Curtin University MBA

Curtin University MBA
The Curtin University MBA is located in the former Government Printing Office in the Perth CBD, which is a National Trust of Australia-listed building originally built in 1892

The Curtin University MBA is offered through Western Australia’s Curtin University. With nine campus locations including Perth, Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore, Curtin boasts a rich diversity of cultures and a commitment to international engagement. With more than 50,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in Australia and is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide by the Academic World Ranking of Universities (2015).

The Curtin University MBA suite of programs is offered through the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB), which is part of the Curtin Business School. Program’s are run from Curtin’s facility in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Curtin University MBA programs include the flagship 1.5-year MBA and a two-year MBA (Global) for students without work experience. The main MBA program offers majors in leadership, strategic procurement and oil and gas.

In February 2015, the Curtin MBA was accredited for three years for its MBA program by the EFMD. EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) is based on the same principles as its EQUIS accreditation; including how well the program meets its criteria of successful internationalisation and its high standards in the areas of academic rigour, corporate relevance and quality assurance.


The Curtin University MBA suite is built around the major mining and resources industries of West Australia and offers Australia’s only specialist MBA in oil and gas management. the MBA is also offered as a double degree with the Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics), which is the only double degree of its kind in the world. The Curtin Master of Business Administration (Strategic Procurement) is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Australasia) which is the leading body representing the field of procurement and supply management in the region.

There are also options of studying Curtin’s new Global MBA.

Curtin Global MBA 

In 2015 Curtin launched its MBA (Global) course, specifically targeting students graduating from their undergraduate degree and without work experience. The two year full-time (or part-time equivalent) degree is different from other MBAs because it focuses on global markets and practices, and you can take it directly after completing your bachelor degree.

The course starts with a one-week orientation program, introducing you to the program’s faculty and industry advisors, and demonstrating the importance of effective engagement and building relationships in the multicultural, global market. Following orientation, you’ll study 15 course units over four semesters. The units are divided into three categories: core business knowledge; global practice; and analytical practice. To apply for the MBA (Global), you must have:

  • a recognised bachelor degree in any discipline
  • a course-weighted average of credit or above
  • met the University’s English language requirements.

No work experience is necessary but if you have more than three years work experience in a managerial role, you will be encouraged to apply for the Curtin Graduate School of Business MBA instead, which is tailored to suit established professionals.

Program Structure

The flagship Curtin University MBA program has been designed with flexibility in mind. It can be completed on or off the Murray St campus in Perth, or via online studies. It works on 12-week trimesters – starting January, May and August – meaning that it can be completed within a year of full-time study. It consists of 12 subjects for the basic program – totalling 300 credit points.

The amount of core and foundation subjects vary depending on whether students want to specialise in business, oil and gas, leadership or strategic procurement. For example, business students only have two core subjects, but four foundational. Alternatively, oil and gas students have four core and four foundational. All programs require participants to complete a subject on strategy and international business competitiveness, followed by a professional portfolio which requires a minimum of 40 hours of professional development.

Study Tours

As part of the MBA (Global), students can take advantage of a range of partnerships Curtin has forged with with five highly accredited overseas universities that  run international MBA postgraduate courses. As part of the program, students may be able to undertake an overseas study tour and gain a realistic understanding of global business practices (attendance on study tours is subject to conditions and entry into a separate agreement with Curtin). Partner institutions include;

  • Renmin University of China (AACSB accredited)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • State University of New York
  • Burgundy School of Business, France (AACSB accredited)
  • University of Philippines

Entry Requirements

While competitive, entry to Curtin’s MBA program is flexible enough to include people who have the experience but not the qualifications. For example, high-performing applicants without the academic background may be admitted, but will need to complete bridging units.

Ultimately, selection will be based upon a range of information, including previous academic results, referee reports, relevance of work experience, career aspirations and test results. Students will also be required to submit supplementary information with their application, including a resume and referee reports. Students may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process. The following is the minimum applicants need to supply:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognised university with a grade-point average of 70% or better
  • A minimum three years of professional work experience
  • Basic English language requirements.
  • Applicants with more than two failures or more than four units with grades below 60% will be excluded from the course.

All students without a degree in business are required to complete the four foundation MBA units. Students with a degree in business may be eligible for a unit substitution for the foundation units with four additional optional MBA units.


For domestic students the annual fee (225 credits) in 2017 is $35,600. The Curtin MBA requires 300 credits, equating to a full course cost of approximately $53,400. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

MBA (Global)
For domestic students the MBA (Global) in 2016 is $27,200. Equating to a total cost of $54,400 for the full two-year degree.

* Information from fees is sourced from publicly available information in November 2016 and may not reflect current 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 (