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Master of  Business Administration

Program code: 5430

Delivery location

Brisbane City


1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (14 Jan, 2019)
Semester 2 (05 Jul, 2019)

What does it take to be a great business leader? What skills and qualities do you need to reach the top? You'll find out in UQ's respected, renowned and internationally recognised Master of Business Administration program.

  • This program will teach you how to overcome challenges, navigate change and create opportunities in business. It's the number-one MBA in Australia and one of the best in the world.
  • Engage with industry at local, national and international levels. You'll develop strategies for real businesses, and analyse, explain and predict the performance of ASX-listed companies and more.
  • Study 12 courses that cover key topics and integrate theory with practice. During your studies you'll develop your leadership skills, complete projects, and have the chance to participate in an international consultancy or immersion project.
  • Complete your studies by undertaking an intensive course that builds on and integrates key ideas. You'll study strategic management and then prepare and present a strategy to current senior executives from a major Australian company.

The Master of Business Administration develops globally aware and ethical business leaders, who are ready to succeed in any field.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    In 2017, The Economist ranked our MBA as the number one MBA in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Employability

    Build your leadership skills

    Leadership is a key focus in the MBA. In order to measure your development, UQ Business School created the Leadership Capability Framework, which lets you assess your level of leadership and provides you with evidence of your progress.

  • Fast Facts

    Flexible options

    We have three study options for the MBA: the Accelerated MBA (12 months, full-time); the Streamlined MBA, which includes weekend and evening classes (24 months); and the Flexible MBA, which gives you up to seven years to finish.

  • Why study

    Is a UQ MBA your next move?

    Leadership isn’t knowing all the answers, but asking the right questions. Question everything, except your potential with a UQ MBA. Join us at the MBA Information Evening on 2 May.

    Register now
  • Employability

    Get some help developing your career

    The MBA Career Resource Centre is a portal for you to connect with employers. Our specialist consultants work with you to understand your career goals and help with employment opportunities.

  • Alumni
    "I have twenty years of experience in the military. Doing the MBA allows me to translate those skills and abilities that I've developed into a language that the corporate world can understand." Tony Tremlett, MBA (2017)
    COO, Wandering Warriors

Career outcomes

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an applied, globally recognised masters degree designed to equip you with the sophisticated skills and knowledge required to become a successful business leader.

The MBA is a powerful differential, giving graduates a career advantage in the highly competitive employment market.

UQ’s MBA program is ranked number one in Australia by The Economist. Its unique features help to set it apart from other MBA programs and provide students with business skills relevant to a wide range of management careers.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Social Economic Engagement Program gives MBA students a chance to work with community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply classroom knowledge with a range of charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alumni
    "The UQ MBA with its flexible timetables, where you can choose when you do particular courses and that you can do them part-time or on weekends would lend itself to mothers being able to study." Zoe Black, MBA (2017)
    CEO and Co-Founder, Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation
  • Beyond the classroom

    UQ Business Matters: MBA Social Economic Engagement Project in East Timor – Just Coffee


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (14 Jan, 2019)
    Semester 2 (05 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Brisbane City
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale and four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least two of the four years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the Executive Dean; OR Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale.

International applicants must complete the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Business Administration 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 Administration. 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 Administration 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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Business Administration pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $69,840
Indicative fee 2019

The indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling full-time in the Master of Business Administration for the 2019 academic year.

It is based on the completion of 24 units over two semesters to finish the program within one year.

The University indexes tuition fees each year. Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Business Administration can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Business Administration is 5430. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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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.
  • Evidence of work experience including details of management experience in the form of a CV. Please ensure that your CV includes your full work history, and outlines the major activities you undertake on a daily basis.
  • Two written references that are work related. Your referees need to substantiate the nature of your work and the managerial duties you currently perform. They should verify details including but not limited to: managing a team of people, managing client accounts, the managerial components of any major projects you have been directly responsible for, and/or financial delegations for which you are directly responsible. All references should be dated, signed and preferably on company letterhead. All references must be to the satisfaction of the MBA Director
  • Evidence of residency status.
  • Permanent residents will be required to sit an IELTS and/or GMAT test if their prior studies were taught in an institution where English was not the language of instruction.

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 Administration 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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