UQ MBA tops AFR Boss rankings

University of Queensland's St Lucia campus is renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive campuses and is just seven kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.
University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus is renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive campuses and is just seven kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.

The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) has trumped perennial favourite the Melbourne Business School to secure the top ranking in the latest Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA survey.

Queensland MBAs scored particularly well, securing five of the top ten spots with QUT Graduate School of Business (3rd),  Bond University (5th), University of Southern Queensland (8th) and Griffith Business School (9th). This number one ranking is the latest accolade for the UQ Business School MBA program.

It is  also ranked number one in Asia Pacific by The Economist, and was this month awarded five stars – the highest possible – for the ninth consecutive year by Australia’s most influential rating body, the Graduate Management Association of Australia.

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the school was thrilled to have been acknowledged as the leading MBA provider in Australia.

“Our MBA is recognised as world-class and this rise to the number one position is a testament to the quality of our program, and our unwavering commitment to providing an MBA that delivers the best possible outcomes for our students, and for business at large,” Prof Griffiths said.

UQ Business School Dean Prof Andrew Griffiths
UQ Business School Dean Prof Andrew Griffiths

MBA Program Director Dr Sarah Kelly said: “Our MBA students experience globally-relevant thought leadership from internationally recognised researchers, consultants and industry partners. Their MBA journey is built through a variety of exposure from the classroom to the field, through international immersions, community volunteer schemes, mentoring by our global alumni network, and the opportunity to apply learnt skills by consulting to industry.”

The UQ Business School MBA program has a number of key features that help to set it apart and provide enhanced value to students. These include specialist skill development via the uniquely designed ‘Leadership Capability Framework’, opportunities to augment international business skills through a joint partnership with the world-renowned Wharton School in Pennsylvania, and the chance to collaborate with non-profit organisations via the School’s ‘Social Economic Engagement Program.’

The MBA program also provides flexibility, offering students three different study options and giving them the opportunity to choose the model that best suits their lifestyle and work commitments. The Accelerated MBA involves 12 months of full-time study, while the Streamlined MBA can be completed in 24 months, alongside a job. There is also a flexible, part-time option that enables students up to a maximum of seven years to complete the MBA. BOSS Survey: 2013 MBA Rankings

  1. University of Queensland Business School
  2. Melbourne Business School
  3. QUT Graduate School of Business
  4. University of South Australia
  5. Bond University
  6. Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  7. Australian Graduate School of Management
  8. University of Southern Queensland
  9. Griffith University Business School
  10. University of Adelaide Business School


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 (rgcmm.com.au).