melbourne business school notable alumni

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

Melbourne Business School (MBS) is the graduate business school of the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The School offers an MBA program, specialist Masters programs, a doctoral program, and executive education programs. The MBS Head Office and main campus are in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, walking distance from Melbourne’s Central Business District, in a complex designed by Daryl Jackson.

MBS has an additional office in Pitt Street, Sydney, and a program enquiries office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MBS began teaching in 1955 when the University of Melbourne offered Australia’s first residential executive education program in the summer of that year. Its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was awarded in 1965, which was also the first MBA degree awarded in Australia.

During the 1980s, MBS was awarded the status of a National Management School by the Australian Government and the Graduate School of Management was established within the University of Melbourne.

In 1989, it was re-organized again, this time as the Graduate School of Management Ltd: a non-profit company limited by guarantee and managed by a board of directors which includes the chairs and directors of leading Australian corporations. This organization structure has helped create a major link between the university and those who have a responsibility for management. It is currently co-owned by the University of Melbourne (45%) and Australian businesses (55%).

In 2004, Melbourne Business School Limited merged with Mt Eliza Business School, which was established in 1957, becoming the largest management education business school in Australia. [1]

In July 2009, the school announced that it was the subject of a proposed merger with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Melbourne.[2] However, the proposal was decided not to proceed following opposition from MBS members in September 2009.[3]

In October 2012 the school signed a collaboration deal with University of Melbourne, sharing resources but retaining the school’s independence and the authority of the board.[2][3][4]

MBS closed and sold its Mt Eliza campus in 2016, to concentrate on expanding the Carlton campus.


Rankings of MBS include the following:

Financial Times:

  • No. 87 – Full Time MBA (2021)[10]
  • No. 69 – EMBA (2020)[11]

Melbourne Business School does not currently participate in the Financial Times Executive Education rankings after allegations of attempts to game rankings and inappropriately encouraging students to fill out surveys rating their courses.[12]

Bloomberg Businessweek:

  • Unranked – Bloomberg Businessweek (2019–20)[13]

The Economist:

  • No. 28 – Full Time MBA (2019)[14]

AFR Boss:

  • Unranked – MBA in Australia (2019)[15]

Notable alumni

Melbourne Business School’s Carlton campus.

Board of directors

MBS is unique among Australian business school’s because of its hybrid ownership structure. The School is owned by Melbourne Business School Ltd, a non-profit organisation that is 55 per cent owned by the business community and 45 per cent owned by the University of Melbourne. The board of directors of MBS Ltd:[18]

  • Mr Ross Barker (Chairman). Appointed: 2011
  • Mr Anthony Ray Burgess. Appointed: 2013
  • Mr Jan Craps. Appointed: 2018
  • Dr Jackie Fairley. Appointed: 2010
  • Professor Ian Harper. Appointed: 2018
  • Mr Dean Ireland. Appointed: 2014
  • Mr Robert Johanson. Appointed 2017
  • Ms Annette Kimmitt. Appointed: 2011
  • Professor Paul Kofman. Appointed: 2013
  • Mr Cameron Leitch. Appointed: 2017
  • Professor Geoff Martin. (Appointed 2020)
  • Mr Geoff Lord. Appointed: 2015
  • Mr Duncan Maskell. Appointed 2018
  • Mr Scott Tanner. Appointed: 2011
  • Dr Lynne Williams. Appointed 2020
  • Mr Frank Zipfinger. Appointed: 2009

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