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Master of Business Administration online


2 years part-time



Degree price (2022 fees)

$4,746 per course

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Online MBA degree overview

Future business leadership requires more than experience alone. It demands advanced strategic thinking; high-level people management; mastery of global economic principles; and deep self-awareness. We’ll help you achieve them all.

The University of Adelaide 100% online MBA degree offers managers a world-class pathway to transformational growth. Build the confidence to lead, expand your network, and advance your career—all on your terms.

Our innovative online learning environment has all the support, social networking and flexibility your busy lifestyle demands. Open doors and apply now for an online MBA with South Australia’s #1 university for graduate employability*. We are also in the top 5% of business schools attributed with AACSB accreditation. AACSB is the largest and most recognised specialised accreditation worldwide.

*QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020.

Online degree structure

The online Master of Business Administration comprises twelve courses, separated into three stages. There is the option to study the graduate certificate, the graduate diploma and the masters separately.

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (first 4 courses)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (first 8 courses)
  • Master of Business Administration (all 12 courses)

It’s up to you which qualification level you enrol in. If you initially enrol in the masters but later wish to exit the program earlier, you can graduate with a graduate diploma or graduate certificate award if you have completed the required courses. This is also the case if you enrol in the graduate diploma but wish to exit with only a graduate certificate.

To learn more about what you’ll study in each course, head to the course curriculum section. The entry requirements for each qualification level are detailed below too.

Your MBA online experience

Enhance your performance and change how you think about your own potential. Here’s how it works:

100% online: Collaborate with experienced professionals, actively take part in online seminars and access all your digital resources easily from any Internet connected device.

World-class education: This degree is part of the University of Adelaide MBA suite, headed by our flagship Adelaide MBA—ranked number one in South Australia and number two nationwide**. Wherever your career takes you, this degree will ensure you’re recognised.

Sharpen your focus: Courses in our online MBA are delivered one at a time in six-week blocks, keeping you focused and regularly achieving goals. You have the flexibility to start when you’re ready and scale back if you need.

Support every step of the way: You’ll never be studying alone. Connect with our expert advisors for academic, personal and career support.

**BOSS, The Australian Financial Review, 2019.

What skills will you gain?

The transformational self-improvement you experience will assist with every aspect of leadership.

Broaden and elevate your strategic thinking and management skills; enhance your economic and cultural awareness; and gain the vision and confidence to drive real organisational, industry or even societal change.

Through our online MBA you will acquire qualities that will truly set you apart, including:

  • socially responsible and future-focused management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills
  • the ability to mobilise people to address common challenges
  • the capacity to set, adapt and achieve enterprise-wide objectives
  • highly developed capabilities in collaboration, interpersonal communication and staff motivation
  • high-level skills in innovation, business strategy, marketing and systems thinking
  • a thorough grasp of how to employ basic and applied research to support sustainable business growth.

Your career path

Our online MBA will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead in virtually any context—private company, government department or non-government organisation—anywhere in the world.

Strengthen your marketability, step up in your current workplace or run your own business more efficiently and effectively in any of the following sectors, including:

  • banking and financial services
  • consulting and strategy
  • science and technology
  • government
  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • agriculture
  • trade
  • construction
  • retail.

Where it takes your career will be up to you.

Essential leadership skills

  • Leadership and Influencing - MANAGEMT 7123OL

    The types of challenges that business leaders face today need individuals, including ourselves, to change. Understanding yourself is therefore paramount. 

    In this subject, you will explore your leadership story, philosophy, and areas for improvement.

    Using current development models, you will deepen your intellectual and emotional self-awareness. You will also learn how to adapt your leadership style, tools and behaviours to motivate your entire team.

  • Accounting and Financial Management - MANAGEMT 7126OL

    The purpose of this course is to improve your financial literacy and your capacity to assess the financial performance of an organisation.

    You will be introduced to the language and key concepts of accounting including:   

    • time value of money 
    • capital budgeting
    • risk-return paradigm
    • financing capital expenditure.

    You will grow your foundational knowledge of balance sheets, cash flow reports and earnings statements.

  • Marketing for Managers - MANAGEMT 7124OL

    Generating revenue, no matter the source or sector, requires marketing. This course offers an introduction to the purpose, nature and roles of the marketing discipline and how it applies to managers. 

