The top 3 business schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of Melbourne
  2. Charles Sturt University
  3. University of Southern Queensland

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • business school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with business and management courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Note that online universities such as CSU and USQ have higher reported graduate salary and employment rates due to high numbers of mature-age, part-time students.

Business and Management definition

Business and Management includes Accounting, Business Management, Sales & Marketing, Management and Commerce, Banking and Finance, Economics.

Detailed study areas: Accounting, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Organisation Management, Industrial Relations, international Business, Public Administration, Hospitality Management, Farm Management and Agribusiness and Tourism Management, Sales, Real Estate, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, Purchasing, Warehousing and Distribution, and Valuation, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Actuarial Studies, Investment and Securities, Economics and Econometrics.

University of Melbourne

The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne tops the subject rankings for Business and Management for 2017.

The business school scores well in terms of graduate satisfaction and has the highest indicative graduate salary.

Charles Sturt University

The business faculty as CSU is ranked 2nd in Australia for Business and Management.

CSU has a large online business school and graduates have high indicative salaries.

University of Southern Queensland

The business faculty at USQ is one of Australia's top 3 schools for Business and Management.

USQ scores highly for graduate satisfaction with courses and indicative graduate salary.

Overall Rankings

Rank Business School Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of Melbourne 10,331 82% $56,767 242
2 Charles Sturt University 8,918 81% $56,499 229
3 University of Southern Queensland 6,402 84% $54,179 222
4 University of New England 2,649 89% $54,347 218
5 University of Wollongong 10,885 86% $44,591 207
6 Queensland University of Technology 12,054 85% $42,776 193
7 University of Newcastle 5,971 86% $45,796 191
8 Monash University 18,967 80% $43,811 190
9 Deakin University 13,681 84% $41,520 189
10 University of Technology Sydney 14,115 81% $42,435 182
11 CQUniversity 5,311 82% $49,061 182
12 University of New South Wales 13,622 75% $49,366 181
13 University of Sydney 9,656 74% $52,066 177
14 University of South Australia 7,418 85% $43,605 176
15 Swinburne University of Technology 11,428 84% $42,441 174
16 Edith Cowan University 4,304 86% $45,209 173
17 Griffith University 11,733 84% $39,654 166
18 Curtin University 14,901 81% $40,335 166
19 Macquarie University 11,721 80% $41,604 165
20 University of Queensland 9,484 81% $43,686 164
21 Southern Cross University 4,094 82% $46,924 157
22 Bond University 1,491 90% $42,576 156
23 University of Western Australia 5,265 79% $49,430 155
24 Federation University Australia 5,296 82% $43,908 155
25 University of Canberra 5,159 80% $47,121 154
26 RMIT University 24,169 76% $41,043 151
27 Western Sydney University 10,479 81% $40,138 147
28 Australian National University 4,313 75% $51,224 147
29 University of Adelaide 5,582 80% $43,367 144
30 Flinders University 3,392 87% $37,906 144
31 Charles Darwin University 1,605 75% $53,792 132
32 James Cook University 5,351 80% $38,685 122
33 University of the Sunshine Coast 1,992 90% $34,898 120
34 University of Tasmania 6,093 75% $44,816 118
35 University of Notre Dame Australia 1,097 87% $42,678 117
36 La Trobe University 9,095 76% $38,716 115
37 Murdoch University 7,725 77% $41,276 115
38 Australian Catholic University 3,066 83% $36,112 100
39 Victoria University 10,565 71% $36,967 74

Updated: 16 February 2017

1. Business School Size

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Management and Commerce)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank Business School Graduates Students
1 University of the Sunshine Coast 90% 88%
2 Bond University 88% 91%
3 University of New England 88% 87%
4 Flinders University 86% 86%
5 University of Notre Dame Australia 85% 86%
6 University of Wollongong 90% 81%
7 Edith Cowan University 87% 83%
8 University of Newcastle 86% 84%
9 Queensland University of Technology 89% 80%
10 University of South Australia 88% 79%
11 Griffith University 85% 82%
12 University of Southern Queensland 84% 82%
13 Deakin University 86% 79%
14 Swinburne University of Technology 87% 79%
15 Australian Catholic University 87% 77%
16 University of Melbourne 85% 77%
17 CQUniversity 84% 78%
18 Federation University Australia 82% 79%
19 Southern Cross University 80% 81%
20 Curtin University 82% 79%
21 Western Sydney University 85% 73%
22 Charles Sturt University 80% 80%
23 University of Technology Sydney 83% 77%
24 University of Queensland 82% 78%
25 Monash University 84% 75%
26 University of Canberra 82% 77%
27 James Cook University 84% 76%
28 University of Adelaide 83% 75%
29 Macquarie University 83% 75%
30 University of Western Australia 78% 77%
31 Murdoch University 76% 75%
32 La Trobe University 78% 73%
33 RMIT University 74% 74%
34 Charles Darwin University 80% 70%
35 University of Tasmania 77% 72%
36 University of New South Wales 76% 72%
37 Australian National University 76% 72%
38 University of Sydney 76% 71%
39 Victoria University 70% 70%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by course satisfaction ratings of current students and recent graduates.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank Business School Employed Studying Other Salary
1 University of Melbourne 51% 34% 15% $56,767
2 Charles Sturt University 85% 4% 12% $56,499
3 University of New England 79% 8% 13% $54,347
4 University of Southern Queensland 80% 8% 12% $54,179
5 Charles Darwin University 79% 6% 15% $53,792
6 University of Sydney 59% 24% 17% $52,066
7 Australian National University 65% 17% 18% $51,224
8 University of Western Australia 62% 16% 22% $49,430
9 University of New South Wales 73% 11% 16% $49,366
10 CQUniversity 79% 6% 15% $49,061
11 University of Canberra 70% 8% 22% $47,121
12 Southern Cross University 76% 7% 17% $46,924
13 University of Newcastle 58% 21% 20% $45,796
14 Edith Cowan University 63% 9% 29% $45,209
15 University of Tasmania 66% 13% 21% $44,816
16 University of Wollongong 73% 10% 17% $44,591
17 Federation University Australia 66% 8% 27% $43,908
18 Monash University 63% 13% 25% $43,811
19 University of Queensland 65% 14% 21% $43,686
20 University of South Australia 69% 8% 23% $43,605
21 University of Adelaide 48% 26% 27% $43,367
22 Queensland University of Technology 68% 10% 22% $42,776
23 University of Notre Dame Australia 72% 7% 21% $42,678
24 Bond University 60% 18% 22% $42,576
25 Swinburne University of Technology 63% 10% 27% $42,441
26 University of Technology Sydney 67% 9% 25% $42,435
27 Macquarie University 65% 10% 25% $41,604
28 Deakin University 64% 11% 26% $41,520
29 Murdoch University 58% 9% 34% $41,276
30 RMIT University 62% 11% 27% $41,043
31 Curtin University 64% 8% 28% $40,335
32 Western Sydney University 59% 11% 30% $40,138
33 Griffith University 62% 11% 27% $39,654
34 La Trobe University 56% 13% 31% $38,716
35 James Cook University 67% 10% 23% $38,685
36 Flinders University 55% 10% 35% $37,906
37 Victoria University 50% 11% 39% $36,967
38 Australian Catholic University 56% 7% 37% $36,112
39 University of the Sunshine Coast 64% 6% 29% $34,898

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for:

  1. low incomes of unemployed graduates
  2. earnings potential of graduates doing advanced studies.

It does not account for course participation by mature-age students who are already employed.