MBA (Leadership) FAQs International

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It certainly is! Our MBA (Leadership) is accredited in Australia and recognised globally through the Australian Qualifications Framework. We have a long history in delivering distance education, with years of experience in online delivery, backed by modern and advanced online tools. So, when we say CQUni knows about studying remotely – you know it’s true.

In 2018, our staff and students on average participated in over 3 500 video conferences via Zoom per month, equating to about 9.2 million minutes for the year, making CQUniversity second in the sector for Zoom usage. In 2019, we had over 17 400 students who studied online with us.

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.

We believe that a quality education should be accessible to everyone and we strive to make this happen in different ways, one being offering a highly competitive fee structure. At $18,936 AUD  for the entire course of 11 units or $1,578 AUD per 10 individual units with the final capstone $3,156 AUD, our MBA is one of the most affordable in the Australian market.

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.

There is no scholarship available for international students who enrol in an online course.

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.

Yes, you can apply for credit/s for the study you’ve done during the application process in iStart. International Admissions will assess your application for credit/s and you will be informed whether you are successful or not.

International students are required to apply for credit/s at the time of submitting your application for the course in iStart. You can check the CQUni Credit Calculator to see what you might be able to get credits for, however please note the calculator is not exhaustive and you should submit your credit application regardless in your application.

There is no deposit to enrol, however you will be required to pay for the first unit upfront to be given access to the Be Different learning platform. From here, you will be required to pay for each follow-on unit upfront also. The details will be stated in your offer letter.

Assessment ranges from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports and, 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’.

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.

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 to stay in touch, get started now as an international student.  If you have further questions you can also email us.

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