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Top 10 MBA Programs in Australia

Considering doing an MBA program in Australia? You’re not alone. Many MBA seekers are drawn to Australia’s warm and sunny climate, not to mention its strong economy and overall diversity. The country’s proximity to Asia and close business ties with the region make it a compelling choice for those looking to stick around Australia after an MBA.

Australia’s financial powerhouse Sydney offers plentiful job opportunities in finance and consulting, while the other major cities – Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide – are all welcoming places for newcomers looking to study and do business.

Internationally accredited MBA programs in Australia mean that the country’s distance from some other parts of the world need not be a downside. Some of the business schools in the country regularly make it into international MBA rankings publications, from The Financial Times, the Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Although many of Australia’s top MBA programs are in cities like Sydney and Melbourne, there are also world-class offerings in and around Brisbane—on the country’s east coast—and in other parts of the country as well.

Australia’s combination of international business opportunities, accredited MBA programs, and balmy climes would be hard to beat. See the Top 10 MBA Programs in Australia below.

MGSM Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Sydney,
Australia

22 Followers
31 Discussions

MGSM

MGSM is a top business school in dynamic Sydney, Australia’s financial capital. MGSM’s MBA has been ranked as one of the top MBA programs in Australia, and within the top 50 MBA programs in the Economist’s most recent rankings, as well as in the Financial Times’ rankings where it was named as Australia’s top MBA program. Both campuses – the one in downtown Sydney and the other in the suburb North Ryde – run the full-time MBA program, which offers specializations in Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Logistics and Operations Management, among others.

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Melbourne Business School (MBS)
Carlton,
Australia

42 Followers
92 Discussions

International students looking for an MBA in Australia often look towards Melbourne Business School, whose MBA has been celebrated with Top 100 placements in the “big three” of MBA rankings: the Financial Times, the Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek. Housed in Melbourne, in a city known for its multiculturalism, international MBA students can expect to fit in easily to their new city. Beyond the full-time option, Melbourne Business School offers a part-time MBA, an Executive MBA and a Senior Executive MBA, with residential modules spread from Melbourne to Asia, Europe and North America.

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University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)
Sydney,
Australia

27 Followers
83 Discussions

AGSM @ UNSW

Also ranked in the Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings is AGSM’s MBA. The school’s MBA has a strong reputation for having graduates placed in finance and consulting roles following graduation, many of whom are able to stay in Sydney for work in these sectors. Additionally, AGSM’s Online MBA was ranked fourth in the world by the Financial Times’ 2017 Online MBA Ranking.

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University of Sydney
Sydney,
Australia

7 Followers
9 Discussions

Business and finance newspaper the Australian Financial Review currently ranks the University of Sydney’s MBA the top MBA program in Australia. Run over 18 months, this program focuses on leadership and enterprise. The university recently added a full-time MBA to its established part-time MBA and Global Executive MBA, where high-level executives study from a combination of online primers and international residencies, while undertaking a major strategic project.

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The University of Adelaide – Adelaide Graduate School of Business (AGSB)
South Australia,
Australia

5 Followers
7 Discussions

Another school highly ranked by the Australian Financial Review is the Adelaide Graduate School of Business, which placed number five in the 2017 ranking. Located in the more temperate South Australia, Adelaide’s biggest industries are its healthcare and social services sector, and then manufacturing. Local industry and government leaders provide mentorship to the school’s MBA students. Adelaide Graduate School of Business’s MBA is AACSB accredited.

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University of South Australia – International Graduate School of Business (IGSB)
Adelaide,
Australia

10 Followers
5 Discussions

Another business offering an MBA in Adelaide is the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia. The school’s full-time MBA, also highly ranked by Australian Financial Review, is a flexible program where students have the choice between studying on campus, online, or some combination of both, allowing them to keep up with work and family commitments. The EQUIS-accredited school offers its MBA with a selection of specializations in Finance, Human Resources Management and Marketing.

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The University of Queensland – UQ Business School
Brisbane,
Australia

7 Followers
19 Discussions

The University of Queensland’s UQ Business School is located in Brisbane, known for its year-round sunshine. The school’s MBA program is also designed to make the most of Australia’s proximity to Asia and the important business relationships this fosters: the program’s Global Consulting Practicum is a partnership with Fudan University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where students collaborate on business solutions in each of the school’s domestic markets. This MBA is currently ranked second in Australia by the Australian Financial Review and is also ranked along with several other MBA programs in Australia in Economist’s latest rankings.

