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MBA or MBA (Executive)

The Graduate School of Business and Law offers 2 MBA programs designed for students with different needs and at different points in their career.

The table below summarises the key differences between the programs and their student cohorts. The choice of program will depend on your age and work experience. For further clarification, contact the Graduate School of Business and Law or attend one of our MBA Information Evenings



MBA (Executive) and MBA (Executive) Online

Student age

Typically mid 20’s

Typically 29-45 (Average age of students commencing the program is 39)

Work experience

Limited – typically less than 4 years post-graduation.

There is no work experience requirement for admission to this program

Appropriate work experience is an entry requirement for this program.

Graduates typically require at least 5 years work experience in managerial roles.

Average years of work experience for students commencing this program: 15

Average number of years in management: 9

Career point

Early - seeking the tools necessary for an accelerated career in management. Looking to get ahead of the pack by adding business skills to your existing discipline.

Moving up - have reached a point where additional skills in management will take you to the next level, and beyond.

Time frame

Want to complete an MBA in 12-16 months

Typically studying part time and looking to complete in 2-3 years. Can also be study full-time (1.5 years)

Teaching mode

A facilitated learning approach with business mentoring support, case studies and work integrated courses to contextualise learning.

A facilitated adult learning approach that draws heavily from students own experience. The focus is on applying theory to practice.

Program features

  • 15 core courses and 1 elective
  • Preparation to accelerate a career in management
  • Exposure to business thinking and practice
  • Business mentoring support
  • Intensive mode shortens study time to 12-16 months if granted advanced standing and studying full time during all teaching periods
  • Lecturers and facilitators from university and industry
  • Diverse student mix
  • Integration of technology to solve real world problems
  • Undertake a study intensive at RMIT Vietnam
  • Study online via Open Universities Australia
  • 9 core courses and 3 electives
  • Integrates work and learning
  • An applied and practical emphasis with strong links to industry
  • Flexibility and convenience of course delivery - including online option
  • Opportunity to pursue ‘specialist’ majors via elective component of the program
  • An international focus with opportunities to undertake study tours in Europe and Asia
  • Brings technology and business together to analyse relevant world issues
  • Study at RMIT Vietnam

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution. Preference for entry to the program is given to students with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of Credit and above.

a) Academic + work experience

A bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and evidence of substantial, relevant work experience (typically this will consist of at least 5 years experience in a managerial position since completion of an undergraduate degree).


b) Management + work experience

Entry may be granted to applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but

can demonstrate through professional work experience their capacity to successfully undertake this program (typically this would consist of at least 8-10 years of business experience, at least 5 of which must have been in a management role).