The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate degree for professionals with at least five years prior management experience. Designed to accelerate your career, the ANU MBA will expose students to the latest thinking from world-renowned experts, and insights from industry and government leaders. Joining an elite cohort of high performing middle managers, students in the ANU MBA will be prepared for the challenges of senior management roles in private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • evaluate and synthesize evidence to inform decision making
  • create opportunities and novel solutions to organisational challenges
  • work effectively with others to resolve challenges
  • adapt to complex and uncertain situations
  • engage, inform and influence stakeholders
  • incorporate the influence of a changing global environment
  • model ethical behaviour and make principled decisions
  • integrate professional knowledge and skills from fellow middle managers

Admission Requirements

Work experience requirements: Minimum 5 years work experience (including at least 3 years documented management experience). Education requirements: either (i) Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a credit average (GPA 5.0/7.0); (ii) GMAT score of 600 or more; or (iii) ANU Graduate certificate in management with a credit average (GPA 5.0/7.0). English requirements: applicants must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Fees & Scholarships

Annual indicative fee for domestic students is $33,888 in 2019. Annual indicative fee for international students in 2019 is $45,600. Please click on "more information" for the latest fee information. All applicants will also be considered for the Research School of Management MBA Scholarship. The School offers up to 30 fee-waiver scholarships to attract high-calibre students into the MBA and MBA (Advanced) programs.


The program consists of 72 units of compulsory courses (12 courses) and a 24-unit (four courses) optional thesis. High performing students with a distinction grade average will be invited to extend their MBA studies by undertaking a thesis component. Students who successfully complete the optional thesis component will be awarded an MBA (Advanced). Students completing the MBA (Advanced) can apply for direct entry into the ANU PhD program.

Typical Full-Time Study Plan

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1 Evidence-based management
Managing in a global context
Marketing & stakeholder communication
Technology & project management
Entrepreneurship & innovation
Leading people & change
Organisational behaviour
Strategic management
Year 2 Business economics
Foundations of finance
Financial reporting & analysis
Ethics and corporate sustainability
Optional Thesis
A unique feature of the RSM graduate business programs is the focus on evidence-based management. RSM is the first business school in the world to embed an evidence-based management approach across the entire curriculum. Our focus on evidence ensures that participants not only have the knowledge to solve today’s problems, they are also given high level skills to interrogate and interpret evidence and data in order to respond to tomorrow’s problems and challenges.
The ANU was created to be Australia’s flagship university, and one of the world’s leading universities. High quality, high impact research is at the heart of everything we do, and is the bedrock of the RSM graduate business programs. Our masterclasses draw on the latest academic research to guide participants through case studies, interactive activities, and to provide participants with frameworks and tools to assist them to apply what they learn.
The graduate business programs are offered by the Research School of Management (RSM) within the College of Business and Economics. The school is ranked 18th in the world in the area of “social science and management” in the 2016 QS Faculty Rankings, 1st in Australian in "management and economics" in the 2016 THE Subject Rankings, and was rated equal best in Australia and “well above world standard” in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia.
Participants will be taught by world renowned scholars in the areas of marketing, strategy, international business, operational management, project management, information systems, change management, and leadership. Our staff are at the forefront of global debate within their respective disciplines, and regularly work with and advise Australia’s leading public, private and not-for-profit organisations.
ANU graduates are the most employable of all Australian university graduates. Ranked 20th in the world for graduate employability according to the 2014 Global Employability University Survey, our graduates work in a wide range of industries including accounting, legal, auxiliary finance and investment services, central government administration, and consulting firms. Students from the College of Business and Economics also report very high levels of satisfaction with the intellectual environment and the quality of the educational experience.
The Research School of Management provides three entry pathways for prospective students. The first pathway is for students who meet the educational and experience requirements - they apply through normal channels. The second pathway is for students who meet the experience requirement, but do not meet the educational requirement. These students can enrol in either the on-campus or online version of the Graduate Certificate in Management. Students who obtain the required GPA can apply for entry to any of our Masters programs. The final pathway is via the edX MicroMasters in Evidence-Based Management. This pathway provides an opportunity for students to study a series of MOOC courses that can be used to provide advanced standing for one of our on-campus programs.

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