This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


  • Ranked number one nationally by the Australian Financial Review BOSS EMBA ranking in 2017 and awarded five stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia in 2016.
  • Our unique EMBA program is offered in both Brisbane and Canberra. Find out more at our upcoming information evening in Brisbane.
  • As business challenges no longer reside within the neat, predictable framework of a single discipline, this program enables you to take a truly multi-disciplinary view of each new business challenge
  • Participate in an international study tour to China, where you will learn to meet the demands of a rapidly globalising society
  • Work with a leadership coach to establish clear goals for your career path and personal life
  • Undertake a leadership practicum in the International Leadership concentration by shadowing a senior executive from industry, commerce or government.
  • Study weekend classes in a 23 month intensive part-time mode.


QUT course code GS50
Attendance Part-time
Course duration 23 months part-time
Start month 2019 January
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Canberra
  • QUT Business School
Course contact Brisbane: Tim Burton


As one of Australia's top ranked programs, QUT’s Executive MBA is designed to take experienced managers to new levels as highly skilled leaders.

Our Executive MBA is ranked in the top three nationally, and number one in Queensland, by the Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA Ranking in 2015 and has been awarded five stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia in 2014.

Our unique Executive MBA program is now also available in Canberra.

QUT has been a power-broker in Canberra for years, with our Executive Masters creating effective leaders for the Department of Defence, the DMO, Taxation and others since 2008.

Why choose this course?

The concept of ‘knowing one’s self’ lies at the forefront of the program, facilitating the development of a deep understanding of personal goals and leadership traits.

In addition to self-realisation and leadership, the unique model for this Executive MBA program integrates fundamental units with more advanced elements that include organisational transformation, entrepreneurship, governance and corporate accountability. The program culminates in an international study tour to China, honing abilities to meet the demands of a quickly changing globalised society. During the tour, participants will learn the intricacies of negotiating and conducting business in a foreign land and applying commercial expertise in a vastly different culture.

You will also be assigned an individual leadership coach who will work with you to focus your efforts on achieving your life and career goals.

You have the choice of two disctinct pathways:

  • International leadership
  • Complex program leadership and strategic procurement.



Download course structures and unit outlines for Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

The EMBA is structured into four components:

  1. The Building Foundations component provides foundation business knowledge and skills along with the opportunity to engage in personal leadership development.
  2. The Multi-Disciplinary Decision Making component provides you with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills on business disciplines to equip you to make holistic and multi-disciplinary decisions in complex environments.
  3. In the third component of the EMBA program you are able to choose a concentration from: International Leadership and Complex Program Leadership or Strategic Procurement

  4. The final component of the EMBA program is the completion of a Workplace Project.

Delivery and timing

The Executive MBA program commences in Brisbane in January of each year. Classes are scheduled once every four weeks over a long weekend from Friday to Sunday with the inclusion of a two-week international study tour.

The Executive MBA commences in Canberra in February. The delivery will focus on an eight week cycle, with class sessions taking place every eight weeks supported by on-line learning and facilitation for the remainder of the cycle.

These intensive sessions allow participants to schedule dedicated time to study with minimal interference to their business commitments.

Course components

Building Foundations

  • Strategic Management
  • Communicating to Influence
  • Systems Thinking for Managers
  • Economics in Business
  • Problem Framing for Creative Action
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Personal Leadership and Change
  • Data Analysis and Decision Making

Multi-Disciplinary Decision Making

  • Marketing Strategically
  • Understanding and Leading Others
  • Business Law
  • Financial Management
  • Business Leadership Practicum 
  • Managing Technological Innovation
  • Global Leadership and Complexity
  • Negotiation Skills and Strategies
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability

Concentration Options

1. International Leadership

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Media Principles
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management Issues: Global Perspectives
  • Conducting Business Internationally
  • Advanced Strategy for Global Business
  • Entrepreneurship

2. Complex Program Leadership and Strategic Procurement

  • Sourcing and Contracting Strategies in a Global Environment
  • Strategic Leadership of Supplier Relationships
  • Strategic Alignment and Project Implementation
  • Strategically Managing Risk
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Management

Workplace Project

  • Integrated Workplace Project

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 (on QUT's 7-point scale); and

A minimum five years full-time post degree work experience with minimum of three years relevant professional work experience and two years minimum supervisory/management experience.

Additional entry requirements

Some applicants may be required to:

  • Sit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (the worldwide standard in aptitude assessment for admission to postgraduate management programs), and achieve a minimum score of 550. GMAT details (PDF file, 271.8 KB).
  • Attend an interview with the MBA Director to demonstrate relevant work experience


All applicants must nominate two referees as part of the application. At least one referee report should be from your current employer and we may contact your referees as part of the application process.

Referee Report proforma (DOCX file, 132.3 KB)

Work experience

Relevant work experience indicates applicants will be able to contribute to class discussion. A minimum of five years full-time equivalent professional or managerial work experience is required after the completion of an undergraduate degree. To enable us to assess your work experience, a current curriculum vitae providing details of your roles, responsibilities and achievements is required.


Applicants without a Bachelor Degree may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a minimum of 9 years work experience (6 years minimum equivalent professional work experience plus 3 year minimum supervisory/management experience). Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a GPA 4.5 (or higher) students can articulate into the Executive Master of Business Administration.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

EMBA GS50 program has a two week international study tour invoiced separately.  $7,000 (approximate) includes all in-country transportation, accommodation, company/site visits and most meals and flights

2019: $2,952 per unit (6 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan


How to apply for Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Collected your supporting documents.


You must nominate two referees as part of your application. At least one referee should be from you current employer. We may contact your referees as part of the application process.

Personal statements

You'll need to complete a personal statement as part of your application. Details of the personal statement are available on the application form. Limit your responses for each question to a maximum of 400 words each.

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