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What is a part-time MBA?

A part-time MBA allows you to balance your studies with your professional and personal commitments. At AGSM, we offer two part-time MBA options: the AGSM Executive MBA and the MBAX (Online MBA). Both programs provide a comprehensive education with the flexibility to accommodate your busy schedule.  

  • The Executive MBA at AGSM is a part-time program, designed for experienced executives, managers and professionals. It combines experiential learning, deep reflection and professional experiences to help you develop your commercial acumen, innovative thinking and leadership skills. The AGSM Executive MBA includes a combination of online and face-to-face, part-time learning options, with classes conveniently located in the Sydney CBD. The Executive MBA also provides opportunities to take your studies overseas by harnessing our network of top business schools in more than 30 countries.

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  • The MBAX is AGSM’s online MBA offering. It’s ranked in the top 5 online MBA programs globally*, and offers the flexibility to study entirely online. This program is ideal if you want to specialise in a particular area, such as Change, Finance or Law. The ‘X’ in MBAX represents the opportunity to specialise in one of seven streams, or complete generalist program. The ‘X’ is an unofficial term which will not show on your official university transcripts or documents. The MBAX requires around 10-12 hours of study per week and is designed to align with your current professional projects and interests, so you can maintain your performance at work while building your leadership capability.

The difference between an Executive MBA & MBAX

The AGSM Executive MBA is designed for professionals looking for a blend of online and face-to-face learning, with an emphasis on immersive, experiential learning experiences. It suits those who prefer a structured, interactive program with opportunities for networking and collaboration. One particularly valuable experience that is unique to AGSM’s Executive MBA is the series of residential experiences you’ll complete in your final year. You’ll harness the power of collective strategy and intelligence through three 5-day blocks of immersive, on the-ground learning to support your professional development. 
The MBAX is better suited to those seeking a flexible online program with the option to specialise in specific areas. However, the MBAX also has face-to-face options in Sydney. It’s perfect for professionals who need to balance their studies with significant work and personal commitments, and who are interested in developing specialised knowledge in a particular area of business.

The difference between Executive & Full-Time MBAs

The AGSM Executive MBA is a part-time program that can be completed across 2-6 years. It’s designed for professionals who want to continue working full-time while they study and apply their learnings directly to their current role. The Full-time MBA is a more intensive program and requires candidates to take a career break in order to fully immerse in the program. It requires 12 months of full-time study and aims to rapidly advance your career progression.

Why study a part-time MBA?

Studying a part-time MBA allows you to gain advanced business knowledge and leadership skills without interrupting your career. It gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace and maintain a steady balance between your work, study and personal commitments. It also means you can apply your learning in real time, growing your impact at work as you study, which could lead to immediate career progression and other professional opportunities.

Why study a part-time MBA at AGSM?

AGSM’s part-time MBA programs are among the best in the world. AGSM’s Executive MBA is ranked in the top 10 in Asia Pacific, while the MBAX is ranked #1 in Australia for online MBAs.* AGSM is part of UNSW’s award-winning Business School and our programs are designed and delivered by leading academics and industry practitioners. We emphasise practical, relevant learning experiences to ensure graduates have the tools and experience to thrive in their careers. 

Career opportunities for part-time MBA graduates

Our graduates excel in leadership roles across various industries, thanks to our hands-on, industry-aligned approach. Our comprehensive career support services, delivered through Career Accelerator @ AGSM, will help you build valuable employability skills and grow your professional network. When combined with the specific skills and strategic insights gained from your MBA program, you’ll be prepared to navigate complex business challenges and drive progress for all.

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Discover our part-time MBAs options

Explore your options.

MBA Part-Time Program (Executive)

Study part-time and harness the power of collective intelligence through our unique immersive Executive Master of Business Administration.

MBAX (General)

This generalist degree will give you the opportunity to complement core topics of the AGSM MBA while offering you the ability to choose electives across our other specialisations: Technology, Change, Finance, Social Impact or Law.

MBAX (Change)

Position yourself as an effective change leader who can diagnose situations and propose change management interventions.

MBAX (Finance)

Understand the fundamentals of corporate financial decision-making and to solve real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level.

MBAX (Law)

Enrol in a specialised MBA and learn key concepts of law and legal research whilst building your leadership and management capabilities.  

MBAX (Policy Leadership)

Gain the skills and knowledge to be effective in a contemporary policy environment, build your capability to manage the changes and challenges that government will face in the future.

MBAX (Social Impact)

Understand the dynamics of the social economy, and how business, social enterprise, government, foundations and community organisations can work together for positive social change.

MBAX (Sustainable and Inclusive Business)

Drive purposeful change and thrive as a sustainable leader responding to the environmental, social and economic challenges reshaping the way we do business. 

MBAX (Technology)

Learn to lead an organisation through digital disruption in today’s accelerated world and position yourself as a leader of tomorrow.

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*The QS 2022 Online MBA Rankings
**AFR BOSS Best Business School for 2023 for the second consecutive year