Southern Cross University Business School MBA

Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.
Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.

The Southern Cross University Business School MBA is designed to equip graduates for managerial roles across a broad range of industries in the public and private sectors. It is designed to develop the business knowledge and practical skills to help graduates advance their careers in today’s competitive global markets. Students gain a broad understanding of contemporary management operations and learn industry-relevant skills and solutions to complex business situations.

The School was established in January 2011 following a merger of the Southern Cross University’s School of  Commerce and Management and the Graduate College of Management. The School has  more than 3,000 students studying within Australia and offshore who are engaged  in undergraduate and postgraduate study in business and IT. As well as the MBA, the School offers a Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development, a Master of Professional Accounting and a Doctor of Business Administration.

The MBA is taught to domestic students at Southern Cross’ Gold Coast campus at Bilinga (adjacent to Gold Coast airport) while International onshore students are taught at the Tweed Heads Riverside campus (Brett St).

SCBS provides a full structured pathway for students wishing to build towards the MBA with Graduate Certificate (4 units) and Graduate Diploma (8 units) courses feeding into the MBA and MBA (Advanced).

“The School has established an extensive international network that supports its teaching and research activities. Formal partnerships  in New Zealand, New Guinea, Singapore, and China are supported by developing relationships in Ireland,   UK, US and Italy. These partnerships provide the foundation for an international  business program that facilitates  student and staff exchange and extensive research networks.” Professor Stephen Kelly PhD, Head of School.

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university that welcomes students from more than 80 countries. It has a strong student focus and takes pride in the quality of its lecturers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their fields. The University’s degrees are designed in consultation with industry, with many involving hands-on learning to produce work-ready graduates. Research is undertaken in areas that are regionally relevant and globally significant, in disciplines as diverse as geoscience, plant genetics, health and wellbeing, and tourism.

Program Structure

The program is taught over three sessions that start in February, June and October via the Gold Coast campus, distance education, or a combination of both. There are 16 subjects – each worth 12 credit points – needed to graduate from the course. A total of 192 credit points are required to complete the course. If students study three subjects each semester full-time, they will graduate in two years. If they study part-time, it will take four years to complete.

For each subject, it is recommended to budget about 150 hours of study each teaching block.

Students may be required to study four foundation units, followed by another eight core units. After that they will choose a specialisation, which includes an industry research project.

The core subjects are:

  • Global Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Strategy and Case Analysis

They can choose a specialisation from a list of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Convention and Events Management
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Gaming Management
  • Health Services Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Tourism Management
  • Research

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to apply through Southern Cross University.

International students need to meet minimum English proficiency requirements.


Domestic students are charged $2340 per unit. There are 16 units in total, bringing the indicative fee to $39,200.

International students are charged $2,810 per unit. There are 16 units in total, bringing the indicative fee to $47,360

* 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 (