University of New England (UNE) Online MBA

University of New England campus.
University of New England campus.

The UNE online MBA is designed to equip students to deal with the rigours of today’s changing work environment. The distance education model encourages students to apply learning immediately. From day one, they can test their knowledge against the real world, integrating it into their thinking and becoming a more effective and adaptable manager in the process.

The University of New England (UNE) was the first Australian university established outside a state capital city. Given its history extends back to the 1920s, it is little wonder the educator is one of the country’s longest providers of distance learning. They now have over 15,000 external students, also making them one of Australia’s major providers of off-campus education. Today, it continues to to use technology to extend its global academic reach – now providing 600 subjects online.

 “Flexibility is the key to our distance learning programs. Whatever your commitments you can study at any time or place around the world — at home, travelling or at work. Your   study can be balanced with the competing interests of work, family and social commitments.  Our courses are structured to make the workplace your classroom, so you can continue to develop your career, enhancing your skills immediately.” University of New England Business School’s Head Professor Alison Sheridan

The UNE’s MBA program has been designed so it can be immediately applied to the real-world working environment. Apart from providing a broad range of management skills, it also allows students the option to specialise in resource management or international business. It has been developed for working professionals who want to broaden their skills and knowledge in their chosen field. Among other topics, students will also learn about management theories, communication techniques, technology-based media, problem solving and how to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

University of New England MBA Program Structure

The course is taught off-campus over three trimesters per year, the first one starting in February, 2016. Full-time students have the option of completing the course within one year, studying four subjects per trimester. Part-time students can complete the course over four years, studying one subject per trimester.

The other two trimesters commence in July and October.

There are 12 subjects to complete for the MBA, totalling 72 credit points. Eight of these subjects (48 credit points) are core. The remaining four are electives (24 credit points). Students will also be required to complete a leadership development e-portfolio over the duration of the course.

Core subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Economics for Management
  • Advanced Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management Project
  • Managerial Thinking and Decision Making
  • Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability

There are opportunities for students to complete a major in Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing and Project Management.

Each subject requires approximately 15 hours of study each week. Students participating via distance education usually study two subjects per semester. On-campus students usually study a maximum of four.

As part of a flexible delivery, there are optional weekend classes available for some units.

University of New England MBA Entry Requirements

  • hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least two years of management experience in the area of human resource management, business and/or management approved by the course coordinator; or
  • hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline* and have at least two years of work experience; or
  • hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification and have at least 5 years relevant work experience including three in management; or
  • hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Management from this University or its equivalent plus at least five years of work experience including three in management**.

University of New England MBA Fees*

Domestic students: $32,400 (indicative fee of $2,332 per subject. 12 to complete)

International students: $33,120 (indicative fee of $2,700 per subject. 12 subjects to complete)

*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
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 (