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 and Finance
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Human Resources Management
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
ADB Scholarship-August Diversity Excellence Scholarships-October
Dean's International Management Scholarship-January
Rupert Murdoch Fellowship-31 March
Round 1-1st June
Round 2-1st August
Round 3-1st October
College of Business and Economics, Australian National University
La Trobe Business School
March intake: December-January
Monash Business School
UQ Business School
Sydney Business School
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT
UWA Business School
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 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
Work experience (minimum)
University of Melbourne-
University of New South Wales-
Australian National University-
College of Business and Economics
3 years (managerial exp)
3 years (including 1 year managerial exp)
4 years ( including 2 year managerial exp)
3 years (both work and managerial exp)
University of Western Australia
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.
IELTS: IELTS 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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