MBA online

With unrivalled access to world-class MBA degrees, we can help you find and enrol in your MBA online.

If you aspire to succeed in leadership, a Master of Business Administration equips you with the theory, tools and methods to launch you into the next phase of your career.

Master key business concepts including leadership, management, and strategy. Solidify your business fundamentals including marketing, accounting and finance. Study current business theory through the lens of global complex markets.

Build your skill set, strengthen your mind set, and start seeing the world differently. With your online MBA, you’ll have the courage and creativity to question the status quo and drive change.

Edward - MBA student with RMIT University, through Open Universities Australia.
Edward studied for his MBA with RMIT University through Open Universities Australia

Your MBA, your way

There’s more than one way to get an MBA.

Entry pathways

You might not have an undergraduate degree, but your extensive work experience could meet the criteria for admission into a Graduate Certificate of Business. Complete just 4 subjects and you can move to an MBA—and get credit for those subjects too!

Exit points

When life changes, your studies should be flexible enough to change with you. If you’ve met the requirements, you can step away from your MBA and still graduate with a postgraduate qualification: 4 subjects for a Graduate Certificate, or 8 subjects for a Graduate Diploma.

What to consider when you're choosing an MBA

How much should I pay for an MBA?

If you’re keeping a close eye on the bottom line, there are cost-effective MBA options available. Traditionally, this is an expensive degree, and can represent a sizeable investment in your future. But there are options available. Consider whether your employers may consider helping to fund your MBA or whether you might be able to use a FEE-HELP student loan.

When you’re thinking about the cost of your degree, don’t forget to factor in other costs, like textbooks, even studying overseas if this is an option. Understand your ‘break-even’ point, where the benefits you get from your MBA (getting paid more!) overtake the amount you’ll pay for the degree.

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Can I apply for an MBA without an undergraduate degree?

Don’t be put off applying for an MBA if you don’t have an undergraduate degree. Your experience may meet the criteria for admission into an MBA, even if you don’t have an undergraduate qualification.

How important is accreditation when you're choosing an MBA?

When you’re researching MBA options, you’ll often see accreditation mentioned. This is one way to determine the quality of a qualification. When a degree is accredited, the provider is evaluated for things like teaching standards, service delivery and student outcomes.

There are a wide range of accreditations available, granted by national and international organisations. Three that you’ll commonly see mentioned are international accreditations, and highly-sought after, from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

Notable accreditations

Curtin Business school is AACSB certified. AACSB accreditation is awarded to business schools that meet the strict standards of quality academic and professional excellence and is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognised form of academic accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

The UNISA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia, and 169 globally, to be accredited by EQUIS. five-Star MBA (Awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).

RMIT has been given a 5-star rating by the Graduate Management Association of Australia and is European Foundation for Management Development accredited.

How flexible is the MBA?

Some MBA courses are structured so that you can exit early and still get a professional qualification. This means that if your circumstances changed, your study can still be recognised, generally with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. This also means that you could return to complete your MBA later on, with credit for what you’ve already completed.

What's the breakdown of elective and core units in the MBA?

Some MBAs have an option to choose elective units, enabling you to tailor the degree to your specific field or interest area. Some don’t allow this- but if you’re looking for a ‘traditional’ MBA, this might better suit your needs.

Compare your online MBA options

Degree name University Indicative price* Speed to complete Core subjects Electives Alternative exit points
MBA  Edith Cowan University $49,100 18 months 8 4 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA Southern Cross University $41,440 16–32 months 12^ 2 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA (Finance) University of South Australia $47,700 1.5 years 10 2 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA (Human Resource Management) University of South Australia $47,700 1.5 years 10 2 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA (Marketing) University of South Australia $47,700 1.5 years 10 2 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA University of South Australia $47,700  1.5 years 10 2 Grad Cert, Grad Dip
MBA (International) University of Tasmania $41,776 2 years  12 4 Available by application
MBA (Maritime and Logistics Management) University of Tasmania  $32,424 18 months 3 9 Grad Cert, Grad Dip

* Based on an average Australian citizen. FEE-HELP student loans may be available.
‡ Fast-track options available.
^ Plus a double weighted industry research project.

Explore, choose and enrol in your MBA online


  • Learn from highly respected industry leaders
  • Take a global perspective during optional study tours
  • Test business solutions in real-world settings


  • Design thinking
  • Innovation and leadership
  • Health, ethics, and sustainability
  • Finance, HR and marketing
  • Logistics

Elite accreditation

Assurance that your MBA course is internationally focused, with strong industry connections, and attention to corporate responsibility.

Get going with your MBA through OUA

Compare and apply

With MBAs from leading Australian universities, we’ll help you find the right course for you. Our student advisors are ready to answer your questions. Applications are open to graduates with a Bachelor Degree, and you might need to show English language proficiency and management experience.

Work out your finances

During your enrolment, we’ll offer you the option to pay upfront in full, or defer your payment using a FEE-HELP student loan. Remember to look into income tax deductions for course fees and study-related expenses.

Get credit for your success

With two milestones along the way, we won’t let your hard work go unrecognised. You can build your MBA starting with a Graduate Certificate, followed by a Graduate Diploma. Upon successful completion of around 12 subjects, you’ll graduate with a Masters of Business Administration. If you’re bringing relevant study or work experience with you to your MBA, you can enter with credit and complete your MBA degree even faster.

We're here to guide you there

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

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