AGSM @ UNSW Business School ranked 31st in the 2024 QS Global MBA Rankings released today. The result puts the AGSM Full-Time MBA in the top 10% of the world’s best schools of management. The rankings assessed 318 programs across 48 countries. 

AGSM has maintained its position in the rankings from last year, and improved by four places since the 2022 rankings, released two years ago.  

“AGSM has once again ranked among the world’s best MBA programs,” said Professor Nick Wailes, Senior Deputy Dean and Director AGSM. 

“Having the AGSM Full-time MBA again rank in the top 10% of the world’s best MBA programs is a reflection of the quality of program, the outstanding students it attracts, and the impact our global 100,000 alumni are making in business, government and the for-purpose sectors,” he said.  

AGSM ranked above the global average across all indicators: Return on Investment (ROI), Alumni Outcomes, Diversity, Thought Leadership and Employability. The school performed extremely well in the areas of Thought Leadership (with a global indicator of 90.1 - 38.8 points ahead of the global average), and Diversity (with an indicator of 90.3 – 30.2 ahead of the global average). 

“We continually evolve and refine our MBA programs, aligning them with the dynamic needs of the world. Our focus is on nurturing leaders who are passionate about making a positive impact, enabling them to address the evolving challenges and opportunities of our global society,” said Professor Wailes.  

Thought Leadership was ranked against factors such as school’s research impact and academic reputation and is based on responses from over 200,000 academics in 60 countries around the world. Research Impact measures faculty productivity in specific academic fields. The diversity metric looks at the gender balance and international mix of students and faculty. 

Return on Investment was also a key differentiator, with AGSM scoring 79.4 – 16.9 points ahead of the average.   

See also: AGSM @ UNSW Business School’s full-list of rankings

Earlier this year, AGSM ranked 37th in the QS 2024 EMBA Rankings that assessed 199 global executive MBA programs, placing AGSM among the top 18% worldwide. The QS Global EMBA Rankings consider five key performance indicator groups: Career Outcomes, Diversity, Employer Reputation, Executive Profile, and Thought Leadership. AGSM ranked highly in Thought Leadership, positioning in at 23rd, with an earned score of 83.3 out of 100 – around 36 points ahead of the global average.  

Associate Professor Michele Roberts, AGSM's Academic Director, sees the school's consistent success in the QS Global MBA and EMBA Rankings as a testament to the Business School's capacity to adapt in alignment with evolving industry needs. "Our MBA programs are designed to equip leaders to reimagine their organisations and the world through responsible management practices," she said.

A/Professor Roberts emphasises the increasing significance and importance of sustainable leaders. "There is a need for leaders who can effectively balance profitability with the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. We need to work towards a future where sustainable leadership becomes the norm, inspiring generations to come.”  

“With a resolute commitment to ethical decision-making and a planet-first mentality, our graduates are poised to shape a better world—a world where business success goes hand in hand with environmental and societal well-being.” 

The QS 2024 Global MBA Rankings can be found here.

Learn more about the Full-Time MBA here and the Part-Time EMBA program here