Victoria University MBA

One of the fastest growing universities in Australia since 1990, Victoria University (VU) is now home to almost 50,000 domestic students and about 12,000 internationals. The educator is one of only a few multi-sector institutions, meaning they provide both higher education and TAFE courses. This allows students to transfer easily between the two institutions. They pride themselves on having teaching, training, research, scholarship and partnerships that are locally relevant and globally significant.

The VU’s Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB) provides students with a highly flexible pathway to an MBA with a wide range of specialisations. Through practical learning facilitated by leading academics, the course is designed to help students develop a cross-section of management, marketing and financial expertise, opening up a wealth of career opportunities in Australia and abroad. The  MBA currently ranks in the top three in Australia and number eight in the global Top 20 by CEO magazine. The 2015 Australian Finanical Review BOSS Magazine ranked VU’s MBA in Australia’s top 10 programs.

Students come from a range of professional backgrounds and gain employment in management and consulting roles in Australia and overseas within the finance, information technology, marketing, engineering, construction, tourism and sporting industries. The course has a particular focus on practical, hands-on learning, with 25% of assessment requiring students to solve real business problems for an industry or community partner.

This is also one of the only universities to offer a specialised sports MBA.

Program Structure

The program is primarily delivered through the City Flinders Campus in Melbourne, but has also been made available in China and Kuala Lumpur. Domestic students can study full- or part-time, completing it on 18 months on a full-time schedule. International students, however, are required to study the program full-time only. All the subjects are delivered on-campus, but some are available through burst modes – otherwise known as intensive modes. The year is broken into semesters, the first one starting in February, followed by another in July.

The course consists of 12 subjects – totalling 144 credit points. Eight of these subjects are core and four are electives. In special circumstances, some core subjects can be replaced by electives with permission. Those students who want to complete a sports major for their MBA will obviously need to choose four sports electives.

The core subjects:

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Work and Organisation Systems
  • Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability


  • Accounting
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Sport Business
  • Tourism Management
  • Innovation, Knowledge and Change Management

There is also the option to study research methods and undertake a minor project – for part-timers – as part of student’s elective choice. There is also the option for students to exit the course early and receive a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission to the course, an applicant must normally have completed a relevant degree or graduate diploma and have a minimum two years of full-time relevant work experience.

In the absence of formal qualifications, applicants must have training and work experience to indicate the ability to undertake the course successfully.

There is also a mandatory minimum English requirement.


The 2017 indicative full-fee annual amount is $22, 101. If completing the course full time over 18-months, the course would cost approximately $35,715.

More information

All information is indicative only. Contact Victoria University for specific and current information about course structure, requirements, fees and admission details.

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  • Free-call in Australia 1300 842 864
  • International students: (+61 3) 9919 1164

*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 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.