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Business School at a glance 2017


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 part-time 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 part-time MBA program, is opened.
  • 2014: Professor Greg Whitwell has been appointed as the new Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.
  • 2015 – For the third consecutive year, the Master of Management is ranked number one in Australia by the Financial Times.
  • 2015 – The Global Executive MBA is again ranked as the nation’s leading executive education program by the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine
  • 2016 – The Abercrombie Building is opened by The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Treasurer of NSW and Minister for Industrial Relations, and Deputy Liberal Leader
  • 2017 – Sydney Business Insights is launched, a strategic initiative providing the business community and public with deeper understanding of complexities and insights into major issues and trends.
  • 2017 – In a world of growing complexity, disruption and ambiguity, the traditional MBA is dead. That’s why we are launching our new full-time MBA (Leadership and Enterprise) for entry in 2018.

International accreditations

  • Since 2004: Awarded AACSB accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for our business programs.
  • Since 2004: Awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Professional accreditations

International agreements


National and global Rankings consistently affirm our standing as a global leader in business and management education:

  • Number 1 ranked MBA in Australia – Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA Rankings 2017
  • Number 1 ranked Master of Management in Australia – Financial Times Masters in Management Rankings 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and The Economist Masters in Management Rankings 2017
  • Global top 20 in Accounting and Finance and ranked in the top 40 in the world in Business and Management – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • Number 1 in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability (University of Sydney) – QS Employability Rankings 2018
  • Top 100 world universities (University of Sydney) – QS, Times Higher Education, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities


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.

The innovative and highly ranked Master of Management and Master of Management (CEMS) commenced in 2009; while the Global Executive MBA commenced in the following year. In 2012 the Business School launched the part-time MBA followed by the full-time MBA launch in 2017.

The School's flagship programs Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce have both been recently revitalised 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 (2016)

  • Placements: 299 (172 Australian and 127 International, 234 Undergraduate and 65 Postgraduate)
  • Placement partners: 115 (49 Australian and 66 International)
  • Placement locations: Australia (Sydney, Canberra,), United States (Washington DC and Los Angeles), China (Shanghai and Beijing), France (Paris)), Santiago (Chile)

Our students *

Student enrolments: 11,199

Student enrolments pie chart

* Note: Student enrolments figures are as at 31.3.2017

International students: come from more than 80 countries

Student teaching load: 8,278 EFTSL

Student completions: 3,274 (19,846 since 2007)

Business School Alumni: over 64,000 located in more than 120 countries

Our staff*

Total staff (incl. casual staff): 458 FTE (full-time equivalent)

  • Academic staff: 302 (66%) incl. 52 full Professors
  • Support staff: Support/professional staff: 156 (34%)

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

  • 96% of our permanent Academic staff either hold or are currently undertaking a PhD (94% hold a PhD and 2% 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 (2008-2017), our success has resulted in:

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 over 150 research students enrolled in 2017, 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 Student teaching load EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) figures are as at 31.3.2017. Staff FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) figures are as at 30.6.2017. Student completions are reported as at 31.12.2016.