University of Adelaide MBA

The University of Adelaide MBA is taught at the North terrace campus which is located in the city's cultural heart.
The University of Adelaide MBA is taught at the North terrace campus which is located in the city’s cultural heart.

The University of Adelaide MBA is one of the country’s oldest MBA programs and has been on offer for more than 50 years.

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest in Australia. During its time it has earned many honours, including becoming a member of the Group of Eight. It is a research-intensive institute that has academics active in everything from basic research to commercial ventures. Education is imparted to students through holistic experiences, and graduate attributes are aligned to career outcomes. The South Australian educators also work with the community in other ways, including alignments with business, government bodies, other research institutions, NGOs and industry groups.

The University of Adelaide MBA is provided through the AACSB Accredited University of Adelaide Business School in South Australia. Less than 5% of universities around the globe have earned AACSB accreditation. The MBA course is designed for experienced managers looking for a program “that boasts strong academic rigour and practical industry application”.

The University of Adelaide MBA places a strong emphasis on exposing students to real-world issues, including projects commissioned by and delivered to Australian and international organisations. Short and long-term study abroad opportunities – including factory and head office visits to Fortune 500 companies – are also available.

University of Adelaide MBA Program Structure

The Adelaide MBA program can be completed in as little as one year full-time, over three trimesters at the North Terrace campus in Adelaide. The first trimester starts in February, followed by another in May, then a final one in September. Each of these trimesters has 12 weeks, allowing students to condense their studies into a shorter period of time. Alternatively, graduates can complete the 12 courses over a period of up to five years.

Most courses have been specifically designed to cater for professionals who are still working while they study. For this reason the majority of classes are held on weeknights in three-hour teaching blocks. Some, however, may be held fortnightly, on Saturdays in a six-hour block. There are also intensive courses offered that are generally held over on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings three times per trimester. Alternatively, they can be offered in three, two-day blocks.

A standard MBA consists of 12 courses, nine of which are core and three of which are electives. Generally, most courses account for about three credit points, totalling 36 points on the completion of the program.

The core courses are:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Managing Contemporary Organisations
  • Economics for Management
  • Systems Thinking Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business
  • Social Enterprise Project

MBA Advanced Core Courses

  • Managing in a Global Context
  • Strategic Management
  • Business or Management Project
  • Business Law
  • Services and Operations Management

Students can specialise in a discipline by taking all their elective courses in that area of study. There is also an advanced program available that offers 16 courses instead of 12 as part of its program.


  • Family Business
  • People Management
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Technology/Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law

Entry Requirements

Applicants need a bachelor degree or equivalent, plus a minimum of three years of professional work experience, plus a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of at least 550.

Some applicants may be admitted without a bachelor degree if they have seven years of work experience and have achieved a GMAT score of at least 550.

If applicants have completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration they may apply for the standard program or the advanced.

There is also the option for applicants to first complete a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program, but it requires a satisfactory GMAT score, plus a completed bachelor degree and a minimum of three years work experience.

There are also minimum English proficiency requirements. Internationals are also required to submit a resume and two reference reports.

University of Adelaide MBA Fees*

The full cost for a domestic student, who is studying full-time over the period of 18 months, is $57,000. This is based on an annual indicative fee of $36,000.

The full cost for a international student, who is studying full-time over the period of 18 months, is $61,000. This is based on an annual indicative fee of $38,500.

*Information from fees is sourced from publicly available information in November 2016 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 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.