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Discover our full-time MBA (Leadership and Enterprise)

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Global leaders in management education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    Our part-time MBA and Global Executive MBA have been ranked No. 1 in Australia by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine biennial MBA Rankings 2019.

  • No. 4 in the world

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability In the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

Our full-time MBA is taught over 18 months and has a precise limit on class size. 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.

You will `learn by doing' through workshops with industry leaders; intensive group work; and tackling real world issues with a diverse cohort. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to build and lead future enterprises in a digital, hyper-connected world from tech start-ups to major corporations.

The program comprises of 12 units of study, which are grouped around three key focus areas: personal and interpersonal skill development, business knowledge and skill development and building future enterprises.

You will learn from internationally-renowned academics from the Business School and across the University, as well as from a host of industry leaders. The program finishes with a capstone unit, enabling you to apply everything you have learnt throughout the MBA to bring a real product prototype to market.

Learn more about our full-time MBA.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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. 

To secure a place in 2021, we encourage you to apply in an early admission round. Program offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details. 

Round 1 - 1 Aug 2020

Round 2 - 1 Oct 2020

Round 3 - 1 Nov 2020

Round 4 - 1 Feb 2021

Round 5 - 1 Apr 2021

Applications close - 15 June 2021

Starting date

Semester 2 (August 2021)

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. 

To secure a place in the Semester 2, 2019 cohort, we encourage you to apply in an early admission round. Program offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details. 

Round 1 - 1 Aug 2018

Round 2 - 1 Nov 2018

Round 3 - 1 Feb 2019

Round 4 - 1 May 2019

Round 5 - 1 July 2019

Starting date

Semester 2�(August 2020)

What you'll study

Personal and Interpersonal skill development (Units 1-4) - These units focus on the development of personal and interpersonal skills needed to effectively manage and lead in business. You will learn to build individual resilience in a world of growing complexity, disruption and ambiguity.

Business knowledge and skill 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 9-12) - These units bring together the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous units to equip you to build and lead future enterprises. The final unit is the MBA Capstone (Design Strategy), in which you will develop customer-centric products and services aligned with the strategy of a contemporary, real-world organisation.

Capstone (compulsory project)

In this unit, students are required to develop customer-centric products and services that are aligned with the strategy of an actual organisation. Students must integrate the skills, knowledge and experience acquired throughout the MBA Program to bring a real prototype to market. Design thinking methodologies are applied to demonstrate understanding of the challenges facing strategy implementation. Students work in teams with tight milestones. To do this successfully, students must use the skills gained throughout the MBA program and critically reflect on the implications and impact of their learning.

Fees

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may be varied during the period of study. Full-time fees are paid per unit of study per term in advance and payment deadlines are notified to students at the beginning of each calendar year. Please note that a number of scholarships are also available for eligible students.

Admission criteria

To be eligible 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.

Admission pathways
If your academic record does not meet the above criteria, a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score of 600+ may be required.

We are happy to consider applicants without a first degree who have an excellent career record. Candidates with no first degree but with substantial managerial experience are advised that GMAT 600+ may be required.

We consider each case holistically and on an individual basis. We look for evidence of communication skills; interpersonal skills; leadership skills; team-building skills; integrity and ethics; initiative; cross-cultural sensitivity; motivation and commitment.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT is a standardised admissions test used by the world's leading business schools. The test score gives us additional information to compare applications from around the world in an objective way. We take into consideration country or regional norms in the distribution of GMAT and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores and compare scores within industry sectors. While GMAT is not a specific requirement for candidates who meet our other admission criteria, students with GMAT scores within the target range will be more likely to receive an offer for entry into the program. You need to have a balanced score on all parts of the GMAT. You should aim for a score of 600+. Although we do not specify a minimum, we are highly unlikely to admit a candidate with a score below 500. 

Career Development

Dedicated to your success
Our full-time MBA Career Services team will work directly with you, empowering you to achieve the next steps in your career strategy. Through training and development of your employability skills, we will support you to make the most of your MBA, and maximise the opportunity of having many of the world’s best employers on our Sydney CBD doorstep.

Our extracurricular opportunities, professional development workshops, career coaching, employer introductions and industry networking events will enable you to build a career-management plan and develop the tools, skills and knowledge to navigate today’s employment market and recruitment trends successfully.

Internships
We have integrated optional internships into our program, available during the study breaks.

Our dedicated careers team will work with you to place you with one of our local or international partner organisations, depending on your interests and career goals.

We have exceptional industry links with more than 250 employers offering internships to our students, including some of the world’s largest firms: Deloitte, PwC, Boston Consulting Group, Procter and Gamble, Commonwealth Bank, EY, Credit Suisse and many more.

To find out more about our career development services, please visit

sydney.edu.au/business/study/mba/careers-service.html

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.

Future study options

The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Master of Business Administration is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, such as the Master of Philosophy (MPhil). The postgraduate research programs offered by the Business School attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degrees by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research at sydney.edu.au/business/research

Career Pathways

There is a strong demand for University of Sydney graduates from multinational employers both in Australia and around the world. Our graduates are the most employable in Australia and are among the top five most sought-after by employers worldwide, according to the latest 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. With over 320,000 university alumni and 56,000 Business School alumni across the world, from a number of industries and sectors, you will also have access to a powerful global network.

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Frances Cameron

“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.”

Frances Cameron
Master of Business Administration ('19)

 

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