Master of  Business

Program code: 5250
CRICOS code: 037519G


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Has your career reached a turning point? The 24-unit Master of Business will deepen your knowledge of the latest business practices and advance your executive education.

  • The 24-unit Master of Business is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in business (or a similar field) and who can meet minimum GPA requirements. See Program Details for more information about entry requirements.
  • Develop specialised knowledge of business strategies and practices – both in Australia and internationally – by completing at least one field of study. Fields are designed to jumpstart or advance your career.
  • Benefit from a flexible program. You can choose to complete two fields of study; or one field of study and a range of electives; or one field of study and a research stream. Electives cover topics like economics, information systems, and entrepreneurship.
  • Enrol in an optional research stream and study qualitative and quantitative research methods, and complete a project on a topic of your choice. You'll open doors to careers in research or consulting, within industry or academia.

The Master of Business will hone your business skills, build specialist knowledge within your chosen field, and take your career to the next level.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS. UQ was also ranked in the 51-100 bracket in the world for management in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • Fast Facts

    Stay ahead of the game

    Our business programs are regularly updated to include topical and innovative study areas. Our courses reflect the world right now and address constantly evolving issues in areas like sustainability, climate, entrepreneurship and new technologies.

  • Alumni
    “My Master's has given me the opportunity to challenge and improve myself as both a student and a person. Being surrounded by an excellent support network, fantastic teachers and other highly motivated students has enabled me to see more, hear more and learn more, both theoretically and practically." Cathy Yang, Master of Business (Marketing, International Business) (2016)
    Corporate Sales Specialist

Fields of study for this program

There are 9 fields of study available in the Master of Business.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

The Master of Business is a qualification that is highly regarded by organisations worldwide and graduates are sought after in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in a range of fields, including:

  • recruitment
  • education
  • engineering
  • construction
  • consumer goods
  • finance
  • technology
  • telecommunications
  • travel
  • tourism
  • infrastructure
  • retail
  • insurance
  • community services
  • government.

Specific career opportunities typically depend on your chosen field of study.

Other graduates use the Master of Business to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • Research

    Work closely with experts

    UQ Business School is associated with the Australian Institute of Business and Economics (AIBE), which seeks to establish UQ as the leading provider of business and economic research in Australia, and link UQ academics with industry. 

  • Alumni
    "I would describe my postgraduate UQ study experience as highly engaging and very enjoyable. This has been supported by an extensive range of services and programs provided for academic and professional enrichment." Kalam McTaggart, Master of Business (2019)
    Project Officer, Land Court of Queensland


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree or equivalent in the same discipline as approved by the Executive Dean with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Field of Study: For students who have previously undertaken studies in business or commerce, entry will only be considered for a field not already studied (with the exception of the Supply Chain Management field of study).

Same discipline is a Bachelor degree specialising in at least one of the following areas:

  • accounting
  • advertising (business degree related only)
  • business
  • business administration
  • business information systems
  • commercialisation (business degree related only)
  • economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • human resources
  • international business
  • international hotel and tourism management (UQ BIHTM and Griffith University BITHM degrees permitted, others considered on a case by case basis)
  • management
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • sustainability (business degree related only).

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Business are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Business are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Business. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Business at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Business.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.


Demand is growing internationally for business and marketing professionals who have expertise in advertising. As a student in the Advertising field of study, you'll develop your strategic abilities and your knowledge of the advertising and media industries. Courses cover areas like the fundamentals of advertising, the evolving relationship between advertising and the media, digital advertising, creative advertising and media production, social media, and media planning and buying.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Advertising field of study typically work in advertising and media agencies, market research or marketing. They can effectively work within or between these three areas and oftentimes take on account management and managerial roles in advertising and marketing.

Human Resource Management

A cohesive team is any organisation's main asset. As a student the Human Resource Management (HRM) field of study, you'll learn how to manage people to create positive outcomes for organisations and positive work experiences for people. Courses cover content knowledge in areas like the recruitment and selection of employees, performance management, compensation, training and development, career support, team development, communication and conflict, industrial negotiation and resolution, and strategy. Courses also develop important interpersonal and professional skills.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the HRM field of study typically work as HR consultants and managers across the public and private sectors. They work in areas like recruitment and candidate selection, industrial relations, employer associations, negotiation and advocacy, and occupational health and safety.

Information Systems

The field of Information Systems is designed for business managers who wish to obtain education and training in the analysis, design, use and management of Information Systems in a business environment. The program facilitates the development of advanced Information Systems skills that enable students to conduct data analytics and process improvement activities, as well as to advise on organisational information requirements and related strategy. Through completing the program, students are able to integrate their existing understanding of, and experience in, business, with skills in eliciting organisational requirements, skills in generating insights from data, and skills in designing and managing systems involving business data. Such skills are crucial in modern organisations, which are underpinned by Information Systems and depend on them to support efficient and effective decision making.