    This course will equip you with the skills to:

    • evaluate markets
    • uncover consumer and buyer behaviour
    • target specific opportunities 
    • keep adjacent functions customer orientated.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset - MANAGEMT 7125OL

    An entrepreneurial mindset is now essential for more than just those in the start-up sector. This course will enable you to cultivate and evaluate profitable opportunities, no matter the business setting. The aim of this course is to empower you with the entrepreneurial attitude and skill set, such as:

    • the ability to recognise opportunities 
    • fluid and adaptive decision-making skills
    • the agility to experiment and problem solve
    • the resilience to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty
    • a strong bias to action.
  • Innovation Management - MANAGEMT 7127OL

    Innovative enterprises outperform their non-innovative counterparts in terms of growth, financial performance, and employment. This course will equip managers with the know-how and tools to create, develop and manage breakthrough innovations. This course primarily explores the ways to turn ideas into successful outputs.

  • Managing People and Organisations - MANAGEMT 7128OL

    Smart processes, structures and a positive workplace culture can amplify your vision as a leader. In this course, you will examine the key influences and tools to enhance effective management action.

    The course will primarily focus on human factors that are dealt with by managers on a day-to-day basis including: 

    • ethical decision-making
    • mobilising and developing staff
    • managing interdependencies
    • analysing issues.
  • Managerial Economics - ECON 7244OL

    External environmental factors have major implications for your business. Managerial Economics will teach you the link between economic principles and everyday decision-making. For example, how to allocate scarce resources to meet enterprise goals will be addressed. Other economic theories covered include:

    • contract theory 
    • managerial behavioural economics
    • game theory
    • pricing.
  • Research for Managers - MANAGEMT 7131OL

    This course introduces research tools you can use to reduce uncertainty when making important managerial decisions. You will be provided with an overview of:

    • the research process, framework, structure, and methodology
    • the difference between basic and applied research
    • research for strategy development.

    The course concludes with your final research project proposal, which University staff will use to assign you a supervisor for your final unit.

  • Strategic Alignments - MANAGEMT 7129OL

    Leaders play a core role in strategy development. An effective strategy outlines a vision, direction and framework for key decisions to be made. They also motivate an organisation to orientate towards a common goal. 

    Learn how to link an organisation’s objectives, structure, resources and business environment to achieve higher enterprise performance. 

    A three-step approach will be followed in this course: 

    1. Understanding the environment (what can be done?)
    2. Selecting actions (what and why?)
    3. Implementation (how?)
  • Systems Thinking - MANAGEMT 7130OL

    Today's complex challenges need solutions that address the bigger picture. Systems thinking focuses on the relationships and interactions between elements and their environment. 

    This course is designed to help you take action in the interconnected fields of finance, economics, markets, people and nature.

    You will discover the merits of non-linear decision making and ways in which managers can make use of the nature of systems.

  • Research Project - MANAGEMT 7133AOL & 7133BOL

    The purpose of the final research project is to take the learning out of the classroom and into the workplace. Students are able to work in teams (from two to three students) or one-on-one with supervisors. 

    The final research project is the equivalent to two courses and will span two online teaching periods.
    The research project will involve: 

    • conducting unique research
    • analysis
    • preparing a report
    • making a final presentation.

Academic entry requirements

Collaborative learning is at the core of our online MBA. Activities and exercises will require you to problem solve and draw on real-world examples. As such, relevant work experience is important for your success.

To be eligible, you need to meet one the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  2. No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  3. A completed university Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

English language requirements

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction.

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the Minimum English Language Requirements. However you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident (visa status) or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

If English is not your first language of instruction, further documentary evidence will be required so please download the Minimum English Language Requirements document (Postgraduate Coursework Programs section) for information about acceptable English language tests.

How to apply

To apply for the University of Adelaide’s online MBA, you first need to create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal.

Once you have verified your account, please complete your online application form and upload the following supporting documents:

  • valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
  • proof of citizenship / permanent residency (this can also be a passport)
  • transcripts from your completed Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • change of name documents if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate)
  • English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).

For assistance with your application, please contact us on 1300 293 830.

When can I start? 

There are six intakes into the MBA program throughout the year: January, March, May, July, August and October. Applications typically close four weeks before the online teaching period commences. Check out the Important Dates page for further details. 

What is the total cost?

$56,952 or $4,746 per course (2022 fees).

Is there FEE-HELP available?

Yes, Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit.

Once you have been offered a place in the University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Please see our FAQs page for further details.