Quality and student success

La Trobe Business School offers programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Marketing, and Sport and Tourism Management.

Graduates are high quality professionals who are agile, innovative and have a commitment to positive social impact.

Accreditations and memberships

La Trobe University is an accredited member of AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business schools in the world have earned AACSB accreditation.

We’re one of them.

AACSB International is the world’s largest business education alliance and AACSB accreditation, awarded upon the review of all business degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, has been synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916.

La Trobe Business School is a member of the Business Graduates Association. BGA offers exclusive and free career development advice and resources. Students can access CV building services and craft a compelling resume that stands out from the crowd. The services also enable students to search for job and match their skill set with those opportunities.

La Trobe Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development Global and our La Trobe MBA is European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Accredited.

The EFMD Accredited label designates endorsement through the most thorough international program accreditation system for business and/or management degrees. It is a benchmark imprimatur for an internationally recognised and peer-reviewed program.

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) was founded in 2007.

We became a signatory in 2008, one of the first Australian Business Schools to do so, joining leading organisations around the world committed to implementing the PRME principles.

Our aim as a PRME signatory is to educate our students to become responsible leaders who can balance the demands of business with economic, social and environmental sustainability. We do this by embedding principles of sustainability, ethics and responsibility across our curriculum, research and partnerships.

Another important aspect of PRME is building staff and student capacity on a deeper understanding of the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In 2013, La Trobe Business School became the first Australian business school to join the pilot phase of the PRME Champions Group and, in 2016, we were honoured to be confirmed as a PRME Champion in Australia.

Champions are recognised as ambassadors of the United Nations PRME initiative. We engage with and support local businesses and peer institutions, including playing a visible role in PRME Chapters, PRME Regional Meetings and with Global Compact Local Networks.

As a PRME Champion, we respond to systemic challenges faced by the PRME community including:

  • Working collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.
  • Serving the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.
  • Contributing to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

LBS status as a PRME Champion was renewed in 2018, 2020 and 2022.

Read the United Nations PRME Sharing Information Progress Report, 2020-2022 [PDF 12MB].


QS Business Master’s Rankings 2023

In the 2023 QS Business Master’s Rankings, the Master of Business Analytics is ranked in the 101+ band, the Master of Finance in the 121-130 band, the Master of Management in the 121-130 band, and the Master of Marketing in the 61-70 band.

The QS Business Master's Rankings list the best masters programs from across the world and also rely on international academic and employer reputational surveys, as well as alumni outcomes, value for money, thought leadership, diversity and employability.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022

La Trobe University is now in the top 300 universities in the world – rising five positions to 296, the best result since the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first compiled and published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003.

The ARWU ranks universities using several academic indicators, including alumni and staff holding Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, citation counts, articles published in Nature and Science, and the number of articles indexed in major citation indices.

For the Hospitality and Tourism Management discipline, the University received a ranking in the 151-200 bracket.

“Sitting in the ranking of 151-200 places the La Trobe Business School among the premier tourism management and hospitality programs globally,” explains Dean of the La Trobe Business School, Professor Aron O’Cass. “The ranking demonstrates the high quality and high regard in which the discipline is held both nationally and internationally.”

Australian Financial Review BOSS 2022

La Trobe University postgraduate Business and Management courses are ranked twenty-sixth in the most recent Australia Financial Review BOSS rankings. La Trobe Business School received a reputation ranking of seventeen.

The Australian Financial Review BOSS rankings use average scores from other ranking indices of whole institutions and their business-related offerings.

“The excellent reputation ranking indicates the high esteem in which the La Trobe Business School is held,” says Professor O’Cass. “Reputation is a key community indicator and demonstrates we are held in high regard nationally.”

QS Subject Rankings 2023

La Trobe University ranked in the world’s top 300 for Accounting and Finance, the top 350 for Economics and Econometrics, the top 160 for Hospitality and Leisure Management, and equal thirty-ninth in the world for sports-related subjects.

QS Subject Rankings draw on academic and employer reputational surveys, research citations, the productivity of academics and the impact of their research. More than 15,000 different academic programmes from over 1500 institutions were included in the rankings.

Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2023

La Trobe University ranked in the top 201 – 250 band for business and economics studies in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Subject Rankings. The University also ranked fifty-seventh in the world in the 2023 THE Impact Rankings, which assess institutions against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

THE Subject Rankings examine teaching, research, citations, internationalisation, industry income and innovation. Over 800 universities were included.

CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2023

La Trobe’s MBA program is ranked Tier One, and the online program twenty-eighth in the world, in CEO Magazine’s annual Global MBA Rankings annual Global MBA Rankings.

The rankings draw data from 121 schools across the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, New Zealand and Australia.

Rankings are determined by the quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditations held, faculty-to-student ratios, price, student professional development and teaching delivery.

“Our recent CEO Magazine ranking is an example of how our future focussed EFMD Accredited MBA is consistently ranked as one that prepares leaders for a global career,” says Professor Aron O’Cass, Dean of La Trobe Business School. “Our MBA delivers critical skills and knowledge that enables leaders to meet their organisation’s sustainability, economic and social goals.”

Corporate Knights 2022

Our MBA program is ranked in the top 5 in the world in the Corporate Knights 2022 Better World MBA Ranking.

The achievement is a recognition of the program focus on sustainability, responsible leadership, and a learning environment in which students can explore environmental, social and governance issues within a business context.

To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 160 business schools, including the 2021 Financial Times top 100 Global MBA programs. Corporate Knights is a leading sustainable-economy media and research B Corp. founded in 2002. Only two Australian MBA programs featured in the top 40 in 2022.

QS Global MBA Rankings 2023

In the 2023 QS Global MBA Rankings, the La Trobe MBA is ranked in the 201 – 250 band and thirteen in Oceania.

QS Rankings are based on survey data collected from employers and academics across the world, as well as accreditations held, the employability focus, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, return on investment, thought leadership, and class and faculty diversity.

In the 2022 QS ranking of online MBA programs, the online La Trobe MBA ranked 41 in the world.

Student success

We offer innovative and responsible approaches to teaching and learning. We prioritise applied and authentic educational experiences to connect students with business, government and community, and equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills to become ethical leaders of the future.

Learn how current and former students rate their experience through the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching surveys in Undergraduate Business and Management and Postgraduate Business and Management.