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Experience a truly global Executive MBA

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Global leaders in management education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    Our Global Executive MBA has been ranked No. 1 in Australia by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA Rankings in 2019.

  • Top 15 in Asia-Pacific

    The Financial Times ranked the University of Sydney Business School as 15th in Asia-Pacific in their top 25 business schools in 2018.


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course. Applicants will be eligible for admission only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

Our Global Executive MBA gives you a range of unique experiences around the world in different countries and organisations. Your journey will take you across Australia, to England, India, Israel and the United States. Because we believe to influence the world, you need to be inspired by it.

With a focus on experiential learning, disruption and adaptability, you’ll work with business leaders and global organisations to address dynamic and multifaceted problems, and discover how to drive positive change in a world of uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity.

The program comprises a mix of self-directed online primers, a major strategic project and 5 x 2 week face-to-face residential blocks held approximately every 4 months over an 18 month period, from February to July, currently undertaken in Australia, England, India, Israel and the United States.*

Units build cumulatively throughout the degree, with leadership at the core. Across the duration of the program, you will work on a change initiative to address a significant strategic issue confronting your organisation through the EMBA Report – the end result being a culmination of your discovery and learnings throughout the entire degree.

Graduate with a global mindset, adept at aligning economics with ethics and reconciling opportunity with responsibility.

*Please note that our module locations are under constant review to ensure we stay aligned with global leadership trends.

Achieve the future you've imagined. Find out more about our Global Executive MBA

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

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How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

You can apply online via the application portal.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

What you'll study

The Global Executive MBA is completed over one and a half (1.5) calendar years of full-time, intensive study. The majority of the program takes place in five 14-day residential blocks of face-to-face classes, held approximately every 4 months, over a period of 18 months.

Core units

  • EMBA Report 
  • Reframing Leadership 
  • Managing Connected Enterprises 
  • Thriving in New Markets 
  • Finding Opportunity in Disruptive Technology
  • Challenging Business Models 

Candidates must also complete the zero credit point unit, Executive MBA Primers.

Completion requirement

The program requires the completion of six, 12-credit point units of study over 18 months (two units in each of the three semesters).

Capstone (compulsory project)

The Executive MBA Report is a strategic project designed by you in consultation with the Executive MBA Program Director and your company (or equivalent). The project lasts 12 months and can be for your organisation or company, another organisation; or a new product, service or business. It will require you to draw upon what you learn during your studies.

At the conclusion of the program, you will present your work to your senior executive group (or equivalent), which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate first-hand your abilities as a strategic thinker and leader.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification and, fulfill the following three criteria: (i) professional work experience (typically 10 years) in a relevant field; (ii) complete a selection interview and (iii) provide a one-page statement of motivation (outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course).

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.


In addition to the tuition fees:

  • Participants are billed for ‘residential fees’ consisting of accommodation, some meals and group transportation. The total amount is AU$25,000 over the duration of the 18 month program, paid in five equal instalments.
  • Participants are required to organise and pay for their return airfare to the host city of each overseas unit of study and for their return travel to the Australia-based units of study.

A AU$2,000 non-refundable deposit is required to be paid upon acceptance of your offer into the program. The deposit is subtracted from the accommodation, meal and group ground transportation costs for the first unit of study EMBA6002: Reframing Leadership.

For more information on payment options, visit the Global Executive MBA website

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.

Career Pathways

The Sydney Global Executive MBA has been tailored to give experienced, high performing managers a competitive edge in today's global marketplace. Our rigorous selection process produces an outstanding group of senior professionals, with participants coming from a broad cross‑section of industries including biotechnology, engineering, finance, government, telecommunications, IT, healthcare, logistics and the not-for-profit sector.

When you graduate, you will join a global network of more than 320,000 University of Sydney alumni, and 56,000+ Business School alumni, around the world.

The program will enable you to:

  • Develop a truly global mindset: gain unique insights by working with leading businesses around the world on real business problems.
  • Apply disruptive thinking: immediately apply new, disruptive ideas to real projects, including in your own organisation.
  • Develop fresh perspectives on influence: explore leadership from a range of alternative viewpoints, from military to political and philosophical.
  • Become better connected: join an outstanding group of professionals and gain access to an exclusive global network of alumni, academics and partners.

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

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Amandeep Hansra

"I completed the Global Executive MBA while running a startup company, maintain my clinical practice, and parenting my two children. It took some meticulous organising but if you truly enjoy what you are studying you find a way to balance it all.

"One of my projects undertaken during the Global Executive MBA resulted in starting an organisation called Creative Careers in Medicine to support healthcare professionals build rewarding and fulfilling careers. Within the short space of a year, the organisation grewto around 4,000 doctors, held multiple successful conferences and provided skills, mentorship and support to countless healthcare practitioners. 

"I’ve been so amazed at what started as a project idea at university has now become a real entity that is changing lives for the better."

Amandeep Hansra
Global Executive MBA ('18)
General Practitioner and Director of Evermed Consulting


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