La Trobe Business School MBA

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La Trobe is one of Australia’s oldest universities. Primarily based in Melbourne, it also has campuses in Bendigo, Mildura, Beechworth, Shepparton and Albury-Wodonga. The university has a distinct ethos that relies on social engagement to achieve academic achievement. They also pride themselves on looking to the future for guidance about how they should develop their programs so they will benefit future generations. To better accomplish this they rely on attracting creative and independent thinkers to their teaching and student bodies.

La Trobe MBA graduates receive one of the highest starting salaries in the Asia Pacific region, earning an average of $110,000US ($120,495.10AUD) upon completion of the course. Over 94% of La Trobe MBA graduates find employment just three months after completing their studies.


The MBA has been designed to suit the working professional, with flexible delivery modes that allow students to balance their study with home and work life commitments. Some classes are offered in the evening, while others are offered in intensive blocks over the weekend. The curriculum has been designed around principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which is backed by the United Nations. As part of their commitment to practical learning, two of the subjects involve professional experiences.

“Our Business School is committed to excellence in business education and research in order to make a difference to our students and other stakeholders. We do this through innovation, strong engagement with all our business and other stakeholders and an emphasis on responsible management practice.” La Trobe University Business School Head Professor Paul Mather

The program has traditionally been delivered from the Collins St campus in Melbourne, but regional delivery will be rolled out in 2014. Students will be able to study at Mildura, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Bendigo. Alternatively, study can be undertaken through intensive delivery mode at one of the other campuses.

La Trobe Business School MBA Rankings

The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014 ranked the La Trobe MBA 23 in the Asia Pacific region. This is a leap forward for the program that was ranked 32 in the region in last year’s report. According to the QS top MBA rankings La Trobe Business School has one of the smallest class sizes, the lowest tuition fees, highest GMAT scores and the largest percentage representation of international students for an MBA course in the entire category.

Developed with personal and professional leadership, team building and responsible management as the core concepts of the degree, the La Trobe MBA has been garnering attention across the globe since its redesign in 2012. The QS ranking will sit alongside the other rankings that La Trobe has received throughout the year.

The Australian Financial Review’s “BOSS 2013 MBA Rankings” placed La Trobe in the top two institutions in Victoria.

In September Corporate Knights 2013 Global Green MBA survey ranked La Trobe Business School in the top ten small schools worldwide for their promotion of responsible management. The School remains the only Australian institute to be included in the rankings.

Delivered primarily from the brand new facilities in Collins Street, Melbourne, the new La Trobe MBA has also received EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development ( and is one of the few programs to have received this accreditation worldwide.

La Trobe Business School MBA Program Structure

The program consists of 12 subjects in total, accounting for 120 credit points. Eight of these are core subjects, leaving four electives to choose, which can be used to specialise in a certain area. Full-time students can complete these in three semesters – or 18 months. A flexible part-time mode of study – taking fours years to complete – is available for domestic graduates, but not for internationals.

The core subjects are:

  • Personal and Professional Skills Development
  • Values, Ethics and Diversity in Organisations
  • Management Fundamentals
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Business in Society
  • Marketing
  • Business Analysis and Modelling
  • Responsible Leadership

The electives available are:

  • Corporate Governance
  • MIS and Knowledge Management
  • Strategic Management
  • HRM and Employment Relations
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Community Development Internships
  • Management Finance
  • International Management
  • International Study Tour
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Research Methods
  • Research Project

As part of the compulsory subjects, students are required to complete an e-portfolio and participate in a boardroom simulation – where students discuss ways to handle real situations and dilemmas.

La Trobe Business School MBA Entry Requirements

For direct entry, applicants need an Australian bachelor’s degree or international equivalent, with a minimum of three years of managerial experience.

For professional entry, more than eight years of managerial experience is required if the applicant doesn’t hold a bachelor or equivalent degree.

La Trobe Business School MBA Fees*

Fees for domestic students are $32,600 per 120 credit points (MBA indicative total tuition fee: $48,900). Additional costs: Students must pay all costs related to international study tours, including travel, meals and accommodation. Costs vary depending on location (all accepted students are eligible to apply for travel grants).

*Information on fees was sourced from publicly available information in November 2013 and may not be reflective of actual costs. Current costs per subject/unit/course may change in the future, altering the overall cost of the degree. Consult course providers for fee confirmation.

Ben Ready
Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (