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Melbourne Business School (MBS) is the graduate business school of the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The School offers an MBA program, specialist Masters programs, a doctoral program, and executive education programs. The MBS Head Office and main campus are in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, walking distance from Melbourne's Central Business District, in a complex designed by Daryl Jackson. MBS is cited by numerous publications as Australia’s best business school.

Melbourne Business School
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Motto"Global. Business. Leaders."
DeanProfessor Ian Harper [1]
Academic staff

MBS has an additional office in Pitt Street, Sydney, and a program enquiries office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



MBS began teaching in 1955 when the University of Melbourne offered Australia’s first residential executive education program in the summer of that year. Its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was awarded in 1965, which was also the first MBA degree awarded in Australia.

During the 1980s, MBS was awarded the status of a National Management School by the Australian Government and the Graduate School of Management was established within the University of Melbourne.

In 1989, it was re-organized again, this time as the Graduate School of Management Ltd: a non-profit company limited by guarantee and managed by a Board of Directors which includes the chairs and directors of leading Australian corporations. This organization structure has helped create a major link between the university and those who have a responsibility for management. It is currently co-owned by the University of Melbourne (45%) and Australian businesses (55%).

In 2004, Melbourne Business School Limited merged with Mt Eliza Business School, which was established in 1957, becoming the largest management education business school in Australia. [1]

In July 2009, the school announced that it was the subject of a proposed merger with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Melbourne.[2] However, the proposal was decided not to proceed following opposition from MBS members in September 2009.[3]

In October 2012 the school signed a collaboration deal with University of Melbourne, sharing resources but retaining the school's independence and the authority of the board.[2][3][4]

MBS closed and sold its Mt Eliza campus in 2016, to concentrate on expanding the Carlton campus. [5][6][7]

Research CentresEdit

The Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Impact (APSIC) was established in 2008. Led by its director, Dr Ben Neville, the centre's mission is to develop the business capabilities of Indigenous Australians and boost capacity in the not-for-profit sector. APSIC runs MURRA, a business skills master class for Indigenous business leaders.[8] It also assigns students to emerging social enterprises as part of The Crunch program by Social Traders.[9]

Centre for Business Analytics

The Centre for Business Analytics (CfBA) at Melbourne Business School was established in 2014 in response to growing global demand for analytics research and knowledge. The Centre also manages educational programs, collaborative workshops and the School's Master of Business Analytics program. The CfBA is headed by Professor Ujwal Kayande.[10]


Rankings of MBS include the following:

Financial Times:

  • No. 61 globally for MBA (2019)[11]
  • No. 03 MBA globally for marketing (2017) [12]
  • No. 35 in Executive Education Custom programs globally (2016)[13]
  • No. 41 in Executive Education Open programs globally (2016)[14]
  • No. 35 in Executive Education globally (2016).[15]

Bloomberg Businessweek:

  • No. 12 for non-US schools (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2017)[16]

The Economist Which MBA?:

  • No. 23 MBA globally (The Economist ‘Which MBA?’, 2018)[17]

AFR Boss:

  • No. 02 MBA in Australia (2015)[18]
  • No. 02 Executive MBA in Australia (2015)[19]

Notable alumniEdit

Melbourne Business School's Carlton campus.

Board of directorsEdit

MBS is unique among Australian business school's because of its hybrid ownership structure. The School is owned by Melbourne Business School Ltd, a non-profit organisation that is 55 per cent owned by the business community and 45 per cent owned by the University of Melbourne. The Board of Directors of MBS Ltd:[22]

  • Mr Ross Barker (Chairman). Appointed: 2011
  • Mr Anthony Ray Burgess. Appointed: 2013
  • Professor Glyn Davis. Appointed: 2013
  • Professor Ian Harper. Appointed: 2018
  • Professor Douglas J. Dow. Appointed: 2011
  • Dr Jackie Fairley. Appointed: 2010
  • Mr Robert Johanson: 2017
  • Mr Dean Ireland. Appointed: 2014
  • Ms Annette Kimmitt. Appointed: 2011
  • Mr Cameron Leitch. Appointed: 2017
  • Professor Paul Kofman. Appointed: 2013
  • Mr Geoff Lord. Appointed: 2015
  • Mr Scott Tanner. Appointed: 2011
  • Mr Frank Zipfinger. Appointed: 2009
  • Mr Ari Mervis. Appointed: 2012
  • Ms Jacqueline Hey. Appointed: 2014
  • Dr Xiaoling Liu. Appointed: 2016


  1. ^ "Melbourne Business School Chief Shares Control with Deputy" The Australian
  2. ^ Della Bradshaw (29 October 2012). "Melbourne Business School makes peace with university". Financial Times.
  3. ^ Trounson, Andrew (30 October 2012). "Uni, business school link to woo Asia's middle class". The Australian.
  4. ^ Trounson, Andrew (30 October 2013). "Seven years on, a Melbourne Business School deal". The Australian.
  5. ^ Lenaghan, Nick "Melbourne Business School To Sell Mt Eliza Campus" AFR Jun 29, 2016
  6. ^ Galacho, Olga "Estate Bid Fail" Herald-Sun, 1 November 2017
  7. ^ Larry Schlesinger, Nick Lenaghan, "Melbourne Business School Mt Eliza Campus on Market" The Australian Financial Review, 30 June 2016
  8. ^ Worthington, Kerri (3 December 2012). "Indigenous corporate mentorship opening doors". SBS. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  9. ^ "What does The Crunch involve?".
  10. ^ "About Us - Centre for Business Analytics - Melbourne Business School". - Centre for Business Analytics - Melbourne Business School.
  11. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -".
  12. ^ "MBA listing" (PDF). 2017. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  13. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -".
  14. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -".
  15. ^ "Top 50 schools" (PDF). 2015. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  16. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?".
  17. ^ "2018 MBA & Business School Rankings - Which MBA?". The Economist.
  18. ^ "BOSS MBA rankings: The best MBA courses in the country". Australian Financial Review. 10 September 2015.
  19. ^ "BOSS EMBA rankings: The best Executive MBA courses in the country". Australian Financial Review. 10 September 2015.
  20. ^ Karvelas, Patricia. "People in Politics: Bill Shorten". The Australian. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  21. ^ Damast, Alison (30 November 2012). "B-School Startups Q&A: The King of Movember". Business Week.
  22. ^ "MBS Ltd Board". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2016.


  1. ^ Source: Conferring of Degrees, University of Melbourne, March 2007.
  2. ^ Melbourne Business School (2007). MBS Facts & Figures. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  3. ^ Financial Times. FT Global MBA Rankings.
  4. ^ Melbourne Business School (2009). Proposed Merger. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  5. ^ Melbourne Business School (2009). [4]. Retrieved 14 November 2009.

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