Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Who leads the business leaders?

Applications for Semester 1 2019 study close on  Friday 30 November.

At a glance

Three study options to help you succeed: Accelerated (1 year), Streamlined (2 years), and a Flexible option.
Commence study in Semester 1 or Semester 2, 2018
Participate in international student collaboration projects
Delivered at our new Brisbane CBD location

Question everything with Australia's No.1 MBA

As a business leader, you’ll face complex challenges in a world where change is exponential. To survive you need to question everything. Our Master of Business Administration (MBA) gives you every opportunity to push the boundaries of your comfort zone and thrive under the pressure of exciting new territories.

Globally, students are drawn to The University of Queensland MBA for the diversity of brilliant minds. The variety of backgrounds and industries create an engaging and stimulating classroom environment, fostering discussion, collaboration and action to drive change.

What puts our MBA students in another league isn’t just their diversity, success or ambition. It’s their curiosity. The relentless drive to ask ‘why?’ which leads them down new paths and ignites disruptive thinking. It’s one of the key reasons why our MBA program is ranked No. 1 in Australia (The Economist 2017 Rankings).

Raynuha Sinnathamby

"The MBA became useful as the training gave me a very effective way of approaching problems. It took the blinkers off and helped me look at all the issues that the organisation came across, whether it was a cultural issue, a HR issue or a finance issue these were all confronting our company even though it was small at the time."

Raynuha Sinnathamby
Managing Director, Springfield City Group


A university business school that's bigger than business

UQ Business School is part of The University of Queensland, one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious universities. Our academic faculty are consultants to leading companies worldwide. Therefore, our teaching content is always fresh and relevant as the knowledge we share has been gained in the ever-changing world of consultancy.


Executive Education Short Courses

Short courses for Executive Education

UQ Business School Executive Education's interactive learning model uses a combination of cutting-edge research, case studies, presentations, team work, simulations, guest speakers and experiential learning to give you a fresh perspective on contemporary management and leadership issues.

Upcoming courses:

Executive Education Courses

Andrew Talbot

"The opportunity to be a part of a challenging, yet collaborative and supportive ecosystem, comprising of such diverse and brilliant people, was a clear highlight for me. I left UQ with the added capabilities and professional networks, that not only supported my transition into a Management Consulting career, but also kick-started some innovative ventures with colleagues from the program."

Andrew Talbot
Assistant Manager, Litmus Group

Solve The Business Problems Of Tomorrow

As an MBA student, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on industry projects with real businesses. Applying the knowledge from your classes, along with the guidance of our experienced mentors, you will help find solutions to the questions that keep CEO’s awake at night.


The cohort effect

The network of connections you'll make is one of the most significant advantages of undertaking an MBA at UQ Business School. We attract students with varied and wide-ranging backgrounds making classroom discussions informative, entertaining and diverse.


Who is this degree for?

Designed for ambitious professionals ready to advance their career, the program aims to create global business leaders of the future.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is ideal for those who already have a degree, several years of work and management experience and are ready to gain a promotion, establish their own business or make the transition to a different organisation or industry.

> See Admissions Information for further details on entry requirements

Stephanie Elwin

"The MBA has increased my confidence to take on senior leadership positions and given me access to a fantastic professional network."

Stephanie Elwin
Associate Director, KPMG Australia

MBA Study Options

Our MBA program will test initiative, inspire resourcefulness, challenge creativity and demand your intellectual and emotional intelligence. The program can be undertaken in three different study options to suit your lifestyle.


Our MBA can be completed in 12 months full-time and is taught in intensive blocks between early January and November. International students are only able to complete the accelerated option.


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


We know you can get pushed and pulled in every direction, that's why our flexible study option allows you to structure the program to suit your personal needs. Our MBA program offers a personalised study plan that can incorporate weekday, weeknight and weekend study options. The program can be tailored around your work and personal life, making sure that you strike the right balance.

