Swinburne University of Technology MBA

Swinburne's Hawthorn Campus is just 15 minutes from the Melbourne CBD
Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus is just 15 minutes from the Melbourne CBD

Swinburne University is a progressive institution that prides itself on delivering a more personalised experience for students. In 2014, Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Enterprise will be re-branded as the Swinburne Business School.

The Melbourne-based institution has earned a reputation for high-impact research that responds to the changing needs of the global community. With partnerships to over 90 other educational facilities, Swinburne pride themselves on being a global player in the delivery of education. They are also consistently among the highest ranked universities in Melbourne for education experience by The Good Universities Guide, including for teaching quality, graduate satisfaction and employability.

The Swinburne MBA offers the opportunity for students to learn in innovative, creative and entrepreneurial ways. Graduates will be skilled managers and competent leaders who are entrepreneurially oriented, globally focused and socially conscious in a diverse and complex world. Specifically, the MBA prepares students to engage and deal with uncertainty, change and opportunity in the environments that organisations operate.

“The solutions to real-world problems are not found in narrow specialisations. They demand partnerships – across business disciplines, across Universities and across industry. Our research centres are inter-disciplinary. They are closely aligned with our scientists, our engineers, our designers and our social scientists. Our teaching and our research strongly connect to industry.” Swinburne University Business School Executive Dean Professor Michael Gilding

Swinburne’s postgraduate business programs are offered in Australia’s only graduate school dedicated to the development of entrepreneurs and global leaders, the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE). The AGSE provides an outstanding learning environment, with well-equipped learning spaces, extensive networking opportunities and staff who draw on a wealth of industry experience, delivering sophisticated courses with practical outcomes.

Swinburne University of Technology MBA Program Structure

The program is offered full- or part-time at the Hawthorn campus in Melbourne. It can be completed over 18 months full-time, or three years part-time. Part-time subjects are usually offered in both day and evening classes.

The MBA program is a nested program incorporating the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration and the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.

There are 12 subjects – totalling 150 credit points – that students must complete before they can graduate. Eight of these are core subjects and three are electives. In each year, full-time students must complete at least eight subjects, totalling at least 100 credit points. Part-time students usually take half that workload.

The core subjects are:

Stage 1 Graduate Certificate units

  • Accounting Information and Managerial Decision Making
  • Strategic and Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Leading

Plus one of the following:

  • Operations Management
  • Management Analysis and Problem Solving

Stage 2 Graduate Diploma units

  • Business Finance and Quantitative Analysis

Plus one of the following:

  • Workforce Leadership and Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • Elective one
  • Elective two

Stage 3 Master units

  • Business Information Systems for a Rapidly Changing World

Plus one of the following:

  • Leadership for Innovation
  • Governance and Corporate Leadership
  • Elective three
  • Elective four

*All Elective units must be approved by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

International students, who are on a study visa, must study full-time on campus.

Swinburne offers international exchange programs as well as other education abroad programs, allowing study at a Swinburne partner institution for one or two semesters during your degree. Studies while on exchange can be credited towards the Swinburne degree, provided they are relevant and approved by Swinburne.

Swinburne University of Technology MBA Requirements

All applicants must meet certain requirements to be considered:

  • have a recognised bachelor degree as well as three years of managerial work experience. Applicants are also required to submit a 500-750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course, or
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration or Graduate Diploma of Business Administration.
  • Minimum english requirements do also apply.

Swinburne University of Technology MBA Fees*

Domestic students are charged an indicative $24,400 annual fee, which will total $38,796 for an 18-month course completed full-time.

* 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.