The University of Southern Queensland offers an MBA Program by distance education. What makes it so different, respected and popular (and for many people around the world, their MBA of choice), is its eight different areas of specialisation. As a 12 course (subject) program aiming to produce graduates who have been exposed to a range of management skills and trained to use these skills in a manner that will enable them to better handle the managerial demands of modern business practices, the USQ MBA offers choice . Regardless of whether your background is in business, commerce or an unrelated field, if you’re looking to broaden your business knowledge and pursue a management-related career path, our Master of Business Administration is a superb degree and one that’s highly respected around the world.

The objectives of the program are to produce graduates able to:

  • Demonstrate applied knowledge of people, markets, finances, technology and management skills in practice;
  • Identify and solve complex organisational problems creatively and practically to increase the effectiveness of management processes;
  • Communicate professionally and effectively in a range of modes to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisations in the global environment and the impact of these on organisational systems;
  • Evaluate, synthesise and critically review theoretical frameworks with other evidence to provide solutions to real-world problems;
  • Demonstrate reflective practice and apply learning to different contexts;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of interpersonal communication on specific management processes and outcomes using relevant theories and concepts;
  • Comprehend and address complex ethical dilemmas;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex sustainable dilemmas and the need for responsible leadership;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills required to work in non-traditional and virtual working environments;
  • Demonstrate the skills required for leadership, working in teams and with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in virtual and real-time spaces;
  • Communicate professionally and effectively in oral and written communication to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes.

The MBA can be achieved through articulation from the Postgraduate Certificate. Students will receive full credit for the successful completion of the courses as they progress. This articulation process gives students a varied choice of courses as well as the flexibility to complete their studies at a pace suitable to them. It should be noted that those who articulate to a higher-level program will receive the higher award only.

  • Business Leadership
  • Digital Marketing Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Finance
  • General
  • Global Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Sustainable Business

Entry into the Master of Business Administration requires a tertiary qualification at bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a business-related discipline from a recognised institution, and two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business.

For candidates who have a bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, with two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business, USQ's Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Business Administration.

Candidates with a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher qualification in any discipline, with two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business may apply for entry into the MBAD. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

Semester 3,2019 - 1 November 2019 Semester 1,2020 - 7 February 2020 Semester 2,2020 - 26 June 2020 Note: There are limited places available so early submission of your application will improve your chances of obtaining a place in the MBA program. Please note that you will need to include a CV of your working experience and certified copies of all qualifications with your application in order for USQ to evaluate your application.

The duration of the MBA program depends on the student’s dedication and time available. Students normally study 2 courses per semester. There are 3 teaching periods per year. Students can commence their studies during any semester and are given between 2-6 years to complete the MBA. Students need to study ±15 hours per week per course - equating to 165 hours per semester per course (subject).

Assessment requirements vary according to the courses being studied. To complete each course, it is standard to submit a number of assignments or reports by scheduled dates. Completed assignments are returned to students with a grade and feedback to further assist their learning. Most courses include an end of semester examination. Examinations are held at the end of each semester and take place during working hours. Timetables are sent out so that students can plan accordingly.

Exemptions may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university. For an exemption to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

The course must have been passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field);

The course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, contents and weightings to a course prescribed in the MBA program, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective;

Where the student has taken out an award from a recognised tertiary institution and is claiming exemptions on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that level of that award, the maximum exemptions on the basis of such courses shall be one-half of the total courses for the program;

The maximum exemptions granted are no greater than six courses for the MBA;

Exemptions approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ;

Where exemptions are granted, the maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the exemptions eg where the maximum of 50 percent exemptions is granted, the maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one half.

All study material will be available online on UConnect. It should be noted that as a student you may require additional textbooks from time to time. These can be ordered directly from the USQ Bookshop (Australia). (Delivery at your doorstep within five working days).

Students receive a user name and password to access the student site: UConnect. With this password, you’ll be able to join subject discussion groups and email your lecturer. All course material, assignment results and past examination papers are available on the internet.

As the Local Support Office of USQ in Africa, we are here to assist students. We receive and distribute study CDs, collect fees, arrange examinations (as close to home as possible - we already have 72 centres in South Africa alone), assist students with any problems they may have and see to any administrative matters requiring our attention. (It should be noted that study materials are set up to assist students to study independently wherever they may be.)

Study Periods
Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 3,2019 Nov 2019 - February 2020 18 November 2019
Semester 1,2020 Feb - June 2020 24 February 2020
Semester 2,2020 July - November 2020 13 July 2020