Australia’s top MBA courses ranked and revealed

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 inter- national 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, interperson- al relationships and a systems-approach to problem-solving. These courses are

  • The University of Sydney tops The Australian Financial Review 2017 BOSS MBA rankings – taking out #1 for the first time
  • Schools from NSW, QLD, VIC and SA all appear in the rankings
  • The Melbourne Business School drops to #3 (continuing a decline after top- ping the list in 2009 and 2011), with the University of Queensland Busi- ness School falling to #2 after holding top spot since
  • The value-for-money category sees Melbourne Business School back at

#1, followed by the University of Syd- ney Business School (#2) and Univer- sity of Southern Queensland (#3).

  • The University of Sydney also rates highest for student satisfaction, fol- lowed by UQ Business School (#2) and Melbourne Business School (#3).
  • La Trobe University ranks highest in terms of research output, followed by Adelaide Business School – University of Adelaide (#2) and Griffith Business School – Griffith University (#3).
  • UQ Business School (#1), the Univer- sity of Sydney Business School (#2) and Bond Business School (#3) take out the top three spots respectively for improvement in
  • The Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA report also reviews the

$100K MBAs, revealing what students receive when they invest a six-fig- ure sum, as well as interviewing the Deans of Australia’s top business schools about how they’re primed to adapt to growing demands for change.

  • There are a total of 16 Business schools on the
  • There are 2 Business schools in the Top 5 of the list for the first time. They are Adelaide Business School – Uni- versity of Adelaide and the University of Sydney Business School which premieres in top

The University of Sydney can stake claim to Australia’s top MBA course – both overall and for student satisfac- tion – according to the 2017 BOSS MBA rankings, out today in The Australian Financial Review.

The University of Sydney takes the coveted #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, inde- pendent review, providing vital insight for anyone considering MBA study in Australia.

The 2017 report sees the Melbourne Business School drop to #3, after last topping the list in 2011, with the Uni- versity of Queensland Business School falling from #1 where it stood since 2013, to #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-mon- ey MBA course nationwide, followed by the University of Sydney Business School (#2) and University of Southern Queensland (#3).

very different to the norm of 20 years ago when traditional subjects such as accounting, marketing and organisa- tional change were the focus,” said Jo- anne Gray, Editor of BOSS magazine and Leadership at The Australian Financial Review.

“If you are one of the many thousands of people starting an MBA, or if you are thinking about doing so, we hope the 2017 BOSS MBA and EMBA rankings offer some valuable insights,” added Ms Gray.

The ranking process for the 2017 BOSS MBA rankings began late last year, when the database of MBAs offered by busi- ness 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 maga- zine, in The Australian Financial Review, as well as online at” BFM

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