Master of Business Administration (Executive)


  • Program code: MC162
  • GD163, Graduate Diploma 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


This program has received a 5 star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (2014).

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 normally be held at the Emily McPherson College Building, a magnificent heritage property on the corner of Russell and Victoria Streets. Classes may also be held at the award winning Swanston Academic Building or at other locations on RMIT's City Campus.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.

College of Business educational software, the Learning Hub, other online and digital resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.

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

Program structure

The Masters program comprises ten core and two elective courses.

There are two entry points:

The Graduate Certificate comprises four courses; upon successful completion, it provides a pathway to the Masters program. Please refer to the Pathways section for specific details.

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

The program runs a successful professional development series, which connects RMIT's industry partners with alumni and current students. The purpose of these forums is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to strengthen their networks and an opportunity to engage first hand with prominent industry leaders on issues of current relevance. Engagement has taken place with CEOs from leading law firms, from the Chairman of Australia's Prudential Regulation Authority, to the Chief Risk Officer of ANZ, and to Australia's leading business recruitment firms.

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
  • the capacity to transform business processes.

Professional recognition and accreditation

Depending on courses undertaken and experience, graduates may be eligible to apply for 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. Study tours are usually undertaken in the final semester of the Masters degree.

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 or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0)/60%/Credit; or
  • An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and a GMAT overall minimum score of 600; or
  • RMIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive).
Work Experience

In addition to the academic requirements, you must provide evidence of a minimum of three years work experience in a management role with supervisory responsibilities as part of your application.



Selection tasks


How to apply


This program is full fee paying only. Postgraduate tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

Fee assistance

The following fee assistance is available for this program:

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

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.

Some courses attract additional expenses. These can include textbooks, stationery, printer paper, internet access fees outside RMIT campuses, and other relevant costs.


Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) may progress to the Master of Business Administration (Executive). Qualifying for the MBA (Executive) requires the successful completion of a further eight courses

Credits and exemptions

Applicants who have successfully completed postgraduate studies in a business (or related) discipline at another institution can have these assessed for credit or exemptions from this program consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

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.

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

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.