Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Make a difference in your career and become an influential leader that works with and through your people, transforming organisations and shaping a brighter future for the people within your organisation. Whether you’re a current supervisor, experienced manager or wanting to advance your career, CQUni’s highly ranked and certified MBA can make a difference.

Our MBA will develop your management capabilities to lead with influence and integrity and address the changing landscape of the public sector, not-for-profit, social and ethical purpose organisations as well as the for-profit sector. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of undertaking a reputable and quality MBA that the business community rates in the top 10 in Australia (AFR 2019 Boss MBA rankings), and is priced below the average cost of an MBA giving you more reason to become an influential leader.

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We know choosing an MBA that is right for you is a big deal. To help you get all the answers to your questions, we encourage you to book in some time with our MBA Director to discuss the MBA in more detail and how it can make a difference in your career.

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Intake dates are in March and July. Keep updated about course developments, upcoming information sessions and events, and important timelines in the application process.

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You've made an excellent choice. Apply online now for our Master of Business Administration. If you need any assistance with your application, contact our Student Advice Team by calling 13 27 86.

For Western Australia applicants please use our ApplyCQUni portal.

Make a Difference in Your Career

An MBA for-purpose, you will develop 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 as well as the for-profit sector.  You will have the option of developing knowledge and capability via content covering:

  • Public Sector Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Innovation
  • Organisational Ethics
  • For Profit

Beyond the fundamentals of running organisations, CQUni’s MBA focuses on leading and managing people with integrity, effective change management and emotional intelligence, re-imagining the future of organisations and creating workplace experiences that contribute to sustainable organisations both financially and socially.

With an eye to the future, our highly functional MBA ensures you will study contemporary people management and emotional intelligence models through contextual learning to become equipped to shape the future of human-tech work functions and create positive workplace experiences.

Contextual learning and reflective practice forms the basis for your personal and professional development to ensure your learning experience is relevant and practical. You will benefit from participating in a globally oriented discussion with a diverse network of students, alumni and experienced course leaders to enhance your leadership thinking. At CQUni, our course leaders are amongst the most qualified academic faculty with real-world business and public sector experience so you can rest assured you will gain real-world learnings and practices.

Centred around contemporary emotional intelligence models, CQUni’s MBA will empower for-purpose leaders to adapt to the dynamic, human-tech landscapes of today’s public sector or any modern workplace by exploring organisational purpose, ethical leadership, people and change management and emotional intelligence. At CQUniversity, we understand the management skills and knowledge wanted by employers. Our own research into how employers differentiate between MBA courses, as well as studies from the European Foundation for Management Development, show that effective leadership, integrity, the ability to influence, performance management, change management, effective communication and emotional intelligence are highly sought after.

You will also gain the technical skills required by management including business accounting, marketing and economics, operations and business strategy.

Our MBA comprises of 10 core units and two electives of your choice.

CQUni’s MBA continues to rise in industry rankings and this year was ranked 8th in Australia by the Australian Financial Review Boss MBA 2019 Rankings. In 2019, CEO Magazine ranked CQUni’s MBA in the top Tier 1 level for all Australian MBAs.

The MBA also holds the United Nation’s certification the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and has been designed to meet the rigorous international accreditation standards of AMBA from the UK.

CQUniversity continues to innovate and achieve industry recognition for our commitment to develop an internationally recognised, relevant and focused MBA.

With the average cost of an Australian MBA nearing $68,000 compared to CQUni's MBA which is priced at under $35,000, our MBA represents a sound investment choice that can make a difference in your career. No other  top-10 Boss ranked MBA represents such an affordable and quality value proposition.

CQUni understands everyone’s professional experience, work demands, lifestyle and commitments are different, so flexibility is important. Our MBA recognises your experience and offers a range of pathways into the MBA as well options to study on campus or online and in areas relevant to your career.

Tailor your studies through optional content to serve your professional interests and benefit from reflective practice and interaction with a network of students from a range of professional contexts.

Whether you have completed your undergraduate degree and have three years of management experience, or you are a business owner with more than five years of experience, our MBA will provide you with the critical business knowledge and people skills you need to reach your management potential.

If you have ambition, drive and vision and are a budding entrepreneur, and haven’t completed an undergraduate degree, our Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Business Administration will provide you with opportunities to study a broad range of topics relating to aspects of organisational management and articulate into the MBA.

Choose to study online or on campus at CQUniversity Melbourne in a supportive environment with a dedicated team of inspiring course leaders. Centrally located on the corner of Collins and Spencer Streets, you will benefit from a combination of interactive seminars, workshops and intensives.

At CQUni we recognise that many of you will have already acquired insights into aspects of business management through previously completed study. You may be entitled to up to four units (subjects) of credit if you have completed study or hold qualifications or certifications from:

  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • AHRI
  • Queensland Police Service
  • CPA
  • Or other postgraduate qualifications

Choose to study on campus at CQUniversity Melbourne in a supportive environment with a dedicated team of inspiring course and business leaders.

Our study options have been tailored to respond to the time constraints of busy professionals via a combination of evening and weekend interactive seminars, workshops and intensives, in addition to all of our units being available online. It may also be possible to study some units in the MBA at our Sydney and Brisbane campuses. Or, bene­fit from the flexibility of online study and access to support and facilities at more than 20 CQUniversity locations across Australia.



Most of my working life has been involved in government roles in private enterprise and in the not-for-profit sector. My reason for wanting an MBA was to be more strategic, have wider knowledge and be more effective in my current role. My real goal, however, is to make a difference in people’s lives.

Julie Irwin

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


I had worked for about 20 years in engineering before realising I wanted to do more. CQUniversity’s MBA gave me pride, a sense of achievement and confidence amongst my peers. I received great support from the course coordinators and the lecturers.

Jason Clery

Master of Business Administration