An MBA is the minimum qualification required if you want to reach the upper echelons of today’s highly competitive business world. Modern living doesn’t allow business professionals in Australia with mere bachelor degrees to take time off to study for their MBAs, but online courses offer a solution to those in pursuit of their Master’s of Business Administration.
Completing online MBA courses unique to Australia is challenging as you will have to balance intensive study demands with work and family life but the benefits to your career as you climb the executive ladder make the programs worth it.
Fortunately, many online learning institutions offer study support groups for students taking MBA courses which allow for online interaction, as well as physical meetings in cities around Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
MBA programs extend beyond what many people would consider the traditional reach of ‘business’. For example, you could study an MBA with Specialisation in IT in Sydney, NSW, or take MBA courses that specialise in Education in Brisbane, QLD, or an MBA degree in HR in Canberra, ACT. Of courses, it goes without saying that no matter what the area of specialisation MBA courses will always contain business-related subjects like marketing, management and finance.
While there is no such thing as a ‘quick’ MBA, not if you want the qualification to count for something, it is possible to take ‘mini’ MBA courses or fast-track your MBA with an intense one-year course. But if time is an issue, MBA degrees are available online, part-time or as part of distance learning programs throughout Australia.
Some Australian online MBA courses include:
- Nationally accredited master’s of business administration degrees. These MBA programs can be relatively straightforward with regard to course material or they can offer students the chance to study specialised courses, such as strategic planning, HR and finance. They can be operated on a fixed schedule with deadlines for assignments and set exams over a certain number of years or they can be more flexible and allow students to complete assignments in their own time register for the exams which are most convenient to them.
- Internationally accredited MBA courses that are recognised by the best universities and multinational corporations in the world, and which are ideal for those who want their field of study to extend beyond Australia. These also allow for specialisation and can be operated on a fixed or flexible basis. For example, Griffith University’s International Master of Business Administration (International MBA) courses can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis at any of the Gold Coast Campuses.
The Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA)
The GMAA is a national association for a variety of postgraduate business qualifications, including MBAs. In addition to Australian members, the GMAA also admits members with certain international MBA qualifications.
The association aims to promote MBA and DBA degrees in Australia by enhancing the quality and value of courses offered by universities, colleges and online study centres across the country. It also encourages continuing development among its members, provides valuable networking services and ensures that Australian MBA qualifications meet (and exceed) international standards.
To this end, it publishes the annual Australian MBA Star Rankings, which is an assessment of the top business schools in Australia and is an invaluable guide to prospective students.
Universities, colleges and schools are rated on a scale of one to five stars. Previous MBA Star Rankings have been awarded to Deakin University, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia (all five stars), Griffith University, University of Adelaide (four stars), University of Canberra, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and Australian National University (three stars).
Now you know where the best MBA programs in Australia are (online and on campus), isn’t it time you stopped procrastinating and devoted some time to your studies?