Master of Business Administration - CL20

CQUniversity's Master of Business Administration (MBA) is rated in the top 10 in Australia by the business community (AFR Boss MBA Rankings 2019) 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.

With an eye to the future, our highly functional MBA offers you a choice of majors in project management, emergency management, forensic analysis or general management and provides contextual learning opportunities through reflective practice and globally oriented discussion with a diverse network of students. 


On Campus, Online




1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time


Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Online



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 forms 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. 

Core Units 8 Major Units 4
Electives None Minor Units None

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 study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer. You may be entitled to four units of credit if you have completed study or hold qualifications from:

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

CQUni's MBA continues to be recognised as a top-performing MBA in industry rankings which reviews aspects such as student satisfaction, value for money and the expertise and experience of our course leaders. Our current rankings include:

  • CEO Magazine - Tier 1 level of MBAs in Australia (2021)
  • Biennial Australian Financial Review Boss MBA rankings - 8th in Australia (2019)

Our MBA also holds the United Nation's certification for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

CQUni's School of Business and Law are among the most qualified and active in the business community. Our expertise and experience are recognised by the AFR Boss MBA Rankings (2019) for being one of only two universities that have 100 per cent of teachers with a PhD and 100 per cent of faculty with current business experience. Study with confidence knowing you will be learning from experienced business professionals and expert course leaders. We invite you to find out more and connect directly with our MBA Director by registering for a call-back. 

Benefit from the flexibility to study in a way that suits you with on-campus and online options available. The Master of Business Administration (CL20) is available on campus in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne or online allowing you the flexibility to study how it suits you.

If you are an online student, you will benefit from the latest in learning technology that keeps you connected and supported throughout your studies.

If you want to commence studying towards your MBA and prefer to get started with a smaller commitment, our Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses are a great option for you, allowing you to pathway into the MBA with credit.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Term 2 - 2022Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Emergency Management4
Forensic Analysis4
General Management4
Project Management4

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

Emergency Management
This is an ideal option for professionals currently working, or with an interest, in the emerging field of emergency and disaster management roles. Emergency management provides foundation 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
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
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.

Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Bachelor degree, or higher Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent qualification with three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) relevant* business experience; or
  • A minimum of five years relevant* business experience.

*Relevant business experience includes a working knowledge of how a business operates, for example, budgeting, staffing, project management, financial reporting, process management.

Professional experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service. Applicants being admitted solely on the basis of relevant business experience may be referred to the Head of Course to confirm employment experience meets the course requirements.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

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 within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), 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:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

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

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge


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.

In 2021, CEO Magazine ranked CQUni’s MBA in the top Tier 1 level for all Australian MBAs and is currently ranked 8th in Australia by Boss MBA rankings (2019). 

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$24,216.00
2021 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$23,220.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year and completing the 8 core units. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Fee Category Fees for this course are categorised as a full fee paying place requiring you to pay full tuition fees for your course.
What is my tuition fee? Your tuition fees are charged per unit of study based on the credit point value of each unit. Our Tuition Fee Schedules provide an estimate of fees per unit. You can also view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
FEE-HELP and payment options Eligible students can use the FEE-HELP loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to use FEE-HELP assistance. If you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your tuition fees upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for Western Australian residents or those who want to study in Western Australia.
  • Option 2: Ideal for all other states.


If you live in Western Australia or are planning to study in Western Australia, apply via our ApplyCQUni portal.



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