Melbourne Business School’s Exec MBA Ranked Australia’s Best For International Trade

Melbourne Business School Exec MBA Best in Australia for International Trade Careers. Photo by Kyle Glenn

The newly launched QS International Trade Rankings were announced this week and has recognised the best-ranking graduate programmes that help professionals pursue careers in international trade.

The inaugural edition, conducted in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation, assessed 200 courses in 43 countries and territories based on their performance across seven key lenses, including course content, graduate outcomes, industry networks, teaching methods and research.

Australia is home to nine ranked programmes, with its highest place going to the University of Melbourne Business School in 27th. The Melbourne Business Executive MBA was one of only two MBAs from Australia to make it into the rankings.

The UTS Business School MBA also ranked in the 58th position overall.

The Master in Global Management at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is crowned the world’s best international trade programme, while the Master of International Trade at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and Singapore’s Professional MBA (International Trading) at Nanyang Business School take second and third place respectively.

Kathryn Dioth, Hinrich Foundation CEO, said: “These Rankings highlight what great master’s trade programmes look like and how they’re producing graduates that can advance the industry.

Dioth continued: “Through the Rankings, the Hinrich Foundation supports students to identify programs that will secure them employment and accelerate their trade careers, enables companies to hire work-ready talent, and provides universities with comparability, recognition and the means to enhance their global trade programs.”

QS International Trade Rankings 2023: Australian Ranked Programmes
2023 Rank Institution Business School Qualification Programme
27= The University of Melbourne Melbourne Business School MBA Executive MBA
29= RMIT University College of Business and Law Other Master of International Business
39 The University of Adelaide Other Master of International Trade and Development
42= Macquarie University Macquarie Business School MIB Master of International Business
58 University of Technology Sydney UTS Business School MBA MBA
74 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) UNSW Business School MS Master of International Business
100= The University of Sydney Business School Other Master of International Business
131-140 University of Wollongong MIntBus Master of International Business
141-150 The Australian National University ANU College of Business and Economics Other Master of International Management
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2022

QS International Trade Rankings 2023: Australia Focus

  • The University of Melbourne Business School takes Australia’s highest rank, in 27th. Its Executive MBA enjoys a strong international reputation, boasts high-quality course content in relevant trade disciplines and strong partnerships with employers alongside flexible course delivery options.
  • RMIT University’s College of Business and Law is home to Australia’s second-best master’s for international trade with its Master of International Business placing 29th. It boasts some of the county’s best course content across major areas of cross-border trade, including policy, logistics, supply chain management and finance.
  • The Master of International Trade and Development at The University of Adelaide ranks 39th. It enjoys exceptional industrial partnerships and an outstanding level of faculty with industry experience. It also offers world-class experiential learning opportunities.
  • The University of New South Wales Business School is the most well-renowned institution in Australia among global academics and employers. Its Master of International Business ranks 74th due to the international trade emphasis of these Rankings. It offers some of the country’s best student support both before and after graduation, contributing to strong graduate outcomes.

Dr Drew MacFarlane, Rankings Manager at QS, said: “The design of the QS International Trade Rankings involved extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including employers, academics and alumni.”

“For the inaugural edition, we assessed over 250 universities and business schools offering graduate programmes in this field of study, which is typically linked to excellent employability and career outcomes.”

MacFarlane added: “We are thrilled to offer prospective students independent insights to support their decision-making process for careers in global trade.”

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