MBA Partnership Scholarships
The University of South Australia Business School is proud to support aspirational and high achieving women and Indigenous Australians with the Women in MBA (WiMBA) and Aboriginal MBA (AMBA) partnership scholarships.
As a leading Business School, our mission is to develop graduates for global careers and champion business growth in our State. We recognise that sustainable economic development requires greater gender and cultural diversity in leadership.
For this reason, we are proud to offer the Women in MBA (WiMBA) and Aboriginal MBA (AMBA) scholarships. It is well known that a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a pathway to leadership and career progression. Our dedicated scholarships actively address leadership inequality and champion women and indigenous Australians with leadership potential, to advance their careers into senior management and executive roles.
Working together to achieve equality, develop management skills and grow the talent pipeline in leadership.
Empowering successful applicants to move into senior management and executive positions, the award-winning five-star UniSA MBA delivers strategic skills, networking opportunities, and the latest in management thinking.
Organisations that partner with us on this initiative show their commitment to addressing gender diversity in leadership, support the growth of the female talent pipeline and foster positive economic growth for the nation.
How does it work?
The scholarships are offered by the UniSA Business School in partnership with employers, matching contributions of 50% of MBA tuition fees, to cover the scholarship recipient’s full MBA tuition costs.
To maximise success, employers are required to provide flexibility in working arrangements to support study, a career mentor and supportive career pathway options, in addition to the financial contribution.
- Nominated Employees to submit scanned or electronically signed copy of the completed Scholarship Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to a formal MBA application.
- Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the scholarship selection panel.
- The sponsoring employer may be contacted to discuss the application.
- Nominated Employees will receive a written notification from UniSA to verify the outcome of their application.
- Upon receiving written confirmation, successful applicants can then enroll in the MBA.
Essential Entry Criteria
Applicant/nominated employee must:
- Meet entry criteria for MBA program
- Be an Australian Citizen OR Permanent Resident
- Have application supported/endorsed by sponsoring employer
- Have demonstrated potential for a senior leadership role in the sponsoring employer’s organisation
- Nominated Employee is of Aboriginal descent, identifies as Aboriginal and is accepted as such by the community in which the Nominated Employee formerly or currently live.*
*Only applicable to Aboriginal MBA Scholarship.
If you would like to discuss your interest or eligibility, we encourage you to submit an online enquiry form or contact us via 08 8302 2376.
*QS five-Stars™ rating for Excellence 2015
^ See terms and conditions on application form and website
Read more about the nationwide WiMBA initiative (media release)
Growing the female leadership pipeline - a UniSA Research perspective (unisabusiness magazine)
- How much is the scholarship worth?
The UniSA WiMBA scholarship is approximately $51,900 over 1.5 years full-time or 4 years part-time. UniSA and your employer each contribute 50% of the fees. Based on current 2020 fees are $25,950 (subject to change). See terms and conditions on application form.
- When can I apply?
Applications are open year round with intakes in January, April, July and September.
- What are the MBA program selection criteria?
Applicants seeking admission to the program will normally have:
a) A minimum of three (3) years full time management experience (including experience in supervision and financial management) and a recognised university undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualifications;
b) A minimum of seven (7) years full time management experience (including experience in supervision and financial management) and either:
A Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of South Australia with an average of at least Pass Level 1 (55%), or an equivalent qualification from the University of South Australia or from another recognised university;
A Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of South Australia with an average of at least Pass Level 1 (55%) across at least four courses, or an equivalent qualification from the University of South Australia or from another recognised university.
All applicants are also required to submit two referee reports and a detailed curriculum vitae outlining management experience.
- When will I hear if my scholarship has been accepted?
Once a completion application package has been submitted having met requirements, applicants can expect a response within 30 working days.
- I am a current UniSA MBA student can I apply?
No, this opportunity is only available to commencing MBA students.
- When do the fees need to be paid and how does it work with scholarship?
After the census date of each study period, UniSA will invoice the employer for their contribution towards the courses in which the sponsored employee is enrolled. The invoiced amount must be paid on or before the Due Date stipulated.
- How much time is involved (contact hours)?
In total per week or year - over 4 years part time
Total 476 contact hours. It is estimated the total contact hours over the duration of the program is 469 and total commitment of hours including private study is 2309 hours. This can be broken down to 3 contact hours per week per course enrolment.
- Can I vary my units of study if study gets too hard with working? Implications?
Yes, leave of absence is possible however, the scholarship is for a period of no more than 4 years.
- What will happen to the scholarship if I withdraw from the course?
See terms and conditions on application form. If you withdraw from a course after census date you will be liable for the cost of that course.
- Can I do online only and not attend face to face?
The UniSA MBA is flexible in that you can opt to study online or face to face classes to best suit your work and family commitments.
- What credit can be given to applicants?
4 credits for CPA/CA, 2 credits for government leadership, 1 credit for AICD
- How long will support be required?
It is expected that the recipients will complete the degree within a maximum of four years of date of enrolment.
- Will the scholarship holder be required to pay back fees?
You will not be required to pay back the fees. However, in the case that your employer ceases to sponsor you, the UniSA contribution will also cease. In such cases you will be responsible for payment of ongoing fees if you elect to remain in the MBA program.