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What It’s Like Studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni

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Considering a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni? 

Well, look no further! We’ve put together everything you need to know about the units, culture, assessments and what it’s really like to study this degree at Macquarie University. 

Let’s dive in! 

What is a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni?
Core Units for this Degree
How to Get into a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni
What’s the Teaching Format?
What’s the Faculty and Culture Like?

What is a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni?

A Bachelor of Business Administration is the main undergraduate business degree that Macquarie has on offer. So, if you’re wanting to focus your studies business, then this is the course for you!

By studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni, you’ll develop an extensive understanding of business, management, ethics, finance, economics, human resources, marketing and strategy. 

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Can this degree be studied in conjunction with another?

Yes! If you’re keen on expanding your skillset and gaining a competitive edge, Macquarie offers a range of other undergraduate degrees to study in conjunction with the Bachelor of Business. You have the opportunity to pair your business degree with:

While there is definitely no requirement to study a double degree with business at Macquarie, because it would be a lot more work, the option is there. By graduating from Macquarie University with a double degree in Business and another discipline, you’ll increase your employability and career flexibility — you’ll undergo fast-tracked learning to complete both degrees efficiently and it’s great for those having trouble specialising in one area. 


If you’re keen on an additional year of study, Macquarie University offers an honours program to Business students who are performing well and are enthusiastic to progress in their studies. The Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) is offered to students who apply and have academically performed at a level approved by the Executive Dean of the Business School.

If you complete a double degree with the Bachelor of Business Administration, you’ll also be able to progress to an honours degree in Psychology or Law! So there are plenty of options to focus on what you want to do. 

Career Paths

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Business Administration at Macquarie University, you’ll be equipped with the highly sought after skills in the business industry. You’ll develop the skills required for the following professions:

    • Human resources manager 
    • Administration manager 
    • Business analyst 
    • General manager 
    • Communications manager 
    • Recruitment and staff development consultant 
    • Public sector manager 
    • Office manager 
    • Marketing consultant 

So not only can you score yourself a business-oriented position, but you’ll also possess the managerial skills to lead and administer a range of different businesses!  

Core Units for this Degree

A Bachelor of Business Administration at Macquarie University is made up of 240 credit points.

Each university has a different way of measuring credit points but they all generally mean the same thing. A credit point is a way to measure the workload of a particular subject. 

Core Zone

As a student in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Macquarie, you can expect your credit points to be divided between the Core Zone and the Flexible Zone. The Core Zone is made up of 160 credit points which constitutes your Essential Units, Capstone Unit and Elective Units.

Essential Units 

In your Essential Units, there are 13 classes that you will eventually complete — they are worth 10 credit points each, meaning they make up the majority of your units. These are the subjects that will remain consistent across the cohort.

These core or essential units include:

Year of StudyUnits
First Year- Accounting in Society 
- Principles of Economics 1 
- Principles of Management 
- Introduction to Global Business  
- Organisational Behaviour 
- Marketing Fundamentals 
Second Year- Business and Corporations Law 
- Leadership in Management 
- Business Demographics 
- Management Communication 
Third Year- Business Forecasting 
- The Art of Negotiation 
- Strategic Management 

To get a more in-depth understanding of these classes, their assessments and the way in which they are taught, you can take a look at Macquarie’s Handbook!

Essentially, these core units will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of all the aspects and functions of a business. 

Elective Units

As a Macquarie Business student, you’ll be choosing 20 credit points worth of electives. You’ll choose two subjects to take out of the following four:

Capstone Unit 

The final part of the Essential Units includes the Capstone Unit. This means that students in their third year will undergo a Business Project.

This subject is a PACE unit offered by Macquarie which requires undergraduate students to take part in an internship at a particular organisation — more on this later!

Flexible Zone

Alongside your Core Zone units, you’ll have the opportunity to select 80 credit points or 8 classes of elective units. The fun part about this is that you’re able to enrol in any undergraduate unit at Macquarie (as long as you meet the requisites which are dependent on the subject).

This means you can gain experience in a broad range of fields and allows you to choose subjects based on what you’d like to do, rather than what you’re required to do. You can browse possible elective choices in the Macquarie Handbook!


A distinct feature of Macquarie University’s degrees is their PACE initiative!

PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) is a program offered across the university that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to engage and participate with local, regional and international organisations. PACE aims to improve students’ employability, increase academic credit and enhance networks. 

As a Bachelor of Business student at Macquarie University, a PACE unit is compulsory for all undergraduate students. This means that in the third year of your degree, you’ll choose an organisation, submit an application and you’ll be contacted by a staff member who will assist you with the rest of the process. 

You’ll develop your practical skills by participating within a particular organisation and then you’ll consolidate this knowledge through assessments back at uni. There are plenty of different opportunities within PACE which you can have a look at here!


How to Get in a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni

To be guaranteed entry into Macquarie’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, you’ll need a minimum ATAR of 80. But don’t stress if you don’t quite make it — there are plenty of other options! 

Because they understand that your strengths and interests go beyond an HSC mark, Macquarie University has created an entry program navigator so that you’re able to compare alternative admissions pathways to work out which one best suits you. 

