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Adelaide MBA
Adelaide MBA Business School
Message from the

01	Message from the MBA Director
                                     MBA Director
02	Why undertake an MBA
     at the University of Adelaide   Welcome to an exciting stage in
     Business School?
                                     your career.
04	How does the Adelaide            You may well be reflecting on what your next career step
    MBA work?
                                     is and are no doubt weighing up your options on how to
                                     achieve it. I hope that the Adelaide MBA can be part of
06	Structure of programs            your career success.
                                     There are thousands of MBA’s in the world and dozens
07	MBA Core Courses
                                     in Australia - all claim to be the best, or at least different.
                                     In 2013, we celebrated our 50th anniversary and as the
08	MBA (Advanced)                   second oldest MBA in Australia, we know what works and
                                     more importantly what doesn’t.
08	Additional core courses
                                     We know that your journey is about not only introducing
                                     you to new skills but strengthening the ones that you
09	Elective courses                 already have. We also know that you will learn just as
                                     much from your cohort as you do from our professors
10	Frequently asked questions       which is why we give you the space and the framework to
                                     actively share these skills with your MBA team.
11	Fees and financial support       What is common amongst all of my students is that
                                     they all recognise that the Adelaide MBA is a rich and
11	Admissions requirements          transforming personal and educational journey. A journey
                                     that has helped them shape their career.
12	Applications                     The Adelaide MBA holds the prestigious accreditation
                                     from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
                                     Business (AACSB) International. This is the ultimate level
                                     of endorsement sought by business education providers
                                     that offers substantial benefits to students who undertake
                                     an MBA program at the University of Adelaide.
                                     Let the Adelaide MBA be the enabler for the next stage
                                     of your career.

                                     Damian Scanlon
                                     Director, Adelaide MBA
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Adelaide MBA Business School
Why undertake an MBA (Master
of Business Administration) at the
University of Adelaide Business School?

The University of Adelaide                              The University of Adelaide                        The MBA program emphasises the
                                                                                                          development of abilities to:
The University of Adelaide is one of                    Business School
                                                                                                          >> Perfect leadership skills
Australia’s Group of Eight, research-intensive          Cutting edge research combines with
universities and is consistently ranked among                                                             >> Understand the functional
                                                        real-world industry experience to deliver
the top 1% of universities in the world.*                                                                   interrelationships between different
                                                        programs that are stimulating, relevant,
Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third                                                                areas of an organisation and the broader
                                                        and provide students with skills that are
oldest university with a strong reputation                                                                  interaction of the organisation with its
                                                        transportable to any profession.
for research and teaching excellence and                                                                    environment
                                                        The AACSB accreditation has raised the
producing graduates that make an impact                                                                   >> Recognise and act effectively on problems
                                                        School’s profile in the global arena and
on the world.                                                                                               and opportunities confronting an
                                                        has created opportunities for links with the
The University has produced over 100                                                                        organisation
                                                        world’s top universities. The Adelaide MBA
Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first            also has a 5 star rating from the Graduate        >> Coordinate and apply an organisation’s
Indigenous winner, with five Nobel Laureates            Management Association of Australia                 financial, physical, technological and
among its alumni community. There are more              (GMAA), a nationally recognised business            human resources in pursuit of important
than 25,000 students with 30 per cent of                association that assesses MBA programs in           objectives
them international students from more than              Australia annually.                               >> Understand and communicate effectively
90 countries.                                                                                               with people inside and outside an
                                                        In addition, close affiliations with crucial
In line with its reputation for innovation, in          professional bodies ensures that all programs       organisation
1963 The University of Adelaide established             offered by the University of Adelaide Business    >> Evaluate current management policies and
the first MBA program in South Australia                School impart relevant, quality skills that are     practices to develop new ways to improve
and one of the first in Australia.                      sought after in today’s economy.                    organisational effectiveness.
* This is based on the Times Higher Education World     Please visit:        Students in the program come from a
University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and   for biographies, qualifications, professional     wide variety of disciplines, professional
the Jiao Tong World University Rankings.                memberships, active research and                  backgrounds and cultures, many with high
                                                        publications of the University of Adelaide        standing from undergraduate areas. The
                                                        Business School’s team of more than 70            School seeks to provide them with a solid
                                                        academic staff.                                   grounding in academic disciplines relevant
                                                                                                          to management. Students will acquire the
                                                                                                          conceptual and analytical abilities they need
                                                        Why should you do an                              to make and carry out decisions at a senior
                                                        MBA at Adelaide?                                  managerial level.
                                                        The MBA provides a broad base of                  While the 12 course MBA program suits the
                                                        knowledge to equip our students for               needs of many, some students seek to build
                                                        managerial roles, rather than just the            further on this foundation by undertaking the
                                                        acquisition of an off-the-shelf set of skills.    16 course MBA (Advanced) program.
                                                        The aim is to develop problem solving and
                                                        communication skills, leadership and team
                                                                                                          (Advanced) program.
                                                        building skills, and analytical and critical
                                                        thinking abilities that will enable you to
                                                        understand better and deal with the complex
                                                        issues of management in a rapidly changing
                                                        business environment.

