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Program Information

The Adelaide MBA program consists of nine core courses (8 single weighted and one double weighted) and two elective options, designed for busy professionals looking to develop a well-rounded skillset necessary to succeed as the leaders of tomorrow.

Flexible Study

With a wide range of study options, ongoing personalised support, and an experienced network of alumni, studying an Adelaide MBA will allow you to achieve your own personal career goals without compromise. Having the flexibility to tailor coursework around your professional, social and family commitments is vital in maximising the impact of your studies from the time you commence until beyond graduation.

Classes are scheduled to accommodate full-time working professionals, with options to take courses as evening or monthly weekend intensive classes. Download a copy of the 2018 timetable.

MBA Summer School is also offered over a two week period each January giving you the opportunity to accelerate your studies over the course of a 12 day intensive, and are often taught by high profile visiting international lecturers.

MBA Program Structure
Stage 1
Fundamentals of Leadership 2017 Course Outline
Stage 2
Accounting for Managers 2017 Course Outline
Marketing Management 2017 Course Outline
Managing Contemporary Organisations 2017 Course Outline
Economics for Management 2017 Course Outline
Stage 3
Managerial Finance 2017 Course Outline
Strategic Management 2017 Course Outline
Research for Decision Makers 2017 Course Outline
Social Enterprise Project 2017 Course Outline
Elective Options
Systems Thinking for Management 2017 Course Outline
Managing in a Global Context 2017 Course Outline
Knowledge Management 2017 Course Outline
Project Management 2017 Course Outline
Business Law 2017 Course Outline
Services and Operations Management 2017 Course Outline
Negotiation Skills 2017 Course Outline
Business Performance Improvement 2017 Course Outline

Elective options are offered each trimester across various discipline areas including People Management, Law, Technology/Project Management, and Business Improvement. Feel free to contact us for further information on currently available elective options


The Adelaide MBA program maintains a 5-star rating by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, and is run by the only AACSB accredited Business School in South Australia.

The Adelaide MBA is also ranked #6 nationally by the AFR BOSS Magazine, as a Tier 1 MBA by the CEO Magazine for the past three years.

Program entry requirements ensure that you will be sharing a classroom with high-calibre students, well prepared for study. The varied experiences of these participants produce a rich learning environment and foster unique, long-lasting business and social networks.

Entry Requirements for the Adelaide MBA
If you hold a bachelors degree: If you do not hold a bachelor's degree:
A completed bachelor’s degree* A satisfactory GMAT Test score
A minimum of two years relevant work experience A minimum of seven years relevant work experience

*from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent degree from another tertiary institution)

English Language Requirements

International students are required to submit evidence of their proficiency in English.

Domestic students with a Bachelor degree that was not completed in English from an approved institution may be required to undertake an English language test.

Minimum scores for direct entry into the Adelaide MBA

  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, and 6.5 in all bands
  • TOEFL paper based: 600 with test of written English score min 5.0
  • TOEFL internet based: 94 with minimum score of 24 in Writing and 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

For more information, please refer to the University's International Admissions Information.

Relevant Work Experience

Work experience is examined on a case-by-case basis to ensure that applicants are well prepared for the MBA learning environment, and can contribute their experience in the classroom.

  • Financial Management
  • Project Management
  • People Management
  • Strategic Management

If you are unsure of your eligibility or are seeking any further information, please feel free to contact us.

2017 Tuition Fees (per course)
Program Domestic Students International Students
Master of Business Administration $4,750* $5,125

*FEE HELP may be available

2017 Scholarships

  • Academic Excellence

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates who can demonstrate academic excellence by attaining a high GMAT score or GPA from previous undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • A GMAT score of 650 and above or GPA of 6 (equivalent to a distinction average) and above
    • A statement addressing how your academic excellence will positively impact the classroom experience and benefit all participants

    The Academic Excellence scholarship will cover between 10% - 25% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

    Score   Scholarship Amount 
    GMAT of 650 or above Up to 25%
    GPA of 6 or above Up to 10%
  • Emerging Leaders

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates who can demonstrate outstanding leadership potential including but not limited to, holding a senior position at a young age or leading an innovative project for an organisation.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated leadership capability evidenced with an example from your work place and/or community
    • A statement addressing how the Adelaide MBA will assist you to further your leadership potential

    The Emerging Leaders scholarship will cover up to 50% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

  • Financial Need

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates who can demonstrate financial hardship due to their employment situation, travel requirements or adverse circumstances. Candidates who live regionally or interstate are encouraged to apply.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Ability to demonstrate how the scholarship will enable you to complete your studies
    • Ability to demonstrate how your work and/or community experience will contribute to the enrichment of the classroom experience and benefit all participants

    The Financial Need scholarship will cover up to 50% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

  • International

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates who reside in a country outside of Australia and can demonstrate how their international perspective will benefit the classroom experience.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Evidence of international residency
    • High-level work experience and/or strong academic background including a high IELTS score or GPA
    • A statement addressing how your international perspective will contribute to the enrichment of the classroom experience and benefit all participants

    The International scholarship will cover up to 25% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

  • Community Achievement

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to champion or develop initiatives to benefit their community.

    Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Evidence of you supporting an initiative that has had a positive impact on your community
    • A statement outlining how the Adelaide MBA will assist you in becoming a leader within your community

    The Community Achievement scholarship will cover up to 50% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

    Scholarships may be offered to candidates of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and who can demonstrate leadership qualities in their work place or community.

    Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

    • Certificate of Aboriginality
    • A statement outlining how the Adelaide MBA will help you to develop and lead an initiative within your work place or community

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incentive will cover up to 100% of the MBA tuition fees for a maximum of 12 courses (36 units) of study.

  • Rules & Eligibility

    To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must be applying for entry into the Adelaide MBA program in Trimester 1, 2 or 3 of 2017.

    If a student accepts a scholarship and then defers commencement of their studies, they must apply to the MBA Program Director for approval to have the scholarship deferred for up to a maximum of 12 months.

    If a student withdraws from, or is not enrolled in the MBA program for a period of 12 months or longer, either by electing to exit with a lesser degree or through a leave of absence, the scholarship will cease.

    Each available scholarship will only cover the minimum number of courses required for a student to be eligible to graduate with the program in which they are enrolled. For example: Master of Business Administration (12 courses).

    If a student does not successfully complete a course, either by receiving an overall fail grade or withdrawing during the Withdraw No Fail (WNF) or Withdraw Fail (WF) periods, the scholarship will not cover completion of any required additional courses.

Alongside the MBA specific scholarships offered by the Business School, the University provides information on a number of scholarships for International Students. Additionally, external scholarship opportunities are available, and can be applied for in conjunction with the previously listed scholarships.

Both the international, and external scholarships are governed separately to the MBA specific scholarships, and are subject to alternate rules and requirements. Any enquiries in regards external funding opportunities should be referred directly to the organisation responsible for that scholarship.

The Adelaide MBA has strong exchange partnerships with some of the world's top ranking business schools, providing you with the opportunity to study overseas in some of the most highly regarded MBA programs in the world. This opportunity also allows you to earn your business degree while immersing yourself in a different culture and engaging with other MBA students from around the globe.

The MBA short term programs are conducted as intensive programs of study in the summer period (Jan-Feb) or winter period (June-July) and they vary from 2 to 6 weeks.

Where can I go?

2017 Exchange Opportunities for MBA Students
Country University Program Dates
Denmark Aarhus School of Business TBA
France ESCP Europe (Paris) ESCP Summer Program TBA
Finland Aalto University Elective topics TBA
Germany EBS Business School Successful Leadership in Europe May
Germany HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management Doing Business in Europe June

2017 Study Abroad for MBA Students
Country University Program Dates
United Kingdom European Summer School for Advanced Management* ESSAM Study Abroad June/July

* ESSAM is an approved study abroad program for students in 2017.


The MBA short term programs are open to both domestic and international students studying onshore and offshore. International students, however, are not permitted to go on exchange at partner universities in their home country.

To apply for the MBA short term programs, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Enrolled in the MBA program
  • Successfully completed or will be finishing the following core courses prior to going on exchange:
      • Fundamentals of Leadership
      • Accounting for Managers
      • Marketing Management
      • Economics for Management
      • Managerial Finance
      • Managing Contemporary Organisations
  • Completed at least 18 units or 50% of the program prior to going on exchange
  • Have a strong academic record of at least a Credit average
  • Credits approved by School for proposed program of study.
  • International students will need to check visa requirements prior to applying for exchange or study abroad.


The great thing about the MBA short term programs conducted at one of our exchange partner is that you don't need to pay tuition fees at the exchange university! Tuition fees are waived by each exchange institution for incoming students. You simply pay the standard full-time University of Adelaide tuition that you are paying already.

However, if the MBA short term program is at an institution with which the Adelaide Business School does not have an exchange agreement, you will be enrolling as a study abroad student and pay the tuition fees directly to the host institution.

All other costs while on exchange are your responsibility. You will need to consider the following costs when preparing a budget:

  • Exchange university application fee
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Travel expenses
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Health and/or travel insurance
  • Any other incidental costs
  • Entertainment

Costs will vary widely across our range of partners - as a very rough guide, you would need between AUD$1500-2000 per month. Cost of living information is available from our partner institutions.

Study Abroad Information Sessions

At the sessions, you will learn about the European summer programs available, how the exchange can count as credits towards your Adelaide MBA, costs involved and available financial assistance as well as detailing the application process. Adelaide MBA students who have undertaken exchanges will be on hand to share their exchange adventures.

