MGSM storms back into FT global MBA rankings

MGSM's Alex Frino
MGSM’s Alex Frino

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has made a stunning return to one of the most prestigious global MBA rankings, topping the list of Australian schools on the Financial Times (FT) top 100 list of global MBAs.

MGSM has been ranked Australia’s leading MBA school and number 68 in the world, according to the FT. It is the first time since 2010 that MGSM has been ranked in the FT’s MBA rankings and is its highest rank overall (ranked 99 in 2010).

The FT has placed MGSM’s MBA program at number one in Australia (68 globally), followed by UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management (75) and Melbourne Business School (90). It is the 16th consecutive year AGSM has ranked in the top 100 MBA programs worldwide.


MGSM Dean Professor Alex Frino said the result reflected the school’s increased emphasis on alumni engagement, as well the structural improvements made to its MBA program.

“We have made significant innovations to our MBA program by increasing our number of global partnerships with leading institutions, attracting the best financial, business, management and leadership minds to our school and producing world-first research,” said Professor Frino.

“We are also offering more internships, living case studies with multinational corporations and attracting leading thinkers from CEOs to Nobel laureates to ensure our students are continually exposed to the leading ideas, theory and practice in management education.”


The FT rankings are determined by evaluating a number of factors including the gender balance and international spread of students as well as a students pre and post MBA salary.

Deputy Dean and Director AGSM, Professor Julie Cogin said: “We are pleased to have maintained a position in the top 100 despite an increasingly competitive market. It is clear that our MBA program aims to help ambitious professionals prepare for the challenges of a fast-paced global environment and our continual inclusion in these rankings over the last two decades highlights how we are giving great people the opportunity to excel right across the world.

Professor Cogin said she was also really pleased that the AGSM was ranked 6th in the world for the international mobility they provided graduates and 9th in the world for the international experience that the MBA provides.

“AGSM students and industry partners benefit exponentially from the international experiences the program provides. Our new partnership with Fudan University for a joint MBA will further strengthen AGSM’s two-way engagement in Asia,” she said.

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