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Business Administration

Masters by Coursework


Master of Business Administration
1 year, 6 months full-time
Perth City, Curtin Singapore


Take the next step in your career and become a confident, equitable 21st century leader , equipped with the skills to succeed in a global business environment.

David Gribble

Bringing individuals with you on an innovation journey and communicating the passion and vision you have for the future of a business are things I really enjoy. The MBA helped me to hone these skills and gain a useful background in the theory and practice behind them.

Broad career options

Explore flexible study opportunities with one of three specialisations focusing on business administration, energy futures or leadership.

Professional recognition

Curtin Business School is recognised as an elite global business school through accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB International and an EFMD Accredited MBA.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Curtin Graduate School of Business campus

MBA Information Evening: 20 July 2022, 5.45pm – 7pm

Join us in-person or online and discover more about our internationally accredited MBA program, including the entry pathways, fees, specialisations and flexible study options available.
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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally accredited qualification that gives you broad skills in leadership, strategy and financial management to further your professional career. You can complete the MBA in four trimesters full-time or over several years part-time choosing a pace that suits you and your lifestyle.

It is especially suitable if you’re looking to acquire the confidence and business acumen to move from a technical role into a managerial or executive position in business, if you’re wanting to career switch or move into a different industry sector.

Studying at our campus in the heart of the Perth Central Business District, you will enhance your learning through a combination of practical project work and evidence-based business theories applicable to local and global organisations.

You can specialise in a particular area or choose subjects that complement your interests or the demands of your work. Subjects include economics, finance, organisational behaviour, strategy, international business and marketing. To ensure this course is aligned with changes to industry, we’ve also added new units in executive financial decision-making, global business sustainability and organisational strategy.

You will learn to devise and apply innovative strategies that help your organisation to thrive in complex and volatile economic environments. In particular, you will critique and implement strategies that can help businesses prepare for the impact of local, national and global crises, and recover from them.

You will expand your networks through contacts with other high calibre students, attending industry events, seminars, guest lectures and training, so you can build on your knowledge of current industry trends and best practice.

Choose your specialisation

In your first year, you get to choose a specialisation: a set of units designed to hone your knowledge and skills in a particular area.

Business Administration

In the Business Administration specialisation, you’ll develop your ability to create and critically evaluate innovative ideas and strategies within ambiguous and uncertain business environments.

Energy Futures

The Energy Futures specialisation will help teach you how to respond to significant changes within the energy sector, such as the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, as well as energy storage and distribution.


The Leadership specialisation will help you to gain a nuanced understanding of current and future leadership challenges, and explore the philosophy and ethics of leadership.

Note: If you do not meet the admission criteria for this course, you should instead apply for the Graduate Certificate in Business or the Graduate Certificate in Business Futures.

Why study

  • This course has flexible study options so you can progress your career while working full-time and balance your studies with other commitments. These options include:
    • evening classes, delivered face-to-face in the heart of Perth city
    • intensive study units, where the contact hours for some units can be completed in one week or across two weekends
    • online study, including a mixture of online learning and face-to-face classes, if you can’t make it to campus or live in a different state or country.
  • This course has various start dates: our trimester delivery means you can choose to start your course in January, May or August.
  • You’ll benefit from increased, bespoke support, including contact with a dedicated Customer Experience Officer, an extended orientation where you’ll get to meet faculty staff who will introduce you to your facilities, and regular events with guest lecturers and academic professionals.
  • You can access unique scholarship opportunities, including the Rob Riley Memorial MBA Scholarship and the Women in MBA Scholarship.
  • You may be able to gain credit towards your MBA by completing select Executive Education programs, including a one-day or five-day masterclass, or bespoke programs such as Ignition or Switch.

Career information


  • CEO
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief marketing officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Corporate services manager
  • Finance manager
  • General manager
  • Management consultant
  • Managing director
  • Policy and planning manager
  • Project manager


  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care 
  • Not-for-profit 
  • Private business
  • Public relations
  • Retail services
  • Resources and renewables

What you'll learn

  • critically evaluate relevant theories, concepts, techniques and business principles and apply them to design solutions that create value for stakeholders
  • employ effective business communication practices and demonstrate how relevant technologies can be applied in management and leadership contexts
  • formulate responsible management and leadership decisions that are evidence-based and supported by a critical evaluation of markets, resources, goods and services, finances and/ or accounting information
  • recognise and apply the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a dynamic global business environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • apply principles of ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and risk management across a range of business settings

Admission criteria

Specifically, for entry into the MBA applicants require a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution and at least five years work experience, at least three years of which must be at a managerial, supervisory and/or senior professional level.

Graduates from the Curtin Graduate Certificate in Business with a CWA of least 70 % will be considered as qualified for entry. Applicants for the MBA are also required to meet University academic and English language entry standards.

Applicants will be assessed for English based on the supplementary documentation you supply, for further information contact the MBA.Programs email address.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Entry to the course is competitive and applicants will be required to undertake an interview as the final stage of application assessment.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $37,170*

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $37,170*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 225 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-BUSADM
  • CRICOS code: 074577B
  • Last updated on: 11/08/2022