Melbourne Business School

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Melbourne Business School
Melbourne Business School Emblem.gif
Type Private
Established 1954
Dean Professor Zeger Degraeve
Academic staff
Students 800+
Location Melbourne, Australia

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.


Melbourne Business School (MBS) began in 1954 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 also been established in 1954, 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.[1][2][3]

Centres of Excellence[edit]

The Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Leadership for Social Impact (APSILC) was established in 2008. Led by Professor Ian O Williamson, MBS's Associate Dean International Relations, its mission is to develop the business capabilities of Indigenous Australians and boost capacity in the not-for-profit sector. APSILC runs MURRA, an business skills master class for Indigenous business leaders.[4] It also assigns students to emerging social enterprises as part of The Crunch program by Social Traders.[5]


Melbourne Business School has been ranked in the Financial Times Top 100 Global MBAs since 2005 and The Economist Top 20 in the World. MBS was placed as the second best business school in the Asia-Pacific in the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.[6] Since 2008 it has been ranked #1 for Executive Education in the Asia-Pacific region. It has recently ranked all-time high of 17 in the World in the latest 2010 The Economist MBA ranking although at the same time slipping from 52 to 63 in the 2010 Financial Times Rankings. It also ranked at Number 2 for most preferred school by recruiters in the Asia-Pacific, in a survey done by QS Top MBA.[citation needed] Melbourne Business school also ranked at number 3 in the regional MBA rating for Asia-Pacific in QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2012.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Melbourne Business School's Carlton campus.

Board of Directors[edit]

The Board of Directors of MBS Ltd:[10]

  • Chairman, Ross Barker, Managing Director, Australian Foundation Investment Company; Non-Executive Director, Baker Medical Research Institute (Appointed: 2011).
  • Anthony Ray Burgess, Chairman: Foundation for Business & Economics, The University of Melbourne; Chief Executive Officer: Flagstaff Partners Pty Ltd; Director: Diversified United Investment Ltd., Melbourne Theatre Company; Governor: Ian Potter Foundation. (Appointed: 2013).
  • Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Melbourne; Chair, Universities Australia; Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; Companion in the Order of Australia; Director, Melbourne Theatre Company, Grattan Institute, LH Martin Institute, Asialink (Appointed: 2013).
  • Professor Zeger Degraeve, Dean, Melbourne Business School; Co-Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne; Professor of Decision Sciences (Appointed: 2011).
  • Associate Professor Douglas J. Dow, Associate Professor (Business Strategy); Member, MBS Centre for the Practice of International Trade; Member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies (Appointed: 2011)
  • Dr. Jackie Fairley, CEO, Starpharma Holdings Limited (Appointed: 2010).
  • Dean Ireland, Leader of Egon Zehnder's Melbourne Office; Member Nominations Committee: Tennis Australa (Appointed: 2014)
  • Annette Kimmitt, Managing Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services Group/Assurance Practice, Ernst & Young; Board member: United Nations Principles of Social Investment Secretariat; Director: Committee for Melbourne; Victoria University Foundation; Grattan Institute (Appointed: 2011).
  • Professor Paul Kofman, Co-Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne (Appointed: 2013).
  • Geoff Lord, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Belgravia Group; Deputy Chairman of UXC Limited (IT industry); Deputy Chairman of IDT Australia Limited (pharmaceutical industry); Director of MaxiTrans Industries Limited (transport equipment) (Appointed: 2015).
  • Scott Tanner, Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne; Director of Tennis Australia and Committee for Melbourne, Trustee of Melbourne & Olympics Park Trust, and Fellow of AICD. (Appointed: 2011).
  • Frank Zipfinger, Chairman ASPEN Group Ltd.; Director: Galileo Japan Trust; MH Premium Farms Group; Member: Australian Institute of Company Directors (Appointed: 2009).
  • Ari Mervis, Managing Director of SABMiller Asia Pacific; CEO of Carlton & United Breweries; Chairman: SABMiller India, SABMiller Vietnam (Appointed: 2012).
  • David Peever, Director: Cricket Australia; Australian; Foundation Investment Company Ltd (Appointed: 2012).
  • Jacqueline Hey, Managing Director of Ericsson in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; Board member: Qantas, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, SBS Corporation,Australian; Foundation Investment Company Ltd, Cricket Australia; Honorary Consul for Sweden in Victoria (Appointed: 2014).
  • Naomi Milgom AO, Chair and Group CEO, Sportsgirl/Sussan Group of Companies; Board Advisory Committee, Centre for Ethical Leadership.


  • According to MBS reports, the school has students from over 20 countries and exchange programs with 40+ business schools in Asia, Europe, and the US.
  • In 2007, MBS changed its tagline to GLOBAL. BUSINESS. LEADERS.[citation needed]
  • MBS has received formal international recognition of its programs with full EQUIS accreditation from 2006.[11] Equis reaccreditation was awarded for five years in 2011. MBS was accredited by AACSB International in 2011.
  • The School's Case Study Services catalogue currently has over 400 Australian case studies.
  • The School has been ranked in the Top 100 Global MBAs and as the top business in school in Australia by the Financial Times since 2005. [4]
  • Since 2008, MBS-Mt Eliza has been ranked #1 in Executive Education in Australia by the Financial Times. [5]
  • The school offers two joint-degree programmes where students spend 1 year in Melbourne and 1 year at the partner school: with HEC Montreal, where students receive a MSc in Supply Chain Management from the Canadian school and a MSc in International Business from Melbourne, and with SDA Bocconi where students receive a MSc Marketing Management from the Italian school alongside their MSc International Business. [12]


  1. ^ Della Bradshaw (29 October 2012). "Melbourne Business School makes peace with university". Financial Times. 
  2. ^ Trounson, Andrew (30 October 2012). "Uni, business school link to woo Asia's middle class". The Australian. 
  3. ^ Trounson, Andrew (30 October 2013). "Seven years on, a Melbourne Business School deal". The Australian. 
  4. ^ Worthington, Kerri (3 December 2012). "Indigenous corporate mentorship opening doors". SBS. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "What does The Crunch involve?". 
  6. ^ "QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2009 North America". 
  7. ^ "QS Regional MBA rankings -MBS". 
  8. ^ Karvelas, Patricia. "People in Politics: Bill Shorten". The Australian. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Damast, Alison (30 November 2012). "B-School Startups Q&A: The King of Movember". Business Week. 
  10. ^ "MBS Ltd Board". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Melbourne Business School achieves global EQUIS quality accreditation status". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "MSc Global Supply Management Double Degree". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  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). [6]. Retrieved 14 November 2009.

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