Career outcomes

Information Systems major graduates enjoy a wide range of careers given organisational dependence on technology and systems. Common roles include system or process analysts, technology consultants or managers of information system infrastructure.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

If you're energised by working on creative projects and excited by the idea of building a business or product from the ground up – this is the field of study for you. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship field of study will teach you how to be entrepreneurial and innovative in a variety of environments. Courses are organised around problem-based learning and are taught by leading academics and industry experts who emphasise practical learning that is well-supported by theory. Electives offer students access to venture capitalists, consultants and successful entrepreneurs to learn beyond the classroom.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship field of study typically build their own businesses; work as consultants to help other businesses commercialise, grow and expand; or move into management roles that focus on creating and maintaining sustainable business ventures.

International Business

If you want to be successful in today's global marketplace, you have to understand the problems and opportunities that cross-border activities create. As a student in the International Business field of study, you'll develop high-level skills in building and managing an international enterprise and developing mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers, service agents and partners. Courses in this field are regularly revised to ensure they reflect the latest research and examine issues relevant to global business, including cross-cultural management, international supply chains, globalisation and the world economy.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the International Business field of study typically work as consultants or managers in companies with international operations and trading networks; for state and federal government agencies; or for trade or industry associations. The knowledge developed in this field of study can be used to work for almost any organisation that is engaged in international business or that is looking to grow or expand into overseas markets in the future.


The Leadership field of study is for anyone who wants to undertake a leadership role in the future or improve their current leadership skills. Courses focus on various theories and practices of leadership that create the best outcomes for an organisation and its people. As a student in this field of study, you'll develop an understanding of leadership principles. These are supplemented by individual self-assessments, practical tasks and reflections, which cultivate the attitudes needed to lead contemporary organisations from middle management to the top.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Leadership field of study typically step into roles within larger organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This field of study is also intended for people who are self-employed entrepreneurs.


Marketing is a continually evolving area that is creative, rewarding and innovative. As a student in the Marketing field of study, you'll develop your understanding of product and brand management; awareness and loyalty; consumer behaviour and research; product and service development; and marketing strategy. This field of study provides students with the knowledge and skills required to be effective marketers and pursue careers in a range of organisations and sectors.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Marketing major typically work as managers and consultants in marketing and advertising agencies; in the marketing departments of various private, public or not-for-profit organisations; or market research organisations.

Organisational Sustainability

Sustainable business management is crucially important for success in a future characterised by physical (natural), market, economic, legal and social uncertainty. Transformation will be necessary to meet the risks, realise the opportunities and accelerate the path to a sustainable future defined by earth's and society's safe operating space. New models of business and a greater understanding of system-wide impacts will be necessary for businesses to thrive in a climate changing, resource-constrained, and interconnected environment. Whether your interest is in commercial business or social enterprise a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable business concepts is a critical requirement for leaders seeking to develop adaptive and resilient companies.

The UQ Business School is a world leader in providing skills for operating in future markets and exploring new and innovative business models. Within the organisational sustainability major students will combine theory with practice to provide them with the knowledge to succeed in an evolving global environment.

Supply Chain Management

The field of Supply Chain Management is designed for business managers who want to obtain education and training in how to organise and control the flow of material and information within and between organisations. It covers supply chain design, logistics management, distribution channels, and supply chain operations and quality management. In today’s increasingly turbulent commercial world, achieving an efficient and effective supply network is central to business success. The world we live in depends on logistics and supply chain managers to make products available to us. These managers are the ultimate back-room power players moving millions of dollars of product every day. Supply chain management is critical to the success of any company that manufactures or handles goods. It monitors the movement and storage of raw materials, maintains inventories of all stock and work that is in progress, and tracks goods from their point of origin to the final customer. It's also about working closely with a variety of external partners to find and source the best materials at the best price and maintaining strong links with suppliers and customers.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Supply Chain Management major typically work as supply chain managers, logistics managers, operations managers, purchasing specialists, product managers or supply chain analysts. They work in industries such as manufacturing; food and beverage; bio-tech and pharmaceuticals; automotive and aerospace; retail; transportation and logistics; internet and software; chemicals, oil and gas; and consulting. These roles support the national and/or international operations of a spectrum of organisations from SMEs through to Fortune-500 companies.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,272
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Business for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Business can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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Additional application information

The following supporting documentation is required for all applications. Please ensure that you have included ALL required documentation when you submit your application:

  • Official transcripts of previous studies.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Business is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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