Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Looking to advance your career? Find out why our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked 1st in Australia and 10th worldwide (The Economist), as well as about our flexible study options, international opportunities and extensive career support.

UQ Business School’s 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.

You will discover what it takes to be a great business leader, what skills and qualities you will need to become part of the global elite and how you can be an ethically responsible leader.

Learn how the UQ Business School MBA develops global business leaders of the future at our MBA Information Breakfast.


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.

Find out how to apply

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.



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 10th 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 eleven years in a row by the GMAA, Australia’s most influential rating body. It was also awarded five stars for its 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.

View the MBA course list.


We recognise that juggling your career, family, sporting or social commitments and returning to study can be challenging. This is why we offer three study options to help you succeed. 


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


This can be completed in 24 months alongside your work commitments and is structured to include some evening classes, weekend intensive classes and some one-week intensive mode offerings. 


If you need more than two years to complete your MBA due to work or personal commitments, you can structure the program to suit your needs by taking evening, weekend or one-week intensive classes. 

*International students are only able to complete the accelerated option.


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.