Master of Business Administration

Course information for - 2024 entry


1-2 years full-time depending on credit granted for prior learning, or equivalent part-time

Fees (first year)*

$14835 CSP

Start dates
ACU Term 1 - 29 Jan, ACU Term 2 - 22 Apr, ACU Term 3 - 15 Jul, ACU Term 4 - 7 Oct


Finding your specialty is our specialty.

Advance your career and become a well-rounded management professional with our unique MBA that puts ethics and sustainability at the forefront.

We understand the importance of learning in the real world, not just in the classroom. All our units are also embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals. And you’ll have the opportunity to develop your consulting skills in applied business contexts and engage with international partners through our virtual Global Virtual Classroom. Our courses include opportunities to link with industry and apply your learning to your current job through applied assessment options.

Our unique structure allows you to design your own specialist qualification. The core units will provide you with a solid foundation across all business functions, and then you’ll be able to choose four open electives from any discipline, giving you control over your professional journey. Within just one year you can complete your MBA by applying for open elective credit from any relevant postgraduate study from another institution.  

Alternatively, you can choose electives in any field at ACU, such as health management, educational leadership or theology.

And if life gets in the way, you can exit early with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.


Graduates are prepared for careers across a wide variety of professions, such as:

  • CEO
  • CIO
  • CFO
  • CMO
  • health administrator
  • educational manager
  • consultant

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Term 1

  • MGMT641 Organisational Dynamics and Behaviour 10 cp
  • ElectiveOHSE612 Occupational Health and Wellbeing or BUSN617 Research Methods 10 cp
  • Specified UnitsBUSN603Corporate Governance and Risk Management

    (Inc: MGMT646)

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsMGMT638Ethical Leadership10 cp
  • Specified UnitsENTR601Entrepreneurship

    (Inc: BUSN607)

    10 cp
  • ElectiveMGMT656 Global Experience or BUSN617 Research Methods 10 cp
  • Specified UnitsMGMT605Strategic Management for Sustainability10 cp
  • ElectiveMKTG600 Managerial Marketing (Inc: MKTG650) or BAFN602 Corporate Finance 10 cp

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

Commencing Term 2

Commencing Term 3

Commencing Term 4

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 or Graduate Diploma in Business Administration 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 2 years post-graduation full time (or FTE) work experience; OR
  2. Graduate certificate in any discipline and a minimum of 2 years full time work experience; OR
  3. A minimum of 5 years’ full-time work experience outlined in a portfolio demonstrating knowledge, experience, and skills suitable to the level required for participation in the program.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions Rules.

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

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility.

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

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


Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
  • Any graduate certificate in any field from any university


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 20 credit points (normally 2 units) per term.

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

  • the number of units studied per term;
  • 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, a scholarship and income support.


You could be eligible for the Scholarship for ACU Online, ACU's Online Campus created to help ACU online students with the costs associated with studying. We also have university wide scholarships you may be eligible for. 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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Deferment is available for one year. If you wish to defer, please speak to your course consultant.


Dr Sanjeev Alfred

“My career has really progressed since I did my MBA. When I added it to my resume, companies looked at it favourably and, on many occasions, I was called for interviews. In my view, the MBA was the key to acquiring a competitive advantage in the job market.”

Dr Sanjeev Alfred
MBA graduate

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