Kaplan Business School supports the Australian Scholarships Foundation initiative to enhance the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations by partnering with us to offer three scholarships for the combined package of Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) to not-for-profit staff Australia-wide.

Program overview

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is widely regarded as the preferred qualification for professionals wanting to pursue a career in strategic management. An MBA can advance your career, expand your professional network, offer higher earning potential and provide you with the skills you need to lead.

Kaplan Business School’s MBA will provide you with valuable practical skills that will allow you to excel in a dynamic and ever-changing professional environment and to become a successful leader. Benefit from the flexibility and diversity of a general Master of Business Administration or choose one of eight specialisations:

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are able to:

  • Apply knowledge related to fundamental business processes to make effective and well-reasoned business decisions in a global context;
  • Implement strategic thinking to address business issues and opportunities in dynamic environments;
  • Demonstrate the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximise organisational performance;
  • Evaluate the ethical and social implications of business decisions from an international perspective.

Trimester dates

The opportunity is for full-time or part-time study (online or face to face at any campus of Kaplan Business School Australia) commencing in any Trimester between November 2021 and November 2022. Awardees cannot defer the scholarship beyond commencement in Trimester 3 November 2022 and must complete the degree within five years from the enrolment date.

Click here to view other key course dates as they become available.

Study mode

Successful applicants may study the MBA at any of the 5 campuses of Kaplan Business School, with a full-time or part-time study load, and in either online or face-to-face mode. Students will begin their studies via online delivery but face-to-face delivery will also become available as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Scholarship inclusions

There are three scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents currently working for an Australian charitable not-for-profit organisation. Each scholarship place is valued at $40,800 and covers the entire tuition fee.

Successful applicants (or their supporting NFP organisation) will be required to cover any additional incidental costs such as books, travel or accommodation if necessary. The applicants supporting NFP organisation will also be required to pay an Employer Contribution.

Employer contribution

This scholarship requires an Employer Contribution from each recipient’s supporting not-for-profit organisation according to their annual operating budget, as follows:

  • Less than $250,000 p.a. = no contribution required
  • $250,001 – $500,000 p.a. = $4,080 + GST contribution
  • $500,001 – $1m p.a. = $6,120 + GST contribution
  • More than $1m p.a. = $8,160 + GST contribution

This amount is payable to the Australian Scholarships Foundation following written acceptance from the scholarship recipient and upon receipt of an invoice.

What is the Employer Contribution? The Employer Contribution is paid directly to the Australian Scholarships Foundation and allows us to expand the number of high-quality programs we can provide, assists with service delivery costs and enables us to invest in research and development that strengthens the NFP sector. The Employer Contribution is a way for not-for-profits to facilitate learning and development for their organisation via a small contribution to any scholarships the Australian Scholarships Foundation awards to their employees. Kaplan Business School does not receive any portion of this contribution.

Find out more about the Employer Contribution here.

Scholarship timeline

16 August 2021Applications open
17 September 2021 at 5pm AESTApplications close
19 October 2021All scholarship applicants are notified of the selection outcomes
15 November 2021Trimester 3 begins

Who should apply

Senior not-for-profit professionals, managers and emerging leaders Australia-wide.

Eligibility requirements

Scholarship applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • fulfil the Australian Scholarships Foundation’s general eligibility requirements available on our FAQs page
  • currently work* for an Australian charitable not-for-profit organisation
  • fulfil the MBA program entry requirements, as detailed below

MBA entry requirements

  • An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent)**

*Part-time employees are also eligible to apply. In addition, Board Directors are eligible to apply, however where two or more applicants are considered to be of equal standard, preference may be given to not-for-profit employees (including Executive Board Members).

**If you’re unable to meet this criterion but have substantial professional experience, you may be eligible for a scholarship by first applying for Mature age entry. Please contact the Australian Scholarships Foundation before you apply for a scholarship and well in advance of the application deadline to find out more.

You can find further information about entry to KBS, including information for mature age students, on their Domestic Entry Requirements page.

Shortlisted applicants

If you are shortlisted for this scholarship you will be asked to provide a certified copy of your academic transcripts and certificates. Only shortlisted applicants will be required to complete this step.

Selection criteria

The scholarships are awarded jointly by the Australian Scholarships Foundation and Kaplan Business School to applicants whose completion of the program would, in their view, benefit their employing NFP organisation. Selection is conditional on the applicant meeting the eligibility requirements including KBS’s entry requirements for the nominated program and written endorsement from the respective charitable organisation.

Application process

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the following steps:

  1. Click ‘APPLY NOW’ above and follow the prompts
  2. Complete an online ASF scholarship application form and upload an endorsement letter from your NFP organisation (see #12 of our FAQs for guidance)

If you are shortlisted in the first stage, you will be invited to progress to the next stage of the application process which requires you to complete a Kaplan Business School course application form and provide various supporting documents, including academic transcripts, etc. Full instructions will be provided to shortlisted candidates mid-October.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by 19 October 2021. Please add [email protected] to your address book to ensure you receive any updates about your application.

More information

For more information about the Master of Business Administration, please click here. For program-related queries, please contact Kaplan Business School directly.

Have questions? Check our FAQs page for answers to the most common questions. If you need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact Australian Scholarships Foundation via [email protected].

Applications for the 2021 Kaplan Business School Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration scholarships close Friday 17 September 2021 at 5pm AEST