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Top Business Schools for an MBA in Australia

Perth is home to a single member of Australia’s 10 top business schools for employability and its top 10 for research excellence

Where are the best places to study a full-time MBA in Australia? A total of 17 business schools in Australia feature in QS’s latest guide to the world’s best institutions; the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017. The report assesses top business schools for their full-time MBA programs’ global reputations in two independent indicators – employability and research excellence – and bases its results on surveys of 12,125 MBA employers and 8,376 academics in the fields of business and management.


Here’s how the 10 top business schools for an MBA in Australia place in each area of the report’s assessment:

Australia’s top full-time MBA programs for employability

Where to find Australia’s top MBA programs for employability

Source: Results used towards the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017

Australia’s top full-time MBA programs for research excellence

Where to find Australia’s top MBA programs for research excellence

Source: Results used towards the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017

As can be seen in the tables above, Melbourne Business School (MBS) and Sydney’s AGSM hold the top two places in each indicator. While MBS heads Australia’s 10 top business schools for research excellence, AGSM places highest in the top 10 for employability. 

A further five business schools are in each of the top 10 tables. Two of these – UTS Business School and UQ Business School – place higher for employability than for research excellence, on this analysis. By contrast, the full-time MBA programs at the Australian National University, Monash Business School and RMIT University place higher for research excellence than for employability this time around.

There are also three options for an MBA in Australia which feature in a single top 10 table. Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Sydney Business School and Curtin University all rank among Australia’s 10 top business schools for employability, but don’t quite make Australia’s top 10 for research excellence this year. Conversely, UWA Business School, Adelaide Business School and QUT Graduate School of Business all feature solely in Australia’s research excellence top 10.


An MBA program’s reputation for research excellence is synonymous to its academic strength and therefore underpins its capacity for quality teaching and thought leadership. For this reason, it's certainly worth the consideration of any prospective MBA student conducting their due diligence when researching schools and programs of interest, alongside their investigation into a program’s reputation for employability.

  • To learn more about the methodology, and to see how the top options for a full-time MBA in Australia fare when compared to top business schools from across the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, download the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017 in full for free.
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Written by Tim Dhoul

Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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