Master of Business Administration

Course information
  • Entry requirements
  • Units of Study
  • Career options
  • Student support
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible to enter into the masters with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.
If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Learn more about Advanced Standing here.

Units of study

Units of study

VU Online’s MBA covers a broad range of business and management disciplines, effectively equipping you for current and future workplace leadership.

As well as innovative core units, you will also complete a practical, multi-faceted capstone project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Strategic Management and Business Policy

Strategic Management examines the decisions, actions and processes undertaken by firms for success, growth and change in a business environment.
This unit of study will explore the principal elements in external and internal environments which impact on organisations and consider how current theoretical frameworks and the interdisciplinary and professional knowledge base respond to complex issues.
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Business Ethics and Sustainability

This unit critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates.
Ethical frameworks for decision making will be critiqued and students will construct the debates surrounding contemporary corporate responsibility and sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts.
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Marketing Management

This unit aims to critically review the major decisions faced by marketing decision makers in their efforts to harmonize the organization's objectives, capabilities, and resources with marketplace needs and opportunities.
This unit allows students to evaluate contemporary practices of marketing: the creation of value for customers and firms and the strategies and methods marketers use to successfully operate in today's dynamic environment.
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Financial Analysis

The unit takes a multidiscipline approach to develop advanced analytical, planning and decision-making skills.
This unit proposes a theoretical framework for effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. It identifies and evaluates the key analytical framework components: financial statement, business strategy, accounting, financial, and prospective.
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Business Research Methods

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with a firm foundation and understanding of business research methods and the research process.
Students will be instructed in various research methodologies, the importance of ethical research conduct, and considerations of sampling and fieldwork to assist them with designing an appropriate method for their research. Students will be trained in the presentation of results, exposition of processes and methods used and conclusions drawn.
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Strategic Human Resource Management

This unit critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered.
There will be a focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.
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Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This unit investigates theoretical concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the skills and competencies to apply this knowledge effectively to diagnoses the need for, identify and leverage an opportunity and create solutions to contemporary business or societal challenges both locally and globally.
Contemporary scenarios and examples are given to enable students to apply developing knowledge to create an entrepreneurial venture that generates economic, social or environmental benefit and which is sustainable.
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Organisation Change Management

This unit develops a contemporary understanding of organisational design, organisational change and development through contextualisation of common challenges for change in both traditional and new organisational forms.
Students will advance their diagnostic skills, competencies and processes in assessing the need for change, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of change strategies at all organisational levels.
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Advanced Organisational Behaviour

This unit of study will expose you to advanced behavioural science theories and applications in management including cognitive theory, psychodynamics and psychoanalysis. It is designed for those who have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and analysing behaviour in organisations.
The primary aim of the unit is to improve your understanding of how people behave and interact within organisations.
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Performance Management and Rewards

The unit of study critically reviews key trends and issues in performance management and rewards, and debates the strategic importance of issues arising from balancing critical elements within the system of rewards and performance management
Students will: critical analyse performance management ethics through issues-based lenses critiquing expected as well as unintended strategic, organizational, team and individual outcomes that may emerge from performance management.
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Art and Practice of Leadership

The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation.
The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.
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Business Research Project

The project provides students with the opportunity, either individually or in teams to apply an advanced body of knowledge and skills to an approved, consultancy-based task.
Proposals for projects will normally be developed in conjunction with the unit of study Business Research Methods (BMO6630).
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Career options

Career options

Step up to a middle or senior management role with an online MBA.  From running successful small businesses to leading multi-national corporations as a CEO, an MBA from VU Online will enable you to achieve individual success and see your business career flourish.

Our graduates have undertaken diverse and rewarding career paths both locally and overseas.

Typical job titles

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Director of Business Development
  • Senior Managing Consultant
  • Marketing/Communications Director
  • Human Resources Director
  • Strategic Planning Manager
  • Financial Manager

Salaries and employment outlook

According to the QS Jobs and Salary 2018 Trends Report, Australian Master of Business Administration graduates lead the Asia-Pacific region in terms of compensation (salary plus bonus), while the latest MBA hiring forecasts for the region remain above the global average.

Student support

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, during your course. Our support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics are responsive and accessible and understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience. You will also be introduced to your very own Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters throughout your course.

You’ll experience the support of your community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Remember, your support network is only a phone call and email away.