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Why specialise the SCU Online MBA?


Strengthen your managerial and leadership qualities 


Examine contemporary management practices


Effectively navigate organisational change


Learn to solve complex commercial situations


Gain a strong understanding of HR management


Accelerated and designed for busy professionals


One of Australia's most affordable online MBAs

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2 years part-time*

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100% online


Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,790 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

SCU Deputy Dean of School of Business & Tourism Dr James Carlopio discusses the relevancy of an MBA in today's market.

I definitely think that the MBA degree is still relevant and will be relevant for the foreseeable future today because one of the fantastic things about an MBA is that it gives you a broad view of business. I have been a management consultant as well as an academic from 40 odd years and I've never seen a strategy problem that didn't also involve people, marketing, finance, accounting and that's what the MBA gives you. You may come in with a marketing bench but you leave understanding strategy as well as marketing and finance and accounting and people organizational behaviour. And that's why that degree so relevant still because all of our problems are multifaceted. They're multidisciplinary.

Effectively lead and manage people

A Master of Business Administration with a Managing and Leading People specialisation will develop both your business know-how and practical skills – with a focus on people – to advance your career or build your own business. You’ll examine contemporary management and develop solutions to complex commercial situations through the prism of the fast-paced, ever-evolving global digital economy.

This degree from SCU Online will equip you with the latest concepts and knowledge to effectively manage, motivate and inspire with leadership styles tailored to achieve strategic goals. Specialising your MBA allows you to hone in on industry-specific skills while you study a practical, well recognised postgraduate course.

Learning outcomes

Target your career goals

Work in senior roles across a variety of business functions, including: marketing, finance, sales, consulting or in executive and general management. 

Stand out

MBA Graduates with specialised knowledge in business management and leadership are in high demand. 

Learn to lead

Develop your strategic leadership skills to prepare for an uncertain and ever-changing future business environment. 

What you will study

The online MBA with a specialisation in Managing and Leading People includes 12 core units, two elective units and a compulsory, double-weighted Industry Research Project. 

This unit will develop the skills for effective written and verbal communication in business and management.

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In this unit, you will study organisations and the individual, interpersonal and group processes and the organisational system.

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This unit develops knowledge and understanding of generic research and evaluation tools of micro and macroeconomics.

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This unit introduces the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager.

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Explore digital marketing tools and techniques to develop well-structured digital marketing plans and undertake a digital marketing campaign.

This unit introduces the financial concepts and contemporary issues of business management.

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This unit introduces students to corporate governance – one of the most important developments in business.  

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Explore a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management.

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This unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.  

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This unit examines the challenges confronting the global business manager and gives you the knowledge you need to understand and operate successfully in global business environments.

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Understand strategy, how to implement a vision and how to adapt plans to meet global business needs.

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This unit is information systems from a managerial point of view.

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This is a two-part unit, involving a literature review, and strategic research and data collection methods to fill in any identified research gaps.

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In this unit, you will research and develop change strategies, and learn how to adapt.

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This unit looks at the aims and goals of HR and its role in business.

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Early exit option

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve built flexible completion options into the online MBA. If you need to exit early, you could still receive a Graduate Certificate in Business or Graduate Diploma in Business

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4-8 Units

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Business Administration, you need:

  • A three-year bachelor degree from any Australian university, OR
  • Professional experience regarded by SCU as equivalent to a degree, AND
  • Students will need to be proficient in English.

No Bachelor's degree? You could still be eligible for entry into the MBA through your relevant work experience. Contact us today to find out more.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

We recognise and reward credit for past education, qualifications and work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Depending on advanced standing awarded, you could complete your MBA online in as little as 16 months, part-time. Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your MBA, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
Paul-MBA testimonial

An MBA is just a good, general piece of education that helps you understand more broadly how a company functions, and gave me some knowledge that was really important for where my career is at the moment.

Paul Betts

Online MBA (Managing and Leading People) graduate

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Master of Business graduate Maria Smith.

I highly recommend this course, it has been a wonderful experience, tough at times, but I'm better for it. The flexibility of the learning is perfect for busy executives and it's very current so everything applies to your real-world experiences.

Maria Smith

Online MBA (Managing and Leading People) student and CEO

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MBA Student Mark

For me, this was the next natural progression in my career as a leader in Health and Technology. The fact that my work and home life are time-poor, like many of us, led me down the path of online study where I could set my own pace for each module of the course. Online study also meant that I didn't have the distraction of having to travel to campus or sit in lectures.

Mark Thompson

MBA (Health Services Management) student

What our students do

Our MBA students and graduates work across corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in industries such as healthcare, education, financial services, industrial products and services, mining and more. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • General Manager
  • Strategic HR Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Area Manager
  • Retail Marketing Manager


  • Business Owner
  • Senior HR Adviser 
Course Coordinator

Listen to Pat discuss what employees are looking for in their MBA hires. 

Subheading: What are the sought after skills that organisations look for? It depends on the type of industry but in general, the skills are things like leadership, problem solving and teamwork. I’m also seeing signs of more attention being given by graduate recruiters to a prospective candidate’s psychological profile, things like emotional intelligence and psychological capital. I believe that psychological capital is a strong graduate quality that students unknowingly develop as they work through their MBA. Subheading: Do you think that specialisation makes sense in the current job market and why? I think it depends on the individual. For some, it may be important to specialise in a particular discipline in order to help them stand out. For other though, particularly those who have been working in a specific discipline area for some time, and are seeking to step up into a more senior management role, developing and broadening their management role will be important. Subheading: What are the key learning outcomes students gain from the MBA? The core units of the MBA are purposely broad, and therefore students gain a stronger understanding of various concepts including accounting, finance, marketing and governance. They can therefore play a key role in the decision making process that goes on within their organisations.

Meet our Course Coordinator

Dr Patrick Gillett is a lecturer at Southern Cross University and the Course Coordinator of the MBA program. His area of expertise in MBA management-related subjects includes Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Change and Development, and Managing International Sport Events.

Dr Gillett is very familiar with the key challenges faced by students during their MBA journey and is particularly passionate about supporting students who are returning to formal studies after an extended period of time. Aside from his teaching activities, Dr Gillett has also contributed to numerous commercial and government feasibility reports in areas such as high-speed rail and housing affordability. His current research interests are in management education and sport tourism.