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Why study the SCU Online MBA?


Close the gap between you and your ambitions


Gain a broad business skillset


Leverage more career opportunities


One of Australia’s most affordable MBAs online 


Make an immediate impact in your work


One-on-one student support 


Accelerated and designed for busy professionals

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2 years

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,900 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 Online graduates Sturt Eastwood and Leanne Done discuss the career growth and opportunities the MBA gave them.      

Want to become a leader in business?

It's your time. It's about time you put yourself first. 

It can be hard to take the first step towards achieving your goals and aspirations and making them a priority. But with SCU Online, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is closer than you think and more achievable than ever before. We've removed traditional barriers to an MBA, closing the gap between you and your ambitions with flexible, accessible online learning, passionate academics and excellent student support. 

With our online MBA program, you will learn in-depth knowledge to enhance your business management expertise in today's competitive global market. Our graduates have expertise across the entire business landscape, making an impact in business management from day one. 

Learning outcomes

Diversify your skillset

Gain a cross-functional, versatile business skillset. Maximise the positive impacts you have within an organisation.


Develop a managerial perspective

Develop an ethical and sustainable managerial perspective, knowing what to look for, questions to ask, and how to manage successful cross-functional teams.


Learn to lead

Develop strategic leadership skills with exposure to leadership models, communication styles, and reflection-based course work. 

What you will study

Our Master of Business Administration has 12 core units, two elective units and a compulsory, double-weighted Industry Research Project. You can study a general MBA, or specialise your degree by completing two electives in one of our specialisations. 

The Management Communication unit develops the skills for effective written and verbal communication in business and management.

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

In the Business Analytics unit, you will explore statistical tools to analyse and model real-world situations.

The Accounting for Managers unit introduces the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager.

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

The Finance for Managers unit introduces the financial concepts and contemporary issues of business management.

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

The Positive Leader unit explores a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management.


The Project Management Principles unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.  

The Global Business 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.

Understand strategy, how to implement a vision and how to adapt plans to meet global business needs with the Strategy and Case Analysis unit

The Managing Information Systems unit covers information systems from a managerial point of view.


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

The Business Accounting for Managers unit covers important accounting principles that make up the core of business management.


The Business and Corporation Law for Managers unit explores the role of law in regulating society as well as local and global business environments. 


In Building a Professional Portfolio, you will reflect on your own professional practice and learning, planning strategies to collect, select and reflect on evidence to include in a professional portfolio.

Evaluate and critically reflect on leadership, applying this knowledge to drive change and innovation in the Leading Change in Healthcare unit


Analyse the role of accountability, as well as evaluate the concepts of professional accountability within organisations in the Governance and Accountability in Healthcare unit

In the Strategic Planning and Management in Healthcare unit, you will examine health service management from a strategic and planning perspective. 

Develop a working knowledge of IT within business settings and analyse operations effects in the Managing Digital Enterprise unit

In the Data Management unit, you will gain an overall understanding of database concepts and theory.

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In the Organisational Change and Development unit, you will research and develop change strategies, and learn how to adapt.  


The Human Resource Management unit looks at the aims and goals of HR and its role in business.

Early exit options

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

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

Next study period


Applications close in

25 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

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

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

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 may recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or 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 Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 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

Mark-MBA Health Services Management testimonial
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

Maria - MBA- testimonial
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

What our students do

SCU current MBA students 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. 

  • Cruise Ship Manager
  • General Manager
  • Group Operations Manager
  • IT Application Manager
  • Detective Senior Sergeant
  • Pilot


  • Senior Financial Accountant
  • Head of Product Marketing
  • Managing Director
Frequently asked questions

A Master of Business Administration is widely regarded as the ultimate business management degree, covering finance, corporate governance, strategy and many other areas crucial to a career in organisational leadership.

The MBA Industry Research Project is divided into two parts and studied across two consecutive study periods. It involves a literature review, and strategic research and data collection methods to fill in any identified research gaps. You can learn more about it here.

Students can take up to six years to complete their MBA studies if their circumstances require it.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), an association of 220 leading business schools from around the world, found that employers remain confident about the value of graduate management talent. The skills and abilities acquired during their study makes them a valuable asset. 89% of employers said they planned to hire MBA graduates in the coming year with salaries less likely to soften during the pandemic.

GMAC research also found that students undertake an MBA for many reasons, including the desire to switch careers, manage people and projects, move into a senior level position, enhance their current role or start their own business. Research revealed an MBA gave some students opportunities to explore entrepreneurship, with almost 26% of MBA graduates now pursing self-employment.

For more information about why to study an MBA online, visit our blog.

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.

If you don't have a Bachelor degree you could still be eligible for entry into the MBA or the Graduate Certificate in Business through your relevant work experience. 

Course Coordinator




Meet our Course Coordinator

Sharen Nisbet is the MBA Course Coordinator in the Faculty of Business, Law & Arts at Southern Cross University, and a member of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team. She commenced her career in tourism marketing, before moving into the ICT sector where she ran the accounts and billing department of what was then Australia’s second largest Internet Service Provider. Her PhD thesis from the University of Melbourne blended these disciplinary experiences, examining the potential for gaming machine payment systems to positively influence player behaviour.

At SCU Sharen’s work focuses on student employability skills development and effective engagement with industry. Sharen has expertise in learning design, delivery and evaluation and was one of only two women awarded a 2021 Southern Cross University Teaching Excellence Award, based on consistently high student feedback.


Portrait of SCU MBA Coordinator Sharon Nisbet

Southern Cross University offers both online and on-campus versions of these units. This information refers to the online version. Please check the unit listing at or ask your Student Enrolment Advisor for more information. This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University, 2019.