University of Sydney Business School

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The University of Sydney Business School
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Type Public
Established 2011
Dean Professor Gregory Whitwell
Administrative staff
Students 6,748 (2013)
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
33°53′31″S 151°11′29″E / 33.89197°S 151.19131°E / -33.89197; 151.19131
Campus Camperdown & Darlington
Affiliations University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Business School is the business faculty and a constituent body of the University of Sydney. It was established in January 2011 and formed from the School of Business within the previous Faculty of Economics and Business. The former combined faculty itself descended from the original Faculty of Economics founded in 1920, which was the first faculty of its kind in Australia.

In 2016, the QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Sydney 30th in the world for business and management[1] and 18th in the world for accounting and finance.[2] In 2016, the Financial Times ranked the Business School 44th in the world for Masters in Management programs,[3] and outside the top 100 for MBA programs.[4] In 2015, the Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA Rankings ranked the School first in Australia for Executive MBA programs,[5] and outside the top 17 for general MBA programs.[6]

The School was the first in Australia to receive accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)[7] and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) from the European Foundation for Management Development.[8] It is also the only Australian business school to become an Associate member of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS).[9]

In 2014, the Business School had a total student enrolment of 7,202, consisting of 3,439 undergraduate and 3,763 postgraduate students.[citation needed] In terms of total enrolment numbers it is the University's second-largest faculty. By large margins, the Business School had the greatest number and proportion of international students of any of the University of Sydney's 16 faculties. In 2014, 53% of the school's enrolment consisted of international students, more than double the University-wide rate of 22%.[citation needed]


Established in 1920, the Faculty of Economics initially offered the Bachelor of Economics degree which commenced in 1914. The postgraduate Master of Economics degree commenced in 1925.

In 1985 the faculty introduced its second undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and the Master of Economic and Social Sciences, respectively.

In 1993 its third undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Commerce, was introduced. The Master of International Studies followed in 1994, the Master of Commerce in 1995 and the Master of International Business in 1999.

In 2005 the Business School ended its association with the jointly run Australian Graduate School of Management with The University of New South Wales.

From 2006 to 2007, the University conducted a review of its social sciences faculties. As a result of that review, it was determined that parts of the School of Economics within the Faculty of Economics and Business were to be transferred to the Faculty of Arts (as it then was). In January 2008, the disciplines of Government & International Relations and Political Economy were transferred to the Faculty of Arts. In January 2011, the Discipline of Economics, the Centre for International Security Studies and the Graduate School of Government were also transferred to the Faculty of Arts, which was renamed the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Concurrently, the remaining disciplines of the Faculty of Economics and Business formed the University of Sydney Business School.

On 30 July 2009, the Business School announced the launch of the Global Executive MBA program, which was commenced in February 2010.

On 30 July 2012, the Business School announced the introduction of the Sydney Master of Business Administration (MBA) program,[10] with the program starting February 2013. Particular emphasis has been put into making positioning it as an internationally recognised degree.[11]


The Dean of the Sydney Business School is Professor Gregory Whitwell.[12]

Disciplines within the school include:

In addition to these, the school also offers postgraduate programs and research through its Centre for International Security Studies, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Workplace Research Centre and Graduate School of Government.[13]

Professional accreditation[edit]

Studies in accounting are recognised by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA).

Majors in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management can be accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

An extended major in Business Information Systems can be accredited by the Australian Computer Society.[14]

The Master of Marketing program is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

Faculty journals[edit]


Alumni of the Sydney Business School or its predecessor faculties include:

  • Glenn Stevens, BEc (Hons) 1979, economist and Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (2006—)
  • Tony Abbott, BEc 1979 (Syd), LLB 1981 (Syd), MA 1982 (Oxford), Australian Liberal politician and former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Anthony Albanese, BEc 1984, Australian Labor politician and former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
  • Chris Bowen,BEc, Australian Labor politician
  • Roger Davis - BEc,Chairman of Bank of Queensland
  • Nick Greiner, BEc (Hons), Australian Liberal politician and former premier of New South Wales (1988–1992)
  • Morris Iemma, BEc, Australian Labor politician, and former premier of New South Wales (2005–2008)
  • Justice Michael Kirby, BEc, Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996–2009)
  • Mark Latham, BEc, former Australian Labor politician, leader of the Australian Labor Party and opposition leader of Australia (2003–2005)


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