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Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of a Master of Business Administration should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the generic knowledge and principles of a broad range of management disciplines required to commence or advance a career in management in the context of the local and global economic and social environments
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to solving defined business problems taking into consideration ethical insights including the impact of management decision making on workplace wellbeing, impact of business decisions on the economic wellbeing of marginalised groups in society and the role of business on the stewardship of resources
  • Analyse, synthesise and communicate business and management-related issues, problems and solutions for the benefit of business, consumers and society at an operational level
  • Apply twenty-first century literacies appropriately based on the knowledge of current communications technologies, practices and engagement with diverse groups in society and the understanding of fundamental principles of communication technologies to ensure ongoing self- development and lifelong learning as technologies and associated literacies progress.

Students who complete a Master of Business Administration are employed in a wide range of roles and across the private, public and not for profit sectors. Typical roles include:

  • General manager/CEO;
  • Health services manager;
  • Management analyst;
  • School/college manager;
  • Management consultant; and
  • Business owner/entrepreneur.
  • Management consultant; and
  • Business owner/entrepreneur.

Higher education

To apply for the Master of Business Administration, applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and 2 years post-graduation full time (or FTE) work experience; or
  • Graduate Certificate in any discipline and a minimum of 2 years full time work experience

Work and Life

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.

English Proficiency Requirements

Students must meet one of the following English Language Proficiency Requirements:

  • IELTS: Overall score: 6.5; Individual score of 6.0 in all tests
  • PTE:  61 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills 
  • TOEFL: Internet based total of 90: minimum 25 writing 
  • ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%) 
  • CAE: Overall CAE of 176; Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests

RPL or credit may be granted according to ACU policies. Students with appropriate prior postgraduate study may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for their electives. Applicants are advised to contact the degree administrator.

This degree is designed for early to mid-career managers who seek to enhance their employment opportunities. The degree provides a comprehensive overview of key management functional areas with the option of undertaking four electives in either general management or a management specialisation. The general management specialisation is designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (IML) and provide international recognition through the Chartered Institute of Managers (UK). The degree provides opportunities for students to engage in real world work activities through applied business projects and optional internship opportunities. The degree embraces the importance of ethical and sustainable decision making from an international perspective. Career opportunities for successful students include openings in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Recommended Study Pattern

It is recommended that students complete the 8 core subjects before commencing the electives.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration, students must successfully complete 8 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.

Choose your subjects


Students are required to study 4 elective subjects. Students can choose to study the 4 electives subjects provided in the General Management stream or any 4 Postgraduate single subjects offered via OUA. 

Students with appropriate prior postgraduate study may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for their electives.

ACU graduation ceremonies are held in the Autumn and Spring. Students need to submit an Online Application to Course Complete during their final unit.