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Discover Australia's no. 1 MBA. 

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Global leaders in management education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    Our MBA has been ranked No. 1 in Australia by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine biannual MBA Rankings in 2017 and 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 2022.


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

About this course

Today’s global business environment is rapidly changing. Study Australia's no. 1 ranked MBA. 

Our unique, experiential program is purpose built to unlock your personal and professional ambitions and refine your leadership skills. Delivered in our CBD campus, this flexible course can be completed in two to three years of part-time study.

Designed in close consultation with leading businesses and industry experts, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that are required to succeed in an increasingly complex global business environment. The program will expose you to cutting-edge business knowledge, give you practical experience applying theory to real world commercial challenges and provide you with access to unique global opportunities.

We combine high-level research with a practical, hands‑on approach to learning and a focus on you as an individual to ensure that you realise your ambitions.

Learn more about our MBA program

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
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.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

Explore your options.

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. 

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

  • Your academic qualifications, for example, completion year and grade average
  • Your employment history/professional details
  • A one-page statement of motivation outlining what you hope to achieve  professionally and personally by completing the part-time MBA at the University of Sydney. Please upload this document where the online process requests Supplementary forms (immediately after the request for transcripts)

Documents can be submitted in MS Word, RTF or PDF formats.

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 any outstanding results once they become available.

Closing dates

Semester 2, 2022

  • Round 1 deadline: Sunday, 20 February 2022
  • Round 2 deadline: Sunday, 27 March 2022
  • Round 3 deadline: Sunday, 1 May 2022  (final application deadline)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details. 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

This course is currently not available to international student visa holders.

Starting date

What you'll study

A hallmark of our management education program is our strong emphasis on experiential learning. Our part-time MBA will give you opportunities to confront complex real world problems and apply your theory and skills to these. This active learning approach is designed to maximise the contribution of students to each other's learning; all facilitated by experienced faculty and industry practitioners.

Commencing unit

  • Leadership Practice and Development 

Core units

  • Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership
  • Data Analytics and Modelling 
  • Financial Management 
  • Innovation in Strategic Marketing
  • Managing People and Organisations 
  • Strategies for Growth

Capstone unit

  • Design Strategy: MBA Capstone

Elective units

  • Business Negotiations and Decision Making
  • Coaching and Performance Management
  • Business Performance Frameworks
  • Creativity, Innovation and Business
  • Financing Innovation
  • Innovation and Corporate Venturing
  • International Business Project
  • International Social Enterprise Project
  • Leading Business Innovation
  • Leading Project Management
  • Managing with Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Shared Value & Inclusive Business Models
  • Business of Health

Note, not all elective units will be available each year.

Completion requirement

The Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 72 credit points comprising four components:

  • 42 credit points in core units of study;
  • 24 credit points in elective units of study; and
  • a 6 credit point capstone unit of study.

Design Strategy - MBA Capstone

The capstone unit is the final unit of our MBA and involves a world-class learning module anchored in the field of strategic management, intersecting with principles in design thinking and product engineering. Students develop a real-life working prototype over a period of 3-4 weeks, based on a commercial problem, embedded in the strategic roadmap of our partners. Learn more.

Admission criteria

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

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification;
  • at least three years' work experience;
  • complete a selection interview; and
  • provide a one-page statement of motivation outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course.


  • The University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma can be credited to the master's degree.

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 exceptional circumstances the Business School may admit candidates without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Business School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

Career services
Defining your career vision and gaining the tools and knowledge you need to achieve success is critical. Throughout your MBA, our career services will provide you with coaching, career management tools and resources to help you refine your career goals and navigate the recruiting process.

Our career services have been designed to assist all part-time MBA students in the effective management of their careers, not just those actively seeking employment.

International Business Project (elective)
This 12 credit point unit of study is a two week intensive international module and gives you the opportunity to study and work in a different country. While the focus of the module varies according to location, some of the key themes addressed in the international module include the leadership and management challenges of entering new markets, managing across cultures and regulatory environments, identifying and realising new opportunities, and management and coordination challenges in multinational firms. You also work in a small team to provide strategic advice to an organisation, presenting detailed analysis and recommendations to them.

International Social Enterprise Project (elective)
This unit takes students to India for an intensive immersion into the themes of social entrepreneurship and innovation by restriction. The traditional lines between private, public and non-profit sectors are being blurred by the emergence of social enterprise and shared value. That is, social entrepreneurs are finding ways to build impact models that either break even financially, or even make profit. They have done so by engaging innovative business models to solve social and environmental problems on local and global levels. Students study these themes within the context of working in teams on a real social enterprise business problem regarding strategy and scale. At the end of the unit students have developed a working knowledge of the ideas of innovation by restriction, how to overcome issues of scaling a social enterprise in an emerging market, and cultural intelligence about working overseas. Students are expected to reflect on how the key themes and lessons can be applied to their own professional environments back in Australia.

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 AMBAAACSB and EQUIS.

Career Pathways

Our MBA has been tailored to equip experienced managers with the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to adapt, lead and succeed in the context of change.

Graduate with all that you need to create the future you want. You'll:

  • Learn more about yourself as a leader and how to draw the best out of your team.
  • Be exposed to current insights from across all major business and management disciplines.
  • Master the art of taking theory and turning it into real-world practical solutions.
  • Acquire all the management skills and competencies you need to succeed.
  • Develop the tools to not only be an effective communicator, but to become a thought leader.
  • Become more informed, and able to articulate your point of view, on the contemporary forces shaping our society and business.
  • Develop a lifelong professional network of high-achieving, like-minded peers.

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 EMBA 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.

Kelly McJannett (MBA '18)

Domestic students

International students

“To make our future come to life, we need to be humble enough to acknowledge our weaknesses, surround ourselves with the right expertise, and do the work needed to close the gap. The MBA has enabled that for me in a supportive environment of peers on the same journey."

"For me, completing an MBA was part of making good on what I believe I was born to do.”

Heath Ducker
Master of Business Administration
Founder and CEO, Verreaux - NFP Crisis Consultancy

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