Subject focus: MBA programmes in Australia

 Curtin UniversityIn this month's subject focus, we look at Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes in Australia. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally-recognised degree designed to develop the skills required for a successful career in business or management.

An MBA degree is a post-experience qualification, which means that students should have had at least three years professional work experience to enter one of these programmes. Australian universities typically design an MBA with the requirements of international students in mind, providing intensive courses of study that fulfill student visa requirements (full time study) and enable students to complete the degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Completing an international MBA could be the ideal solution to enhancing your career and expanding your global network.

MBA programmes typically include a core curriculum of subjects including accounting, economics, marketing and operations. Different universities may also offer elective courses that allow students to follow their own personal or professional interests. Some MBAs, like the Curtin University degree listed below, provide an excellent opportunity to specialise in one particular area of business.

If you would like to find out more about studying an MBA in Australia or New Zealand, contact a Study Options student advisor. If the MBA is not for you, there are other types of business degrees available, have a look at the subject page below.

Economics, Commerce, Business and Management

Master of Business Administration - Oil and Gas, at Curtin University

This unique MBA programme is the only one of its kind in Australia and is specifically designed with industry input. The course is offered in partnership with the Aberdeen Business School (part of Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Scotland), which is located in another world energy hub. The curriculum combines oil and gas knowledge, and energy management, with the core requirements of an MBA to ensure that graduates have a broad coverage of key functional disciplines of business management, as well as specialised knowledge of oil and gas. Faculty members teaching on the programme are drawn from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, the Department of Minerals and Energy Economics, the Centre for Mineral and Energy Economics and from industry.

International accreditation

The internationally accredited Curtin Master of Business Administration caters to the working professional with its flexible options around unit selection and delivery methods. Our MBA programme is internationally accredited (EPAS) by the European Foundation for Management Development.

Course structure

The MBA programme is structured over four trimesters. In the first two trimesters, students will cover core MBA subjects. In the third and fourth trimesters, the programmes focuses on particular skills and knowledge needed in the oil and gas industry - some modules will be studied online with Robert Gordon University. Please contact Study Options for more information about the MBA programme at Curtin University.

Entry requirements

Students will qualify with a bachelor degree or equivalent, or our Graduate Certificate in Business, plus at least three years' relevant work experience. High performing applicants without an appropriate academic background may be admitted and required to complete bridging or special course units.

For students without a first degree, but at least eight years of managerial experience, the Graduate Certificate in Business offers a pathway to our master level programmes.


For students starting the MBA at Curtin University during 2016, there are scholarships of up to A$20,000 available. The application deadline is the 20th November 2015, you can find out more about this scholarship on the Curtin University website.

Programme details

Duration: 1.5 years full-time (four trimesters) 

2016 fee per 100 credits: $17,900

Total indicative course fee: $54,300

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