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Cutting edge
      research combines
with real-world industry

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Adelaide MBA Business School
How does the Adelaide MBA work?
Flexibility                                       Learning Environment                            Student Learning Advisers
You decide how many courses you enrol in                                                          All students can utilise the Learning Advisers
                                                  Small class sizes
each trimester and provided you complete                                                          in the Faculty who provide guidance to
your selected program within the maximum          Classes have a maximum number of 35             students on academic skills and on developing
completion time, you may suspend                  students and the average is 25 students.        confidence in addressing the challenges of
your studies for a trimester to cope with         This allows individuals time to contribute in   learning at university. This includes access to
employment or other commitments.                  class, without being overwhelmed by large       bridging programs, advice regarding research,
                                                  numbers.                                        analysis and assignment writing, a Program
Fast-track                                                                                        Handbook, and a student Communication
                                                  Balanced number of international                Skills Guide. For more information, email:
Each course (subject) is delivered over a 12
                                                  and local students                    
week trimester. There are three trimesters
in an academic year. This allows you to           Adelaide classes include approximately 3%
condense your studies into a shorter period       of students from overseas. This provides
of time. For example, undertaking the MBA         valuable diversity in the classroom and group   Study options
in full-time mode would require only one year     work situations.
                                                                                                  Leaving the MBA program early
to complete.
                                                  Experience and calibre of peers                 We appreciate that circumstances and
To view the current timetable, visit:
                                                  Participants in the programs are middle to      priorities change. If you start your MBA
                                                  senior level managers and professionals         journey with us and request to leave the
                                                  from a diverse range of commercial,             program, we can offer you the opportunity to
Study modes and time commitment                   government and not-for-profit organisations     exit early with either a Graduate Certificate or
                                                  both local and international. Program entry     a Graduate Diploma, providing the required
All programs can be studied part-time or
                                                  requirements ensure that you will be sharing    number of courses have been completed.
full-time. Program structures are flexible and
                                                  a classroom with high-calibre students, well    The opportunity to return to the program and
allow students to choose a study pattern
                                                  prepared for study. The varied experiences      complete a full MBA may be available to you
that suits the competing demands of work,
                                                  of these participants produce a rich learning   within a reasonable time frame.
family and other commitments.
                                                  environment, which also fosters unique,
                                                  long-lasting business and social networks.      Summer School
Study load
                                                                                                  The Business School operates an MBA
A part-time study load is typically one or        Face-to-face learning                           Summer School over a two week period
two courses each trimester and a full-time
                                                  The Business School maintains the view          each January. This gives students the option
load is three or four courses each trimester.
                                                  that an MBA should be taught face-to-face       to speed up the progress of their studies.
It is recommended that part-time students
                                                  in order to facilitate beneficial interaction   Classes are held in intensive mode, with six
enrol in one course in their first trimester of
                                                  between students and academic staff. It also    hours of study on alternate days, over a 12
study in order to determine the workload
                                                  fosters valuable networking opportunities.      day period and are often taught by visiting
                                                                                                  international lecturers.
The total contact time for most courses is 36     Leadership Journeys
hours (three hours per week), excluding the       Three Leadership workshops will be offered      We are flexible
open book examination in core courses. In         to students following their completion of the
addition, students will be required to spend      Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and
extra time on private study and group work.                                                         After hours teaching
                                                  Master of Business Administration. These
It is estimated that most students will spend     fee-free two day residentials will form a         Classes are scheduled to accommodate
approximately 8 hours per week per course         unique part of the MBA journey. They offer        full-time working professionals. They
in reading, assignments, preparation and/or       students the time to reflect and integrate        are generally held on weeknights from
group work.                                       what they have discovered and also provide        4.30pm-7.30pm.
                                                  the opportunity to further explore the            Some courses are delivered on
Maximum completion times                          concepts introduced throughout the program        alternate Saturdays, in a six-hour
Graduate Certificate in                  2 yrs    in a structured and supportive environment.       teaching block typically from
Business Administration                                                                             8.30am-2.30pm for six sessions.
Graduate Diploma in                      3 yrs
Business Administration                                                                             Intensive courses
Master of Business Administration        5 yrs                                                      Some courses are offered in intensive
Master of Business                       6 yrs                                                      mode over three to six weeks with classes
Administration (Advanced)                                                                           generally held over a Friday and Saturday.

