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Course summary

With a Southern Cross University online MBA, you’ll develop both the business know-how and the practical skills to advance your career or build your own business. You’ll examine contemporary management and develop solutions to complex commercial situations all through the prism of the fast-paced, ever-evolving global digital economy.

The course is designed to enable you to get the most out of the program while fitting study seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It is 100% online. You can begin at one of six times throughout the year, and adjust your workload to suit your schedule. Our personalised, one-on-one support keeps you motivated and ensures you're getting the education you need. You study broadly across a comprehensive suite of business disciplines, and take one of four specialisations to gain the deep knowledge you need to enhance your professional expertise.

You'll undertake a practical research project in your workplace to reinforce your learning and to apply that learning in a real business environment. Along with specialist industry capabilities, you'll develop the soft skills employers crave and businesses need; leadership, problem solving and communication.

Four foundation units give you a solid grounding in the basic principles of business and management. If you have a relevant undergraduate degree or work experience, you could receive these as advanced standing and complete the course in two-years while studying part-time. If you want to build the foundations of your business knowledge, take the full course (16 units). You can still graduate in under three years studying part-time.

DurationLocationStudy Period


Duration may vary depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience.

SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
DurationLocationStudy Period


SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

All students study our eight core units, and all produce an industry research project, situated in their choice of industry. This enables you to apply your new skills to your existing workplace, or test the waters in an industry to which you aspire. You will learn to manage the variables inherent in the workplace, and convert your knowledge into experience. You will also select a specialisation, which helps you build substantial and specific expertise to complement the general management proficiencies you gain in the core units.

Choose from:

  • Accounting
  • Health Services Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Managing and Leading People.

If you choose, you can replace the specialisation with two elective units to acquire a less specialised but more expansive understanding of leadership and management.

Our four foundation units provide the management basics. Whether you take these units depends on your prior education and experience.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate critical thinking and independent judgement, and the ability to reflect on self and others in a complex business environment.


Develop innovative solutions to complex business problems.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex ethical, socially responsible, and culturally appropriate business practices informed by a global perspective.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a body of knowledge in one or more discipline areas.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate critical thinking and independent judgement, and the ability to reflect on self and others in a complex business environment.

Communication and social skills

Apply expert communication and collaboration skills to inform and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex ethical, socially responsible, and culturally appropriate business practices informed by a global perspective.

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match typical work tasks: business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. Practical assessments and examinations ensure you graduate with key industry skills and knowledge.

We support your performance via weekly activities that scaffold learning and act as a 'rehearsal space' for the assessments.

Our flexible course fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people - people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your study program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.

We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Make no mistake, this is a rigorous degree. Each unit is presented in a seven-week block, and demands up to 150 hours of study - which translates into around 20 hours a week. The benefits, though, will last a lifetime.

MBA graduates have more options. The 2017 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey Report found that nine out of 10 employers across Asia-Pacific will be seeking MBA graduates to join their organisations. This is largely because of their solid preparation for management roles, in-depth problem-solving skills and professional networks.

As an MBA graduate, your new leadership and management skills will equip you for executive roles across a broad spectrum of industries, like business, finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, tourism and corporate sustainability. MBAs are also highly sought after in government, and in the not-for-profit sector. For an entrepreneur or small business owner, an MBA boosts and balances your business skills, builds your network, and shows you exactly how technology and innovative practices can help you succeed.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'