Australia’s Biggest MBAs for Domestic and International Students

Surging demand for Holmes Institute’s MBA program from international students has cemented its place as Australia’s biggest course by total enrolments.

New figures compiled by the Commonwealth Department of Education provided a snapshot of enrolment trends in Australian institutions in 2019, before the immense disruption caused by COVID-19 in 2020.

The data showed the number of overseas and domestic students enrolled in Australian MBA programs in 2019 and 2018.

Holmes Institute’s MBA program hit 4809 in 2019 with domestic students accounting for less than five enrolments. It’s a one-year, $28,200 MBA.

The result is a 48% lift on Holmes’ 2018 figure of 3233 total enrolments.

Australian Institute of Business (AIB) maintained its hold on second place despite falls in both domestic and international student enrolments for its MBA program.

The AIB reported a total enrolment of 2262 students in 2019, down almost 30 per cent on the 3216 students it had on its books in 2018.

Kaplan Business School jumped from sixth spot in 2018 into third on the back of a spike in international student enrolments.

Kaplan overtook the University of New South Wales, Southern Cross University, Torrens University Australia and Deakin University to claim third spot with 2,134 students.

Domestic enrolments fell at all but two of the top 10 providers with only the University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne reporting year on year increases from 2018 to 2019.

Conversely, eight of the top 10 institutions recorded increases in their overseas enrolments with only the AIB and James Cook University reporting year on year falls from 2018 to 2019.

Doug Estwick
Doug is an author for MBA News and Fixed Income News Australia. Doug has been a media and communications professional for more than 10 years, including working as an editor for News Corp's Quest Newspaper group.