Master of Business Administration (Leadership) - CL39

CQUniversity’s Master of Business (Leadership) is designed with the entrepreneur, business owner or corporate manager in mind, and allows you to gain insights into the strategies, practices and key communication skills underpinning effective business leadership. Delivered entirely online, this contemporary course of graduate business education is intentionally designed for emerging and aspiring leaders and offers you an affordable, fresh, and compelling graduate educational experience. This highly flexible degree is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines, allowing you to study when and how it suits you.






1 years full-time, 5 years part-time

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is widely regarded as the degree of choice for an astute business professional’s employment portfolio. An MBA specifically focused on Leadership may increase your chances of promotion. CQUniversity’s MBA (Leadership) offers you an affordable, fresh, and compelling graduate educational experience. Delivered entirely online, this contemporary course of graduate business education is designed for emerging and aspiring leaders who wants to have a positive impact.

The MBA (Leadership) is intentionally lean from start to finish. Students are expected to work independently, and the course is designed to promote self-directed learning.

Course units align with industry expectations and include essential business functions, such as accounting/finance, law, marketing, communication, economics, human resources, operations, and research methods relevant to business analysis and strategy. All core areas are supplemented with a focus on leadership in a contemporary business environment, which expects both social and financial return on investments. Emphasis is therefore placed to developing the capacity to identify opportunities, resolve problems, create innovative solutions, and being entrepreneurial.

Contemporary competencies in theory and business practice are developed through problem solving and activity based learning. Primarily, learning is directed to identifying and solving business problems and creating new business opportunities that are also having a positive social impact. Essentially, the MBA curriculum and attributes provide what is required to become an internationally astute, agile and creative business leader.

The MBA (Leadership) is conveniently organised into 11 discrete units (for a total of 72 Credit Points). This is approximately the equivalent of 12-18 months of full-time study. You can enrol, study and undertake assessment at times that suit you. Our MBA is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. You have up to 5 years to complete the course.

Core Units 11 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

The MBA (Leadership) is comprised of 11 units: 10 standard and one Capstone. 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 is entirely up to you.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, refer to the Majors and Minors section below.

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.

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


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. Complete modules on the bus, during your lunch hour, or in the doctor’s waiting room. 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.


The MBA (Leadership) is designed for maximum flexibility. Not only do you set your own pace, and study when it suits you but you can enrol and work through the first 10 units in the order that you choose; 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 gain access to the final capstone unit in which you’ll apply and synthesise your learnings and experience gained throughout the course.


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, 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. That said, you will have access to 10 hours of academic support (nearly one hour per unit) included in the course, with the option to pay for additional hours if and when you need them. The Be Different platform (from which the MBA (Leadership) is delivered) features a ChatBot 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.

Online Availability

Open Annual Term - 2021Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Business Administration applicants must have one of the following:

  • A completed bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or
  • A completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma from an Australian university or college, or equivalent, or
  • A recognised diploma and two years relevant business experience, or
  • Five years of relevant work or managerial experience

Relevant work experience should include an understanding of how a business operates, which includes a working knowledge of a range of areas such as human resource management, budgeting, project management, financial reporting, process management or other relevant professional experience.


Note: Consistent access to a mentor, with significant managerial work experience, is recommended to advise you throughout the MBA journey to provide an important crossover into ‘real world’ business. Such guidance will assist you to make the transition into becoming a world class manager and leader.

Desirable attributes, access and experience:

  • Current resume if claiming relevant work, managerial or business experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a proactive and independent learner.
  • Highly developed communication skills (written, spoken and comprehension).
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • High levels of self-discipline and self-motivation.
  • Access to a computer and the Internet, preferably at home.
  • Competent in using a computer and the Internet.
  • Adequate time to devote to studying a university course [an entire unit will take approximately 125-150 hours to complete or approximately 10-12 hours of study per week per unit].

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.


Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 79 or better overall and no score less than 21 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 62 with no sub-score less than 54; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.


Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge


If you are seeking to reinvigorate or build your career, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is for you. An MBA is widely regarded as the degree of choice for inclusion into an astute business professional’s job portfolio. An MBA in Leadership from a quality university like CQUniversity Australia (CQUni) will greatly increase your chances of being elevated to the ‘C’ Chief Executive suite. An MBA in Leadership at CQUni offers you an affordable, fresh, and compelling graduate educational experience. Units based on essential business functions are included, such as; accounting/finance, marketing, human resources, operations, and research methods relevant to business analysis and strategy. A considerable amount of time and energy in the course is devoted to solving problems, creating innovative solutions, and generating entrepreneurial business.

The course is comprised of the following units:

  • Disruption, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • People, Leadership & Culture
  • Communication for Leadership Success
  • Strategic Marketing


  • Accounting for Business Decisions
  • Contemporary Leadership
  • Global Economics
  • Business Legal Frameworks


  • Strategies for Business Leaders
  • Social Innovation
  • Leadership Capstone

Contemporary competencies are developed by problem and activity based learning. Primarily, learning is directed to identifying and solving business problems and creating new opportunities. Essentially, this MBA provides what is required to become an internationally astute business leader. This course is closely aligned with the industry capabilities expected of graduates. Within this course adaptive technology is used to improve the learning experience by streamlining the delivery and application of knowledge.


The fee for international students is A$18 936 for the complete course (11 units). This equates to A$1578 per regular unit and A$3156 for the final Capstone, which is equivalent to two units of study.



What I like about the course is that it is 100% online and you can go at your own rate. Although I do not live in Australia, the time difference makes no difference and the support is great. The course is also extremely practical and useful. I can relate to a lot of the material from both my current and previous organisations.

David Holmes

Master of Business Administration (Leadership)