Master of Business Administration (Executive)


  • Program code: MC162
  • GD163, GC129, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Executive) and Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive)

  • Campus: City campus or online via OUA

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This executive-level program offers working professionals a highly flexible learning experience that fosters leadership, strategic thinking and corporate responsibility.

You will have access to study options in Vietnam, international study tours, online study through Open Universities Australia and intensive course delivery.

The MBA (Executive) builds on your professional experience through collaborative-style learning and business problem-solving to facilitate your career progression.


1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Courses run in the evening, or in 4-5 day intensives and on weekends in block mode at the Melbourne City campus.

Flexible study options include:

  • spring and summer courses
  • winter and summer international study tours and intensives

This program is also offered through Open Universities Australia (OUA). To study in online mode, please apply through OUA.

You can move comfortably between online and on-campus modes wherever the program is offered - in Melbourne or Vietnam.

Your Melbourne-based classes will be held at the Emily McPherson College Building, a magnificent heritage property on the corner of Russell and Victoria Streets. Facilities include a student lounge, conference suite, teaching theatres and classrooms with the latest multimedia technology, and a rooftop patio with views of Melbourne's CBD.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. You will have access to online and digital resources such as lecture notes, assessment tools, discussion boards and podcasts through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

For the Master, you must complete 144 credit points (which generally equal 12 courses of 12 credit points each).

You will complete 9 core courses and 3 electives.

Upon successful completion of 4 courses, you may exit with a Graduate Certificate; upon successful completion of 8 courses, you may exit with a Graduate Diploma.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. The Board creates a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Graduates will be able to demonstrate advanced business knowledge and tackle strategic challenges in any organisation.

You will deliver key capabilities in:

  • executive leadership
  • entrepreneurial and strategic thinking
  • effective communication
  • ethical judgement
  • innovation and advanced problem-solving
  • your capacity to transform business processes.

Professional recognition and accreditation

Depending on courses undertaken and experience, graduates can apply for associate or full membership with the:

Global opportunities

International study tours are a unique feature of the program allowing you to combine an overseas travel and cultural experience with the completion of either a 12 or 24 credit point course in intensive mode. If you are planning to include a study tour as part of your program, you are advised to check that you have the required number of student electives or credit points available.

Each year, the Graduate School of Business and Law conducts study intensives to Vietnam and France, equivalent to one 12-credit point elective.

You can also study the Master of Business Administration (Executive) at RMIT Vietnam.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum average of 50% or Pass or GPA 1.0 (out of 4.0) and evidence of a minimum five years of work experience in a management role.

Applicants may be considered based on significant work experience (8 –10 years) with at least five years in a management role.



Selection tasks


How to apply


Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost
  • Commonwealth supported place (CSP) fees where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of textbooks, stationery, consumables like printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus and other relevant costs.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Credits and exemptions

If you have successfully completed postgraduate business or management studies at another institution, you may be eligible to have these assessed as credits or exemptions granted toward this program.

If you hold a qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, CPA Australia or Chartered Secretaries Australia, you are eligible to apply for up to 4 course credits.

Credit transfer from other postgraduate programs and recognition of other professional qualifications will be reviewed case-by-case, however, applicants should note that only relevant business postgraduate qualifications are normally considered for credit transfer. These must be equivalent to RMIT University’s MBA (Executive) course content, structure and credit point values. All applicants should undertake the normal application process.

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Exit points

Upon successful completion of four discipline-specific courses, you may exit with a graduate certificate; upon successful completion of eight discipline-specific courses, you may exit with a graduate diploma.

Further study

Business research programs are offered at Master and Doctoral level.

Owning school

Grad School of Bus and Law

Contact details

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330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Information for prospective students

Information sessions are run throughout the year. For details visit the College of Business Postgraduate studies page.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.