How to apply for MBA in Australia?
Bedasree Das, 10 Mar 2017, #Australia

How to apply MBA in Australia 
- Australia is one of the most prominent destinations for foreign students who want to pursue management studies. According to QS ranking, Australia is among the top 5 study destinations for pursuing an MBA abroad, especially for candidates from the Asia Pacific region.

According to the Australian Business Deans Council, Australian business schools graduate three out of five international university students at both onshore and offshore campuses. QS report also states that at US $115,000, Australian MBA graduates have the second highest average annual salary worldwide.


While Australia has created an attractive platform for MBA studies, many students are still unaware about how to apply for MBA in Australia and what makes them eligible to study in one of its top business schools.

Here, we have explained the entire process of applying for an MBA programme in Australia right from the time one needs to research to submission of application form.

Read ahead to know how to apply for MBA in Australia:

Research for universities- As is the case with any programme, the aspirant needs to first research for the universities offering MBA courses in Australia. One should make sure to keep his specialization in priority while searching for a course as at the end of the day it is his department that will matter the most. The entire process of applying to Australia takes around 10-12  months. Generally, the sessions start in February. Ideally, it is better to start researching for universities at least from April-May of the previous year.

The top business schools in Australia



Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne


AGSM MBA, University of New South Wales


College of Business and Economics, Australian National University ANU


La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University


Monash Business School, Monash University


UQ Business School, University of Queensland


Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong


Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University


Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University


UWA Business School, University of Western Australia


Top specialisations in Australia:

  • Accounting

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Information Technology

  • International Business

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Banking

  • Finance

  • Sports Management

  • Hospitality Management

  • Human Resources Management

Check deadlines:

Once the universities have been shortlisted, the applicant should check the individual deadlines of the universities so that he/she can prepare application package accordingly. As mentioned above, the sessions in Australia usually start in February, so the application period is between September and November.

The deadlines for the top business schools in Australia




Melbourne Business School

1 year

ADB Scholarship-August Diversity Excellence Scholarships-October    

Dean's International Management Scholarship-January               

Rupert Murdoch Fellowship-31 March  


16 months

Round 1-1st June

Round 2-1st August           

Round 3-1st October

College of Business and Economics, Australian National University

2 years

October- November

La Trobe Business School

1.5/2 years

March intake: December-January

July- May

Monash Business School

2 years

4th December

UQ Business School

1 year

31st October

Sydney Business School


October- November

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

2 years

January-6 November

April-19 February

June-13 May

September-7 August

Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT

1.5/2 years

February: November

July: May

UWA Business School

12 months

Round 1: 4 May

Round 2: 29 June


A three-year Bachelor’s degree is enough to make one eligible for MBA in Australia. However, most business schools also demand work experience.

Work experience:

Work experience is one of the most important elements for admission to Australian business schools. Most business schools demand work experience of 2-5 years for admission to their management courses. The work experience, of course, depends on the course one wants to pursue.

According to Jatin Bhandari, CEO and co-founder of PythaGurus, work experience is important as it reflects the candidate's understanding of the professional environment. “They need to first work in the industry and learn to operate in a professional environment, learn to write emails, learn to face rejection in a professional set up, work with difficult bosses, work with peers who do not approve of all your ideas. Once they get through a rigorous learning, it will make a lot of sense to apply to top MBA programs,” he says.


Besides work experience, many business schools in Australia also accept GMAT score. However, GMAT scores are not always necessary for admission to MBA courses in Australian business schools. Even though some schools accept GMAT score, it is given a low weightage compared to work experience.

GMAT is a standardized test which evaluates a candidate on four yardsticks -- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The GMAT test score is valid for up to 5 years and aspirants can register for GMAT as and when they require their GMAT scores. However, candidates have to take at least 16 days break between two attempts. Also, they can’t appear for more than five GMAT exams within a 12-month period.

The minimum GMAT scores and work experience required in top universities in Australia


GMAT score/range

Work experience (minimum)

University of Melbourne-

Melbourne Business School


2 years

University of New South Wales-



2 years

Australian National University-

College of Business and Economics



La Trobe Business School


3 years (managerial exp)

Monash Business School


3 years (including 1 year managerial exp)

UQ Business School


4 years ( including 2 year managerial exp)

Sydney Business School


3 years (both work and managerial exp)

Macquarie University-

Macquarie Graduate School of Management


2 years

Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT



University of Western Australia

UWA Business School


3 years

TOEFL: TOEFL is an English proficiency test for students from non-native English speaking countries. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year at 4,500 test centres in 165 countries worldwide.

IELTSIELTS is also an English proficiency test for students from non-native English speaking countries. IELTS test measures a candidate’s English language command on 4 different parameters- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.


Application package for MBA in Australia:

  • Personal statements: - Many business schools in Australia require more than one personal statement. A personal statement or statement of purpose has to be written by the candidate and should reflect his intention for joining the institution as well as goals in life.

  • Recommendation letters:  Letters of recommendations are statements that reflect the candidate's potential from the point of view of a third person. Most universities require at least two to three recommendation letters. Since universities in Australia usually require work experience, it is advisable to have the reference letters written by someone the candidate has worked under in his previous organisation.

  • Resume: Some universities require the candidate to submit a CV along with the application. It should contain basic information like date of birth, academic qualifications and achievements. The CV should also reflect the candidate’s work experience with relevant proof.

  • GRE/TOEFL/GMAT/IELTS score proofs besides reporting the test scores officially.

  • Academic Transcripts for the qualifications listed in the application form.

  • Work experience certificates, if applicable

  • Photocopies of the applicant's passport

  • Certificates for extra-curricular activities mentioned in the application form.


Most of the business schools in Australia conduct a separate interview round for students whose applications have been shortlisted. An interview is basically a conversation where the candidate is asked about his background and why he intends to join the particular MBA programme. The candidate will also be asked about his previous work experiences.

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