University of Sydney named Australia’s top MBA

The University of Sydney has topped The Australian Financial Review’s 2017 MBA rankings, taking the number one spot for the first time.

AFR‘s Boss magazine ranked and revealed the winners list, with University of Sydney at the top, followed by University of Queensland Business School and Melbourne Business School.

Melbourne Business School’s MBA dropped to third after taking second place last year, but took top spot in the ‘value for money’ category. University of Sydney Business School and University of Queensland followed in this category.

Entering the rankings for the first time and premiering at the top of the list overall, University of Sydney also rates highest for student satisfaction.

La Trobe University ranked highest in terms of research output.

University of Queensland Business School took top spot for improvement in skills.

University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Business School also appeared in the rankings for the first time.

Boss started compiling the bi-annual list in 2003.

“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 systemsapproach to problem-solving,” says Joanne Gray, editor of Boss magazine and leadership at AFR.

“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,” Gray says.

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 graduated in the past three years. The survey asked 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.

 

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Ben Ice
BY Ben Ice ON 11 September 2017