You can check out the alternative admission pathways that you may be eligible for right here!

Early Entry

Macquarie University is known to provide some pretty generous early entry offers to HSC students. If you’re still in Year 12 and know what you might like to do, or if you’d like to relieve some stress before results day, you can take a look at one of Macquarie’s early entry schemes here!

Is there any assumed knowledge or prerequisite subjects?

There are no prerequisite subjects to study a Bachelor of Business Administration at Macquarie University. However, Macquarie does recommend that its Business students have completed Mathematics Standard 2 in their HSC. Again, if this isn’t the case for you, there is still no need to worry!

Though not required, Macquarie suggests to those students who haven’t completed Mathematics Standard 2 to include a quantitative methods elective in your first year of study. By completing this elective, you’ll develop your maths knowledge and will find the maths-related units much more manageable as you progress through your degree. 


Macquarie University offers its students a wide range of scholarships. Some of Macquarie’s scholarships are given on the basis of financial support and hardship while others are awarded for academic excellence, leadership potential, athletic achievement or community engagement. 

You can browse the scholarships that Macquarie has on offer and to see how to apply here!

What’s the Teaching Format?

As a Bachelor of Business Administration student at Macquarie University, you’ll undergo your studies through a two-semester system — you’ll be studying two sessions a year with some pretty long breaks in between. Full-time students hoping to graduate in the 3 years must take 4 classes each semester. 

Class Structure

For each of the 4 classes that you choose to take, you can expect each to be taught through a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial. So you’ll generally have about 12 contact hours a week to account for all tutorials and lectures.

Alongside these tutorials and lectures, you should also be looking to spend some time prior to and after your classes to prepare and consolidate your knowledge throughout the semesters. That way you can remain on top of your studies throughout the year! 

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The lectures at Macquarie University are typically 2 hours long and you’ll have to attend one for each of your weekly classes. A business lecture theatre is usually filled with around 100 to 200 students and will involve a lecturer introducing the content for the week. 

Your core subject lectures will remain pretty consistent throughout your degree with the same cohort and numbers. However, as you begin to branch out and select different electives — the format and size of lectures may be a little different. 


Similar to lectures, you will have one tutorial for every class each week. The difference lies in the format and size of tutorials. A tutorial at Macquarie will last 1 hour and will have about 20 to 30 other students in the classroom. 

In a business tutorial, you can expect a tutor to explain the content to the class in a lot more conversational and engaging way. You’ll be guided through questions which you will generally answer in groups so you’ll become far more confident in your collaborative skills. 

What are the assessments like?

As you’d expect, in the Bachelor of Business Administration course, the majority of your assessments will focus on writing business reports. If you studied Business Studies in high school, you may have a pretty good idea of their format already although it’ll still be a little different to meet Macquarie’s expectations.

Alongside writing business reports, your assessments will also emphasise reflections, group work and a few presentations to help boost your confidence in a classroom. Overall, the assessments will enhance your theoretical knowledge as well as your practical skills. 

Skills That You Refine and Learn

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By studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at MQ Uni, you can expect to improve and develop a wide range of skills. 

    • Communication 
    • Collaboration 
    • Critical thinking 
    • Report writing skills
    • Confidence in presenting 

While Macquarie recommends this course to those wanting to pursue a career in business management or entrepreneurship, a business degree will provide you with important life skills that can set you up for any career. 

What’s the Faculty and Culture Like?

The Macquarie Business School, previously known as the Faculty of Business and Economics, is the largest faculty at the university, meaning you’ll be constantly supported and encouraged by the staff throughout your business endeavours. 

“All the people are really nice and easy to talk to. The staff have always been very supportive and they remind the students all the time that if they have any problems, they should always feel free to talk to the staff.” — Riley Moss

As a Business student at Macquarie, you can expect your peers to be friendly, easy going and talkative. While there may be a competitive edge throughout your cohort, everyone there will know that collaboration and networking is key in business so they’ll always be willing to chat and foster relationships. 


Macquarie University is renowned for their individual and wacky clubs and societies. With over 140 student-led clubs to offer, finding people with similar interests to you will be one step away.

You can unlock your fun side in the Role Playing or Harry Potter Societies, or you can remain business-focused by becoming a member of the Business Society, Accounting Association or the Marketing Club. There’s something for everyone! 


Macquarie’s main online resource which seems to be a total lifesaver when it comes to exam prep is ‘MultiSearch’. It’s the university’s online library search engine that gives students instant access to journal articles, past exam papers and unit readings. 

You can also receive further assistance in health and wellbeing, accessibility services, academic advice, Indigenous student support, careers and employment and even tech help. You can browse the range of student support that Macquarie offers right here!

Interested in the pros and cons of this degree? Check out our article here!

Gemma Billington is a Content Writer at Art of Smart and an undergraduate student at the University of Technology Sydney. While studying Journalism and Social and Political Sciences, Gemma enjoys spending her time at the gym or reading about Britain’s medieval monarchy – ideally not at the same time. She currently creates and administers social media posts for Central News and writes for the student publication, The Comma. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to study a Masters of Medieval History and is very excited about the prospect!


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