Queensland Schools Dominate AFR BOSS MBA Rankings

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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.

Queensland business schools have dominated the latest Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA Rankings with six of the top 10 MBAs in the country based in the Sunshine State.

The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) continues their dominance of the MBA sector with their second consecutive number 1 ranking, while the University of Sydney Business School topped the EMBA Table.

The top three positions for MBA were unchanged from the last time AFR undertook their rankings in 2013 with Melbourne Business School coming in second followed by QUT Business School.

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

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the result underlined the school’s position as a leading MBA provider.

“The UQ Business School MBA is ranked number one in Australia and the Asia Pacific by The Economist and is number 16 worldwide,” he said. “Now the AFR BOSS survey confirms the school’s position as a leading provider of quality business education to develop the next generation of global business leaders.”

UQ weren’t the only school pleased with the results, as this year Griffith University’s MBA climbed five spots to fourth place with Griffith MBA Director, Associate Professor Chris Fleming welcoming the news.

“This is a ringing endorsement of the outstanding quality and clear focus of our MBA,” Professor Fleming said.

“Our program is set apart from others because of our three core values which have remained constant as the program has been restructured and updated to meet the needs of modern, digital-savvy students.”

Another Queensland School has burst into the rankings with Central Queensland University making its debut at number 13 this year.

“This is an exciting milestone that endorses our recent program design,” CQ University Dean of Business and Law Lee Di Milia said.

In a move believed to potentially entice interstate business travellers, Mr Di Milia said the school was now delivering its MBA program in a number of city-based locations via distance education.

“There is flexibility for students to mix study modes and attend classes at any location during their program of study,” he said.

Released once every two years since 2007, BOSS conducts extensive reviews and surveys to rank the country’s business schools and list the best MBA and EMBA programs in Australia.

All Australian business schools are invited to participate and are provided with an overview of the methodology of the system. Unlike other similar ranking systems, BOSS gives more weight to what alumni say regarding the value of their studies.

According to The Australian Financial Review, schools that participate can earn a maximum of 100 points – 55 points based on the responses of recent graduates (had to graduate in the past three years), 35 points based on the data provided by the schools and ten points based on the research output by the business school faculty.

Top 10 BOSS MBA Rankings:

  1. University of Queensland Business School
  2. Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
  3. Queensland University of Technology Graduate School of Business
  4. Griffith Business School, Griffith University
  5. University of Southern Queensland School of Management and Enterprise
  6. Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide
  7. Bond Business School, Bond University
  8. University of the Sunshine Coast, School of Business
  9. University of South Australia Business School
  10. Victoria University, Graduate School of Business

Top 9 BOSS EMBA Rankings:

  1. University of Sydney Business School
  2. Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne
  3. Queensland University of Technology Graduate School of Business
  4. Bond Business School, Bond University
  5. University of the Sunshine Coast, School of Business
  6. Australian Catholic University School of Business
  7. University of Technology Business School
  8. RMIT University Graduate School of Business and Law
  9. University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School

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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).