These are Australia’s best EMBA programmes for senior executives

An EMBA could be the career-accelerator professionals in Australia need.

By Shekinah Kannan 

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Many professionals who want to climb up the career ladder, improve their career prospects or beef up their business and leadership skills do so with the help of an MBA. Those with 10 years or more of work experience, however, might want to consider enrolling in an Executive MBA (EMBA) programme instead. If you’re based in Australia, the country is home to top business schools that offer quality EMBA programmes.

While MBA programmes are generally helpful in opening doors to new career opportunities and promotions that lead to improved remuneration and compensation, EMBA programmes differ as they target more senior professionals and are held part-time to fit busy schedules. 


While EMBA programmes target more senior professionals, they are still useful for those looking to understand business aspects despite their extensive work experience. These programmes also serve as useful networking opportunities that can help with career progression or open the door to new career opportunities.

If you’re eager to enrol in an EMBA programme in Australia, here are four business schools worth exploring, based on the QS Executive MBA Rankings 2021:

Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne

This 18-month EMBA programme s designed for ambitious and motivated professionals with several years of experience in management, delivered in a format that suits their needs. It consists of 17 four-day modules and an international experience with a field study in Asia. During this period, learners can expect to stay on campus at Melbourne business School from Thursday to Sunday. The format was set in place to ensure students are fully immersed in the programme, without distractions from work or home.

Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales Business School

USNW’s EMBA programme caters to busy executives, managers and professionals who are looking to gain new skills and concepts they can immediately bring to their workplace. It’s flexible, allowing students to study in various locations, at their own pace, through a mix of face-to-face, online, and intensive residential study periods.

RMIT University

Designed for ambitious executives looking to land better salaries, change their roles, industries or even locations, this EMBA by RMIT will prove ideal for those seeking to broaden their perspectives. At the same time, learners are trained to innovate strategies that transform challenges into opportunities. It also ensures minimal disruption to existing careers, with block cases that allow students to complete their subjects in an intensive or weekend mode. 


Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

This two-year, full-time EMBA programme is for senior managers looking to upskill and entrepreneurs eager to start their own business venture. Subjects are taught for interactivity, encouraging learners to share and learn alongside like-minded professionals. The programme also offers weekend block classes, residential weekends and an international study tour.