How long does it take to do an MBA?


At The University of Queensland, you have the flexibility to choose how long you want to study the MBA program, depending on other priorities and your professional goals. In comparison, it can take 2 years of full-time study to complete your Master of Business Administration (MBA) at many business schools around the world. At UQ Business School, you can:

study a streamlined MBA while working over 2 years (great for executives who want to fast-track their careers without putting them on pause first)

study at your own pace for up to 7 years (great for those who need more flexibility)

fast-track your studies by enrolling in our accelerated 1 year MBA program (a great option for those who have the time and drive to complete their MBA quickly).

Helen Barker UQ MBA AlumnusHelen’s 2-year streamlined UQ MBA experience

Working as a manager in the health industry, Helen Barker used the flexibility of the UQ MBA program to her benefit. She successfully balanced studying with parenting two children and maintaining a successful career.

“I found the UQ MBA very flexible”, she says.

“I did half of my MBA before kids, the other half of the program after having kids. Because my husband was FIFO (fly in, fly out) and was away every second week for 7 days, I had to bring my kid into class on weekend sessions and during my industry capstone course.

“Staff and students were very accommodating. Sometimes I’d be on mute in group meetings that went for 3 hours at night when I was doing the night-time routine with my children.

“There were lots of different study options, which meant I could finish the program when I wanted to, and I didn’t have to wait to do subjects.

“Although the time I had to spend on my studies after having kids was much more limited, it made me appreciate everything I learned that much more.”

Tim Kuusik UQ MBA AlumnusTim’s flexible 3-year UQ MBA experience

While Tim Kuusik moved through the first portion of his MBA studies quickly, when he came across a career opportunity that was too good to pass up, his pace slowed. While he was still studying, he credits the UQ MBA with being able to secure a role as General Manager at ARQ Group, a listed company with a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.

"I would never have even been shortlisted for the role if I wasn’t studying my MBA, but I got the job," he says.

"Even though I hadn’t yet graduated, I had already developed the skills and the confidence to step up to a general management position. That was a pivotal moment for me."

To focus on learning the ropes of his new role, Tim reduced his study load.

"I did almost 80% of my course in the first 2 years, and 20% in the remaining 4 years. UQ had the flexibility to change with me.”

“I don’t think I would have got that level of support anywhere else," he says.


Read more about Tim’s UQ MBA experience.

Skip the ladder. Take the lift. Why the UQ MBA is the best one-year MBA program to fast track your goals


Suzanne Wood UQ MBA Alumnus

Suzanne’s 1-year MBA experience

For Suzanne Wood, the decision to complete the UQ MBA in 12 months wasn’t an easy one, but it was the right one. As the full-time primary carer of her 4-year-old daughter, Suzanne paused work to focus on completing the accelerated program.

She felt as though she was at a personal and professional crossroads.

“It was the perfect time in my life to make that commitment,” she says.

“I had complete tunnel vision. It was an incredible indulgence, and I couldn’t have managed it without the enormous support I received from my parents.

“Forfeiting salary for a year is tough but you’ll recoup the costs. You get out everything you put into the experience.

“The ability the UQ MBA has given me to design and craft the rest of my life is amazing and my horizons expanded so quickly.”


Learn more about Suzanne’s UQ MBA experience

Nick Bamford UQ MBA AlumnusNick’s 1-year MBA experience

For Managing Director of SRO Technology Nick Bamford, completing the UQ MBA full time in 1 year was a no-brainer. With a background in engineering, Nick decided to complete the accelerated MBA because:

  • It allowed him to get the qualification quickly while minimising time out of the workplace and associated loss of earning.
  • The oil and gas industry he was working in was in turmoil due to a massive price crash in 2015 and there weren’t many jobs available.
  • He was eager to build a strong network by moving through the program with the same cohort.
  • He wanted to leverage the structure of the MBA, allowing each course to build on the previous without losing momentum between courses. He also thought this would decrease the risk of abandoning his studies halfway through the program.
  • It allowed him to maintain 100% focus on his studies, which he found especially useful when completing self-reflective leadership exercises.

Studying the UQ MBA in 1 year wasn’t without challenges, though.

The greatest challenge Nick experienced was the pressure he felt to re-enter the job market immediately after completing his program to start earning again.

His advice to anyone considering a 1-year MBA program is to match your career aspirations and capabilities with available roles, and then network your way in.

“The UQ MBA gave me the credibility and theoretical knowledge to get into strategy consulting,” he says.

“But it also helped me build an excellent network in Southeast Queensland, which has been a massive help in launching my own business.”

Choose the UQ MBA for ultimate flexibility

Does the UQ MBA sound like a good fit for you? With flexible options for part-time study and the ability to study an accelerated 1-year program, the UQ MBA will position you for career success, no matter how quickly you’d like to complete it.

Learn more by visiting the UQ MBA website, seeing examples of class timetables to fit your schedule or speaking to a member of our friendly MBA team.

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