Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Strengthen your career prospects in the business world with a highly desired MBA qualification from Swinburne Online.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) will give you the important skills and competitive edge to become a business leader. You’ll learn how to design workforce strategies and apply critical thinking techniques, while also developing a strong understanding of accounting, economics, finance and management fundamentals.

This online program works around you, so you can maintain your day job while you study.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Senior Manager
  • Executive
  • Strategic Management Consultant

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Business bachelor degree & 3 years management experience
If you do not meet the prerequisites you may be eligible for entry by completing the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.



Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum)
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Exams, assignments, essays, case studies, group work & reports
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)

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  • A recognised bachelor business degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of managerial work experience

If you do not meet the entry criteria you may be eligible for entry by completing the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Project management
  • Organisational behaviour

Course structure

12 units


  1. Accounting information & managerial decision making

    After successfully completing this unit students will be able to make informed judgements and to take effective, ethical and timely actions regarding the current and future allocation of resources in the context of a complex global business environment.

  2. Business strategy

    This unit provides students with skills and practice of strategic management and critical thinking techniques in turbulent environments. In addition, the subject develops skills in using strategic and foresight tools and critical evaluation of strategic alternatives in the context of small to medium enterprises involved in single industry, as well as strategic business units of large corporations. Its main focus is not only the generation of viable strategic alternatives to gain competitive advantage but also developing a viable implementation plan.

  3. Governance & corporate leadership

    This unit is designed to address the governance and leadership needs of business and social enterprises and entrepreneurs in growing and mature organisations.

  4. Business finance & quantitative analysis

    The principal objective of the unit is to foster a robust financial awareness in students and enable them to make informed investment and financing decisions for sustainable value creation. It helps students to distinguish between 'opportunities' and 'traps' as well as the relationship between risk and reward.

  5. Business information systems for a rapidly changing world

    This unit of study aims to provide non-IT professionals with an understanding of the major issues facing managers in the effective use of information technology in contemporary organisations. In particular, it will focus on how to ensure that investments in IT and IS are aligned with business goals and objectives during times of rapid technical change and economic uncertainty.

  6. Leading

    This unit aims to provide a strong insight into and experience of leadership, followership and cross-functional and cross-cultural teams. It entails an understanding and experience of teamwork as the key to working with the complexity of contemporary business and enterprise in the 21st century, whether global or local.

  7. Management analysis & problem-solving

    This unit aims to introduce students to a range of ways of exploring the management and organisational issues that confront organisations and businesses. Students will be offered a range of techniques designed to help them work effectively with others in inquiring into opportunities and problems, framing them in useful ways and creating options for tackling them.

  8. Workforce leadership & strategy

    The focus of this unit is the development of an understanding of the design and implementation of workforce strategies. The unit adopts a general management perspective and recognises the importance of the leadership/management role in partnering with those responsible for the human resource management and business strategy functions. In addition, the unit encourages students to consider the strategic workforce challenges that confront managers in contributing to sustainable competitive advantage in turbulent times. This unit also encourages students to reflect on their leadership capacity, think strategically, and to consider how workforce plans and measures of effectiveness might be designed and implemented. There is no intention in this unit to teach functional human resource management skills.

  9. Strategic & entrepreneurial marketing

    This unit will adopt a general management perspective, and explores how marketing contributes to corporate strategy and how marketing influences and is influenced by other functions within the organisation. Students will learn to be effective members of entrepreneurial teams, to comprehend a world characterised by uncertainty and change and to identify and evaluate opportunities.

  10. Corporate entrepreneurship & innovation

    This unit is designed to provide students with the skills and practice to pursue a career as professional entrepreneurs or as innovative executives in larger organisations and who may later face the task of managing the firm or a sub unit in an entrepreneurial and innovative context. It is highly relevant to students who wish to manage entrepreneurial ventures in established organisations.

  11. Leadership for innovation

    This unit is designed to provide students with skills and practice that are critical in leading innovative and entrepreneurial activities and ventures in established organisations. Its focus is the individual and collective leadership behaviours and practices that enable organisations to develop innovative teams and cultures, and successfully establish and sustain high growth entrepreneurial initiatives. It is intended that students are able to apply effective thinking and practice in a range of organisational, industry and cultural contexts.

  12. Opportunity discovery

    This unit provides the fundamental knowledge base and skills necessary for anyone wishing to study or work as an innovator and/or entrepreneur. The processes and evaluation techniques taught in this unit can be applied to entrepreneurship and innovation in any context: new businesses, existing businesses (small or large), not-for-profit, public service. The unit aims to critically reflect on real world innovations and entrepreneurial practice using key ideas, concepts, models, procedures, tools, methods and literature in the innovation and entrepreneurship disciplinary environment. Design and discovery principles are applied in order to discover and test product-market fit.

    After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

    • Apply coherent and advanced knowledge concepts, techniques and tools in regards to discovery and development of entrepreneurial opportunities
    • Apply the fundamentals of entrepreneurship to develop business skills and apply for customer development.
    • Critically analyse business models in startup development and develop skills in building business models
    • Demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct, accountability, respect and a developing awareness of professional practices and cultural norms in a global and sustainable context
    • Work collaboratively in groups analysing, presenting and applying a range of startup tools in order to discover and develop the opportunity

Support and delivery

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Support for students

Early exit qualification

Students have the option of exiting the course after completing a certain number of units to receive a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this MBA course allows you to study anytime, anywhere. It's recommended that students complete 10-12 hours of study per unit, per week.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, OR
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa, OR
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa and meet the residency requirements.

Through FEE-HELP, the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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