Melbourne Business School

Melbourne Business School

Investopedia / Julie Bang

What Is the Melbourne Business School?

The Melbourne Business School is the graduate business school at the University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1955, it is known for its international student body and its connections to the Asia-Pacific business community.

The Melbourne Business School offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that's highly desirable for those wishing to gain international work experience. This program is generally included among the 30 best international MBA programs worldwide by leading publications such as Businessweek, U.S. News, and the Financial Times, and was ranked #1 among MBA programs in Australia in 2021 by the Economist.

Key Takeaways

  • The Melbourne Business School is a graduate school of business and management located at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.
  • In 2020, its MBA program was cited as the top MBA program in Australia by the Financial Times.
  • In recent years, graduates of Melbourne Business School have pursued careers principally in the financial services, real estate development, and management consulting sectors.

Overview of Melbourne Business School

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, Australia, the Melbourne Business School offers graduate degrees in both law and business and is known both for its high quality of instruction and for its international network of alumni and affiliated institutions. The school is also unique because it is co-owned by the University of Melbourne. The University of Melbourne owns 45% of the university and the remainder of the school is owned by several Australian businesses—a practical example of the school’s strong connections with the regional business community.

The Melbourne Business School’s programs include Master’s degrees in analytics management, business analytics, marketing, management, and international business. Various Ph.D. programs are also available in disciplines such as economics, finance, and actuarial studies.

The school’s MBA programs come in a variety of formats designed to fit within the career requirements of every type of student. In addition to the full-time MBA program, which can be taken in either one-year or two-year formats, the school also offers part-time MBA and executive MBA options, as well as a senior executive MBA track intended for older applicants who are more advanced in their careers.

Melbourne Business School’s main campus is located in Carlton, a suburb of Melbourne within walking distance to the Central Business District. Executive classes are also taught at the Mt. Eliza campus known as Mt. Eliza Business School before the two institutions merged in 2004. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of enrichment programs, including competitions, community engagement, and workplace opportunities. 

Applying to Melbourne Business School

Anyone interested in attending Melbourne Business School must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The average score of students accepted to Melbourne Business School is 705. Applicants should also have two years of relevant work experience and are required to provide their resume, academic transcript, a personal statement, and two professional references.

MBS also has a satellite campus in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

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  1. Melbourne Business School. "About Us." Accessed July 21, 2021.

  2. Financial Times. "Business School Rankings: Australia." Accessed July 21, 2021.