University of Sydney MBA

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The University of Sydney MBA is hosted by one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1850, the University of Sydney was Australia’s first university and is a member of the ‘Group of Eight’ of Australia’s premier research intensive universities. It is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and amongst the top four in Australia.

The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education, in addition to international accreditation from the leading US and European Business School accrediting bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

“The University of Sydney MBA program was a journey of personal exploration and growth. The program forced me to reflect, and look inward in order to understand how I can better manage others, and better manage myself. It has developed my communication, time management and leadership skills. The program has equipped me with the requisite skills to make the most of my future career.” Christopher Murphy, University of Sydney Business School MBA Graduate.

Designed in close consultation with leading businesses and industry experts, the University of Sydney MBA exposes students to cutting edge business knowledge, practical experience applying theory to real-world commercial challenges, and access to unique opportunities. Students’ learning experience encompasses a distinctive blend of participatory seminars and workshops, with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and on developing interpersonal skills.
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University of Sydney MBA Program Structure

Students are required to complete 12 units of study (72 credit points), comprising:

  • seven core units of study
  • four elective units of study
  • a Capstone unit of study.

Core Units

  • Leadership Practice and Development
  • Data Analytics and Modelling
  • Innovation in Strategic Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Strategies for Growth
  • Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership
  • Managing People and Organisations

Elective Units

  • Business Negotiations and Decision Making
  • Innovation and Corporate Venturing
  • Financial Strategy
  • Leading Project Management
  • Managing with Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Coaching and Performance Management
  • Strategic Use of Social Technology
  • International Business Project (equivalent to two units of study)
  • Individual Company Project (equivalent to two units of study)
  • Expert Topics

Business Capstone: Lean Start-up

A key component of the University of Sydney MBA is its focus on the practical application of theory to real-world business situations. In their final unit, students will confront the ultimate challenge that faces pioneering companies: excellence in new product development. You will learn and apply the art of lean start-up methodologies to a team project, while integrating the skills, knowledge and experience you have acquired throughout the MBA. At the end of this project, your team will deliver a prototype product solution to a group of senior stakeholders.

This unit has been developed through extensive consultation with industry, faculty at the University of Sydney, and academics and teaching faculty at leading international institutions.

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University of Sydney MBA Scholarships

The University of Sydney Business School is renowned for producing outstanding graduates who go on to leading positions in commerce, government, academia and the not-for-profit sector. We are committed to investing in these business leaders of tomorrow with a range of Business School-funded and joint scholarships.

Our scholarships not only offer significant financial assistance, but also publicly recognise our students’ academic talent and outstanding personal attributes. For detailed information on the range of scholarships offered, please visit

University of Sydney MBA Structure

2 to 3 years part time. Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (June)

University of Sydney MBA Entry Requirements

Applicants need a bachelor’s degree (credit average); or graduate certificate, graduate diploma or AQF Level 7 qualification with a minimum (65%) average, or equivalent from an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Business School, with

  • At least 3 years’ work experience and experience in a management position
  • A Statement of Motivation
  • A selection interview establishing the candidate’s suitability for the degree.

University of Sydney MBA Fees*

The University’s tuition fees are reviewed annually and may be varied during the period of study. The fees for the program in 2017 are made up of twelve units of study at a total of $60,000. Part-time fees are paid per unit of study per term in advance and payment deadlines are notified to students at the beginning of each calendar year. Please note that a number of scholarships are also available for eligible students.

There is also a Global Executive MBA and graduate diploma on offer at this university.

*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 (