our Master of Business Administration Executive (MBAe) challenges participants to consider how contemporary business models can embrace ethical values and sustainable profit growth, and how these two apparently competing ambitions are, in fact, intertwined and interdependent.

This executive-level program is ideal for experienced managers, leaders, decision-makers and those aspiring to advance their careers. We understand you’re busy, so we aim for efficiency and flexibility with 4 start dates each year. Combine the flexibility of an online course with networking and the support of your peers and lecturers.

Our MBA is competitively priced to make it accessible to all and we offer Commonwealth supported places (CSP) meaning the government subsidises your course fee.

Learn more about our new Brisbane Leadership Centre in the heart of the CBD here

You can register your interest and our AskACU team will get in touch with more information.

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Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Term 3 (Brisbane only)

  • Mandatory Core UnitsMGMT638Ethical Leadership10 cp
  • Mandatory Core UnitsBUSN603Corporate Governance and Risk Management10 cp
  • Mandatory Core UnitsBUSN602Money Management10 cp
  • Mandatory Core UnitsMGMT641Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour10 cp

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) or the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Executive) may exit from the course with the relevant award by arrangement with the relevant Course Coordinator.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and 5 years post-graduation full time (or FTE) work experience of which at least 3 years is in a management/leadership role; OR
  2. Graduate certificate in any discipline and a minimum of 5 years full time work experience of which at least 3 years is in a management/leadership role; OR
  3. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management/leadership role outlined in a portfolio demonstrating knowledge, experience, and skills suitable to the level required for participation in the program.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14835 csp

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Staff Profile

Dr Samantha Murdy

National MBA Course Coordinator, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Samantha Murdy is an academic in Marketing with over 15 years of teaching, research, and consulting experience. Before joining ACU, she worked in the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Strathclyde. She holds a PhD and a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Marketing. She also holds a PG Cert in Higher Education Teaching and is a member of the Higher Education Academy. Samantha has a keen research interest in conservation, sustainability, and community in relation to marketing in a tourism context.

Samantha has held many key strategic roles throughout her career including Acting Deputy Head of the Peter Faber Business School, and at her previous institutions Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Director, and Postgraduate Director of a suite of Marketing programs. Samantha has taught and developed a variety of classes at UG, PG, and PhD levels. She has previously been nominated for teaching awards. 

Dr Marzena Baker

Senior Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr. Marzena Baker is an accomplished Senior Lecturer at the Peter Faber Business School. With a keen interest in promoting workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing she focuses her research and publications on effective workplace diversity policies, and practices. Her expertise lies in supporting women to occupy leadership roles in project-based organisations.


Dr. Baker is an alumna of Queensland University of Technology, where she obtained a PhD and Master of Business degrees. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University. Before joining ACU, she was a Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Sydney. Dr. Baker's professional experience spans over 25 years in senior corporate positions, where she has managed consumer research, marketing, and communication projects in fast-moving consumer goods, construction, and property development industry sectors. Her research has resulted in multiple conference papers and industry presentations, further demonstrating her expertise and dedication to the field.


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