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Study Abroad
                          MBA students studying at Adelaide have the opportunity                A sample of the opportunities available
                          to study overseas in some of the most highly ranked MBA               to MBA students:
                          programs in the world.                                                >> Intensive courses in the MBA program
                          The University of Adelaide Business School has partnerships             at Aalto University, Finland (previously
                          with international Business Schools, which enable its students          Helsinki School of Economics)
                          to undertake one or two MBA courses via intensive study               >> Two week ESSAM summer program at
                          in Denmark, Finland, France or Germany. Some programs                   Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
                          incur no additional study fee as they are part of the University      >> ESCP Europe’s six week summer
                          exchange agreements.                                                    semester in Paris, France
                          Exchange programs vary from two to six weeks, with the                >> HHL Graduate School of Management
                          possibility to credit either one or two courses towards the             in Leipzig, Germany
                          Adelaide MBA. The benefits of networking with international
                                                                                                >> Three week summer program at the
                           MBA students from around the world is priceless and those
                                                                                                  European Business School in Frankfurt,
                            that have participated often report that it has been a ‘life
                            changing experience’.

                                               Management project                               Alumni support
                                               This project provides an opportunity for an      The MBA Alumni Network is an important
                                               individual student or a team of students to      part of the life and community of the
                                               complete an applied research project based       Business School, as it forms an integral part
                                               on a real business problem or issue. Students    of the School’s business relationships. MBA
                                               may choose either a case study project           students may apply to become members
                                               which analyses a real-world management           of the MBA Alumni Network (free of charge)
                                               issue or a project which undertakes the          from the time they enrol, enabling them to
                                               investigation of a particular problem and        immediately benefit from these connections.
                                               makes recommendations. A program of
Real World Application                                                                          The MBA Alumni Network conducts regular
                                               activities will be completed and lead to a
                                                                                                events featuring graduates. The network is
Business project                               case or project report and presentation.
                                                                                                diverse, including students and graduates
This is a formally assessed course in which    Internship                                       who work and live locally, interstate and
students undertake either an individual or                                                      overseas.
                                               Students have the opportunity to undertake a
group-based project for a real organisation.                                                    For more information about the
                                               professional internship within an organisation
This demonstrates the direct value of skills                                                    MBA Alumni Network, visit:
                                               as part of their MBA study. Short term
acquired through the MBA to a business and                                            
                                               placements are designed for full-time students
gives students a unique opportunity to add
                                               and are carefully tailored to suit everyone’s
direct value to an organisation.
                                               needs. Internships are offered across a
                                               diverse range of industries and organisations,
                                               from government departments to large private
                                               companies and not-for-profit organisations.

