MBA (Leadership) Course Information

You probably have a few questions about the MBA (Leadership). Like, how does a self-paced online MBA work? What qualifications do you need to have? How long will the course take? Find out the answers to those questions and more below.

The MBA (Leadership) is comprised of 11 units: 10 standard and one Capstone (equivalent to two standard). Each standard unit is designed to take 144 hours to complete, which equates to 12–18 months of full-time study for the full course. You will have up to five years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace. Choose to spread it out evenly with 6–10 hours per week, do larger sections all at once on weekends or holidays, or anywhere in between – it’s entirely up to you.

You’ll have access to each of the units as your enrol and can work through these in any order; however we recommend you complete these in a set progression to ensure you gain the foundational knowledge later units will draw from. After successfully completing the first ten units, you’ll then need to enrol in the final capstone unit in which you’ll apply and synthesise your learnings and experience gained throughout the course.

Perfect for the busy, self-motivated learner, the MBA (Leadership) is hosted entirely online and self-contained, designed for you to access course content on any device with internet access. Unit content is divided into modules which are then broken down into smaller bite-sized learning activities so you’re able to fit study around your commitments and lifestyle. With no need to buy textbooks or additional content, and everything you need available on the Be Different platform and internet, you can be completing your MBA (Leadership) anywhere.

Similar to a traditional MBA, assessment in the MBA (Leadership) ranges from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports, and business simulations – the difference is there are no deadlines or due dates. Additional activities are available for those who wish to explore topics further, however, aren’t mandatory. You’ll also be invited to the official CQUniversity MBA (Leadership) LinkedIn group, where you can connect with your peers and academics in an informal setting if you choose.

The MBA (Leadership) is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate qualification or who have equivalent 3-5 years’ work experience in a managerial position, and will benefit those able to draw upon current and past employment to process concepts and scenarios presented in the course. Please note that if you are enrolling as an International student, minimum English language requirements apply (IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each band).  Supporting documentation will be required with your application.

The MBA (Leadership) is highly affordable compared to traditional MBA courses was regarded as the most affordable online University MBA In Australia by in 2020.

Domestic Students

The full cost of the MBA (Leadership) is $16 992. No GST needed. Once you've applied and enrolled into a unit/s you will need to pay for each unit by census date. Individual units cost $1416 per unit (and $2832 for the final Capstone unit which is the equivalent of two units of study).

International Students

The full cost of the MBA (Leadership) costs $18,936 AUD for the complete course (all 11 units). This equates to $1,578 AUD, per regular unit and $3,156 AUD, for the final Capstone, which is equivalent to two units of study.

Everyone learns differently. Some enjoy attending lectures in person and interacting with their peers, while others are highly independent, preferring to access content online where possible. The MBA (Leadership) is designed for the latter: self-motivated and independent learners, with sufficient time management skills, who require little to no support in the form of lecturer or teaching staff contact. It’s part of the course’s lean nature and affordability. Students are also supported by the course curriculum team, which includes the Head of Course and a dedicated Course Manager, and have access to academic-student and peer-to-peer support via dedicated MS Teams and LinkedIn groups. The Be Different platform (from which the MBA (Leadership) is delivered) features a Chat Bot that houses answers to common questions regarding the course and platform. If you’re looking for an MBA that involves contact time with teaching staff, workshops and intensives plus online and on campus study options, check out CQUniversity’s highly ranked original MBA

If you haven’t found answers to your questions above, be sure to check out the FAQs for domestic and international students about the MBA (Leadership).

If you are ready to apply, or prefer to register your interest to stay in touch, get started now as a domestic or international student.



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