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Online MBA

Learn business in a top-ranked course

Earn your MBA online in a proven course at La Trobe University. You’ll discuss real-world case studies, dive into research and try your hand at consulting projects to graduate with experience creating value in business. Taught within an AACSB accredited institution, and aligned to PRME, the MBA prepares you ready to lead sustainable change in today’s business world.

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18 months1

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*Course and subject costs are based on 2020-2021 tuition fees. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Speak with an enrolment adviser for more information.

  • AACSB accredited
  • EFMD accredited
  • PRME aligned

Thrive in a connected world with a global degree

La Trobe’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) accelerates your career with a practical, industry-focused approach.

We’ve co-designed this degree with industry partners, such as Mercer and Accenture, to give you the skills you need for success in a rapidly changing business environment. It’s built on the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), so you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to balance economic and sustainability outcomes.

Our experienced academics and guest industry lecturers will give you their insights into modern business. We combine interactive learning and evidence-based coursework to help you graduate with the tools to combat the emerging challenges of the 21st century. And our outstanding industry links and global alumni network connect you to industry around the world while you’re studying and after you graduate.

Do you already know where you want your career to lead? We offer personalised support based on your career aspirations. Our flexible learning options also allow you to fit your study around work and lifestyle commitments, so you can keep your career moving forwards while you prepare for the next level.

Course outcomes

In our MBA, you cover the emerging issues shaping modern business, such as digitisation, globalisation and responsible leadership. You’ll learn:

  • Business analysis
    Understand the context and fundamentals of business so you can make informed choices.
  • Accounting and finance
    Refine your skills in accounting to better analyse business practices.
  • Innovation
    Learn how to think creatively and drive change across an organisation.
  • Responsible leadership
    Gain an understanding of how best to manage people and projects towards ethical and sustainable outcomes.
  • Entrepreneurship
    Be ready to take your business plans from conception to completion.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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Course structure: innovation and sustainability at the forefront

La Trobe Business School is a champion of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The course holds two accreditations recognised worldwide:

  • Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • The La Trobe business school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Our online MBA is ranked:

  • 3rd in Australia by CEO Magazine
  • 31st in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds

With prior experience, you can graduate in just one year.

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Career outlook: high-paying positions are waiting for your leadership

When you graduate, you’ll have a career portfolio that proves you’re ready to lead sustainable change and build value through business. Step into roles that have strong employment growth rates between 13% and 24%. As an alumnus, you have access to a global alumni network and outstanding industry contacts.

Career outlook

Entry requirements

To apply to La Trobe’s Master of Business Administration, you’ll need a completed application and the following:

  • completed undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • transcripts from all prior universities
  • letter of recommendation
  • a personal statement
  • resume or CV with three years of relevant management experience
  • WAM of 60% or above at third-year university level

Additional entry opportunities include alternate entry with more than eight years of relevant management experience, as well as advanced standing.

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Fee details

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) at La Trobe consists of 12 subjects that are $4,875 each. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Your MBA Directors

Teachers have extensive academic, industry and research experience. They bring a deep understanding of how your subjects apply to real-life situations, which means you’ll get valuable insights and graduate ready to put it into practice in your career.

As director of the MBA at La Trobe University, Geraldine is responsible for the Master of Business Administration strategy and operations, curriculum and learning quality and industry engagement initiatives. Her area of research interest is in the role of human and social capital in sustainable economic development.

Currently, Geraldine is exploring how learning practices in business incubators influence the success of incubatees in Chongqing, Chengdu and Melbourne. Previously, she has studied the impact of training and development practices on labour turnover as well as the dependence of student experience and engagement on employability outcomes.

Dr Jennifer Spoor is the senior lecturer in management and the deputy director of the MBA in the La Trobe Business School. She has previously served as the course coordinator for both the Master of Management and the Higher Degree by Research program. She taught at the University of Queensland, Butler University (USA) and Purdue University (USA).

Jennifer’s education and training are in applied social psychology and statistics, and she has a PhD and Master’s in social psychology from Purdue. Her research is in organisational behaviour and applied social psychology, focusing on group and intergroup processes. She is passionate in three main programs of research: (1) workplace diversity and inclusion, especially concerning gender and disability; (2) moods and emotions in workgroups; and (3) social identity theory. Her current research projects focus on employment for individuals on the autism spectrum, neurodiversity employment programs; and in improving organisational support for volunteers with a disability.

She collaborates with organisations in the information and communications technology, government, sport and not-for-profit sectors. She teaches in the MBA and Master of Management, delivering subjects in organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership. She also has expertise in designing constructively aligned curriculum for use in fully online and blended formats.

What’s it like to learn online?

As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished teachers who deliver our on-campus subjects. You’ll receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our students on campus. However, you’ll get to learn where and when it’s most convenient for you.

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Study assist

La Trobe online courses are eligible for FEE-HELP for domestic students. Speak with an enrolment adviser. We can help you discover what’s available to help you pay for your course.

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Frequently asked questions

We’re always happy to chat with you. If you’d rather talk one-on-one or have a question you don’t see answered here, request more information or call (+61 3) 9917 3009.

Applications are due one month prior to the start of the program. There are four start dates per year in March, April, July and September.

If you’ve completed previous study, you may qualify for advanced standing. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course so you graduate sooner and spend less. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your studies and the number of subjects completed.

You can review the full policy and search for credit here.

You can learn more about our entry requirements here.

You can complete the online MBA in just 18 months if you choose to study full time. To see the course structure, view our courses page.

The online MBA is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with one subject every seven weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, university and personal responsibilities.

To see the course structure, view our courses page.

There are no specialisations offered in the online MBA at La Trobe. You can learn more about the subjects here.

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  1. 18-month duration applies to students studying full-time.