University of Sydney Scoops 2019 AFR BOSS MBA Rankings

The Abercrombie Building at The University of Sydney is home to the Australia’s top ranked MBAs.

The University of Sydney has trumped all comers in the latest 2019 AFR BOSS MBA Rankings, taking top spot for both its flagship MBA and Executive MBA programs.

The AFR BOSS rankings are regarded as one of the most comprehensive reviews of Australia’s top MBA programs and has been completed biennially since 2007.

The University of Sydney Business School’s $63,000 MBA ranked best with alumni for Overall Satisfaction and Value for Money. The ranking s are determined using a range of factors based on surveys from the schools and alumni.

Adelaide Business School, QUT Business School and the University of Adelaide all jumped two places from their 2017 ranking to come in second, third and fourth respectively. Griffith Business School rounded out the top five.

The University of Queensland fell from second to eight and Melbourne Business School dropped out of the list all together.

2019 AFR BOSS MBA Rankings

Rank 2019School2019 Fees (Domestic)Students
1The University of Sydney Business School$63,00097
2Adelaide Business School$61.50065
3Queensland University of Technology$59,85052
4University of South Australia$49,650122
5Griffith Business School$51,750169
6Monash Business School$68,00052
7Macquarie Business School$80,000164
8University of Queensland$66,840156
8Central Queensland University$31,20035
10University of Western Australia$73,500153


The University of Sydney also top the rank of top Executive MBAs, ahead of 2017 winner QUT Business School. AGSM @ UNSW Business School had the third ranked EMBA with Bond Business School and Sydney Business School rounding out the top five.

2019 AFR BOSS Executive MBA Rankings

2019 RankSchool2019 Fees (Domestic)Students
1The University of Sydney Business School$97,50017
2Queensland University of Technology$70,84851
3AGSM @ UNSW Business School$80,640222
4Bond Business School$82,50010
5Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong$70,22431


Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, said the rankings reflect the strength and depth of our degrees, which are creating a new generation of leaders.

University of Sydney Business School Dean Dean Professor Greg Whitwell

“Our central mission as a business school is to provide a truly transformative educational experience that prepares graduates for the jobs of the future,” said Professor Whitwell.

“We’re delighted with the results of this year’s rankings, which are a clear indication that we’re excelling on this mission.”

Based on a biennial survey, the rankings score Australia’s top business schools, with the views of alumni accounting for 55 percent of each school’s rating.

The University of Sydney’s full-time MBA launched late last year, with the second cohort of students having commenced studies in August this year. This semester’s cohort reflects the growing diversification of our student body, with students from 20 countries.

The Adelaide MBA has moved up steadily over the last four ranking results, from 10 to second in the BOSS rankings.

“We have reshaped the MBA to not only focus on technical skills but also the skills that employers are looking for, for example, the ability to work in teams, critical and lateral thinking, the development of a strong cache of EQ and of course, leadership. This result is strong endorsement of our business model,” says Adelaide MBA Director Damian Scanlon.

“In our approach, the student’s personal development is central to the program. The Adelaide MBA is a contemporary, rich, and transformative personal and executive leadership journey. We recognise that this journey is about introducing new skills and strengthening the skills our students already have; sharing those skills with their colleagues; and having the chance to interact with their peers and develop lifelong networks.

“Indeed, we have a strong alumni/student mentor program, and our Adelaide Business School alumni network and Advisory Board is represented in leadership roles both in big companies, and successful small and family businesses.

“Our students are encouraged to challenge assumptions by our teachers who all have extensive industry experience and explore more effective approaches to managing and leading rather than endorsing current management practice.

“Importantly, our subjects don’t stand alone but are linked and integrated. Our curriculum respects the experience our students bring to the class room and leverages that experience in a strongly collaboratively learning environment,” Mr Scanlon says.

Ben Ready
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