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Structure of programs

Program Details
The courses within the MBA form a nested sequence.
The details of each program are outlined below

                          Graduate Certificate in                         MBA required core course in place of the one
                          Business Administration                         elective in the Graduate Diploma program.
                          For managers who wish to take an                Master of Business Administration
                          introductory management program we
                          offer the four course Graduate Certificate      The MBA program is designed for managers
                          in Business Administration. Applicants who      who wish to advance their career, gain valuable
                          do not have a bachelor degree but who have      skills and insights and expand their business
                          a minimum of seven years relevant work          networks. It is the most popular of the programs,
                          experience, in management or leadership         striking a balance between depth of skills
                          roles, must enrol in this program first.        and knowledge covered and overall time
                                                                          commitment. Students in this program
                          After successfully completing the Graduate      must successfully complete ten compulsory
                          Certificate, they may apply to transfer         core courses and two elective courses.
                          into the Graduate Diploma in Business
                          Administration, and then into the MBA           Master of Business Administration
                          or MBA (Advanced) program. The four             (Advanced)
                          Graduate Certificate courses will be credited
                                                                          The MBA (Advanced) program is designed
                          towards the higher level program.
                                                                          to cater for several different needs. Students
                          Graduate Diploma in                             seeking the highest levels of organisational
                          Business Administration                         leadership have an opportunity to go beyond
                                                                          the standard 12 course MBA degree to
                          An eight course Graduate Diploma in Business    broaden their managerial knowledge.
                          Administration is also available and consists
                          of seven compulsory core courses and one        Students wishing to specialise in particular
                          elective. Students who are considering          areas of general management can add to
                          enrolling in the MBA or MBA (Advanced) in       their MBA.
                          the future are encouraged to choose one

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MBA core courses                                 understand its marketplace activities. This     in the determination of macroeconomic
                                                 course offers a complete introduction to        policy including interest rates, inflation and
Fundamentals of Leadership                       professional marketing thought and action.      foreign trade and capital flows. The focus
                                                                                                 of the course is on current issues and their
Fundamentals of Leadership is the                Systems Thinking for Management                 implications for managers and competitive
foundation course for all programs. Upon
                                                 Today’s complex problems and challenges         organisations.
completion, students will possess an
                                                 can no longer be tackled with the narrowly-
understanding of the development of                                                              Managing Contemporary
                                                 focused, unconnected thinking of the past.
management thought and practice, providing                                                       Organisations
                                                 Leaders must make important decisions
a background against which new trends in
                                                 in complex environments in which finance,       This course exposes students to some
management can be viewed.
                                                 economics, people and nature are all highly     key influences and perspectives on the
They will be able to identify and discuss        interconnected.                                 management of organisations. Its focus is
the major challenges facing management                                                           primarily on human issues that affect and
                                                 This course contributes to the development
in today’s environment and develop the                                                           are dealt with by managers day-to-day. The
                                                 of new era leaders by equipping students
understanding and communication skills                                                           course is an extension of “Fundamentals of
                                                 with knowledge and skills in the art of
required to effectively lead and manage a                                                        Leadership” and provides the background
                                                 systems design and interconnected thinking.
diverse workforce.                                                                               and theoretical framework for more
                                                 It introduces concepts, theories, and cutting
                                                 edge tools for understanding the multi-         advanced studies in business management.
Accounting for Managers
                                                 dimensional character of complex systems,       The course begins by examining the nature
Participants in this course will develop                                                         of ‘organisation’ as an ‘open system’. Then
                                                 how to identify leverage points for systemic
the essential ability of all managers, to                                                        the management challenge in relation to
                                                 interventions and how to develop strategic
use complex accounting information as a                                                          various facets of organisation is reviewed –
                                                 or master plans that will have long lasting
platform for decision-making. The course                                                         learning, motivation, politics, performance,
                                                 effects. Group projects provide unique
develops skills in interpreting earnings                                                         ethics, culture, innovation, decision-making,
                                                 learning opportunities to gain firsthand
statements, balance sheets and cash flow                                                         structure and change.
                                                 experience of integrating different areas of
reports. In the second phase of the course
                                                 interest and learning throughout the MBA
students will take away highly relevant skills                                                   Managerial Finance
                                                 program. This enables participants to
in areas such as budgeting, product and                                                          Initially this course will cover the concepts of
                                                 develop effective solutions for managing the
service costing and short-run decision-making.                                                   valuation in finance and show how they can
                                                 complex issues that face our organisations
                                                 and our society.                                be applied to valuing corporate securities.
Marketing Management
                                                                                                 Adopting a value creation perspective, the
Marketing lies at the core of all business.      Economics for Management                        course will then consider capital expenditure
Whatever the character or size of your entity,                                                   decision approaches and their application to
                                                 This course provides an introduction to
its profit can come from only one place: the                                                     a range of situations, as well as evaluation
                                                 economic thinking and its relevance and
marketplace. All businesses are dependent                                                        of the results. Then, risk is considered, with
                                                 application to managing organisations.
on the income they earn from their customers,                                                    a risk-return model developed that can
                                                 The first part of the course deals with
clients or buyers. In most businesses it                                                         be applied in managing for value creation.
                                                 the structure of markets, including
is marketing managers who are primarily                                                          The course examines the concept of the
                                                 perfect competition, monopoly and
responsible for keeping their company close to                                                   weighted average cost of capital, before
                                                 oligopoly, and the competitive regulatory
its customers. All those who have a direct                                                       turning to consider corporate financing and
                                                 environment. The second part deals with
responsibility for identifying, reaching and                                                     capital structure decisions.
                                                 the determinants of the aggregate level
satisfying customers are engaged in marketing
                                                 of output and employment, and elements
and everybody in a business needs to

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Social Enterprise Project
                                                                                                                   Social enterprise uses a business model
                                                                                                                   of buying and selling goods or services
                                                                                                                   but, unlike a traditional business, its prime
                                                                                                                   motivation is to fund or support social
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                                                                                            atio                   to either contribute in a unique way (e.g. an
                                                                                                                   improvement program or innovation) to an
                                                                                                                   existing social enterprise project anywhere
                                                                                                                   in the world, or create one themselves. This
        Core courses                                                                                               provides students the opportunity to apply
        Fundamentals of Leadership (1st course)                                                  •     • • •       their business acumen to make a difference
                                                                                                                   in the community.
        Accounting for Managers                                                                  •     • • •
                                                                                                                   As the final course in the Adelaide MBA, this
        Marketing Management                                                                     •     • • •
                                                                                                                   group project aims to draw on all the new
        Systems Thinking for Management                                                          •     • • •       skills and insights that students will have
        Economics for Management		 • • •                                                                           developed up to this point including both
        Managerial Finance		 • • •                                                                                 technical skills like accounting and marketing
                                                                                                                   and more developmental experiences in
        Managing Contemporary Organisations		 • • •
                                                                                                                   systems thinking and leadership. The project
        Managing in a Global Context			 • •                                                                        group will have academic supervision.
        Strategic Management			 • •
        Social Enterprise Project			 • •                                                                           MBA (Advanced)
        Services and Operations Management				•
                                                                                                                   Additional core courses
        Business Law				•
                                                                                                                   In addition to completing the compulsory
        Business or Management Project				•                                                                        core MBA courses, the following are the
                                                                                                                   required courses for students undertaking
        Electives                                                                                                  the MBA (Advanced) program.
        Depending on the program enrolled in,
        the following number of elective courses                                                 0 1 2 3           Business or Management Project
                                                                                                                   Business Project
                                                                                                                   This course draws on the work undertaken
                                                                                                                   in the compulsory core MBA courses.
Managing in a Global Context                             Students are provided with the opportunity to             Projects may be undertaken by an individual
                                                         develop skills in identifying opportunities and           student or by a team of 3-5 students who
This course prepares students for conducting
                                                         challenges in the international marketplace               take on the role of consultant(s) to an
business in the global environment. The
                                                         as well as understanding the impact of global             organisation and analyse a real business
broad content introduces the core theories,
                                                         developments on local enterprises.                        issue and produce recommendations.
frameworks and issues in global business
                                                                                                                   Projects may be sourced by students or
at the supranational, country and firm levels            Strategic Management                                      the Business School. Each project will be
to assist students in developing the ability
                                                         This course presents a unified way of thinking            allocated an academic project supervisor.
to deal with the complexity of the global
business environment. Specific topics                    about the issues of strategic thinking and the            Much of the time for this course will be in
included in this course comprise two                     management of change. Strategic thinking                  practical fieldwork or desk research. The
clusters. The first cluster focuses on under-            involves searching for a favourable and                   project will conclude with a presentation by
standing theories of international trade and             sustainable competitive position in an attractive         the student or student group, to members
investment as well as variations in political,           industry; while the management of change,                 of the client organisation and the Business
economic, sociocultural, and legal systems               from a strategic perspective, is concerned                School, at which time a final written report
and risks involved in cross-border business              with innovation and the transformation of                 will be given to the organisation.
operations. The second cluster focuses                   resources and skills into strategic capabilities
                                                         that provide the basis for sustainable                    Management Project
on exploring how the firm formulates
international business strategy and adapts               advantages. Strategic Management is                       This project provides an opportunity for an
functional areas of the enterprise for                   important because it can help focus the                   individual student or a team of students to
successful international operations.                     firm in terms of the customer. It identifies              complete an applied research project based on
                                                         a direction for the firm and enables a clear              a business issue. Students may choose either
                                                         articulation of the path chosen.                          a case study project which analyses a real-

