Australia’s most loved MBA

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GSM Logo LargeAFR BOSS survey ranks the La Trobe GSM MBA as Australia’s most loved by alumni.

In a market full of MBAs, success is often measured by the accomplishments of your alumni, and the Graduate School of Management is pleased to offer the MBA “most loved by its alumni*”.  

In the 2009 AFR BOSS national survey of MBA programs conducted by the Financial Review Business Intelligence unit, the La Trobe GSM ranked number 1 in the category Did I like my school? This is a significant result for the school that prides itself on providing excellent service and flexibility to its students. “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.

“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 at-work students in our program. This ranking is evidence of that”, Professor Durden continues. 

8th best MBA in Australia

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% 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.

The success of this generalist MBA program is further evidenced by the record number of students applying for the program in 2009, including a tripling of domestic students from 2008.

Alumni get higher wages

There is no hiding that MBA students are ambitious in wanting 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.

The at-work students are unanimously seeking to further their career, and it is pleasing to see that a massive 78% of GSM alumni receive a pay rise upon completion of the program – the 4th highest in Australia and only topped by the Melbourne Business School in Victoria

*AFR BOSS September 2009.


Jogvan Klein
Business Development Manager

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