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Business School at a glance 2014


The mission of the University of Sydney Business School is to build and sustain a leading learning community in business and management education in Australia and its region.

Brief History

  • 1850: The University of Sydney, Australia's first university, is established.
  • 1914: The first Bachelor of Economics degree is conferred.
  • 1920: The Faculty of Economics, the precursor of the University of Sydney Business School, is founded.
  • 1925: The first postgraduate coursework degree, the Masters of Economics, is conferred.
  • 1950: The first research degree, the PhD, is introduced.
  • 1985: The Bachelor (and Master) of Economic and Social Sciences is introduced, reflecting the broad social sciences orientation of the School at this time.
  • 1980s-1990s: Major studies in accounting and business-related fields such as finance and marketing become increasingly popular.
  • 1993: The popular current flagship degree, the Bachelor of Commerce, and the combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws is introduced.
  • 1995: The Master of Commerce is launched.
  • 1998: The prestigious Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) is introduced.
  • 1999: The Faculty of Economics is renamed the Faculty of Economics and Business to reflect the growing focus of the School's activities in the business domain.
  • 1999-2003: Specialist masters programs introduced include the Master of International Business (1999), the Master of Transport Management (2000), the first combined masters degree - the Master of Commerce/Master of Logistic Management (2001), and the Master of International Business and Law (2003).
  • 2003: The Economics and Business Building (H69) is opened, housing academic staff and state-of-the-art computing facilities for students.
  • 2007-2008: The Master of Professional Accounting and the Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations are introduced.
  • 2009: The School introduces the Master of Marketing, the Master of Management and the Master of Management (CEMS).
  • 2010: The Global EMBA is launched.
  • 2011: The Faculty of Economics and Business is renamed the University of Sydney Business School, reflecting its refined focus on business.
  • 2012: The MBA is launched and the Senate approves the business case for a new Abercrombie Precinct business school building, which will bring all business school activities under one roof in world-class infrastructure, for delivery in 2015.
  • 2013: The purpose-fitted CBD Campus, providing a central location for participants in the MBA program, is opened.
  • 2014: Professor Greg Whitwell has been appointed as the new Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.

International accreditations

  • Since 2004: Awarded dual AACSB accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for our business and accounting programs. We are the only business school in Australia and one of only nine in the Asia-Pacific region with this dual accreditation.
  • Since 2004: Awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Professional accreditations

International agreements

  • In 2004 we co-founded the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS).
  • In 2006 we became the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education (formerly the Community of European Management Schools), achieving full academic membership in 2009.
  • With over 50 distinguished exchange partner institutions from around the world, the Business School offers an extensive range of exchange opportunities to its students and staff members.


Award programs

The Business School offers an extensive range of undergraduate (Bachelor), postgraduate coursework (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters), and postgraduate research (Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy) award programs. We are among the few Business Schools in Australia offering specialist postgraduate programs in Transport and Logistics, International Business, and Innovation and Enterprise.

In 2009 the innovative and progressive Master of Management and Master of Management (CEMS) commenced. 2009 also saw the launch of the Global Executive MBA, which commenced in 2010. And in 2012 the Business School launched the MBA with the first intake commencing in 2013.

The School's flagship programs Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce have both been recently revitalised (for 2011 and 2012 commencements) to provide our graduates the best possible start in business careers, as well as develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for high-level positions in industry, commerce and government.

Industry Placement Program (IPP)

In 2010 the School successfully piloted a new Industry Placement Program which offers students enrolled in a Business School degree an opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their degree. Since then the program has been expanding to include a wider range of host organisations/corporate partners from Australia and overseas.

The Industry Placement Program in numbers (2014)

  • Placements: 236 (138 Australian and 98 International, 193 Undergraduate and 43 Postgraduate)
  • Placement partners: 137 (88 Australian and 49 International)
  • Placement locations: Australia (Sydney, Canberra, Broken Hill, Port Macquarie and Orange), United States (Washington DC and Los Angeles), China (Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou), France (Paris)


In 2013 and 2014, the University of Sydney Business School's position as a world class centre for management education was confirmed in the global rankings published by the highly respected London based newspaper, the Financial Times (FT). For two years in a row, the Business School's Master of Management program has ranked in the top five in Asia and in the top 50 in the world. As the only Australian Master of Management program to appear in the FT's internationally recognised rankings, it is now the nation's premier program of its type. Read more.

The University of Sydney has been ranked in the top 20 in the world in Accounting and Finance in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by subject. The result confirms Sydney's place among the world's leading research and educational institutions. It also underscores the University's consistent strength among its peers over the past decade, despite the increasingly intense competition in the global higher education sector. Read more.

In 2013, the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine's biennial assessment of management programs ranked the Business School's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) the best program of its kind in Australia. Read more.

Our students *

Student enrolments: 7,202

Student enrolments pie chart

International students: come from more than 75 countries

Student teaching load: 6,532 EFTSL

Student completions: 2,345 (18,917 since 2007)

Business School Alumni: over 56,000

Academic Disciplines

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Operations Management and Econometrics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Transport and Logistics Studies
  • Work and Organisational Studies

For more information, please refer to the Disciplines page.

* Note: Student enrolments figures are as at 31.3.2014

Our staff*

Total staff (incl. casual staff): 440 FTE

  • Academic staff: 293 (67%) incl. 31 full Professors
  • Support staff: Support/professional staff: 147 (33%)

Permanent academic staff (excl. casual staff) with PhD:

  • 92% of our permanent Academic staff either hold or are currently undertaking a PhD (84% hold a PhD and 8% are currently undertaking a PhD)


The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines and is one of the most successful business schools in Australia and the region in attracting competitive research funding.

Over the past ten years (2004-2013), our success has resulted in:

  • Over $36 million in research grants.
  • Over 3,200 DEEWR-audited research publications.
  • 11 hosted journals.
  • Several of our distinguished scholars are elected Fellows of ASSA (the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia).
  • Many Business School academics are editors and members of editorial boards of leading international journals.

The postgraduate research programs offered by the University of Sydney Business School attract a large number of quality local and international students each year. With almost 100 students currently enrolled, the Business School has one of the most high-quality and diverse postgraduate research programs in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

* Notes: Student enrolments and Staff FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) figures are as at 31.3.2014. Student teaching load EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) figures are as at 20.08.2014. Student completions are reported as at 31.3.2014. Data source: The University of Sydney Planning and Information Office.