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world management issue or a project which
undertakes the investigation of a particular

problem or issue and makes relevant
recommendations. A program of activities
will be completed and lead to a case or
project report.

Business Law                                                               Nicole Graham
This course will introduce managers to
a range of legal issues that impact on
their business and on their duties and
responsibilities as managers. There is an                                 The MBA program has been a key contributor to my career
increasing trend in the law to make                                       successes and a major influence in gaining my first CEO role. I
managers personally liable for breaches                                   commenced my MBA studies whilst I was General Manager
of the law by their business. The course            Client Services with scosa, the Spastic Centres of South Australia. Six months after
will help managers to identify areas of             my graduation I was appointed as the Chief Executive.
legal liability and risk and suggest how to         Studying the MBA was instrumental for me attaining the CEO position. The program
minimise legal risk. The topics covered in          developed my understanding of key business principles and has given me the
the course include an introduction to the           confidence and knowledge to identify issues, analyse the situation and formulate the
Australian legal system, the law of business        appropriate strategies to deliver the best outcome.
structures, contract law, intellectual property
law, employment law, law of business torts,
consumer protection law, competition law
and electronic commerce law.                              The program has expanded my thinking,
Services and Operations Management                        knowledge and business skills and
Operations is the term used in management           provided opportunities to explore and develop
to refer collectively to the many processes
through which an organisation’s strategies          my full potential.
for competing in the marketplace are put into
action. Obviously, in any organisation’s
operations there are many kinds of
processes that must be managed – inbound
logistics, production, outbound logistics, and
customer support in many forms, to name
                                                                           David Hill
only a few. In this course, we will first develop                          Partner
an overview of the range of processes                                      Deloitte
that can make up the operations of an                                       The Adelaide MBA has been vital to my career progression…
organisation. We then focus on some key                                     without it I was a Corporate Finance practitioner, with it I have
issues in managing certain fundamental                                      the privilege of being a trusted Corporate Adviser. Without it I
processes that are critically important to the      was an aspiring Associate Director with Deloitte in Adelaide, with it I have the privilege
strategies of many organisations today.             of leading Deloitte’s Transaction Services business in Australia. The MBA broadened
                                                    my skill set thereby giving me the confidence to pursue challenges outside of my
Electives                                           traditional comfort zone.

The Adelaide MBA offers a range of electives
each year. Students may choose all their
electives from a particular discipline or from
a range of disciplines. Academic discipline
                                                                         Doug Schmidt
areas include the following:                                             General Manager Demand Network Management
>> Family Business                                                       SA Power Networks

>> People Management                                                     The Adelaide MBA curriculum and coursework have equipped me
>> Strategy                                                              with a broad range of general management skills that have proven
                                                                         invaluable in advancing my professional career.
>> Marketing
                                                    Equally as important is the learning experience provided by the MBA course structure
>> International Business
                                                    of classroom study and group assignments, being undertaking while working full time.
>> Technology/Project Management
                                                    This has provided me with skills essential for managing in today’s high paced
>> Entrepreneurship                                 business environment including;
>> Finance                                          >> prioritising and managing time effectively;
>> Law                                              >> working in teams comprising individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries;
                                                    >> delivering high quality outputs within tight deadlines.

