What does flexible study mean for me?
Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to learn on your terms. Decide when and where study fits into your life and tailor your learning experience to your own needs.
An MBA from Swinburne Online is exactly the same qualification as you would get on campus. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.
Flexible study at Swinburne Online
Personalised study load
Pace your study to suit your lifestyle. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and a flexible unit load that you can increase as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to take on eight units per year and complete your MBA in as little as 16 months.
Flexible entry and exit options
There are several pathways available into Swinburne Online’s MBA. Your professional experience and previous study are taken into account when your application is considered, and depending on your background, you may be exempt from some subjects. Chat to our Student Advisor team to discuss your individual circumstances.
If you decide to stop studying before completing your MBA, the units that you have completed may entitle you to a Graduate Certificate (four units) or Graduate Diploma (eight units) so you can still exit with a postgraduate qualification.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners. Your online classroom is accessible 24/7, so you are free to decide when study best fits into your lifestyle. There are no compulsory live sessions, and all content is recorded for you to access when it is most convenient. When you are less busy, stay a step ahead by accessing the content for the following week.
Start when it suits you. Swinburne Online offers three intakes per year and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or easily make a call when you need to take a break.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week. Student Advisors are available to help with anything from tech support to research advice, and a dedicated academic team will guide you through each of your units.
Specialise your learning
At Swinburne Online, we know your career goals are as unique as you are. That is why we have developed three distinct learning pathways that allow you to specialise your knowledge in the areas that best align with your industry and career objectives. When you study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Swinburne Online, you have the flexibility to choose from three course streams: Business, Project Management or Cybersecurity Management. Take the eight core units to gain a comprehensive understanding of key business principles, then customise your course with elective units.
The Business stream allows you to choose from the greatest number of electives and provides a foundational understanding of the key pillars of business. It consists of 12 units, including eight core units and four electives. This stream would be best suited to students who wish to broaden their business knowledge so they can become valuable strategic thinkers in any organisation and motivate multidisciplinary teams.
Project Management stream
The Project Management stream consists of 12 units, including nine core units and three electives. This stream would suit students who are interested in leading and coordinating diverse teams to achieve core commercial objectives, no matter the size of the project.
Cybersecurity Management stream
The Cybersecurity Management stream consists of 12 units, including eight core units and four Cybersecurity Management units. This stream is perfect for those working in an IT-related role or organisation who wish to upskill in the increasingly crucial area of network protection and cybersecurity.
Multiple exit points
Take the flexible pathway to your postgraduate degree with three exit-point options. Complete four units to obtain a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration, eight units for a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration or the full 12 units to complete your MBA. There is no need to decide your level of study now, begin learning at your own pace and elect to exit at any time.
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How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online
Designed by the online learning experts at Swinburne Online, your study journey is tailored to . You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand online study.
You’ll complete each of your units in your online classroom, where you will access learning modules, videos, animations and other interactive resources. You will also have the option to participate in discussions and live facilitator sessions to collaborate with your peers. Online doesn’t mean you’re alone – connect with fellow students to share ideas, organise study groups and support one another, all within our user-friendly learning environment.
Be guided through coursework by experienced academics, currently practising in their fields, and gain cutting-edge, practical knowledge that you can put into practice immediately.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units. Our Student Advisors will also assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips, seven days per week.
To gain entry into this course, applicants must have at least one of the following:
- a recognised bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
- a recognised bachelor’s degree in any discipline plus a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant experience
- a recognised graduate certificate in a related discipline.*
* Related graduate certificates include Swinburne Online’s Graduate Certificate of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate of Project Management, Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity and Graduate Certificate of Management. You may be exempt from some units if you have already completed them in your graduate certificate.
If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.
The estimated annual fee for this course is $33,600*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.
Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.
Discover more information about HELP loans.
Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.
Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.
Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.
Your pathway to industry
Your Master of Business Administration will give you the decisive vision and professional agility needed to stand apart from your peers. Gain the advanced skills essential to excelling as a leader in business. Leverage your MBA to grow your business as an entrepreneur, or step up into a senior management position, such as:
- Senior Associate
- Strategic Manager
- Executive General Manager
- Managing Director
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Jobs looking for you
A survey of recent Swinburne Online graduates revealed that 90% of Business alumni were employed full-time. This comes as no surprise as the 2021 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey revealed that worldwide, 91 per cent of recruiters planned to hire MBAs that year, and that demand for graduate management talent has now returned to pre-pandemic levels.
With a new job title, you can expect an increased salary. Australian Financial Review reported in its 2019 MBA Rankings that Australian MBA graduates see an average salary increase of 28 per cent to reach $157,000 within three years of completing their course.
Launch your own business
Swinburne Online’s MBA is not only for those wanting to open doors to upper-management positions in their industry. If you are an entrepreneur or business owner ready to upscale your team, output, customer base and profit margin, our MBA can offer you a clear and practical pathway to take your business to the next level. No matter the size of your business, we can equip you with the skills you need to realise your capabilities and potential.
A ready-made professional network
When you complete an MBA with Swinburne Online, you will be rewarded with not only a top-tier master’s qualification, but also a valuable network of like-minded business professionals. Forge connections, motivate one another and share opportunities and ideas that you can continue to draw upon long after graduation.