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Learn business in a top-ranked course

Study your MBA online at La Trobe University in a globally recognised business school. 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. Choose the data analytics specialisation to develop evidence-based solutions to business challenges. Taught within an AACSB accredited institution and aligned to PRME, the MBA prepares you to lead sustainable change in today’s business world.

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  • 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 designed this degree to give students the skills needed for success in rapidly changing business environments:

  • Some subjects are co-delivered by leading corporations, including Mercer and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
  • La Trobe’s MBA & Master of Management Course Advisory Committee, which comprises industry leaders, provides regular feedback and guidance to shape the program.
  • Through partnerships with the Melbourne Innovation Centre and Fishburners, students can access business incubation spaces and support their start-ups.
  • As part of La Trobe’s MBA, we offer students the opportunity to develop their Career Development Portfolio (CDP), designed and delivered by Randstad RiseSmart.

La Trobe Business School was one of the first Australian business schools to sign up to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). This affiliation ensures that La Trobe’s students will gain the skills and knowledge to balance economic and sustainability outcomes in forward-thinking business contexts.

Our online MBA is ranked:

  • 6th in Australia and 33rd in the world by CEO Magazine, 2024
  • 1st in Victoria, 2nd in Australia and 17th globally by Corporate Knights Better World, 2023
  • Top 5 Online MBA Programs (Asia Pacific) by QS Ranking, 2024

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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)

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

Course structure

Customise your online MBA degree by choosing a specialisation


Gain the background you need to manage skilled cybersecurity teams and position yourself for in-demand tech leadership roles. With our cybersecurity specialisation, you can protect and lead any organisation into the future digital economy.

Data Analytics

Harness the power of data to make informed decisions and drive organisational growth. The data analytics specialisation trains you to recognise analytics needs, process complex data and use it to define business strategy.

Digital Health

Develop change management and leadership skills to guide digital transformation in health organisations. This MBA specialisation is designed for professionals who want to enhance their business expertise for the emerging digital health space.


Master skills in corporate governance, social responsibility, board relations and strategic management. This specialisation is designed for professionals in government, NGOs or for-profit sectors who want to lead their organisations toward ethical, sustainable change.

International Management

Build the comprehensive skill set you need to lead in our global economy. The international management specialisation prepares you to steer expansion into international marketplaces and manage teams and businesses across the world.

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.

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Entry requirements

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

  • successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent)
  • 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 $4,625 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.

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.

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