La Trobe University MBA

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La Trobe University campus in Melbourne

The LaTrobe MBA is offered through La Trobe University’s La Trobe Business School. The course is aimed at working professionals seeking to accelerate their career in general management and places particular emphasis on delivering responsible business leaders. The La Trobe MBA is a highly regarded, world class degree recognised for excellence in postgraduate business education as demonstrated by its international EPAS accreditation.  The La Trobe MBA was the first MBA  in Australia to attain EPAS accreditation.

“Students of the La Trobe MBA come from many different walks of life,  and there is a good gender balance in our classrooms.  From executives in large multinational organisations to CEOs of family businesses, our students develop business skills and capabilities that lead to effective decision-making in their professional lives.  Many of our current MBA students have already enjoyed the benefit of their studies through job promotions.  Some have been identified as strong future leaders and invited to participate in international Leadership programs.” Professor Amalia Di Iorio, Director, MBA Program, La Trobe University.

In 2013 the program commenced delivery from La Trobe University’s new campus in the Melbourne CBD. The Campus has been designed around the latest innovations in educational design and teaching and learning technology and features a new and fully customised fit-out. The new Campus will also be the home for a new range of bespoke Executive Education programs. The La Trobe MBA is built on three curriculum pillars that encompass La Trobe Business School’s management philosophy;

  1. General Management
  2. Principles for Responsible Management Education
  3. Personal and Professional Skills Development.

La Trobe Business School was one of the first 100 business schools and universities from around the world to actively endorse the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME is a UN-backed global initiative developed to promote corporate responsibility and sustainability in business education.

Course Structure

The La Trobe MBA comprises 12 subjects – eight compulsory core subjects and four electives and two professional experiences. Students can choose between full-time or part-time study modes. Full-time students complete the program in three semesters or 18 months. Part-time mode provides students with four years to complete requirements for the degree. Core Subjects Core subjects aim to give students broad management skills expected of general managers in contemporary organisational settings.

  • Personal and Professional Skills Development
  • Values , Ethics and Diversity in Organisations
  • Management Fundamentals
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • E-portfolio x 3
  • Management Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Business Analysis and Modelling
  • Strategic Management
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Elective x 2
  • Boardroom Simulation

Elective Subjects The program offers 12 different elective units:

  • 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

Professional Experiences In addition to the traditional subjects, La Trobe MBA students complete an e-portfolio and a Boardroom simulation – an intensive simulation of actual boardroom situations and dilemmas.

Entry Requirements

La Trobe offers two pathways to admission:

  1. Direct entry – Applicants seeking direct entry should have an Australian Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent (minimum 60% average) in the final year), and a minimum of three years’ relevant managerial experience.
  2. Professional entry – Applicants with more than eight years’ managerial experience but without an undergraduate degree may be considered for professional entry.


Fees for domestic students are $32,600 per 120 credit points (MBA indicative total tuition fee: $53,250). 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 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.