Your study experience
La Trobe Business School offers its students high-level theoretical and professional skills in a range of business programs with varying specialisations of management. We blend theory, research and practice in basic discipline knowledge through to more specialised management topics.
The Business School has both international and local accreditations. All accreditations demonstrate a continuing commitment to quality assurance and the maintenance of international benchmarks.
The Master of Business Administration and the Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality) are both accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) through the prestigious EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).
The Business School's accounting programs are accredited CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). The Master of Business Information Management and Systems is accredited by the Australian Computer Society. The Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) and the Master of Management (HRM) are accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). The Bachelor of Business (Marketing), the Master of Marketing, and the marketing majors of the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Commerce, are accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
The Career Ready team are available to provide advice on finding a job, choosing a career path, becoming an entrepreneur, or for ideas on developing your skills. Students can book an appointment to speak with an adviser.
La Trobe Business School also maintains a close relationship with employer groups and regularly posts information and opportunities on its Learning Management System Noticeboard.
The school offers students a number of options for integrating learning into real-world workplace situations.
Learning Environments and Facilities
The newly renovated Donald Whitehead Building, a major focus of the redevelopment of the eastern sector of the Melbourne campus, is the home of La Trobe Business School. The completely refurbished building houses state-of-the-art learning facilities, student lounges and study spaces, as well as meeting facilities and data analytics labs.
La Trobe University is dedicated to internationalisation and the diversification of our student community. La Trobe also offers student exchange programs and Study abroad opportunities.
La Trobe Business School has partnerships with local and international organisations, with which we enjoy strong relationships and collaborative work.
Selected business and management programs run at partner institutions in Australia, as well as Asia and Europe. Our current partners are: Chisholm Institute (Dandenong), Ecole Superieure de Commerce (Montpellier, France) and Hanoi University (Vietnam).
Several programs have specific industry and professional affiliations. For instance, the Sports Management course has a linkage with the AFL Coaches Association and AFL Sportsready. La Trobe University is a CFA Institute Program Partner, and a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) is embedded in the Master of Financial Analysis course.
La Trobe Business School signed up to PRME in 2008 as one of the first 100 business schools globally to do so. In 2016, the School became the first Australian business school to join the pilot phase of the PRME Champions Group.
The Diploma of Business offers an alternate pathway to the study of a Bachelors Degree in Business with various major options within La Trobe Business School.
The Business School has an impressive research output across a range of disciplines, with sustainability a unifying theme across the various research fields. The University is well-regarded by peers:
- Ranked in the top 400 by all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
- Number 48 in the 2016-2017 QS Top 50 under 50
- Number 56 in the world in the 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) 150 under 50 ranking of the world’s best young universities
- Featured in the world’s top 200 on the 2016 QS list for accounting and finance
- Placed in the world’s top 300 on the QS rankings list for economics and econometrics
- In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, research undertaken within LBS in the broad disciplinary field of Commerce, Management and Tourism and Services was ranked at world standard. Research in the more specific discipline of Banking, Finance and Investment was ranked “above world standard” and in the top 3 in Victoria. While research in the disciplines of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Applied Economics and Tourism were ranked at world standard.
Student Achievements and School Engagement
MBA student Travis Lovett wins the Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship offered by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria Division); the Business School hosts the 2017 VCE Business Forum; in France, a new cohort graduate from the LBS - Montpellier Business School joint program; the Business School runs the LBS/NORTH Link National Innovation Forum; five Sports Management degree students receive New Colombo Plan Mobility Program funding to undertake an internship with the Indian Premier League; two LBS students are 2017 AHRI Student Ambassadors; LBS hosts the 7th Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference; a new cohort of Tourism and Hospitality students visit Vietnam; and Associate Professor Jennifer Laing is awarded the Emerging Scholar of Distinction for 2017 by the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.
Sport Management students gain experience with Hockey Australia via the Sport Practicum subject; La Trobe Business School is the only Australian university to have two teams in the 2016 Big Idea competition grand final; the Business School hosts a successful start-up bootcamp with staff and PhD students part of an incubator team training Australians to be positive change makers; LBS hosts the "Dream it, Plan it, Pitch It!” competition as part of La Trobe University’s Outreach Programme for secondary school students; and School Manager Donna Burnett is appointed as a fellow by the Association of Tertiary Education Management.
A single La Trobe Business School subject raises in excess of $100,000 for charity over ten years; The Vibe Collective, three LBS students in Albury-Wodonga, win the 2015 Big Idea competition; Event Project students organise 'Warriors against Cancer charity events; PhD student Hannah MacDougall is runner up in the 2015 3MT Competition; twenty-four Accounting students receive funding to undertake short-term study and work placements in Malaysia; Sports Management students participate in a 'PhD Showcase Event' for over 70 guests, including prospective PhD students; LBS students participate in a new internship opportunity with the Indian Premier League; in Vietnam a new cohort graduate from LBS programs delivered at Hanoi University; and, three La Trobe Bendigo students among those selected for the prestigious 2015 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Graduate Program.
Gain an insight into what to expect at La Trobe by learning about some of our students' experiences.
Each semester La Trobe Business School participates in the university-wide Student Feedback on Subject (SFS) and Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) surveys. Student feedback is important to LBS and is used by teaching staff to improve the quality of subjects and the student experience. An aggregated summary of recent SFS results, across all relevant subjects, is recorded in the tables below.
|UNDERGRADUATE COURSEWORK - 1st YEAR||2015*||2016*||2017*|
|Overall I was satisfied with the quality of this subject||3.77||3.81||3.89|
|The subject enables me to achieve the learning outcomes||3.87||3.90||3.96|
|I found the subject to be intellectually stimulating||3.74||3.80||3.83|
|UNDERGRADUATE COURSEWORK - 3rd YEAR||2015*||2016*||2017*|
|Overall I was satisfied with the quality of this subject||3.81||3.93||3.92|
|The subject enables me to achieve the learning outcomes||3.89||4.00||4.00|
|I found the subject to be intellectually stimulating||3.86||3.95||3.94|
|Overall I was satisfied with the quality of this subject||3.87||3.88||3.93|
|The subject enables me to achieve the learning outcomes||3.97||3.95||4.01|
|I found the subject to be intellectually stimulating||3.95||3.98||4.02|
* Aggregate data. Scale is 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree)
Australia-wide data – based on non-Latrobe surveys, including the Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS), the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS), and the Student Experience Survey (SES) – is now available on the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website.
Our first year of business leads to any Bachelor of Business Degree - at any campus.