Charles Sturt University MBA

Charles Sturt University's new permanent campus at Port Macquarie.
Charles Sturt University’s new permanent campus at Port Macquarie.

The Charles Sturt University MBA, offered through the University’s Faculty of Business, has been designed to provide busy professionals with a highly flexible and workplace focused course that can fit in with lifestyle goals and commitments.

The course is primarily available via distance education (online) or on campus through CSU’s Study Centres in Melbourne and Sydney. The course is available full-time (1.5 years) or part-time equivalent (3 years).

CSU has campuses throughout rural and metropolitan areas in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria. The rural campuses give CSU a special affinity with remote locations. As part of the university’s strategy, they aim to improve the lives of people in regional communities through education.

Most graduates are encouraged to continue living and working in the communities where they have studied to help combat skills shortage. At CSU there is a large emphasis placed on collaboration, good student experiences, flexibility, reliability, inclusivity and critical thinking.

CSU’s MBA program prides itself on being current and using industry professionals to ensure information is of a global quality. With a strong focus on management theory, graduates will be equipped to lead teams in a dynamic and changing world.

 “CSU is a vibrant, progressive university which offers a range of options in terms of both study and extracurricular activities…” Dean Faculty of Business Professor Lesley White

Charles Sturt University MBA Program Structure

The standard MBA consists of 12 subjects, totalling 96 credit points. To graduate, students must complete four core subjects, four out of 10 “Restricted Elective Subjects” subjects and four specialised electives. There are also the options of completing a specialised degree in computing, or law enforcement and security, that consist of 16 subjects, or 128 credit points.

The core subjects are:

  • Management, Theory and Practice
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Strategic Management

The four foundation subjects can be chosen from the following 10:

  • Business Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership
  • Management of Change
  • Ethics of Corporate Governance
  • Project Management
  • Managing for Sustainability

Students undertaking the MBA can choose from a range of specialisations:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Public Sector Management
  • Sustainability

The way the subjects have been designed is to give students the flexibility to tailor their degree to meet their needs or aspirations. This way graduates can choose to concentrate on areas of economics, education, human resources, IT, or marketing.

The program is broken into three trimesters per year – starting in February, July and December – allowing enthusiastic students to complete their degree within this time.

Alternatively, students can complete as little as one subject per trimester, allowing them to graduate after four years. CSU estimates it will take between 140 to 160 hours to complete each subject.

Charles Sturt University MBA Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent) and appropriate work experience

Students who do not meet the work experience entry requirement can enter via the extended 16-subject MBA, but must complete the Professional Development subject sequence as part of the program.

Applicants without these requirements can also enter via credit allowances. Students will need to have CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, or the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, or Graduate Certificate in Commerce. All other applications for credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. All students must also meet the minimum requirement for English proficiency.

Charles Sturt University MBA Fees*

Domestic students: $37,800 (based on $3000 fee per 8 point subject)

International students: $40,056 (based on $3100 fee per 8 point subject)

* 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 (