Sydney Pips Melbourne In Latest Executive MBA Rankings

The Abercrombie Building at The University of Sydney is home to the Global Executive MBA.

The University of Sydney Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) has pipped the Melbourne Business School’ Executive MBA by one spot in the latest global rankings released by Ivy Exec magazine.

To create the rankings Ivy Exec surveyed approximately 6,000 top-level professionals to evaluate 250+ EMBA programs worldwide (globally and regionally) on  five core criteria: PrestigeCareer AdvancementCurriculumGlobal Experience, and Life Balance. Only 168 programs rated most highly across these factors made the final cut.

The Best Executive MBA Programs for 2018 ranked University of Sydney 88th in the world and ninth in Asia. Ivey Exec put the average total tuition for the course at $US123,000.

The University of Melbourne Executive MBA ranked 89th globally and 10th in Asia with an average total tuition of $US78,900. Students reported a 50% annual salary increase post degree.

The University of New South Wales MBA Executive was ranked 118th.

The newly appointed CEO of New Zealand’s Kiwibank, a graduate from the University of Sydney Business School’s Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) program, says his time at the University was “a critical intervention” contributing to his career’s success.

Steve Jurkovich, who was a member of the GEMBA’s first cohort, said the program’s “focus on the interplay between leadership, skills, knowledge, attributes and the lifecycle of businesses,” had a major influence on him.

“It accelerated my capabilities, provided a more global perspective and grew my confidence so that I had the ability to compete and succeed at the highest level,” said Mr Jurkovich.

Mr Jurkovich is the second GEMBA graduate to be appointed to a top banking job this year. Matt Comyn took up the position of CEO at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in early April.

“The global perspectives offered throughout the course were particularly impactful. When your market is the size of NZ then these insights are hard to come by,” said Mr Jurkovich.

Kiwibank was launched in 2002 and now has more than 800,000 customers and 1000 staff.

Claiming the top spot for the second straight was France’s The INSEAD Global Executive MBA. It was ranked #1 across  four of the five assessment criteria and also rated first in the regional ranking for Europe.

The program lasts 14-17 months, with time spent on campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with an unparalleled 100% international cohort, boasting an average of 13-years’ work experience. Capping its offerings with a Leadership Development Program, INSEAD’s EMBA program can truly be considered as the finishing school for executives.

In Asia, while positions #1 and #2 are occupied by the Asia campuses of the INSEAD and London Business School EMBA programs, the top five includes at #3 the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Asia Pacific Executive MBA. At #4 the SMU Executive MBA and finally, the Nanyang EMBA at #5 out of the 14 programs we ranked in the region.

Ben Ready
Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (