Top Australian MBA Programs for International Students

A meteoric rise of international enrolments at Holmes Institute saw the provider pull away from the competition as Australia’s biggest MBA program for overseas students.

New annual 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 demand for the Holmes Institute and its one-year, $28,200 MBA led to international student enrolments surging 48% to 4809, up from 3233 in 2018.

Kaplan Business School, with 2099 overseas students, was Holmes Institute’s closest rival in 2019 in terms of the number of international enrolments.

Torrens claimed third place with 1600 overseas students, up 42% from 2018.

The Australian Institute of Business (AIB), which has previously been Australia’s biggest registerer of international students, fell 37.7% to 682 students, down from 1,096 the year before.

Murdoch University’s MBA program snuck into the Top 10 for international student enrolments in 2019 with 553.

Murdoch replaced Deakin University, which had 523 overseas enrolments in 2019, in tenth position.

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.