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What will I learn?

These courses are designed to equip you with knowledge and skills for a career in the management of philanthropic and nonprofit organisations.

Skills critical to nonprofit management, such as problem solving, creative thinking, negotiation, ethical practices, teamwork, leadership, networking and information management are incorporated into the teaching, learning and assessment. The courses can be tailored to meet your particular interests.

Upon enrolling in this course, it is compulsory for students to attend the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) orientation and intensive weekend at the Gardens Point Campus of QUT. During this weekend students will participate in a specialised orientation program and also attend the first lectures of available units.

QUT’s Master of Business has been redesigned to ensure it meets the new quality assurance standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework for masters by coursework programs. The learning outcomes of the course have been refreshed to provide you with a more engaging and real world learning experience.

Flexible delivery

Units in this postgraduate program are delivered using a mix of face-to-face, online and blended learning technologies. All course materials are placed online including course lecture materials, practical session guides, readings and help guides.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students and leaders from business, government, education and community sectors. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for you to include in your resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.

This course is designed to extend your real-world philanthropy and nonprofit studies knowledge and skills.

You will build skills and knowledge relevant to the specialised third sector and core content is framed by the international Nonprofit Academic Centers Council curriculum.

In undertaking this study area you will also acquire knowledge and skills that are critical to nonprofit management, such as problem solving, creative thinking, negotiation, ethical practices, stakeholder communication, teamwork, leadership, networking, funding and information management. You will also benefit from being part of an active research centre, ACPNS, which is engaged in current research across nonprofit law, accounting, social enterprise, governance, philanthropy, fundraising and other areas.

Career outcomes

Whether you work in a nonprofit organisation, are a public sector manager whose service delivery is through or partnered with nonprofit organisations, or are a private sector manager who engages in business with the nonprofit sector, this course can help build professional knowledge and skills relevant to the sector.

Possible careers

CEO Nonprofit Organisation
Philanthropic Trust Officer

Which department am I in?

QUT Business School



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,100.00 (17,83,405) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Gardens Point Campus,

2 George Street,



4000, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale). IELTS Academic - Overall 6.5, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 6.0; Pearson PTE (Academic) - Overall 58, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 50; TOEFL iBT - Overall 79, Listening Reading -16; Writing - 21; Speaking - 18. Cambridge Advanced English Score - Overall 176, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 169.

For international students

As part of QUT's application for admission process, you will be automatically assessed for the 1.5 year program. If you wish to be considered for the 2 year program only, please indicate this on your application form.

Master of Business - 1.5 year program

February and July: A completed recognised bachelor degree in business or related field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale).
November: Not available

Master of Business - 2 year program

February, July and November: A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Listening, Reading score of 16, Writing score of 21 and Speaking score of 18; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 58 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 176 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) offers below pathways course for this subject

About Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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