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A Melbourne MBA: Online and on your terms

At Southern Cross University Online, our students live in Melbourne, and cities and towns across Australia. Below we explore Melbourne's career and industry outlook, and what it's like studying an MBA online while living and working in Melbourne.

Melbourne's career and industry outlook

Melbourne City skyline at dusk.
Hot air balloons across Melbourne's skyline at dusk. 

Melbourne is a diverse, innovative city, known for hidden laneways, art centres, museums, sports and, of course, delicious coffee. The Economist's liveability score takes into account stability, healthcare, culture, environment and education and infrastructure and ranked Melbourne as the world's most livable city from 2011 to 2017. In 2018 and 2019, Melbourne was Australia's most liveable city, with the top global spot going to Vienna, Austria.

Prominent industries include the professional, scientific and technical services sectors, followed closely by the financial and insurance services industry. Other significant economic contributors include the accommodation and food services and health care and social assistance sector. The workforce as a whole provides a substantial contribution to both Victoria and Australia. The City of Melbourne's economic profile at a glance:

  • 461,539 local jobs
  • $102.67b Gross Local Product
  • 7.91 million square metres of office space
  • 1.56 million square metres of retail space

The value of an MBA 

The business world is continually evolving, and so too are online MBA courses. Management roles are in high demand across several sectors, including accounting and finance, business management, and other non-business specific fields. As for those looking to study their MBA online, this means university choice is not limited by geographic location. At Southern Cross University Online, our students can study their postgraduate qualification anywhere in Australia (and the world), including Melbourne. We've been delivering online learning for nearly 20 years, and our courses are 100% online and accelerated. 

Graduates of a Master of Business Administration degree are being sought out by employers as they're understood to be a genuine asset to a company. According to the 2019 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Corporate Recruiters Survey, nearly 9 in 10 (87%) companies located in the Asia Pacific plan to hire MBAs - the highest share of any world region. Other things to note from the survey:

  • MBA hiring demand in 2019 is strongest among companies in the consulting, energy/utilities, health care and technology industries.
  • Start-ups have had the most significant increase between their 2018 MBA actual hiring rate (45%) and 29% projected hiring rate at 62%.

Studying in Melbourne with SCU Online

How do you choose the right course for you? For many of our students, studying online allows them to balance work, study and life. They have families, and full-time jobs, and busy lives. They need a study option that is really flexible, and a study schedule they can make work for them. Our online study has no exams, is 100% online and delivered by passionate academics.

With hard work and support from Southern Cross University Online, an online MBA could have you joining the ranks of highly-sought-after business school graduates in no time. And in Melbourne, there's no shortage of cafes to study in if you need to shake up your study routine. 

What you’ll study

Our online learning platform helps professionals just like you gain their MBA. All study is 100% online, delivered via a dynamic, interactive learning environment. This means you can learn wherever, whenever it suits your schedule. The online Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University Online is the same as an on-campus course, and students receive the same rigorous education as an on-campus student.

You will explore topics such as accounting, corporate governance, human resources, and global business practices. With a focus on the evolving digital economy and its role in influencing every facet of the business world, you'll develop the skill to keep up with emerging trends. Our double-weighted Industry Research Project provides the opportunity for you to stretch your wings and delve deep into the areas that interest you most.

Specialise or generalise your degree

Want to study online from Melbourne? You can specialise or study a generalist MBA online. You have two options:

  • Study our comprehensive suite of business units with a specialisation in one of our four key fields: accounting, health services management, information knowledge management or managing and leading people. This study option is an effective way to gain the in-depth knowledge you need to enhance your professional expertise in a specific area.
  • Study our comprehensive suite of business units without a specialisation, gaining skills and knowledge from a variety of topics, and graduate with an understanding of every facet of Business. 

Networking opportunities in Melbourne

At Southern Cross University Online, we host networking events for students based in Melbourne (and in other cities too) throughout the year.

One of our MBA students, Maria Smith spoke to us about the student support she has received while studying in the video below. 

Melbourne online MBA entry/exit options

We know that plans change. That’s why we’ve built flexible entry and completion options for those studying their online Master of Business Administration from Melbourne. This means that if you need to exit earlier than expected, you could still receive a postgraduate business degree through our online Graduate Certificate in Business or Graduate Diploma in Business, based on the units you’ve completed.

If you decide to return to your online MBA from Melbourne online at a later date, you’ll receive advanced standing towards your degree. Studying a postgraduate business degree online with Southern Cross University, with our flexibility and accessibility, is a win-win!

To qualify for entry into our online MBA, students must:

  • Demonstrate professional standing – either a bachelor's degree (or a similar qualification) from a university or have other experience that we regard as equivalent to a degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Living and learning in Melbourne with SCU Online

For many students, online study means learning in the comfort of their own home. But the city is full of great places to study too. For example, the reading room at the State Library Victoria is a great spot to work from, or there are endless cafes to choose from too. 

Southern Cross University Online students based in Melbourne can study an online MBA course that fits around their work and lifestyle. Tech-savvy academics deliver units via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface. 

  • 100% online and flexible – complete six units a year, or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Learn more about our Master of Business, Graduate Diploma of Business and Graduate Certificate in Business or find out more about what it's like studying online

Still unsure? You can read our in-depth guide on how to choose the right MBA for you.

Southern Cross University Online at a glance

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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.