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Purpose beyond profit

Like all MBAs, the Griffith MBA explores all of the business disciplines you would expect—accounting and reporting, economics, finance, people management, marketing, strategy and innovation. However, what makes our MBA different is that it's built on core values that are crucial to doing business in the 21st century: sustainable business practices, responsible leadership and an Asia-Pacific perspective. If you are looking to develop your critical thinking skills and identify new solutions that will improve the world around you, then the Griffith MBA is the right fit for you.

Tanya Lipus

I work for the City of the Gold Coast, deploying the largest commercial-grade Internet of Things network in Australia, which will be used to capture data across numerous verticals in order to make more meaningful and effective business decisions. I chose a Griffith MBA because I believe it will help me do this better. Having seen first-hand the changing trends in business from profit at-all-costs, towards operating within more inclusive politics and sustainable outlooks, I wanted to be part of this change.

I was inspired by the MBA and the opportunity to network with executives and experts in the forefront of this change. Completing a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at Griffith made me believe I could be an integral part in putting these changes into effect. As a recipient of a 2019 QBM MBA Responsible Leadership Scholarship and currently completing the MBA, I’m pushing myself further toward my goals every day. I want to be a leader known for my influence and my ability, but most importantly, my integrity.

Whilst studying and working full-time is challenging and at first, daunting, the fully flexible nature of the degree allows me to fit my study into my life with after hours, online or on campus classes and a vibrant online network of always-connected students and industry experts to bounce off. When businesses and governments are led by people who understand how to thrive in current climates of rapid technological advancements, and the move toward ethical, inclusive and sustainable practices, I want to be at the front of the change.

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MBA core values

The Griffith MBA has a focus on three core values:

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Responsible leadership

Developing responsible leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical behaviour.

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Sustainable business practices

Creating value through social, financial and environmental approaches that lead to sustainable businesses and communities.

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Asia-Pacific perspective

Preparing global citizens, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

You'll undertake subjects that explore these aspects and learn about:

  • new opportunities created by sustainable business practices
  • effective marketing strategies for new products and services
  • success in the 21st century business environment
  • the impact of changing economic frameworks
  • responsible and effective change management
  • legal issues for businesses

Top rankings

Our credentials affirm the quality of our MBA and highlight the unique perspective we offer. The Griffith MBA ranked an outstanding #2 for student satisfaction and #5 overall in the 2019 Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA rankings. It has received a 5-Star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia's 2017 MBA Star Rating. The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings for 2019 place the Griffith MBA in Australia's top three with a Tier One ranking. With a high-quality MBA from a world-class university, you'll have the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to take the next step in your career.

Your leadership journey

Griffith is the first university in Australia to partner with the Institute of Managers and Leaders to prepare fully flexible MBA students with essential leadership skills beyond the classroom. Upon graduating your fully flexible MBA, you will be on the fast-track route to becoming a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved as a global management professional.

High-quality teaching

Our MBA teaching staff has considerable industry experience and extensive educational qualifications. More than 90% of our staff hold a PhD. This means that your teachers know how to practice business and understand the theory behind it. Through their experience and expertise, you'll learn how to make better business decisions.

Practical assessment and no exams

Whether you choose to study online, on campus, or both, you'll benefit from peer learning, group collaboration and will be supported by the latest audio and visual interactive learning tools to network with students and staff. There are no exams, so you'll be graded on practical assignments that you can use in your current or future roles.

MBA study abroad

Our fully flexible MBA offers opportunities for study abroad electives such as the Asia-Pacific Study Tour. Studying with MBA students from around the world can expand your networks and enhance your understanding of global business. With more than 200 partner institutions in 38 countries, there's an exchange to suit everyone.

Public Policy major

In addition to your core MBA studies, you can choose to complete a major in Public Policy. Courses offered as part of the Public Policy major provide the breadth and depth of public management skills to advance your career both within the public sector and the private-public sector interface.

MBA Scholarships

Griffith Business School offers a range of scholarships to support new MBA students successfully complete their degrees through direct financial support. A range of scholarships are now available to support and encourage females, First Australians and international students to study the Griffith MBA, in addition to the Griffith Business School postgraduate scholarships and the QBM MBA responsible leadership scholarships open to all students.

Professional entry option

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a wealth of work experience, you may be eligible for professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. You will need a minimum of six years full-time work experience, including four years of relevant work experience and two years in a role requiring leadership skills. You can choose to study on-campus, online or a combination of both.

Internationally Accredited

Griffith Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International and an active partner of, and first Australian business school admitted to, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. The Griffith MBA is a highly regarded program ranked an outstanding #2 for student satisfaction and #5 overall in the 2019 Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA rankings. It has received a 5-Star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia's MBA rating. The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings for 2020 place the Griffith MBA in Australia's top four with a Tier One ranking. With a high quality MBA from a world-class university, you'll have the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to take the next step in your career.

Study to suit your lifestyle

With our MBA, you can choose to study online, on-campus or a combination of both. You can also study full-time or part-time. Choose our fully flexible MBA and study online as well as face-to-face, alternating between attendance modes to suit your needs.

You can fast-track your study by completing our accelerated online MBA. Each course runs for six weeks allowing you to focus on one at a time and still graduate in two years. With six intakes a year, you can virtually start whenever you're ready.

Fully flexible mode

  • 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time
  • Choose to study face-to-face, online or a combination of both
  • Start in February, July or October
  • Study your degree over 3 trimesters per year
  • Choose an MBA elective option or a Public Policy major
  • Authentic assessment
  • Become an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) while you study, and fast-track to becoming a Chartered Manager (CMgr) with IML ANZ upon graduation.

# Students who choose to complete the Public Policy award major are not required to complete the Marketing course.

Accelerated online mode

  • Part-time over 24 months
  • Study 100% online
  • Start in January, March, May, July, September or October
  • Study your degree one subject at a time, over a six-week teaching block (six blocks per year)
  • 12 stand-alone accelerated courses
  • Authentic assessment
  • One-to-one tailored online student support


QBM Griffith MBA Responsible Leadership scholarships competition

Lyndel Smith

Lyndel Smith forged a human resources career first in Sydney and later in Brisbane, rising to a senior level. When she considered how best to take the next step forward with her career, one theme remained prominent. 'I knew an MBA worked well when it came to recruitment and I felt it could give me an edge at interview stage,' she says. 'Choosing to study an MBA at Griffith was both a strategic as well as a practical decision when I was considering which MBA best fitted my needs. The fully flexible program allowed me to juggle managing my family, studying a full-time workload, and carrying out HR consulting projects.'

Lyndel Smith

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Become a researcher

If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.

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Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the criteria for your degree, you can still come to Griffith. Our admission pathway options can help you improve your selection rank, upgrade to your preferred degree or satisfy subject prerequisites.

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Career outcomes

Make your next career move

With a Griffith MBA, you will be ready to walk into any situation and add value

An MBA from Griffith will help you take the next step in your career—whether that is towards senior management in the public or private sector, or towards starting your own business. Our graduates pursue many paths, from furthering their career in their existing organisation, to changing focus completely or starting their own business venture. With the values of responsible leadership, sustainable business practices and a global orientation inherent in our MBA, you will be prepared to meet the business challenges of the 21st century.

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Tuesday 14 July — Thursday 1 October

Virtual Open House

See Griffith up close without leaving home, with 24/7 access to our interactive online event. Register today to unlock study and support info, live chat and everything you need to find the degree for you.

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Monday 21 September — Friday 25 September

Virtual Open House: Mature Student Week

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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