MBA (Leadership) FAQs Domestic

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It certainly is! Our MBA (Leadership) is accredited in Australia and recognised globally through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australia.

Further to this, the University sector is audited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) who review courses offered against AQF guidelines.

You can read more about the AQF online – for reference, the MBA (Leadership) is a level 9 qualification.

We have more than 40 years experience delivering distance education and are one of Australia largest online learning providers, backed by modern and advanced online tools. So when we say CQUni knows about studying remotely – you know it’s true. You can discover more about us on our website and read stories first hand from students who’ve experienced CQUniversity’s online learning.

The MBA (Leadership) is fully accredited by CQUniversity Australia as a postgraduate qualification in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 9.

The qualification comprises 1730 hours of work (an average of 6 hours per week over 5 years, although you manage your own time) as per any other similar qualification.

In April 2020 we had more than 470 students enrolled in the course. More than 95% of these students are professionals already in workplace looking to advance their careers.

CQUniversity’s international reputation is high and its degrees have a strong international reputation.

At $19,134*, our MBA offers highly competitive pricing in comparison to traditional MBA’s, and it’s all possible because of the low administration fees. By allowing students to study where and when they like, we are free of timetabling for lectures, rooms and equipment, and this is passed onto students.

The MBA(Leadership) is structured to offer 11 units, all in which are key to making you a more effective leader. In 2023, this equates to $1,594.50 per regular unit and $3,189 for the final Capstone unit. By removing the choice of electives, and not including Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an option, our admin costs are minimised.

*Fees listed are based on 2023 indicative fees.

None. If you enjoy working autonomously and excel in individual work, this course is perfect for you. If group work is really important to you, you may like to explore our other MBA course options.

There is a LinkedIn group of MBA (Leadership) students who share interesting articles, but your participation is entirely optional. We believe that emerging leaders create their own networks of associates using relational skills and relevant online platforms.

While the content is similar, the delivery processes and options are very different.

  1. Students don’t attend campus, or work to a university timetable. You have five years to finish everything. You progress at your own pace. Studying units at the time and order that suits you (except the Capstone – which is the big summary unit at the end.)
  2. Enrolment is not restricted to a specific time. After you apply and enrol in a unit, which takes a matter of days, you can get started anytime of the year.
  3. There are no due dates for assessments. You have to be self-motivated to make this happen but the benefit is that this MBA can fit with your lifestyle and changing availability.
  4. Many people choose our on-campus courses for smaller class sizes and teaching staff who make the time to get to know students. Which is awesome. But this course is completely different. Independent learners commit to complete all units online, with only 10 hours of contact time over 5 years.

Yes, the full cost of the MBA (Leadership) is $19,134*. 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 $1,594.50 per unit (and $3,189 for the final Capstone unit which is the equivalent of two units of study). Fees are indicative only, and are calculated upon enrolment and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date.

If you need assistance with the MBA course fees, you might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

*Fees listed are based on 2023 indicative fees.

We’ve recently opened credit transfer for the MBA (Leadership) and as such there are currently no articulation agreements for units in this course from other education providers. However, if you are able to provide evidence of potential equivalence with your previous studies, you may be eligible for a credit transfer.

You’ll need to have signed up as a student for the MBA (Leadership) course before we’ll assess a credit transfer application, but not have enrolled in the specific unit you are seeking credit for.  We recommend you review each unit and its’ learning outcomes (found in the CQU Handbook) in advance.  If you identify any potential equivalence, you can begin a credit transfer application.

Assessment ranges from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports and business simulations. Our academic assessors include high-profile professors, PhD and MBA qualified researchers and teachers with strong international profiles. We provide helpful, non-judgemental and respectful feedback with a strong backbone of academic rigour and excellence.

You will have access to extension activities and will be supported via a CQUniversity MBA (Leadership) LinkedIn group, where our aim is to “connect without pressure”.

To find out more about assessment, register to access our orientation unit, ‘About the MBA (Leadership)’.

The MBA (Leadership) is comprised of 11 units: 10 standard and one Capstone (equivalent to two standard). The course has been designed to be completed in 1730 hours of study, 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.

The course is designed specifically so it can fit in with what is happening in your life. You may choose to fast track completion, or put on hold when life happens. 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.

If you’re an independent learner and meet the ideal entry requirements for this course, you should find everything you need to undertake the course in our user-friendly Be Different learning platform. 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 course is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate qualification or who have equivalent work experience and will benefit those able to draw upon current and past employment to process concepts and scenarios presented in the course. So, to ensure you’re prepared for the course, ideally you will have a minimum of a bachelor degree and/or 3-5 years' experience in a managerial position. You will be required to declare you consider yourself to be suitably qualified for the course before enrolling. Please note that if you are enrolling as an International student minimum English language requirement apply (IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each band). You will be required to submit supporting documentation.

If you are ready to apply, or prefer to register your interest so we can keep in touch, get started now as a domestic student. If you have further questions you can also email us.

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