The Executive MBA is a rich, contemporary, and transformative journey into leadership that will help unlock your potential as a business leader, and prepare you for the challenges of a changing world.
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Melanie Cottell, Commercial Capability Manager, BAE Systems
"I chose to study the Executive MBA as it is business-related and diverse in its application and relevant to many roles; particularly at senior level. It gave me the confidence to successfully reapply for executive roles, as well as contributing to board positions after being away from the workforce."
Ranked #1 MBA in South Australia for Career Impact*
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5 Star GMAA rating**
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The Executive MBA experience
Our Executive MBA offers a rich learning environment allowing you to formulate innovative approaches to real-world leadership challenges through the exploration of complex issues with your peers.
- Benefit from our face-to-face delivery style and access purpose-built facilities including our smart classrooms and MBA lounge
- As one of Australia’s only MBA programs with 100% staff with current business experience, you’ll be learning from people who know what it takes to succeed in the real world
- Be challenged and solve real-world business problems through our bespoke Social Enterprise Project, supported by industry mentors
- Connect with peers from a diverse range of industries, and join an enviable global network of Executive MBA alumni
- Access financial support through our range of specialised scholarships and FEE-HELP options
- Take a deep dive into the current challenges and opportunities facing strategic business leaders in our 2-day offsite experience Fundamentals of Leadership
Flexible study mode
The Executive MBA program is designed to accommodate the needs of busy professionals, providing maximum flexibility to customise your schedule around your needs – whether it’s long work hours or family commitments. Classes include:
- Weekly evening classes
- Monthly weekend intensives (Friday/Saturday)
- Optional MBA summer school for two weeks in January
You have the option to pause your studies at any time, and can complete the program in as little as 1.5 years, up to five years.
The Executive MBA program fosters a diverse class profile, with a small class delivery model that places significance on active participation and the individual. Our classes provoke intelligent discussion and provide a place for you to network and forge deep connections with other aspiring business leaders.
- Average age of our students is 36
- 96% of students maintain full time work whilst studying
- Top 10 industry backgrounds:
- Health Services
- Finance & Insurance
- Government Departments
- Communications & Technology Services
- Construction & Architecture
What you'll study
The Executive MBA program consists of nine core courses and two elective options, that will help you develop a well-rounded skill set, and a deep understanding of management principles through our tried and proven curriculum that ensures our graduates are fully equipped to make an impact.
A shorter 8 course (Graduate Diploma) and 4 course (Graduate Certificate) option is also available to those seeking a shorter qualification.
Courses Executive MBA Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate Fundamentals of Leadership x x x Marketing Management x x x Accounting for Managers x x x Elective 1 x x x Managing Contemporary Organisations x x Managerial Finance x x Business Analytics for Managers x x Elective 2 x x Strategic Management x Innovation and Entrepreneurship x Elective 3 x Enterprise Project x
A full list of courses for the Executive MBA can be reviewed on Degree Finder.
Scholarships and fees
Fees for the Executive MBA program are charged incrementally on a ‘pay as you go’ basis at the start of each trimester based on your enrolment. A breakdown of the indicative fee is available on Degree Finder
Scholarship support for the Executive MBA program is funded by the Adelaide Business School across a range of categories to ensure our program is accessible to all candidates who have the capability and drive to undertake MBA studies.
You may be eligible for course credit on the basis of previous study, with all credit applications assessed by the Program Director and Program Advisor on an individual basis.
Commonly accepted qualifications include:
- Relevant postgraduate studies
- CPA Accreditation or Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand Membership
- Professional Management Program
- Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership
- Selected Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) courses.
World class opportunities
Our students have the opportunity to study at some of the world’s highest profile business schools by undertaking a study exchange with one of our international MBA partner institutions.
Our exchange experience has been specifically designed to provide a valuable opportunity for you to develop an understanding of international business and network with MBA students from around the world without having to extend the duration of your studies or pay additional course fees.
Learn more about our current opportunities below:
University Program Aarhus School of Business, Denmark Summer School Program Aalto University, Finland MBA Courses HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany Doing Business In Europe The University of Glasgow, UK ESSAM Study Abroad
For further information, please visit the Study Overseas website.
The Executive MBA courses are offered in trimester mode with rolling intakes for this degree in January, May, and September each year.
Scholarships close Applications close Classes commence Trimester 1 2024 18 December 2023 8 January 2024 29 January 2024 Trimester 2 2024 8 April 2024 29 April 2024 20 May 2024 Trimester 3 2024 22 July 2024 12 August 2024 2 September 2024
How to apply
Submit a SATAC application
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the MBA Program Director.
MBA scholarship applications:
To apply for a scholarship please submit an application online including the following documentation:
- Current CV (including the contact details of two business referees)
- Academic transcript (if applicable)
By joining the University of Executive MBA program you become part of an exclusive community of leaders.
Our MBA Alumni network contains nearly 5,000 past and current students and staff. It has a significant presence in South Australia and its reach also transcends borders. Members are based across Australia and the globe, including in our Singapore, Hong Kong and UK chapters.
The MBA Alumni Network’s mission is to strengthen the University of Adelaide’s Business School and its graduates through connection, learning, advocacy and support of the next generation of leaders.
As a member of our MBA alumni community, you’ll get exclusive invitations to our in-person and online events. This includes business breakfasts, webinars and cocktail events. Allowing our MBA Alumni members to engage in lifelong learning, join the latest industry conversations and stay connected.
Between events or across borders, our MBA Alumni keep in touch through our private LinkedIn community.
Joining the University of Adelaide MBA gains you lifelong entry into a network of some of the most outstanding leaders our state has produced. A community of leaders across all industry types and who are always looking to help pave the way for those still to come.