Applications for 2018 exchange close on 31st December 2017.

The Adelaide MBA teaching staff are well connected with industry and have diverse research involvement. They are adept at translating this into relevant and topical classroom experiences.

Director Adelaide MBA
Damian Scanlon

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Mr Damian Scanlon

Director Adelaide MBA
BEc (Flinders), MBA (UofA), MAICD

Before joining the Business School, Damian's most recent appointment was as Chief Operating Officer with the Adelaide-based science organisation, the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus). Under his guidance he was able to implement the group's vision, while at the same time increasing its size from two to 22 employees. He also has more than 25 years' experience in the private sector, working in senior executive positions (including CEO and CFO) in the aviation, oil, mineral processing and banking industries as well as in the SME sector. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adelaide MBA Teaching Staff
Georges Baume

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Dr Georges Baume

Senior Lecturer
BA, Dip Ed (Flinders University), MSc (Oxford University), MBA, PhD (UofA)

Georges has extensive experience in graduate management education in Australia, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and in 2009 received the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Teaching Excellence and the Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Postgraduate Teaching and Student Learning.  He has delivered executive management programs and worked as a consultant for a wide variety of clients including: Hyatt International Hotels, Mandarin Oriental International Hotels, the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, the South Australian Police Force, the Australian United Fire Union, Australia Post and many more.

Georges currently teaches:

  • Strategic Management

Domenic Carbone

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Mr Domenic Carbone

LLB, Grad Dip LP, LLM (Commercial)

Domenic's background in taxation law extends beyond academia and includes experience in tax consulting, tax audit and indirect tax areas.

Domenic currently teaches:

  • Business Law

Cullen Habel

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Dr Cullen Habel

Adjunct Lecturer
Bachelor of Management (Marketing) (UniSA), PhD(UniSA)

Cullen joined The University of Adelaide in January 2008 and moved to serving in an adjunct role in January 2012. Cullen has extensive experience in teaching throughout Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, within the discipline of marketing.  His two teaching interests involve work integrated learning, and utilising modern modes of content delivery.

Cullen currently teaches:

  • Marketing Management


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Mr Bryan Howieson

Associate Professor, Accounting
B.A. (Acc) (SAIT); Dip. Ed. Admin; Grad Dip App Fin & Inv (SIA)

Bryan Howieson's teaching and research interests relate primarily to financial reporting and accounting starndard, having held a number of academic and research positions at the Adelaide Graduate School of Business, University of South Australia, and University of Western Australia.

He has published extensively including a monograph on accounting for investment property for the Australian Accounting Research Foundation and papers in academic and professional journals including The British Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, The Australian Journal of Management, Accounting and Finance, and the Australian Accounting Review. In addition he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the electronic journal Financial Reporting, Regulation and Governance and he is on the editorial board of Accounting Education: An International Journal.

Bryan has had a long association with accounting standards setting in Australia including acting as an alternate member of Australia's Urgent Issues Group and he is currently on the Australian Accounting Standards Board's register of potential members for its Project Advisory Panels. He has undertaken a number of consultancies in the private and public sectors in the areas of financial reporting and codes of conduct. Bryan was on the Board of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand where he was the President (Australia) and had previously held the portfolios of Practice and Treasurer. In addition, he was Vice-President-at-Large of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research. Bryan was a member of CPA Australia's 'Member of the Future' committee and serves on CPA Australia's South Australian Divisional Council where he is currently State President.

Bryan currently teaches:

  • Accounting for Managers

Paul Kerin

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Professor Paul Kerin

Professor and Head of School: Economics
Ph.D., A.M. (Harvard), M.Ec (UofA), B.Ec (FC Hons) (UofA)

Paul's career has spanned the academic, business, media, public policy, regulatory and not-for-profit sectors. His current roles include Adjunct Professor with the University of Adelaide's School of Economics, non-executive director of Diabetes SA, member of the Governance Committee of the Down Syndrome Society of S.A. Inc. and Member of the Investment Process Committee of funds manager JCP Investment Partners.

Former roles include Professor and Head of the University of Adelaide's School of Economics, Professorial Fellow in Strategy at Melbourne Business School, Managing Director of A.T. Kearney in Australia and New Zealand, CEO of the Essential Services Commission of Sout Australia, columnist with The Australian, BRW and Company Director Magazine, member of the Social-Economic Modelling Committee of the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (South Australia), Chairman of Prahran Market and various non-executive directorships.

