The Melbourne Business School MBA: What You Need To Know
Melbourne is often called the world’s most liveable city. With a population of almost 5 million, hundreds of top-class restaurants and 40 beaches nearby, it is certainly a buzzy and attractive place to live. But it offers students more than a pleasant experience.
Being close to Asia, the University of Melbourne has a huge international cohort. Possibly the most interesting thing about the business school’s one or two years full-time MBA is a hugely diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. About 20% of students come from Australasia, and 50% from Asia, while 15% are from the U.S. and 5% are from Europe.
MBS’s full-time MBA is, of course, an academically rigorous course — the average GMAT is just over 700 — but the school capitalizes on the incredible diversity of its students and aims to produce leaders who are expert in collaboration and inclusion. Students finish this MBA with serious hands-on experience working with international, diverse teams, which are hugely attractive skills to employers in this part of the world.
MBS is moving with the times, too, recently adding new core courses including one on the entrepreneurial mindset; an innovation bootcamp; a course on social enterprise; and a project-based course focused on doing business in Asia, which involves an on-site collaboration with firms in China, Indonesia, and other Asian countries. Their new electives also chime with the zeitgeist and include Managing in an Analytics Environment; Workplace Diversity; FinTech; and Business Analytics.
Many MBAs with a large percentage of international students offer a launchpad into their own country, but the proximity to Asia means that MBS is a springboard to many other countries, too. With over 8,500 alumni working in 95 countries, Melbourne should certainly appeal to people who want an MBA to help them change location.
Katherine Neshek, MBA 2018:
What appealed about Melbourne Business School first and foremost was the opportunity to live and work abroad and experience Australia first-hand. I met with an alumnus in Chicago (where I am from) and got to hear his experience at MBS. He spoke of the friendships formed with people from all around the world and how, five years later, they are still some of his closest friends. In my class of 39 students, over 15 different countries were represented. In addition, our professors come from different backgrounds and have worked in numerous global positions. If I can remember correctly, I think we had one professor who speaks 10 different languages.
Andrew John, head of Department of Business Administration:
Our admission process emphasizes diversity of culture and experience, so the classroom is global in its composition as well as exhibiting gender diversity and a range of industry backgrounds. While the average GMAT of our class is in line with other top schools, we regularly trade off an increase in the average GMAT score for better diversity in the classroom. During the program, our collaborative process can be observed in almost every class session. A typical MBA classroom contains hundreds of years of work experience, and our professors encourage conversations that bring this experience to the fore. Students emerge from our MBA program as members of a cohort that has formed deep and enduring bonds, while excelling in the hard and soft skills needed in today’s workplace.