Master of Business Administration

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  • Objectives
    Deakin’s Master of Business Administration can help you to improve your business skills, perform your current job more effectively and expand your career options. You can specialise in areas such as accounting, corporate governance, family business, finance, financial planning, human resource management, information systems, insurance, law, marketing, retail management, risk management and supply chain management, and help advance your career through studies in a broad range of topics relating to all aspects of organisational management and the development of creative, analytical and interpersonal capabilities crucial to business leadership. The on-campus and off-campus modes of study incorporate Deakin's flexible learning model, using electronic conferencing, group-based project work and interaction, high quality course materials, overseas study programs and intensive residential schools.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have a first degree and a minimum of two years' relevant work experience. Applicants who do not hold a degree and have a minimum of seven years' relevant work experience may apply to enter the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration. Those who demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance may apply to enter the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration or the MBA.
  • Academic title
    Master of Business Administration
  • Course description
    Professional recognition
    By choosing appropriate units within the Master of Business Administration, students may satisfy the professional recognition requirements of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

    Fees and charges

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
    This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities

    Deakin’s Master of Business Administration has a wide range of specialisations to help you progress your career in all areas of business from administration to business strategy. As a graduate you may find employment in areas such as financial planning, corporate governance, human resource management, marketing and a range of other areas.

    Course rules

    The MBA comprises 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units and may include one specialisation. The four elective units may be selected in one specialisation as listed, or students may choose any 4 credit points from the range of specialisations including the general elective units.


    Arts and Entertainment Management
    Corporate Governance

    Economics ^
    Electronic Business
    Enterprise Security Management
    Environmental Sustainability

    Family Business

    Financial Planning
    Health and Human Services Management
    Human Resource Management
    Information Systems Management
    Information Systems Project Management
    International Trade and Business
    Leadership and Communication
    Project-Based Management
    Public Management

    Retail Management

    Research Project

    Risk Management
    Strategy and Planning
    Supply Chain Management


    ^ continuing students only

    Course structure

    Core units

    MPR751/MPA751 Financial Reporting and Analysis  *

    MPE781 Economics for Managers  

    MPF753 Finance  

    MPR732/MPK732 Marketing Management  *

    MPR706/MPM706 Strategic Management  *

    MPR721/MPM721 Organisational Behaviour  *

    MPT735/MPM735 International Business Management  #

    Plus one unit from:

    MPC741 IT Strategy and Management  

    MPT722/MPR722 Human Resource Management (Residential)  # *


    MPM722 Human Resource Management  


    #MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    *MPR code denotes residential version of the unit


    Elective units

    The remaining 4 credit points may be selected in one specialisation as listed or students may choose any units from the range of specialisations including the general elective units listed below.

    MPM712 Managing Innovation  

    Or students may choose an alternative unit with prior written approval of the Course Team Chair.

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants must have a first degree and a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.  Applicants who do not hold a degree and have a minimum of seven years' relevant work experience may apply to enter the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.  Those who demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance may apply to enter the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration or the MBA.

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

    Advanced Standing / Credit for Prior Study

    Advanced standing into the Master of Business Administration may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies in management. There are negotiated advanced standing arrangements in place for CPA members.

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