Master of Business Administration

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 to 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$36,000.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree or higher (4.5 GPA) and relevant work experience


Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 10 February 2020

About this program

Trimester 3 intake is offered part-time only.

An MBA is an advanced general management degree designed for managers who wish to develop a solid business foundation, as well as skills and knowledge of cutting-edge business practices for the 21st century. At Griffith we offer two MBA programs, both are focused around our values of responsible leadership; sustainable business practices; and a global perspective with the aim of making you an effective globally responsible business leader. The two programs we offer differ in their delivery style; one is fully flexible and can be studied online or face to face in a standard 12 week trimester (MBA program 5158). The accelerated program is online only, and each course is delivered over a 6 week period (MBA program 5670). These two delivery styles allow you to choose the method of study that suits you best and both programs are assessed authentically meaning that you can apply what you learn to your workplace with immediate benefit.

In both programs you will study courses in sustainability, accounting and reporting, finance, people management, strategy and innovation and managing change through responsible leadership. Through study you will be equipped with an understanding of the key functional areas within a business and the challenges facing businesses. If you choose the fully flexible option you can choose to focus your electives in a particular area for example, finance, marketing or supply chain management. You can also choose to complete a major in Public Policy. Courses offered as part of the Public Policy major provide the breadth and depth of public management skills to advance your career both within the public sector and the private-public sector interface. The accelerated online MBA program has twelve set courses and no electives.

Our partnership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) allows graduates to be awarded with the internationally recognised professional designation immediately after graduation*. Accrediting management and leadership excellence, Chartered Manager will help you to gain global recognition, professionalise your leadership skills, increase your employability and differentiate you from other managers.

Griffith and IML ANZ are committed to supporting you throughout your leadership journey. Along with the new fast-tracked route to Chartered Manager, you will also receive access to a range of partnership benefits.

*Upon completion of the Chartered manager written assessment and interview

Griffith University offers a number of study options for Business Administration. Find out more about our Business Administration programs.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3047 Graduate Certificate in Business Administration Gold Coast, Online, South Bank Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
5158 Master of Business Administration (this program) Gold Coast, Online, South Bank Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Note: Progression through this program suite is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered full-time and part-time on-campus in Trimester 1 and 2, and is also available to students through a blended delivery format, combining online materials with access to the presentations of academics and external speakers. You may choose to study courses online and at other campuses if or where the program structure allows.

Trimester 3 is offered part-time only.

The Master of Business Administration program is also offered online. You will be able to access course materials, participate in learning activities, lodge assessment items and access support services via Learning@Griffith. There is no requirement for on-campus attendance and access to a reliable computer with internet connection is essential. You may choose to complete some courses on campus if suitable.

Attendance is normally 3 hours per week per course for standard delivery or equivalent amount of time for courses delivered in intensive or online mode. As a full-time student, you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. As a part-time student, you will generally attend 3-6 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester.

Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week, as well as in intensive mode (several full days in a row, often including at least some weekend class time). Sufficient classes will be scheduled in the evenings and in intensive mode to accommodate part-time students with employment or other responsibilities that limit weekday course engagement.

Overseas exchange program

International exchange

The International Exchange component provides an opportunity for eligible MBA students to obtain experience at one of Griffith's international partner universities. Students may undertake international exchange components in any combination of 10 credit point, 20 credit point or 30 credit point programs provided the total number of credit points undertaken in international exchange components does not exceed 40 credit points. Students wishing to apply for international exchange components must:

  • achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of no less than 5.0 in their first trimester of study or first 40 credit points of core courses or the GPA associated with the specific exchange program (whichever is higher); and
  • have completed at least four core courses prior to departure; and
  • gain approval from the MBA Director to study at a preferred overseas institution.

With the MBA Director's approval, students may apply to substitute a maximum of 20 credit points core coursework and take 20 credit points elective of International Exchange across a full-trimester of study at an overseas partner university.

Please note that students who wish to complete the award major in Public Policy are not eligible for international exchange components.

Two week intensive overseas programs

Selected MBA students will have the opportunity to attend the European Summer School for Advanced Management (ESSAM) program at Loughborough University in both London and Loughborough to explore the future of business in an international environment. Students must apply directly to ESSAM in the first instance. Details can be found on website. If application to the program is approved by ESSAM, students must then seek approval from the MBA Director. Students who attend and successfully complete the program will have their studies credited to their MBA program as 20 credit points of Free-choice electives. ESSAM will not normally be credited towards MBA core courses.

Please note that courses completed at ESSAM will NOT be included in the student's GPA calculation.

Approval to attend ESSAM is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the MBA Director. Students who wish to complete the award major in Public Policy are not eligible to attend ESSAM.

My career opportunities

Completing our MBA will equip you with responsible leadership skills and a thorough understanding of sustainable business practices, so you will be confident to respond to constant changes in the business world on any career path you choose.

This program opens doors to senior management and leadership opportunities in the public and private sectors. Or, if you are more of an entrepreneur, our MBA sets you up with the skills you need to start your own business.

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Master of Business Administration (5158)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

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