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Bond University
Robina,
Australia

5 Followers
4 Discussions

Also ranked by the Australian Financial Review is Bond University’s MBA, which is accredited by the international business education assessors AACSB and EQUIS. Taught at the university campus on the idyllic Gold Coast, Bond University’s MBA can be completed in one year with full-time study. Students can choose between the generalist MBA or a set of specializations including Digital Business, Marketing and Big Data.

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Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Brisbane Graduate School of Business (BGSB)
Brisbane,
Australia

14 Followers
13 Discussions

Queensland University of Technology’s business program offering has led it to be one of only two business schools offering MBA programs in Australia with triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The university’s Garden Point campus is nestled riverside in downtown Brisbane, offering easy access to local business and networking opportunities. The MBA program culminates with a workplace project, allowing students to plan for a new post-graduation venture or consult an existing organization.

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Griffith University – Griffith Business School
Nathan,
Australia

8 Followers
7 Discussions

Located in southern Brisbane, Griffith University’s MBA focuses on the future, with sustainable business practices at the forefront, as well as an Asia-Pacific perspective. The Griffith MBA also gives students the choice between on-campus study, online study or a combination of both. The program was place fourth in the Australian Financial Review’s latest MBA ranking and the school is AACSB accredited.

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      University of Sydney Business School soars to top of BOSS 2017 MBA rankings

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      The University of Sydney Business School tops the 2017 MBA Ranking. Trevor Mein
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      The University of Sydney can stake claim to Australia’s top MBA course – both overall and for student satisfaction – according to the 2017 BOSS MBA rankings, out today in The Australian Financial Review.

      The University of Sydney takes the coveted No.1 spot for the first time since BOSS started compiling and publishing the report in 2003. 

      The bi-annual report, last released in 2015, ranks MBA programs nationally and is considered a must-read, independent review, providing vital insight for anyone considering MBA study in Australia.

      The 2017 report sees the Melbourne Business School drop to No.3, after last topping the list in 2011, with the University of Queensland Business School falling from No.1 where it stood since 2013, to No.2.

      Among executive MBA courses QUT Graduate School of Business was ranked first, Melbourne Business School second and the University of Sydney Business School third. Executive MBAs compress teaching into modules allowing minimal time off work. 

      BOSS found the Melbourne Business School to offer the best value-for-money MBA course nationwide, followed by the University of Sydney Business School (No.2) and University of Southern Queensland (No.3).

      As part of a special analysis that will accompany the MBA rankings in today’s issue of BOSS, the magazine reveals a growing push for course revamps in order to meet the changing demands of employers, recruiters and students.

      The in-depth study, the culmination of months of work by the Financial Review’s research team, also highlights growing demand for MBAs among international and undergraduate students.

      Demand from domestic postgraduate students, on the other hand, was found to be shrinking, especially for full-time MBA programs.

      “We have found that many MBA programs, which can cost upwards of $60,000, are undergoing extreme makeovers, with greater emphasis on creativity, critical analysis, interpersonal relationships and a systems-approach to problem-solving.

      “These courses are very different to the norm of 20 years ago when traditional subjects such as accounting, marketing and organisational change were the focus,” Joanne Gray, editor of BOSS magazine and Leadership at The Australian Financial Review, said.

      The ranking process for the 2017 BOSS MBA rankings began late last year, when the database of MBAs offered by business schools in Australian universities and other higher education providers was reviewed.

      Business schools were invited to comment on the methodology and minor changes were made in 2017, including the EPAS accreditation and the allocation of points to schools that include a formal project with an external organisation to solve a real-life business problem.

      The data for the ranking report is captured via participating schools answering a detailed questionnaire, as well as a survey that goes to alumni who have graduated in the past three years.

      The survey asks them about their satisfaction with the course and level of improvement they felt it had made to their business skills, as well as whether they considered their MBA value for money.

      • The full 2017 BOSS MBA rankings are available in today’s copy of BOSS magazine, in The Australian Financial Review, as well as online at  afr.com.au
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