Come to La Trobe University (Issue 18, 2009)

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The September issue of the Australian Financial Review BOSS (AFR BOSS) has announced La Trobe’s Master of Business Administration to be the MBA ‘most loved by its alumni’. In the national survey of MBA programs that AFR BOSS conducted,
La Trobe’s Graduate School of Management (GSM) ranked number one in the category ‘Did I like my school?’


‘We have a very professional team of student service officers that are both dedicated and approachable, making students feel welcome and wanted here at the GSM’, says Head of School, Professor Geoffrey Durden.

The MBA is aimed at students with ambitions to climb the corporate ladder into headquarter management roles. The GSM MBA is a general management degree aimed at these students – as opposed to specialist degrees in narrower fields. The GSM alumni’s comprehensive and broad understanding of business allows them to take up a variety of different management roles across any industry.

‘Our program also offers unparalleled flexibility with four terms per year, day and night classes, as well as block mode over weekends. This flexibility obviously suits the time-poor working students in our program. This ranking is evidence of that,’ Professor Durden adds.

The working students are unanimously seeking to further their career, and it is pleasing to see that a massive 78 per cent of GSM alumni receive a pay rise upon completion of the program – the fourth highest in Australia and only topped by the Melbourne Business School in Victoria.

La Trobe University was founded on a premise to make the best possible educational opportunities available to all who could benefit from them. It is therefore pleasing to see that the relatively young GSM has been able to enter the top 10 of MBA offerings in Australia only 12 years after being founded in 1997. In Victoria, only Monash University and the prestigious Melbourne Business School rank higher – both with programs more than 40 years old.

‘The La Trobe GSM MBA is approximately 30-40 per cent less expensive than that of the other top ten schools in Melbourne, so we’re very pleased to see that making the MBA accessible hasn’t compromised the high quality of the program,’ says Professor Durden.