Paul has a Ph.D. in Business Economics and A.M. from Harvard University and Honours (First-class) and Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Paul currently teaches:

  • Economics for Management

Alina Lebed

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Ms Alina Lebed

Adjunct Lecturer
MBA, BSc, G Cert Ed, Dip Mngmnt & Intl Trade

Alina is a leading management consultant specialising in complex problem solving for a variety of clients throughout Adelaide and Australia. Prior to this role she led the Business Advisory Practice for an international consulting firm in Adelaide

Alina has also lectured in the areas of Strategy, Risk and Project Management at the University of Adelaide since 2003. Her relevant areas of expertise include strategic analysis, business and marketing planning, corporate governance, business case analysis, risk management, economic and industry development, change management, strategic procurement and, project management.

Alina currently teaches:

  • Project Management

Ashley Miller

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Mr Ashley Miller

Adjunct Lecturer
BEc (UofA), Chartered Accountant, MBA (UofA)

Ashley worked with ANZ Banking group and KPMG for a combined twenty years and has been actively involved in accounting education, with the Education Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ashley currently teaches:

  • Accounting for Managers

David Murphy

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Mr David Murphy

Adjunct Lecturer
BA (Acc) (SAIT), Dip Ed Admin, Grad Dip App Fin & Inv (SIA)

David's high level experience in roles such as Chief Financial Officer, General Manager and Company Secretary partner neatly with his academic interests of financial management, stock market activities and economic analysis of small and medium enterprizes. David graduated from the South Australian Institute of Technology in Accountancy, majoring in Company Evaluation. Studies in Education, Education Administration and Applied Finance and Investment followed. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

David currently teaches:

  • Economics for Management

Olga Muzychenko

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Dr Olga Muzychenko

BA (Hons)(MSU), MSc (Stirling), PhD (UofA) (Winner - the University of Adelaide Doctoral Research Medal)

Olga is a lecturer at the University of Adelaide Business School where she teaches MBA and Master of International Business courses. Her areas of expertise and research interests span across Cross-Cultural Management, Entrepreneurship and International Business. Her current research explores psychological dimensions of international entrepreneurship.

After commencing her academic career Olga has retained links with the business community acting as a consultant to small and medium sized enterprises in Europe and Australia as well as the Enterprise Development Section of the International Labour Organisation. Her professional expertise is complemented with experience of working and living in different countries such as France, Italy, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Russia and Armenia.

Olga currently teaches:

  • Managing in a Global Context
  • Cross Cultural Management

David Pender

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Mr David Pender

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
BEc (UofA), MBA (UofA), Chartered Accountant, Doctoral student in the Business School

As well as lecturing, David practices as the Principal of "Knowledge Perspectives" - a consulting collaborative that specialises in the management and development of knowledge intensive organisations.

David currently teaches:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Negotiation Skills

Chris Smith

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Dr Chris Smith

Program Director (Off-Shore)
DipT(Sec) (UofA), BSc(Hons) (UofA), MSc(Clin Psych) (Surrey), MBA (UofA), MA (Post Compulsory Education) (Warwick), PhD (Strategy) (Warwick)

Chris' vast experience ranges from clinical psychology to international senior management roles. Chris teaches across a range of areas related to strategic management including business strategy, corporate strategy and strategic change.

Chris currently teaches:

  • Strategic Management

Sam Wells

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Dr Sam Wells

Senior Lecturer
BA (Hons - 1st Class)(UofA), PhD(Oxford)

As South Australia's 1979 Rhodes Scholar, Sam completed his doctorate at Oxford in 1983. After one year lecturing in his undergraduate History Department in Adelaide, Sam spent 18 years in corporate human resource management and organisational development – from brewing to plastics, banking to agribusiness. He established his own consulting business in 2001 and continues to advise CEOs and executive teams on cultivating organisations in which employees at all levels can 'be everything they are'.

Sam currently teaches:

  • Managing Contemporary Organisations
  • Social Enterprise Project
  • Understanding Organisational Sustainability

Lois Whittall

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Lois Whittall

Adjunct Lecturer
BA (Hons) at Liverpool, MBA (Adelaide)

Lois Whittall is an Adjunct Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Business School with extensive experience in facilitating management education in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently, she teaches the core course Fundamentals of Leadership (FOL) in the Adelaide MBA program.

Lois has a background in Organisational Development, Human Resource Management and Finance. She has worked in a variety of public and private sector organisations in the UK and Australia in senior management roles, and is currently working with multi-national companies in Australia and North and South East Asia. As well as teaching in the MBA she works extensively for the University’s Executive Education Division in addition to being a consultant primarily with senior management teams in multi-national organisations.

Lois currently teaches:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership

Max Zornada

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Mr Max Zornada

Adjunct Lecturer
BE (Mech) (UofA), Honours in Automatic Control (UofA), MBA (UofA)

Max is a world recognised thought leader in Business Improvement, Operational Excellence and Project Management. Max has extensive experience teaching and consulting internationally as a Master Black Belt to major corporations.

Max currently teaches:

  • Business Performance Improvement
  • Services and Operation Management

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