QUT Executive MBA

QUT Executive MBA
Detailed Information

QUT’s Executive MBA is different to a conventional MBA. It’s designed for executives with at least 10 years of industry experience with a desire to hone their leadership skills and share the journey with an elite cohort.

The Executive MBA program commences in Brisbane and Canberra in January of each year. In Brisbane, classes are scheduled once every four weeks over a long weekend from Friday to Sunday with the inclusion of a two-week international study tour during the second year of the program.

In Canberra, the delivery will focus on an eight-week cycle, with class sessions taking place every eight weeks supported by online learning and facilitation for the remainder of the cycle.

These intensive sessions allow participants to schedule dedicated time to study with minimal interference to their business commitments.

Business School/ Provider The Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Course Code GS50
Duration 23 months Part-time
Delivery Mode On Campus at QUT’s Garden Point campus and Canberra
Commencements January
2024 Fees ~$90,000 (domestic)

Course Overview

The EMBA is structured into four components:

  1. The Building Foundations component provides foundation business knowledge and skills along with the opportunity to engage in personal leadership development.
  2. The Multi-Disciplinary Decision Making component provides you with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills on business disciplines to equip you to make holistic and multi-disciplinary decisions in complex environments.
  3. In the third component of the EMBA program you are able to choose a concentration from: International Leadership and Complex Program Leadership or Strategic Procurement
  4. The final component of the EMBA program is the completion of a Workplace Project.



Joanne Allen-Keeling is currently working as Head of Knowledge and Performance at the youth-focussed not for profit, yourtown, where her role is to help the organisation to deliver safe and exceptional services, including Kids Helpline.

“Through my Executive MBA, I gained a newfound clarity that shaped my professional direction. It transformed my mindset, moving me beyond the pursuit of titles or levels and inspiring me to explore opportunities that aligned with my aspirations and where I could truly contribute value. I became driven by a deep desire to contribute to organisations that aligned with my expertise and passions, going beyond conventional measures of success.” Joanne Allen-Keeling, Executive MBA Graduate


Concentrated learnings

Specialise in International Leadership or Complex Program Leadership and Strategic Procurement as part of your Executive MBA.

International leadership

Delve into global business, stakeholder engagement and entrepreneurship with the international leadership stream. Connect with leading universities on the study tour and deep dive with some of the world’s best companies. This stream will specialise your skills in stakeholder engagement, international business, and entrepreneurship.

Complex program leadership and strategic procurement

Develop the capability to lead in complicated environments by connecting with some of the world’s most difficult projects as part of the complex program leadership and strategic procurement stream. Choosing this stream will hone your knowledge in project implementation, risk management, and strategic global contracting.

Integrated workplace project

QUT is all about real-world learning. That’s why the final component of your Executive MBA is a capstone unit that gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in a new venture or organisation.

The aim of the workplace project is to enable students to apply learning from the program to address a complex work-based problem or a new or emerging business opportunity of interest to the student, their employer or a sponsoring organisation.

Global opportunities

The unique model for our Executive MBA integrates fundamental units with more advanced elements as well as the opportunity to specialise in either international leadership or complex program leadership and strategic procurement, both culminating in an international study tour.

Complex Project Alignment and Implementation Study Tour

The Complex Program Leadership and Strategic Procurement Study Tour features a bespoke engagement with some of the world’s biggest and most complicated projects.

You’ll learn how global organisations such as Airbus and Pilatus manage large and difficult projects within and across complex environments.

These perspectives aren’t just limited to engineering or technical functions, but also embrace the social, cultural, and political dimensions that inform practices, relationships and expectations across international supply chains.

MIT Immersion Program

The international leadership stream features a visit to one of the world’s best universities, MIT. You’ll learn about leveraging emerging digital technologies and data analytics to drive organisational transformation in the face of digital disruption.

In an Australian-first initiative, MIT Sloan School of Management and QUT Business School are collaborating, with a focus on an innovative immersion program for QUT Executive MBA and MBA students.

Leadership coaching and mentoring

As you work your way through the QUT Executive MBA, you’ll have a leadership coach every step of the way to guide you.

During the first half of the program, you will be allocated an executive coach to provide feedback on leadership style, advice on effective managerial techniques and help with course work.

In the second half of the program, you will be paired with an executive advisor who is a current executive or board member. They will meet monthly with you to explore leadership, decision-making and governance.

Find out more about QUT’s career support.

Entry Requirements

You must have a:

  • recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.50 (on QUT’s 7-point scale); and
  • minimum five years full-time post degree work experience with minimum of three years relevant professional work experience and two years minimum supervisory/management experience.

You must also submit responses to the following mandatory reflective questions:

    1. Motivation to complete the QUT MBA
    2. Intended contribution to the cohort
    3. Work/life/study balance strategy
    4. Current leadership philosophy

You may be admitted to the Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration if you have a minimum of nine years work experience with six years minimum relevant professional work experience plus three years minimum supervisory/management experience). Upon completion of the Executive Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a GPA 4.50 (or higher) you can articulate into the Executive Master of Business Administration.

Work experience

Relevant work experience indicates an applicants capacity to contribute to workshop discussion and the wider student body. To enable us to assess your work experience, a current curriculum vitae providing details of your roles, responsibilities and achievements is required.

Additional entry requirements

You may be required to:

      • attend an interview with the MBA Director or nominee.


Contact Information
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane CBD, Queensland 4000
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