An MBA in Australia combines the opportunity to significantly enhance your career prospects while enjoying the incredible lifestyle and friendly atmosphere of one of the world’s most welcoming countries.
Many Australian MBAs and universities are ranked among the top courses in the world and attract a diverse range of local and international students.
Australia’s close geographic proximity to Asia, strong business links throughout the Asia-Pacific region and a western academic tradition provide the perfect bridge for students seeking a global perspective on business.
MBA News Australia’s full list of MBA courses by location is available here.
Fast Facts – MBA in Australia
- The Australian MBA market is worth about $500 million per year
- More than 30 different universities offer an MBA degree
- More than 20,000 students are currently completing an MBA in Australia.
- There are more than 60 different MBA courses available in Australia (not all available to international students)
- The cost of an MBA in Australia is highly competitive with European and US schools, and range in price from $AUD15,000 to $AUD90,000
- Up to 80% of students in some MBA courses are international students.
- The top 5 countries for international students studying in Australia are China, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia
What to expect*
Getting an MBA in Australia offers:
- A blend of practical and theoretical knowledge providing the basic skills and tools necessary for problem solving in the business environment.
- A wide range of quality theoretical approaches including economics, measurement, governance, psychology, human behaviour, and leadership.
- Opportunities to engage with the Australian business community as a setting to develop your learning in a variety of disciplines.
- Opportunities to study subjects outside the main business programs such as microeconomics, competitive dynamics, and statistics.
How to apply
Education is an important sector of the Australian economy and the country and its universities are extremely welcoming of international students.
The process for applying to be an international student is relatively simple, as long as you adhere to a few simple processes.
Step 1 – Find a course
Not all courses are available for international students. A full list of courses is available here.
Step 2 – Check the course is suitable
Before you lodge an application ensure that you meet all of the requirements for entry.
- Have you met the deadline the for application of your specific course?
- Have you met the entry requirements of your specific course?
- Have you met the English proficiency requirements?
- Have you checked the costs (including any living expenses) for your course?
- Have you investigated the cost of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)?
- Are you eligible for credit? Some courses may provide credit towards your course based on your previous academic studies.
- Have you got all your documents? Australian universities love paperwork. Make sure you have all the appropriate documentation related to your past studies (award certificates, academic transcripts etc). In some cases you may need to provide a certified English translation.
Step 3 – Confirm you English proficiency
Australian MBA courses are taught in English. Many courses require confirmation of a medium to high level of English proficiency before accepting an application.
Step 4 – Submit your application
There are two options for submitting your application:
- Apply directly to the university/course provider
- Apply through an agent
Step 5 – Accept your offer
If your application is successful your university will notify you. As part of this process ensure you receive Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE).
This confirmation of enrolment is critical to your application for a student visa.
Step 6 – Apply for a visa
International students require a student visa in order to study in Australia.
A detailed overview of the student vis requirements and process is available here.
The process of applying for a student visa depends on which country you apply from and the type of study you’re applying for.
The student visa application process can be involved and for this reason, students in some countries apply for their student visa using the help of a registered Australian education agent.
Step 7 – Prepare to move
Moving country can be a difficult process so allow up to two weeks before your MBA commences to get settled in to your new city.
Make sure you have organised:
Temporary or full-time accommodation
Familiarised yourself with your new city. Most State governments have built comprehensive websites to make the transition to studying in Australia easier.
Study in South Australia (Adelaide)
Study in the ACT (Canberra)
Step 8 – Get studying!
The standard of MBAs in Australia is high. You will need to study hard and commit many hours to studying and lectures. But don’t forget to enjoy all the great things Australia has to offer.
Each State and Territory of Australia has a department dedicated to providing visitors with a range of information:
New South Wales (Sydney)
* Source: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au