Master of Business Administration

Duration1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Brisbane and
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCL20
First-year fee
A$34,920 (Indicative)
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CQUniversity's Master of Business Administration (MBA) is world-class and is delivered by highly qualified course leaders with real-world business and public sector experience to support your career advancement. Our MBA will develop your management expertise beyond the fundamentals of running organisations, focusing on leading and managing people with integrity and effective change management, underpinned by contemporary emotional intelligence models. 

Our highly functional and highly ranked MBA ensures you will study contemporary people management and emotional intelligence models to lead with influence and integrity. Designed for emerging and aspiring leaders, our MBA has been designed with the for-purpose sector in mind and focuses on developing contemporary people management skills with the know-how to tackle the changing landscape of the public sector, not-for-profit, social and ethical purpose organisations.

Develop your skills and knowledge in a broad range of management and leadership responsibilities, in areas such as strategy, marketing, people management, operations management, economic and change management, and choose a major to suit your industry or career goals. 

Tailor your MBA to align with your industry or career and choose to major in emergency management, forensic analysis, project management or general management.

The project management major will provide specialist knowledge of project management concepts and contextualise your learning to lead lean projects, and manage contracts and procurement processes relevant to any sector. Plus, you will benefit from studying project management units that follow the Project Management Institute (PMI) global standards and practices.

Emergency management has been designed to provide foundation knowledge in emergency and disaster management, disaster risk reduction and building community resilience to hazards and disasters. You will study topics that reflect the emerging trends in this growing profession and content that adopts concepts of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) and the approach of the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PRRR) model.

The forensic analysis major is ideal if you want to advance your data and analytical skills to support your managerial decision-making. You will become familiar with financial data analytics, including the tools, software and methodologies of business intelligence and learn skills in generating dashboards for performance reporting. This major includes topics in accounting systems and information assurance, as well as forensic accounting and minimising the risk of fraud in organisations.

Alternatively, choosing four general electives will allow you to tailor your skills to suit your career interests and complete a major in general management.

Through interaction with academics, colleagues and various members of the business community, you will gain different perspectives and approaches to current and emerging business issues. Contextual learning and reflective practice form the basis for your personal and professional development to ensure your learning experience is relevant and practical.

An MBA from CQUniversity provides you with the opportunity to advance your management career and become an influential leader in today's fast-paced and ever-changing environment. 

Study experience

  • International student from Colombia standing against a wall in a suit.
    The MBA was truly enriching, providing me with invaluable knowledge, resources and skills that I continue to apply. The proficiency I gained in English opened many career opportunities. I was appointed as a faculty dean and a lecturer specialising in research on an industrial engineering program.

    Oscar Mauricio Cepeda-Rosas

    Master of Business Administration I Colombia

Career Opportunities

The Master of Business Administration is regarded as the premier business qualification for practising managers and leaders in contemporary organisations. Successful completion of this course will equip you with the requisite knowledge and skills that provide opportunities for career advancement.

Upon completion, you will be better equipped to develop and successfully implement strategies designed to advance business and organisational opportunities.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete a total of 8 core units and 4 major units.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed a study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2023Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2, 2023Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 1, 2024Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2, 2024Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 1, 2025Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2, 2025Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Emergency Management major
Emergency management provides foundational knowledge in the management frameworks of emergencies and disasters. Adopting concepts of key SDG principles, you will develop knowledge of models, systems and processes required to effectively mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from various disasters.  

Forensic Analysis major
Future-proof your skills in data analytics and statistics to confidently lead organisations and make quick managerial decisions. This major covers topics in statistics for managerial decisions, accounting systems, forensic accounting and financial data analytics.   

General Management major
Our General Management major allows you to choose from a range of electives based on your career interests. Choose from finance, marketing, employee relations, ethics, professional practice, and social innovation.

Project Management major
This major is underpinned by the Project Management Institute (PMI) global standards and practices. In this major, you will contextualise your understanding of project management and develop your skills to lead lean projects, and manage contracts and procurement processes applicable to any sector.

This course has no residential schools.

Not applicable for this course.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements.

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Course fees

Indicative First Year Fee

This is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course, shown in Australian dollars (A$), for one academic year and is based on a full-time study load (8 units over 2 terms). 

Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change.

International Course Fees

A scholarship can help with the costs involved with living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel, and more.

You may be eligible for a 25% international scholarship funded by the University.

We also offer other scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for the one that's right for you.

Browse our scholarships

In addition to your international course tuition fees, you must have sufficient funds to cover other study and living expenses. 

This will include costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), general living, etc.

Information about cost of living in Australia

Overseas Student Health Cover

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.