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Full-time MBA

Leadership is in our DNA. And MBA.
Study the full-time MBA at Australia's first university, ranked 4th in the world for graduate employability. Taught over 18 months, you will develop your personal skills, business knowledge and ability to build and lead enterprises.

We offer far more than the fundamentals of business. Future business leaders need to be resilient, adaptable, progressive and influential to succeed on the global stage.

Our full-time MBA is taught over 18 months in small class sizes. The program is delivered in an intensive format, where students complete two units of study at a time over a seven-to-eight-week period. Like most MBAs, our program offers a deep understanding of finance, marketing and strategy, but you’ll also learn how to lead teams in a digital world, harness big data, leverage the power of creativity and explore the nature of complex systems. You will also have the option to undertake an internship.

Our full-time MBA (Leadership and Enterprise) consists of 12 units of study grouped around three key focus areas:

  1. Personal and interpersonal skills development
  2. Business knowledge and skills development
  3. Building future enterprises
Personal and interpersonal skills development (Units 1-4)

The first four units of the full-time MBA focus on developing personal and interpersonal skills needed to manage and lead effectively. You will learn to build individual resilience in a world of growing complexity, disruption and ambiguity.

Business knowledge and skills development (Units 5-8)

Once you complete the first four units, you will focus on core business knowledge and skills, with an overarching theme of building business resilience and sustainability. You will have an opportunity to combine assessments from these four units to form a business project that will examine the sustainability of an existing business.

Building future enterprises (Units 9-11)

Your final four units will bring together the knowledge and skills you have gained in the previous units to equip you to build and lead future enterprises. The final unit is the MBA Capstone (Design Strategy) – you will develop customer-centric products and services that are aligned with the strategy of an existing organisation. You will integrate the skills, knowledge and experience acquired throughout the MBA to bring a real prototype to market.

Capstone (Unit 12)

A key goal for our part-time MBA is to prepare you for real-world business situations. Find out more about the MBA capstone: Design Strategy.

For detailed information about units of study, please visit the full-time MBA course page.

Our program offers optional internships to eligible students at various times throughout the MBA Program.

Our internship program is about much more than work experience. It has been designed to offer exciting and meaningful projects for both individuals and teams across a range of organisations in emerging sectors including start-ups, social enterprises, non-profits and technology enterprises.

Along with your own industry experience, you will draw on the skills and knowledge gained from the first two-thirds of the program to develop compelling new propositions with impact for businesses and society.

Our full-time MBA will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to achieve your future anything. You will:

  • develop the personal and interpersonal skills required to effectively manage and lead
  • learn to build personal resilience in a complex world
  • acquire core business knowledge and skills
  • understand business resilience and sustainability
  • examine the sustainability of an existing business
  • master the art of building and leading future enterprises
  • develop the skills to deliver customer-centric products and services.

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may vary during your period of study. For information relating to fees, please visit the full-time MBA course details page.

We offer MBA Director's Scholarships valued at varying amounts to local and international self-funded candidates for our full-time MBA program. 

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please provide detail of this in your statement of motivation (see How to apply, below). 

To apply for the full-time MBA, you need to have:

  • a minimum of three years of relevant work experience; and 
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree. 

If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

For more detailed information about admission criteria, please visit the full-time MBA course page

Step 1: Check the admission criteria

You will need to meet the necessary admission criteria before you will be considered for entry. Please check the admission criteria above. 

Step 2: Apply online

In order to complete your application online you will need the following documentation:

  • Your academic qualification details, for example, completion year and grade average
  • Your employment history/professional details
  • A statement of motivation (maximum two pages) outlining:
    • what you hope to achieve professionally and personally by completing the full-time MBA (Leadership and Enterprise) at the University of Sydney Business School
    • academic achievements
    • community involvement and extracurricular activities
    • leadership qualities
    • awards and recognition.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please provide details of this in your statement of motivation. 

If the results of your previous study aren’t available by the closing date, you can still submit an application. Your application will be considered, providing you forward the relevant results once they become available.

Step 3: Interview

Shortlisted applicants for the full-time MBA will be required to attend a selection interview establishing the candidate's suitability. These interviews take place in the month following the application deadline.

For detailed information about how to apply and application deadlines, please visit the full-time MBA course page.

In order to secure a place in the August 2022 cohort you are encouraged to apply in an early admission round.

Admission round Application deadline Interview dates
Round 1 1 August 2021 September 2021
Round 2 1 October 2021 November 2021
Round 3 1 November 2021 December 2021
Round 4 1 February 2022 March 2022
Round 5 1 April 2022 May 2022
Round 6 1 June 2022 July 2022

Interview times are subject to availability, and only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

Note, applications will be accepted throughout the year, and outside of the above admission round deadlines.

Your MBA experience will extend beyond your studies and are an excellent opportunity to forge lasting connections and friendships. Our MBA student clubs and societies are run by MBA current students and alumni. 

Club 50 - Club50 enables and empowers diversity and inclusion in leadership through forging lifelong business and personal relationships.

eMBAssy - eMBAssy was founded in 2013 by a group of students from the first MBA cohort. eMBAssy's vision is to build and sustain a valued community that enriches the experience and excellence of our programs.

Earth Guardians Club - A community committed to creating a sustainable future for our Earth. To inform, inspire and ideate how we can bring sustainability into the business world and create change.

The University of Sydney Healthcare Club - The Healthcare Club brings students, alumni, academia, business and government together to spur innovation in health sector.

MBA Consulting Club (MBACC) - The Consulting Club exists to help students develop skills in the field of Management Consulting through solving complex problems ad communicating solutions to senior stakeholders.

MBA Technology and Innovation Club - The Technology & Innovation Club uses their MBA problem-solving skills to analyze technology trends in business and ideate using the latest technologies to solve real-world challenges through innovative solutions. 

Meet our alumni

Frances Cameron, full-time MBA student

Frances Cameron (MBA '19)

“The full-time MBA at the University of Sydney is unlike any other in that it emphasises leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity. Business is evolving so quickly and requires innovative problem solving skills, which is at the core of the Sydney MBA. The beauty of the coast, the infinite opportunities for outdoor adventure, and the many cultural attractions of the city make Sydney the perfect place to earn a degree.”

Luis Alfonso Caso Prado, full-time MBA student

Luis Alfonso Caso Prado (MBA '19)

“I chose the full-time MBA at Sydney for the international perspective of business and to expand my cultural approach towards life. For me, Australia offered the perfect balance to achieve a great education and amazing experience. The full-time MBA helped me become more entrepreneurial and to find new ways of doing business. I also learnt from the many diverse cultures of my cohort and expanded my networks worldwide.”

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