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MBA (full-time)




Study load (full-time)

To satisfy a total of 96 UOC requirements for the award of the MBA, students must successfully complete within the specified time limits.


  • All required core courses to equal 54 units of credit (UOC)
  • 42 UOC of electives

The normal course load for a full-time student is 18 to 24 UOC per session. However, full-time students may enrol in a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 UOC per session.


Time limit

MBA students are expected to complete the program within 18 months of initial enrolment. 


Students who transfer from the MBA (Executive) or the Hong Kong MBA program are subject to different completion requirements.



Please read the class attendance protocol under the enrolment information section.


Study load (part-time)

Occasionally, MBA students encounter circumstances that make it difficult for them to continue full-time study. After completion of the core courses, students may apply to the Program Office to study part-time, but should note that this may affect their eligibility to participate in the international exchange program.



Variation from the normal load may be obtained in special cases, according to the following guidelines. To overload (ie, enrol in more than 24 UOC in one session), a student must gain approval from Student Experience and meet the following criteria:


  • Completion of at least two sessions of study for which grades are available
  • A balance in the student's areas of academic success
  • A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65% on courses taken to date
  • Demonstration of good cause for the overload


Please note: Students will be required to pay the current course fees for each extra course taken.


MBA structure


Core courses
Core courses are the prerequisite courses for study in a particular field.



Students are required to complete 42 UOC of electives. This may vary for students transferring to the MBA after the MBA (Executive) or HKGDM*.


* Some core courses may be proscribed for MBA (Executive) or HKGDM transfer students.


Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Some courses have prerequisites and assumed knowledge. These are specified in the full course outline. For elective courses, these often include completion of an RPL or the equivalent core course.


External courses

Students are permitted to take up to 12 UOC in external postgraduate courses to count towards their MBA degree. Each enrolment in an external course requires approval from the Student Experience team. Please visit the Forms, policies & guidelines page for further information.


Intensive classes

Classes in intensive mode are usually held on Saturdays and/or Sundays between 9am and 5pm, but may also be held on weekdays between 6pm and 9pm.


International exchange

See the international exchange page for further information. 


International students and visa requirements

It is the responsibility of each student to research and assess the visa requirements applicable to his/her own individual circumstances.


International students must consider their options carefully due to their student visa expiry date. There is no guarantee that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will approve a visa extension to re-enter Australia based on exchange participation.


International students may not select an exchange school in their home countries.


MBA study abroad program

Study abroad students share classes with Australian and international students in our Sydney based full-time MBA Program. Depending on your educational background, the program offers the following two options to cater for different audiences: 

MBA study abroad program:
Option for students enrolled at other business schools in an MBA or other business programs (MIB, MMgt, MMktg, etc).

Students from business schools or commerce and economics faculties from other institutions may enrol in elective courses only, and are subject to the relevant pre-requisite requirements of those elective courses. Students may enrol in a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 UOC per session. Visa restrictions may apply.


The length of the MBA study abroad program is usually one session (13 weeks). Students are advised to arrive at least one week prior to the beginning of courses.

An orientation day will be held in the week prior to the beginning of each session.  Attendance is mandatory.

Students have the option to study for a period of two sessions (26 weeks, plus a two week break between the sessions) but need to apply for it before they commence the program, due to Australian visa regulations. Once commenced an extension of the program is not possible.


Individual Study in Management

Students may select a business topic to research under the supervision of an AGSM MBA Program faculty member. This one-to-one working arrangement allows a student to carry out in-depth analysis of a topic relevant to his or her career aspirations.


A student may do an Individual Study in Management if:


  • The student has a good academic record (with a minimum of a high credit average)
  • The study is in an area relevant to management
  • The topic is in some way relevant to the student’s career aspirations
  • A suitable AGSM MBA Program faculty member, or members, are available and willing to supervise the work


Management projects

Management projects offer MBA candidates who have completed their core courses real opportunities in businesses.


Teams collaborate with corporate managers and AGSM MBA Program academics to apply conceptual frameworks and global best practice to management challenges and finding practical solutions for companies.


Students are supported in the completion of their project by an academic supervisor and the Management Projects Coordinator.



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