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Frequently asked questions
How relevant is MBA classroom and private study
to real life?
You will learn tools and techniques with immediate application. You
will also take away practical frameworks and ideas that you can use
in your workplace. Learning involves the application of academic
theory. Case studies, readings and exercises bring the theory to life.
Your learning is also shaped by the input of experienced professionals
and managers who make up the student body.
The Adelaide MBA draws high calibre students: middle and senior
managers from a wide range of industries and professionals with
a wealth of work experience. The average age is 28-45, and many
students have more than 10 years management experience.

When are the intakes and how long are the
study periods?
Courses are offered in trimesters, commencing late January, mid
May, and early September. Each trimester is approximately 13 weeks
long, including the exam week. There is a two week vacation break
after the first trimester and the second trimester. The MBA academic
year concludes in early December and
recommences at the end of January the following year.
In January, students who have already completed the prerequisite
core courses may enrol in the intensive Summer School. Held in
Adelaide, Summer School also attracts students enrolled in the
School’s Singapore MBA Program.

How much time do I have to spend studying for
each course?
You should set aside around eight hours per week, per course for
private study outside of the typical three hour classes, to complete
readings and group work.

Can I apply without a degree?
The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is the entry
pathway for applicants without a degree. Applicants must
demonstrate a minimum of seven years of management experience.
For those not yet ready to enter an award program, the Executive
Education Unit offers a Professional Management Program. This is a
12-month part-time, practical and applied management program that
gives credit for two courses in the Graduate Certificate in Business
Administration, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or MBA.
For further information, please visit:

Can I get credit for studies I have undertaken elsewhere?
We treat applications for credit and substitution on an individual
case basis to ensure that the level of studies you have undertaken
is comparable to the quality of courses offered at the University
of Adelaide.
Students are invited to submit their applications for credit or
substitution with as much supporting documentation as possible
to the MBA Program Adviser.

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Admissions requirements

Graduate Certificate in
Business Administration                           Financial assistance
Although it is not mandatory for students
applying directly into this program to have       A range of incentive packages are available for Adelaide MBA students to apply for.
a Bachelor degree, applicants without a           Incentives will be available based on merit and for students from specific industries.
degree must have a minimum of seven years         Other incentives will also provide support for our regional, interstate and overseas
full-time relevant work experience.               students that choose to study in Adelaide. Incentives for Aboriginal and Torres
                                                  Strait Islander students are also available.
This experience must be substantiated with
a current resumé that outlines the applicant’s    For more information, visit:
current and previous managerial roles and
Graduate Diploma in Business                      The tuition for the School’s programs can be paid through the Australian
Administration, MBA and MBA                       Government’s FEE-HELP (Higher Education Loans Program). This is a non means-
(Advanced)                                        tested interest-free loan facility for eligible Australian citizens and those who have a
The minimum requirement for entry into            permanent Humanitarian Visa who are enrolled in fee paying, postgraduate non-
these programs is a Bachelor degree and at        research programs. It is not available to Australian Permanent Residents.
least three years full-time work experience in    Students can elect to:
a managerial role.                                >> Pay the full course fee up-front
Those without a degree may be eligible to         >> Receive a FEE-HELP loan for the full course fee
enter through the Graduate Certificate in
                                                  >> Pay some of the course fee up-front and receive a FEE-HELP loan for the
Business Administration. Work experience
                                                    remainder of the course fee.
must be substantiated with a current
resumé which outlines current and previous        If a student receives a FEE-HELP loan, then the Australian Government pays the loan
managerial roles and achievements.                amount directly to the University on the student’s behalf. A FEE-HELP debt is then
                                                  recorded for the student with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Students in the
English language                                  FEE-HELP scheme must still pay for a relevant text book for each course.
All programs at The University of Adelaide are    For more information, visit:
taught in English. Students with a degree that
                                                  Tuition fees
was not completed in English at an approved
University are required to undertake an IELTS     For information about tuition fees please go to:
(International English Language Testing System)   mba/admissions/fees-financial-incentives/
academic test. The minimum required overall       Tuition fees are subject to an annual increase. Students will be liable for the tuition
score is 7, with a minimum band score of 6.5      fees current in each year. Students are invoiced for the courses they are enrolled
for each section.                                 in during the current trimester only. In addition to the tuition fee, students should
                                                  budget for one text book per trimester. Taxation rebates apply to eligible students.
Graduate Management
Admissions Test (GMAT)
The Graduate Management Admissions Test
(GMAT) is a verbal, quantitative, analytical                                                     Meet the MBA Director
writing and integrated reasoning skills test.
                                                                                                 The Adelaide MBA Director would be
The GMAT is an internationally recognised
                                                                                                 delighted to meet you to discuss how
qualification in its own right and is used by
                                                                                                 you can start your journey in the Adelaide
top MBA Programs all over the world as an
                                                                                                 MBA. Arrange your meeting now.
admissions tool.
                                                                                                 T: +61 (8) 8313 6455
Before researching or taking the GMAT,
please contact our MBA Program Adviser.                                                          E:
T: +61 8 8313 6455

