Macquarie Graduate School of Management

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MGSM - Macquarie Graduate School of Management
MGSM Logo.jpg
Established 1969
Type Public
Dean Professor Alex Frino
Academic staff
Students 900+
Location Sydney, Australia
Campus Macquarie, Sydney CBD, Hong Kong
Affiliations Macquarie University
MGSM Entrance

Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) is the graduate school of management associated with Macquarie University, Australia.

MGSM is one of the oldest business schools in Australia and is one of the few remaining autonomous ones in the country. MGSM has campuses in North Ryde (located on Macquarie University campus), Sydney’s CBD and Hong Kong.[1]

The school’s mission is to develop leaders with a global mindset who create sustainable value and are good citizens.[2]

Reputation and Profile[edit]

MGSM’s MBA and management programs are accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 687 schools of business,[3] or less than 5% worldwide, have this accreditation.[4]


Year Ranking Source [5][6] Ranking Category Ranking
2014 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 49
2014 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 5
2014 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 3
2014 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2013 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 55
2013 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 5
2013 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 3
2013 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2013 AFR Boss MBA Rankings N/A 6
2012 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 61
2012 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 6
2012 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 4
2012 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2011 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 73
2011 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 7
2011 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 4
2011 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2011 AFR Boss MBA Rankings N/A 12
2010 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 64
2010 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 5
2010 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 3
2010 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2009 The Economist 'Which MBA' Overall 55
2009 The Economist 'Which MBA' Asia-Pacific 4
2009 The Economist 'Which MBA' Australia 2
2009 The Economist 'Which MBA' New South Wales 1
2009 AFR Boss MBA Rankings N/A 3


MGSM has six key focus areas for its research: leadership, strategy and organisational change; finance management research; marketing; reflective practice in management education; supply chain management; and sustainable leadership and organisations.[7] MGSM accepts candidates to its PhD and MPhil programs, and there is emphasis on post-doctoral research by faculty.


MGSM's key program is its MBA. The MBA differs to many business schools, in that the same MBA is delivered to both full-time and executive students.[8] The MBA consists of 16 units of study, 10 of which are compulsory, core subjects, and the remaining six are electives.[9]

Other coursework programs draw from the subjects offered through the MBA, such as the Master of Management, and a postgraduate diploma. The Master of Management is designed for students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate degree from any disciplinary background and who are looking to build up their skills and experience for a career in business management or management consultancy.


MGSM began life as the Centre for Management Studies (CMS) within the school of Economic and Financial Studies at North Ryde, Sydney, Australia in 1969. CMS began offering a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in 1970 and in 1972 it offered a three year, part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA). In early 1980, CMS developed its own identity as the Graduate School of Management (GMS); it remained within the School of Economic and Financial Studies.

In the mid1980s, the GSM Advisory board recommended GSM should have a separate identity and its own separate dedicated teaching facility. Funds were raised to build the campus from the late 1980s and during the 1990s.

GSM moved to a 40-week teaching term, four-term year in 1989-1990 and this enabled the development of a 16-unit MBA which could be completed in two years’ part-time. Master of Arts programmes were developed and later replaced by Master of Management programmes. GSM went offshore and began delivering programmes in Singapore in 1992 and in Hong Kong in 1994.

Until 1998, MGSM consisted of two institutions, the GSM and MGSM. At this time the board decided to integrate the school and the new entity became known as MGSM. The Sydney CBD campus was opened in 2000.

In early 2009, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Macquarie University undertook a major review process of MGSM which decided that the school should retain its autonomy. It is now the only business school in Australia to remain autonomous.[10][11]

MGSM launched its Online Interactive Study option in Term one of 2013.


There are more than 16,500 members of the MGSM Alumni Community, situated in over 135 countries around the world.[12] Notable alumni include Andrew Scipione, NSW Police Commissioner.

Executive Education[edit]

The school also delivers short-term Executive Education Programs and customised degree or non-degree programs for organisations in the areas of leadership, management, interpersonal skills innovation and neuroscience.

Executive Conference Centre[edit]

At both the Macquarie University campus and the city campus MGSM has meeting and conferencing facilities, 4-star accommodation, dining and catering options and recreational facilities.

In 2012, the school’s Conferences Centre won the NSW Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Award for Best Meeting Venue Under 500 Delegates.

External links[edit]

HBR: Fire, Snowball, Mask, Movie: How Leaders Spark and Sustain Change

The Australian: Business schools vow to stay independent

AFR: Soaring MBA fees repel students, says MGSM’s Frino

Australian Life Scientist: Healthcare Management and Leadership unit launched at MGSM

Financial Times: Academic institutes must adopt a socially responsible attitude

Sydney Morning Herald: The tyranny of distance

Financial Times: Australia must embrace design thinking

MBA News: MGSM MBAs to get China exchange opportunity

Financial Times: MBA programmes must tackle the business issues of climate change

Australian Broker Online: University offers free small business risk assessment course

BRW: Special report | How an MBA can open doors to careers you’d never even considered

Pro Bono Australia: Getting employees more active in corporate volunteering

Pro Bono Australia: Corporate Volunteering Improves Employee Engagement- Study

Human Capital: Corporate volunteering: Hard to ignore

Dynamic Business: Spike in corporate volunteering

Business Insider: Who Is Australia's Most Narcissistic CEO?

Financial Standard: Financial bosses top narcissism study

Money Management: Authorities need to rethink insider trading detection

Triple Pundit: Women in CSR: Dr. Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Macquarie Graduate School of Management

The Australian: Queensland, AGSM top MBA rankings

Australian Financial Review: UQ surges in world business school ranking

Bangkok Post: Sufficiently Profitable

Australian Financial Review: Gazing in Narcissus’s pool for Kevin Rudd’s business equal

BRW: Retailers Paul Zahra and Mark McInnes among Australia’s ‘least narcissistic’ CEOs. Which sector has the biggest egos?

Smart Company: They’re so vain, they probably think this report is about them: The narcissism of Australia’s corporate chiefs revealed

The Conversation: Number cruncher named university teacher of the year

Campus Morning Mail: Croucher is university teacher of the year

AFR: Australian MBA grads earn Asia-Pacific’s highest starting salaries


  1. ^ "Campus Locations". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  2. ^ "FROM THE DEAN - VISION, MISSION & VALUES". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Accredited Institutions". AACSB International. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  4. ^ "AACSB Accredited". AACSB International. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Which MBA?". The Economist. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Boss 2013 MBA Rankings". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Research Areas". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Master of Business Administration (MBA)". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Master of Business Administration (MBA)". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Macquarie Graduate School of Management stays autonomous". 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Melbourne Business School merges with University of Melbourne". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  12. ^ "MGSM Alumni Community". MGSM Alumni. Retrieved 2013-12-02.