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Acknowledged excellence

The University of South Australia's Business School is ranked in the top 1% worldwide.*

We consistently challenge ourselves to be rated amongst the best business schools in the world and this year is no exception. Our reputation for top graduates and business impact is reflected in our national and international rankings and recognition.

EQUIS accreditedEQUIS accreditation

EQUIS is the world’s leading international accreditation for business schools, awarded by the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). 

For more than ten years, the UniSA Business School has been accredited by EQUIS - longer than any other Australian institution. We are one of just nine institutions in the country and 169 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. 

EQUIS assesses all activities of an institution, including research, executive education and community outreach. Its scope covers all programs from bachelor degree to the Ph.D. It looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. 

Choosing to study a degree at the UniSA Business School means that your business education will be taught to the professional standards set by EQUIS. As a graduate, you can rest assured that yours will be a globally competitive degree that is recognised and respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in your future career—no matter where in the world you choose to work, your future employers will know that the high quality of your education, together with your global outlook, means that you are ready to meet their needs.

QS 5 Stars

QS Five Star rating

The UniSA Business School has been awarded a five-star rating in QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Stars for Business Schools.

The prestigious international rating places UniSA Business School among the top Business Schools in the world. In addition to the overall five-star rating, UniSA also received five stars in five sub-categories: teaching and student quality, internationalisation and diversity, facilities, engagement, and program strength in the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

The QS rankings made special mention of the UniSA Business School for showing excellent performance in establishing academic partnerships with other Business Schools around the world and in having a good proportion of international faculty staff.

Times Higher Education ranking

At the institutional level, the Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s universities aged under 50 years has placed UniSA at number 32 in a global field of 200—a rise of 25 places. The results put UniSA at number four in Australia, the youngest, highest ranked in the nation, and the biggest mover. 

5-star MBA for eight years and counting

Our MBA attracts and develops inspiring business leaders and has been recognised by CEO Magazine as a worldwide Tier 1 MBA. They’ve also ranked our online MBA as the highest in Australia and 9th in the world. It continues to grow from strength to strength. For almost 10 years, we have been one of only two Australian institutions to be consistently ranked with five stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, one of the nation’s most highly-regarded MBA ranking schemes.

The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine has ranked our MBA as one of the top ten in Australia, reaffirming excellence in student satisfaction, graduate satisfaction and value for money. 

QS World Subject rankings

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 were released in March, which included a new subject area of Hospitality & Leisure Management where we ranked 27th internationally and number one in the state. We also continue to be ranked in the top 20 nationally for Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, and Law.

World-class research

The quality of Australian university research is assessed and benchmarked by internationally recognised experts in a process called Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). We have been awarded world-class rankings by ERA for leading research across Commerce, Management, and Tourism and Services, as well as in the specific fields of Applied Economics, Business and Management, and Marketing.

Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine has ranked our Brand Management Research number one globally. This achievement is a testament to the world-class research conducted by our flagship research institute and the world's largest centre for marketing research, the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science.  

Connections to industry

Placements and internships bridge the gap between study and work. With over 500 industry partnerships, we are in the top two for professional partnerships in the country. Our connections to industry allow us to create opportunities across all of our programs. These experiences build confidence in the business world and give our graduates a competitive edge.

Global outlook

In 2016, 2,316 international students studied with the UniSA Business School. We are also part of the highest ranked Australian university for international diversity of faculty. Not only do we pride ourselves on our global network of students, staff, alumni and partners, we also actively support our students to have international experiences—in 2016 our students travelled more than two million kilometres worldwide!

Earning respect from peak industry bodies creates global value

Global careers require professional programs that meet the highest international standards. Our programs are accredited and recognised by professional bodies here and overseas in the areas of accounting, finance, human resource management, law, marketing and property. Recognised for excellence in education and training, our tourism and events program has been admitted to the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.




*The UniSA Business School is one of 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are estimated 16,521 Business Schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.