Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a Masters-level general business degree which will equip you with the sophisticated skills and knowledge required to become a successful business leader.

UQ Business School’s MBA program is ranked as one of the leading MBAs worldwide and number one in the Asia Pacific region. Its unique features help to set it apart from other MBA programs and provide added value to students.

While all MBA programs aim to develop leadership skills, UQ Business School’s Leadership Capability Framework provides visible evidence of your progress. There is also the chance to put your leadership skills into practice while working with community organisations, to collaborate with the renowned Wharton School on an international consultancy project, and to explore new markets on an MBA immersion tour.

UQ Business School’s reputation for research and its strong links with industry ensure fresh and relevant content, while the flexible study options allow you to fit in your learning alongside lifestyle and work commitments.


The MBA is ideal for those who already have an undergraduate degree, several years of work experience, and now want to move ahead in their career – to gain a promotion, establish their own business or make the transition to a different organisation or industry.

Here are some of the reasons to choose a UQ Business School MBA:

One of the top MBAs worldwide

The UQ Business School MBA is ranked 16th in the world and number one outside of Europe and North America by The Economist.

The MBA program has been awarded five stars, the highest possible rating, for ten years in a row by the GMAA, Australia’s most influential rating body. In 2014 it was also awarded five stars for its corporate links and academic qualifications.

The MBA was ranked number one in Australia in the latest AFR BOSS Magazine survey of MBA courses in 2015. The survey is conducted every two years by the highly-regarded Financial Review Group. It also found that over 90 per cent of alumni considered the MBA to be value for money, and 93 per cent felt that it prepared them for a wide range of economic conditions and put them in a better place than their co-workers.

Developing leaders of the future

Leadership is a key focus in the UQ Business School MBA. The Leadership Capability Framework, developed specifically for the MBA program, assesses your level of leadership skills and provides evidence of your progress.

At the forefront of knowledge and real business needs

Our track record for research helps keep UQ Business School at the forefront of knowledge. We are classed as world standard or above in all fields of research by the government’s ERA assessment.

UQ Business School is also known for its strong links with the business world and our lecturers act as consultants to leading companies worldwide. This means that knowledge gained through research is tested in the high-pressure world of consultancy which ensures our teaching is always fresh and relevant.

Real-world practice

The MBA integrates theory, real-life practice and personal reflection to develop principled, innovative leaders who solve complex problems and produce systemic change.

Four components of the program offer a host of opportunities exclusive to UQ Business School to engage you in decision making and big-picture analysis while enhancing your leadership skills:

  • The Wharton Global Consulting Practicum
    We are the only business school in Australasia to be selected as a partner for the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum, which gives MBA students the opportunity to collaborate with the world renowned Wharton School on an international consultancy project.
  • Leadership in the community
    The School’s highly successful Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP) was developed especially for MBA students and offers the chance to put their classroom learning into practice while working with community organisations.
  • MBA Immersion program
    Gain a new perspective on international business by taking part in an MBA Immersion program. These optional tours provide a depth of insight that cannot be matched in the classroom. You will meet local business people, learn about the country’s economy, and develop new contacts and career opportunities.
  • Fudan University MBA iLab
    Working with global partner institutions, students complete a real life market entry or expansion project for a company looking to expand into China.

Flexible study options

We have three different options for the MBA so you can choose the model that best suits your lifestyle and work commitments. There are two structured options – the Accelerated MBA takes just 12 months full-time, while the Streamlined MBA can be completed in 24 months, alongside your job.

These two structured approaches allow students to develop enduring personal and professional relationships that are key features and an appeal of the MBA. We also offer a Flexible, part-time option that gives you as much time as you need to complete your MBA – up to a maximum of seven years.

Get an insight into the UQ Business School MBA experience, visit our blog The MBA Insider.

View the MBA course list.


UQ Business School offers three different MBA options to suit your lifestyle and work commitments.

These options offer flexibility while acknowledging the importance of the ‘cohort effect’ – the extra value generated when students can clearly identify with their classmates and share sufficient class and study time to develop the lasting relationships which is a valuable part of any MBA experience.

The Accelerated MBA

The accelerated program can be completed in 12 months and is taught in intensive blocks between early January and November.

The Streamlined MBA

The streamlined program can be completed in 24 months alongside your job and is structured to include some evening classes, some weekend intensive classes and some one-week intensive mode offerings.

The Flexible MBA

If your commitments are such that you expect to need more than two years to complete your degree, you can structure your program to suit your needs by choosing to study in the evenings, taking weekend intensive courses or by taking one-week intensive mode offerings.

Overseas study option

Build international experience and gain an insight into another culture by spending a semester studying abroad. The UQ Abroad program nominates eligible students to study at partner universities around the world. Overseas study allows you to broaden your knowledge, discover new career opportunities, improve your language skills and make new contacts.


What outcomes to expect from your degree

The MBA is an ideal vehicle to help you move ahead in your career, confidently establish your own business or make the transition to a different industry or profession.

An MBA helps open up opportunities in middle to high level management and consultancy roles. Career options for MBA graduates include:

  • Human Resources Director
  • Program Director
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Strategic Management Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • General Manager
  • State, Regional or National Manager
  • Senior Strategic Planner
  • Operations Manager

How to shape your career

As a UQ student, you have access to a range of services to prepare for a successful career:

  • The MBA Career Resource Centre – to help you find opportunities and manage your career. Career consultants provide a wide range of services to identify your career options and get you the job you want. They can support you with everything from careers guidance and workshops to arranging placements, providing access to employers and practical assistance with CVs and applications.

For career enquiries (for both students and alumni), contact Libby Marshall, Associate Director MBA: l.marshall@business.uq.edu.au - 07 3846 0685 or 0417 974 395

  • CareerLinks program - giving you access to direct advice from industry guests.
  • Networking events - to help you establish connections with industry professionals.
  • Employer presentations on campus - an opportunity to meet graduates currently employed and understand what the employer is looking for in a new hire.
  • UQ Careers Fair - an annual university wide event for students to meet with over 130 potential employers to source information on career opportunities.
  • Global Experiences Expo - discover how you can take part in UQ’s global programs. Study overseas as part of your degree, or get support to work, learn or volunteer on a short trip.


Domestic student enquiries

To find out more about applications or programs for Australian (domestic) students, call +61 7 3346 8100 (open 9:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday except university and public holidays) or email mba@business.uq.edu.au.

International student enquiries

For further enquiries about applications or programs, international students can call +61 3 8676 7004 from outside Australia or 1800 671 980 from inside Australia (free call).

Find out more on the international contact page or use the online enquiry form.

Find details of international educational representatives.

Financial assistance

Find out more about fees, charges and financial assistance.

Find details on scholarships.


Applicants for the MBA program must have:

  • a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale; or
  • a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale and four years of full-time work experience post-graduation including at least two of the four years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the Executive Dean.

If you do not have the required experience or qualifications to meet the entry requirements, other options include the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

The MBA is a Masters-level general business degree. If you wish to pursue a specialist postgraduate degree, UQ Business School offers a range of other Masters degrees.

See further information about course dates, costs and how to apply:

Are you an Australian (domestic) student? Find out more about the MBA program.

Are you an international student? Find out more here.

GMAT required

No previous degree?

Students without the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s degree are able to enter via the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration as long as they have at least seven years full-time work experience with at least three of those seven years in a dedicated supervisory/management role. Upon successful completion of the first four MBA courses and meeting the GPA entry requirements, students articulate into the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Successful completion of the next four MBA courses and meeting the GPA entry requirements allows for entry into the MBA program to complete the final four courses.