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Business Administration

Masters by Coursework


Master of Business Administration
1 year, 6 months full-time
Perth City


Take the next step in your career and become a confident leader, equipped with the skills to succeed in a global business environment.

David Gribble

Bringing individuals with you on an innovation journey and communicating the passion and vision you have for the future of a business are things I really enjoy. The MBA helped me to hone these skills and gain a useful background in the theory and practice behind them.

Professional recognition

Curtin’s MBA program is the only course in Western Australia, and one of only four Australian business schools with MBA programs, to have achieved EFMD Accredited status from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally accredited qualification that gives you broad skills in leadership and financial management to further your professional career.

It is especially suitable if you’re looking to acquire the confidence and business acumen to move from a technical role into a managerial or executive position in business, if you’re wanting to career switch or move into a different industry sector.

You will enhance your learning through a combination of practical project work and evidence-based business theories applicable to local and global organisations. You will learn to devise and apply innovative strategies that help your organisation to thrive in complex and volatile economic environments. In particular, you will critique and implement strategies that can help businesses prepare for the impact of local, national and global crises, and recover from them. 

You can specialise in a particular area or choose subjects that complement your interests or the demands of your work. Subjects include economics, finance, accounting, strategy, organisational behaviour, policy, international business and marketing.

You will also complete a professional portfolio, undertaking 40 hours of extracurricular development. This development will expand your networks and can include attending industry events, seminars, guest lectures and training, so you can build on your knowledge of current industry trends and best practice.

As part of the course, you may specialise in one of the following areas:

Flexible learning 

The MBA has flexible study options so you can progress your career while working full-time and balance your studies with other commitments. These flexible study options include:

  • evening classes, delivered face-to-face in the heart of Perth city
  • intensive study units: the contact hours for some units can be completed in one week or across two weekends
  • blended study: a mix of online learning and face-to-face classes 
  • fully online units: an ideal study mode if you live in a different time zone or travel regularly
  • various start dates: our trimester delivery means you can choose to start your course in January, May or August
  • credit for recognised learning: you could gain credit towards your MBA by completing select Executive Education programs, including a one-day or five-day masterclass, or bespoke programs such as Ignition or Switch.

The Graduate Certificate in Business and Graduate Diploma in Business are nested within this course.

The Graduate Certificate in Business is an excellent pathway into the MBA if you haven’t completed an undergraduate degree but do have extensive managerial experience. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Curtin's MBA program is the only course in Western Australia to have achieved EFMD Accredited status from the European Foundation for Management Development.
  • You’ll acquire the ability to respond to challenging business environments and implement strategies to ensure your organisation can succeed.  
  • An MBA can open doors to a new career or help you take the next step in your current role. 
  • Flexible study options enable you to study at your own pace and apply your learning to your professional role. 
  • Learn from guest lecturers and study real business cases and models. Former guests include leaders from Deloitte, Synergy and the Chandler Macleod Group.
  • A range of MBA scholarships are available, including our Women in MBA scholarship.

Career information


  • CEO
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief marketing officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Corporate services manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance manager
  • General manager
  • Management consultant
  • Managing director
  • Policy and planning manager
  • Project manager


  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Not-for-profit
  • Private business
  • Public relations
  • Retail services
  • Resources and renewables
  • Service industries

What you'll learn

  • critically evaluate relevant theories, concepts, techniques and business principles and apply them to design solutions that create value for stakeholders
  • employ effective business communication practices and demonstrate how relevant technologies can be applied in management and leadership contexts
  • formulate responsible management and leadership decisions that are evidence-based and supported by a critical evaluation of markets, resources, goods and services, finances and/ or accounting information
  • recognise and apply the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a dynamic global business environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • apply principles of ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and risk management across a range of business settings

Admission criteria

Specifically, for entry into the MBA applicants require a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution and at least five years work experience, at least three years of which must be at a managerial, supervisory and/or senior professional level.

Graduates from the Curtin Graduate Certificate in Business with a CWA of least 70 % will be considered as qualified for entry. Applicants for the MBA are also required to meet University academic and English language entry standards.

Applicants will be assessed for English based on the supplementary documentation you supply, for further information contact the MBA.Programs email address.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Entry to the course is competitive and applicants will be required to undertake an interview as the final stage of application assessment.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $36,200*

Fee year: 2022

Student typeCost
Domestic $41,300*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 0 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Trimester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 2
  • On campus
  • Online
Trimester 3
  • On campus
  • Online


Trimester 1
  • On campus

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  • Last updated on: January 20, 2022