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  • Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem solving skills to advance your career
  • Study Asian business, global business operations, international accounting, international law, international logistics management, international marketing, and negotiating across borders
  • Prepare yourself for an international career, including multinational enterprises, smaller firms operating across borders, government agencies and international consulting firms
  • Your knowledge and research skills are developed throughout the course and taken to an advanced level in the capstone unit, which involves an international marketing project that explores market entry and critiques research used to make recommendations and decisions
  • Explore a range of business disciplines including accounting, finance, logistics, management and marketing
  • Find out more at our upcoming MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Event.
QUT course code BS11
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Start month 2016 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
Course contact
CRICOS code 085448J
  • Business Analyst
  • International Business Specialist


Regardless of the industry, companies that compete for international business must have business strategies that find success. Rules, regulations, government policy and the diversity of cultures and consumer needs and preferences all impact on how companies do business across borders.

International business skills are in high demand. Such skills incorporate ethical approaches, sensitivity and responsiveness to local cultures in new and diverse markets, while at the same time providing the planning, decision making and strategic management these highly competitive operations need.

This program is designed for those seeking to understand the additional complexity of international business compared with domestic business activities. The international business environment is explored across a range of business disciplines, including accounting, finance, logistics, management and marketing.

QUT’s Master of Business has been redesigned to ensure it meets the new quality assurance standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework for masters by coursework programs. The learning outcomes of the course have been refreshed to provide you with a more engaging and real world learning experience.

Why choose this course?

This course is designed to extend your real-world international business knowledge and skills. You will acquire industry knowledge and skills that span trade procedures, logistics, negotiation techniques, languages, regional understanding and offshore business strategies.

In undertaking this study area you will also acquire self-management knowledge and the skills for effective communication and contribution to organisational performance in an international business context.

Flexible delivery

Units in this postgraduate program are delivered using a mix of face-to-face, online and blended learning technologies. All course materials are placed online including course lecture materials, practical session guides, readings and help guides.

Real-world learning

Developed in consultation with industry, our programs incorporate real-world case analysis, activities and workplace projects. You will also benefit from meaningful connections with industry leaders and practitioners as they share their insights into essential skills and attributes needed for professional practice.

You will learn how to exercise creativity, independent judgement and critical reflection, to plan, design, adapt and implement strategies and solutions that contribute to real world business practice and research.

Your knowledge and research skills are taken to an advanced level in the capstone unit of this course. This unit involves an international marketing project that explores market entry and critiques research used to make recommendations and decisions.

Career outcomes

QUT’s international business program will give you the expertise and skills to succeed in organisations both in Australia and around the world, including multinational enterprises, smaller firms operating across borders, government agencies and consulting firms that serve international companies.

Advanced standing

Students who have articulated from the Graduate Certificate in Business (International Business) may receive exemptions for up to 48 credit points.

Advanced standing may also be available to students who have studied a related postgraduate program with another institution within the last five years.

Recognition of prior learning

If you hold a recognised undergraduate degree, in a related discipline study area, your experience in our Master of Business program will be tailored to your learning needs.

Your work experience in a related field may also be considered for recognition of prior learning.

Early exit

Students may exit from the Master of Business (BS11) at the following stages, once those particular course requirements have been met:

  • Graduate Diploma of Business (BS79) (Study Area A)
  • Graduate Certificate in Business (BS39) (Study Area A).

International double masters program

If you would like to attain two internationally accredited masters in about the same time that it would normally take you to get one, you may consider our international double masters program. In an exchange study, you complete part of your degree at one of two leading institutions in Europe. Through cross-crediting of your course content, you are able to obtain the full degrees from both institutions – and you may be able to complete the double degree in the same time that it would take you to complete your QUT Master of Business program. For more information, visit international double degrees.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students and leaders from business, government, education and community sectors. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for you to include in your resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Business (International Business)

The Master of Business is designed in three blocks of study:

  1. Foundation studies (48 credit points)
  2. Advanced discipline studies (96 credit points)
  3. Complementary studies (48 credit points)

Students with an undergraduate degree in a different discipline will undertake 192 credit points of study commencing with the Foundation studies.

Students who have completed an undergraduate qualification in the same discipline will undertake 144 credit points of study and will commence their course from the Advanced Discipline Studies.

Students will be able to access course progression advice from the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations.

Example course units

  • International Logistics
  • International Business and Law
  • Negotiating Across Borders
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business in Asia
  • Business in Europe
  • International Accounting
  • Marketing Internationally

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Master of Business - 1.5 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree in business or related field with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).
As part of QUT's application for admission process, you will be automatically assessed for the 1.5 year program.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2016: $12,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2015: $11,700 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

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

More information on the SSAF

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

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Master of Business (International Business)

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. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 223.49 KB)


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