Master of Business Administration (Leadership) – CL39

Central Queensland University’s Master of Business Administration (Leadership) is designed to help you advance and gain insights into the strategies, practices and communication skills underpinning effective business leadership.

Delivered entirely online and streamlined to allow you to control your progress, you will develop current and practical leadership and management skills and knowledge at an affordable price. The MBA (Leadership) is a highly flexible, self-paced degree not bound by term dates or assessment deadlines, allowing you to fit study around your life, not the other way around.




Commence your studies anytime


Up to five years




Not applicable

Whether you’re a corporate manager, organisation leader, start-up innovator, entrepreneur, small business owner, or looking to learn important business leadership skills for your future, Central Queensland University’s (CQU) online MBA (Leadership) will help you advance.

CQU’s MBA (Leadership) is an innovative and 100 per cent online MBA designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to lead diverse organisations into the future. Streamlined and ultra-flexible, you will benefit from quality course content and an advanced learning experience.

Your studies will focus on essential business functions relevant to business analysis and strategy, such as accounting, finance, law, economics, marketing, human resources, operations, and research methods. All core areas are supplemented with a focus on leadership in a contemporary business environment. Through this course, you will develop your capacity to resolve problems, create innovative solutions and generate entrepreneurial business.

The Master of Business Administration (Leadership) is comprised of 11 units: 10 standard and one Capstone.

Each standard unit is designed to take 144 hours to complete, which equates to 12–18 months of full-time study for the full course. However, you will have up to five years from enrolment to complete the course at your own pace.

To help you with the order in which to complete your units, the course has been split into three phases, outlined below, each consisting of units worth 24 credit points. While there is flexibility in the course structure, you are strongly encouraged to fully complete each phase before moving to the next, as these phases have been designed to allow for early exit awards of a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

Master of Business Administration (Leadership) course structure



Phase 1

BUSN20022 - Disruption, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BUSN20023 - People, Leadership and Culture
BUSN20024 - Communication for Leadership Success
BUSN20025 - Strategic Marketing

Exit point for Graduate Certificate


Phase 2

BUSN20026 - Accounting for Business Decisions
BUSN20026 - Contemporary Leadership
BUSN20028 - Global Economics
BUSN20029 - Business Legal Frameworks

Exit point for Graduate Diploma



Phase 3

BUSN20030 - Strategies for Business Leaders
BUSN20031 - Social Innovation
BUSN20032 - Leadership Capstone

Unit Information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Assessment Information

The assessments that you will be required to complete range from evaluative self-practice, online tests, case study reviews, reports, and business simulations. While there are no due dates for assessment items, course and unit study guides are available to provide suggestions and direction for effective study and goal management.

Student Enrolments

For information on the number of students who have been enrolled in this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Getting Started > Course Features" tab.

The Central Queensland University MBA (Leadership) is delivered entirely online, and you can choose to study full time or part time, as long as you complete your studies within five years. You are not bound by traditional university term dates, and you can submit your assessments at any time over the duration of the course.

Each standard unit is designed to take 144 hours to complete, which equates to 12–18 months of full-time study for the full course. Choose to spread your studies out evenly with 6–10 hours per week, do larger sections all at once on weekends or holidays, or anywhere in between – it is entirely up to you.

The course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies any time.

The MBA (Leadership) is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university or equivalent. Candidates must also meet a minimum English language requirement equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each band.

Don’t meet these entry requirements?

If you do not hold a recognised undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for entry to the Master of Business Administration (Leadership) if you can demonstrate one of the following, as well as the minimum English language requirement listed above:

  • Completion of grade 12 with five years related working experience*.
  • Completion of a diploma in any field with two years related working experience*.

*You will be required to provide a reference letter from your employer.

If you do not meet the language requirement CQU provides online English language courses to assist students prior to entry into the MBA (Leadership).

An MBA is widely regarded as the degree of choice for an astute business professional’s employment portfolio. Graduates of CQU’s MBA (Leadership) have skills in the strategies, practices and key communication skills underpinning effective business leadership.

Successful completion of this course allows graduates to accelerate and advance their career across a range of domestic or international business management spheres.

CQU has been on a phenomenal growth trajectory in recent years, its remarkable growth in Australia and with students from across the world has seen it emerge as one of Australia’s truly great public universities.

Youthful, entrepreneurial and heavily focused on social innovation – CQU is committed to academic success and enhancing your student experience. The University was formed under Queensland Government legislation in 1992 and was originally founded in 1967.

CQU now has more than 20 locations across Australia and CQUniversity Australia – Jakarta Centre in Indonesia and welcomes students from more than 115 countries across the globe to study with us. A truly comprehensive Government University, CQU offers training and education opportunities from vocational (practical) training options to undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses and doctoral (PhD) research courses.

As a graduate, you will become part of CQU’s network of close to 4000 MBA alumni in 78  countries (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Brunei, Laos, PNG, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, USA ) who are employed by large companies including AAPT, Accenture, Bharti Airtel, Allianz, Bombardier, Deloitte, HSBC and IBM, as well as major banks, Government departments and consulting firms.

The unique 100 per cent online delivery model and self-directed study of this course has allowed CQU to deliver a quality, tertiary accredited MBA at a cost that is significantly more affordable than other MBA offerings within the sector.

CQU’s MBA (Leadership)costs under AUD $19 000, for the complete course (all 11 units). This equates to AUD $1578, per regular unit and AUD $3156, for the final Capstone, which is equivalent to two units of study.

This course is open for applications all year round, so you can start your studies anytime.

If you are ready to get started now, you can apply for this course by completing our online application form for international students. To access this form, click on the Apply Now link below.

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For further information

If you have questions about this course or would like assistance with applying, get in touch with us today.

You can also download our course brochure to read later or you can read more about our flexible online MBA (Leadership) delivered via our Be Different student platform.