                                                                                                                    The University of Adelaide   11
Local student admissions                            Enquiries and further information                 Enquiries and further information
Local students must apply through the               Enquiries can be directed to:                     Enquiries can be directed to:
Adelaide MBA Program Adviser. All                   E:                            Adelaide MBA Program Adviser
applicants must prepare and submit                  T: +61 8 8313 6455                                Faculty of the Professions
an application along with supporting                                                                  Postgraduate Hub
                                                    Refer to:
documentation to the address on the                                                                   The University of Adelaide
                                                    for further information including application
application form or as listed below.                                                                  South Australia 5005
The forms can be downloaded from:                                                                     E:
                                                                                                      T: +61 8 8313 6455
admissions/entry-requirements/                      International student
                                                                                                      Refer to:
application-process                                 admissions                                        for further information.
You will then be invited to meet with the
                                                    International students must submit their          If you wish to lodge an application online, or
Adelaide MBA Director who will assess
                                                    applications online.                              make an enquiry about an application which
your application and have a personal
interview with you.                                 Applicants must include the following             you have already lodged, please visit:
The Adelaide MBA Program Adviser will
respond to successful applicants with               >> Academic transcript
                                                                                                      Intakes and application closing dates
an offer and advise of any incentives or            >> Degree parchment
                                                                                                      There are intakes in each of the three
discounts that may be available and what is         >> GMAT results                                   trimesters.
required to fulfil any outstanding conditions
                                                    >> IELTS (if applicable)                          Trimesters commence in February, May and
of your offer.
                                                    >> Resumé                                         September. When submitting applications,
Please send your applications to:                   >> Statement of purpose.                          local students must allow one to two months
Adelaide MBA Program Adviser                                                                          before the start of their preferred trimester.
Faculty of the Professions                          Forms and further details are available at:       International students should allow at least
Postgraduate Hub                                           three to four months, which will include time for
The University of Adelaide                          admissions                                        visa processing by the Australian government.
South Australia 5005

     Vanessa Vartto
     National Operations Manager CSC

     I was looking for an executive program that would provide me with the skills and
     knowledge to shift my career to the next level. The University of Adelaide MBA did just
     that. The investment in the program in terms of time and effort has delivered real results.
     This is a degree that is truly focussed on maximising the amount of information you are
     exposed to. Theoretical topics are presented in conjunction with real-life case studies, which
     assisted me greatly in converting academic knowledge into actual business solutions.
     The diverse backgrounds of both lecturers and students from a number of countries -
     with so many years of experience, provided a fantastic variety of learning interactions.

            An MBA from the University of Adelaide
            will enhance your leadership potential, broaden
     your vision and enable you to see more opportunities
     than previously imagined.

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For further enquiries
The Faculty of the Professions
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8313 4650
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4521

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