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The best business schools in Australia

If you’ve been researching and investigating studying business, you’ll probably also be looking for the best business schools offering these qualifications. We take you through the top universities for business and management degrees in Australia.

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Studying in Australia has always been an attractive option for international students. From the high-quality education system to the global recognition of Australian university degrees, it’s not surprising why. Many Australian universities are globally competitive in several subjects, including business. It’s time to take a closer look at which Australian universities boast the best business schools in the country and how they rate globally.


University of Melbourne 


Topping the list of the best universities in Australia for business degrees is the University of Melbourne. The Times Higher Education Rankings 2021 (THE) puts the university in the number one spot in Australia for business and 31st in the world overall. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 concurs with this assessment of the institution as having the best business school in Australia. Further, the QS World University Rankings 2022, rank the University of Melbourne in the top 50 universities globally.


The Melbourne Business School is the graduate school of business and management at the university. The school is accredited by the AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS) and is rated as the best MBA in Australia according to The Economist. The business school offers postgraduate degrees and qualifications in specialisations including:



If you have your eye on an MBA, the school also offers five different tracks and types.


Find out more about where you can study for a business management degree in Australia.


University of Sydney


While Sydney may be known for its beaches and Opera House, it also boasts one of the top universities in the world. The University of Sydney is a top 50 global institution, as per the QS World University Rankings 2022 and 3rd in Australia for business qualifications. Similarly, THE ranks the university in the world’s top 100 and 2nd for business and management in Australia.


The University of Sydney Business School was founded in 1920 and has over a century of experience in delivering business qualifications across multiple fields. Some of these fields include accounting, finance, marketing, business law and business analytics. The university also enjoys AACSB, EQUIS and Association of MBAs accreditation. The university’s Master of Management degree was rated by The Financial Times and The Economist at number one in Australia in 2019.


Explore the top universities in Australia.


University of New South Wales


Another of Sydney’s well-reputed educational institutions, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a top player globally. THE rates the university in the top 100 worldwide and the top three business schools in Australia. QS puts UNSW at number two in the country for business and management, with a global ranking of 43. In addition, QS ranks UNSW’s accounting and finance programme as one of the 20 best in the world.

The UNSW Business School is comprised of seven discipline streams, namely:


  • Accounting, auditing and taxation
  • Banking and finance
  • Economics
  • Information systems and technology management
  • Management and governance
  • Marketing
  • Risk and actuarial


Programmes are offered at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level and include:


  • Graduate certificates
  • Graduate diplomas
  • Co-op degrees
  • Bachelor’s degrees
  • Honour’s degrees
  • Master’s degrees (including MBA)
  • PhD


The UNSW Business School also has a well-established research profile rated by the Australian Research Council as “well above world standard”.


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University of Queensland 


The University of Queensland, or UQ as it is known, dates to 1909 and is based in the city of Brisbane. The institution is home to 50,000 students with an international student community of over 17,000. UQ is rated as the second-best business school in Australia by THE. It also has a spot in the top 100 universities in the world on the same rankings. QS ranks the business and management programmes on offer as top five in Australia and rates UQ in the top 50 globally overall.


The University of Queensland Business School has over 12,000 students enrolled and falls under the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. The school has AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation, and The Economist rated the school’s MBA as the number one in the Asia Pacific region for five years from 2012 to 2017. Courses and programmes at UQ cover:


  • Accounting
  • Business and management
  • Event management
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Information systems
  • International business
  • Leadership
  • Supply chain management


There is a comprehensive range of honours programmes, master’s degrees, and professional development courses on offer at UQ. The university also caters for both on-campus and online learning options. If you’re a budding MBA candidate then UQ has the added attraction of having been awarded the number one spot by The Economist 2021 for MBA student quality.


Now that you have taken a whirlwind tour around Australia’s best business schools, you may also want to get a better sense of what makes the country unique as a study destination. There is also our guide on how to apply to study in Australia and a student perspective on studying in Australia.


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