Introduction to 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.
When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.
Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.
If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.
You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study. Chat with us to find out more.
There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.
- You can enrol without entry requirements
We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
- You have total control over how you study
Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
- You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
- We’ll help you navigate the university world
Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.
- You can enrol without entry requirements
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.
Your MBA, your way
There’s more than one way to get an MBA.
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!
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.
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
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.
Assurance that your MBA course is internationally focused, with strong industry connections, and attention to corporate responsibility.
- AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Curtin University and the University of South Australia are recognised as elite global business schools.
- CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings
RMIT and UniSA MBA courses are ranked among the best globally.
- EQUIS - EFMD Quality Improvement System
UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited.
- European Foundation for Management Development, EFMD
RMIT is accredited and meets top quality benchmarks and standards.
- Graduate Management Association of Australia, GMAA
RMIT holds a 5-star rating
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