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Introduction to MBA Online

If you aspire to lead, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) will equip you with the theory and skills to launch you into the next phase of your career.

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

Build your skillset, strengthen your mindset, and start seeing the world differently. With your online MBA, you’ll gain the courage and creativity to question the status quo and drive change.

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

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MBA Online degrees

Curtin University


Master of Business Administration

Make an investment in your career by choosing an MBA

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

University of the Sunshine Coast


Master of Business Administration MBA

Learn the latest in leadership from industry experts

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Swinburne University of Technology


Master of Business Administration

Chart your path towards business leadership

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Flinders University

Advanced business skills to strengthen your marketing career

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia

Promote your career to the next level with UniSA’s 5-Star MBA

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Torrens University Australia

Make great decisions that improve the health of populations

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Charles Sturt University

The MBA that uses examples from your workplace

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania

High level management expertise for the maritime industry

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Available majors

  • Maritime Logistics
  • Maritime Technology
  • Shipping Operations
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Discover 27 ways to study an MBA online with leading Australian universities.

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What will I learn in an MBA?

An MBA degree in Australia will give you highly regarded leadership skills that will help you level up in your business career.

As well as core subjects covering essential business knowledge, you’ll likely have the opportunity to take electives tailored to your own interests, and gain practical experience through project-based work.

Depending on your specific MBA course, you may cover:

  • core subjects
  • leadership
  • strategy
  • managerial finance and accounting
  • economics
  • marketing and communications
  • governance and operations

Some specialisations include:

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

You may also have the chance to:

  • Learn from highly respected industry leaders.
  • Gain a global perspective during study tours.
  • Test business solutions in real-world settings.
What are the entry requirements for an MBA?

You will generally need to have a bachelor degree in any discipline to be accepted into an MBA course. You may also need to show English language proficiency and some management experience.

However, if you don’t have an undergraduate degree, but you do have extensive work experience, you could meet the criteria for admission into a Graduate Certificate of Business. Complete just four subjects and you can move into an MBA—and get credit for those subjects too!

In exceptional circumstances, a university may allow you to enrol directly into an MBA if you have considerable management or entrepreneurial experience.

We’ll help find the right entry point for you. Get in touch with a student advisor to ask us more about entry requirements.  

How long does an MBA take?

An MBA degree in Australia tends to take between one and two years of full-time study to complete, which involves studying 12-16 units (subjects). Many degrees also offer the ability to study part time.

It’s also worth remembering that you can build your MBA by starting with a shorter postgraduate course, such as a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma, then laddering up to the masters. This also means you can step away from the full MBA if you need to, but still graduate with a respected qualification.

If you’re bringing relevant study or work experience with you to your MBA, you can likely enter with credit and complete your MBA degree even faster.

How hard is an MBA?

An MBA is designed to be challenging. It’s highly regarded in the business world for a reason.

Though, if you already have some professional experience, and you’re ready to apply yourself, you should be equipped to handle the course.

You may like to hear from previous MBA students about how they balanced work and study in their online MBAs.

How do I know which MBA suits me?

There are many options when it comes to MBA degrees in Australia. Luckily, they tend to be highly regarded internationally and are generally more cost-effective than those in countries such as the US.

When choosing, have a look at aspects such as the practical components, industry connections, study flexibility, and elective options offered, so you can best tailor your study to your professional aspirations.

These days, many people opt to study an MBA online as it can easily fit around their existing work and life commitments.

Why should I study an MBA online?

A big reason many people choose an online MBA is the flexibility it allows. Being able to log in from your own location can save you a whole lot of time.

In our highly digital world, studying an MBA online also mirrors the way a lot of us work. You’ll use innovative technology that you’ll no doubt also use in the business world.

You’ll still receive all the benefits of an MBA, such as access to industry leaders and networking with peers. It may even expand your global reach further than you expected.

How do I enrol?

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.

Please note that enquiries and applications for some courses are handled directly by the university. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the course listing page.  

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions. If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

Compare your online MBA options

UniversityIndicative price*Speed to completeCore subjectsElectives
Australian Catholic University$31,5001.5 years84
Charles Sturt University$46,6801.5 years75
Flinders University$60,984 – $64,8722 years12–160
Southern Cross University$47,8402 years124
Swinburne University of Technology$50,4001.5 years84
Torrens University Australia$23,760 – $57,6001–2 years6–160–8
University of South Australia$54,000 – $55,5601.5 years92–4
University of Tasmania$46,7501.5 years92–4
University of the Sunshine Coast$41,760 – $55,6801.5–2 years88

* Based on an average Australian citizen. FEE-HELP student loans may be available.
Fast-track options may be available.

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