Course Structure

MBA Course Structure

We offer a host of opportunities exclusive to UQ Business School MBA students to engage you in decision-making and big-picture analysis while enhancing your leadership skills.

Short-term Global Experiences

UQ Abroad offers short-term international opportunities that are optionally available to MBA students. A short-term global experience is a two-to-five week optional program where you'll study at an international partner institution and receive credit towards a UQ program at the completion of the course*. This year there are five opportunities that are available for MBA students:

  1. Harvard Summer School (USA)
  2. Copenhagen Business School (CBS) - International Summer University program (Denmark)
  3. ESSAM by University of Glasgow (UK)
  4. Universidad de los Andes – Go UAndes (Chile)
  5. Aalto University School of Business - The Digital Business Master Class (Finland)

*As approved by UQ Business School.

Social Economic Engagement Program

MBA SEEP Program

Today's businesses now place greater importance on their responsibility to society and are looking to generate sustainable profits. UQ Business School's highly successful Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP) was developed especially for MBA students and offers the chance to put classroom learning into practice and make a lasting difference through working with community organisations.

Find out more about the Social Economic Engagement Program

UQ-Fudan University MBA iLAB Consulting Program

The iLAB is a consulting project that brings together outstanding MBA students from Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai and UQ Business School. Learn first-hand about the challenges of doing business in China as you complete a real-life market entry project for a company looking to expand in China.

What career outcomes are there?

MBA Industry Destinations

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an applied, globally recognised masters degree designed to equip you with the sophisticated skills and knowledge required to become a successful business leader. The MBA is a powerful differential, giving graduates a career advantage in the highly competitive employment market.

Positioning yourself for success

MBA Networking Event

Whether your goal is to accelerate your career or switch to another industry, our UQ MBA Career Resource Centre will help prepare you for a globally competitive employment market and will support your career advancement and transition.
Our specialist career consultants will work one-on-one with you to explore and uncover your career aspirations and assist you in positioning yourself for success.

Visit the MBA Career Resource Centre.

MBA Community

MBA Networking Event

We've developed a range of events and activities to help you establish connections with industry professionals and a network of over 3500 MBA students and alumni from a wide variety of industries, both in Australia and globally.

See our upcoming events

Admissions Information

Applicants for our MBA program must have four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least two of the four years in a dedicated management role as well as:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7-point scale
  • OR Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from UQ or equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7-point scale 
  • International applicants must complete the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 and achieve at least 6.5 overall in the IELTS test (or equivalent test)
  • Applicants without a completed degree can apply on the basis of significant work and management experience.

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.

If you have an admissions enquiry, or would like to learn more about our MBA program, email us at or you can call (07) 3346 8100 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Find out more about admissions information on the UQ Future Students website


From corps to corporate

We understand everyone has their own career narrative and it’s the diversity of backgrounds and experiences that helps shape the enriched learning experiences and projects in the UQ MBA. This includes transitioning and building on skills for students from the defence forces sector into future business leaders. Make the move from being a resilient leader in the Army, Air Force or Navy to one of the most resilient leaders in business.

Tony Tremlett

"I have twenty years of experience in the military. Doing the MBA allows me to translate those skills and abilities that I've developed into a language that the corporate world can understand. It also gives me the language to tell people my story and the value that I can bring to their organisations. I believe it's the best way to conduct the transition from the military into the corporate world."

Tony Tremlett
COO Wandering Warriors


With great change, comes great opportunity

One thing is always certain in life and business- change! Whether you want to equip yourself with the skills to succeed in the ever-changing business landscape, the UQ MBA offers flexibility in a variety of course study options.

Zoe Black
"As a new parent, I would say my ambitions have heightened since having a baby. The UQ MBA has flexible timetables, which allows you to choose when you do particular courses. The fact that you can do the program part-time or on weekends would lend itself to parents being able to study."

Zoe Black
CEO and Co-Founder Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation


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