Global leaders: MBA programmes
Source: Melbourne Business School

Becoming a Master of Business Administration is a concrete way to propel your career to new heights. In fact, 42 CEOs of Fortune top 100 companies hold an MBA, according to The Complete University guide.

Choosing to study an MBA will open up new career pathways and provide you with fundamental and transferable skills for the workplace, also providing unrivalled networking opportunities.

You’ll be receiving tuition from great business minds, teachers in your faculty and guest speakers likely to be key personalities in their field, so it would be wise to make the most of these connections.

Most universities offer flexible options that allow you to either study full-time or continue to work and study in your spare time.

With this extra qualification often comes an increased salary. Average pay for MBA alumni is $142,000, up 12 per cent since 2014.

Here are four of the best for you to choose from…


Melbourne Business School is home to Australia’s best MBA programme, as ranked by both QS and The Economist. The school campus lies at the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities, right next to the famous University of Melbourne.

Source: Melbourne Business School

The school’s Full-time MBA is an intensive one-year program that attracts a diverse group of talented students from around the world, working together in syndicate teams on real-world business challenges. The Full-time MBA can also be combined with a Master of Marketing over two years.

Though it’s comparatively small, Melbourne Business School attracts some of the world’s best academic minds from leading organisations like the Kellogg School of Management, Stanford and Yale, as well as industry experts like Professor of Marketing and newspaper columnist, Mark Ritson.

The school has a range of unique programmes, including the Biodesign Innovation course, in which MBA candidates work with engineering students to identify solutions to medical problems and commercialise them. Other subjects include Entrepreneurial Mindset, Innovation Bootcamp and Business in Asia.

As well as its MBA programme, Melbourne Business School is a leader in data science and also offers the Master of Business Analytics and Master of Analytics Management degrees.


Hailing itself as the world’s most flexible MBA, the London Business School offers a curriculum that can be tailored to support your career path. You can even choose the duration, from 15, 18 or 21 months.

Source: London Business School

You will benefit from LBS’ outstanding reputation, (currently ranking 4th in the world in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings for 2018) in thought leadership and be challenged by a host of different experiences, including integrated project work, international exchanges, internships and a diverse range of electives.

Based in one of the world’s most dynamic and historic capital cities, studying an MBA here provides an unequalled opportunity to build your global network.

The course promises you will learn to thrive in today’s complex business environment and emerge as a well-rounded global leader. Working both independently and as a member of a multicultural team, you will learn to succeed anywhere in the world.

This programme will transform your career and help you unlock your potential, so expand your horizons by studying the London Business School MBA.


UCLA Anderson prepares the brightest aspiring students to become leaders in the business world, which is why recruiters from some of the country’s top companies choose to work this school year after year – including BCG, Google and Goldman Sachs.

With a variety of MBA programmes to choose from, you’ll be able to find one to suit your needs.

Source: Anderson School of Management

Whether it’s the two-year Full-Time MBA, the flexible Fully Employed MBA,  the 22-month Executive MBA or the innovative UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, you will have access to an alumni network of 39,000 to help you pursue the career you’ve always wanted.

“I work for a great company and really enjoy my job. The FEMBA programme has allowed me to stay with my company while enhancing my career. The quality of the students is beyond compare, the professors are excellent and all of the events are exciting and fun! It’s hard work, but in the end it’s absolutely worth it,” says Sofia Freytag (FEMBA ’18), Account Manager, FM Global.

The UNLA-NUS Executive MBA is an exciting international programme, delivered by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School.

This 15-month course provides a comprehensive perspective on international business, with emphasis on the thriving Asia-Pacific region.

UCLA Anderson was voted #1 by The Economist for career services and is ranked among the top 20 business schools.

The Parker Career Management Center is your connection to the companies you admire, with advisors working with the top recruiters at these organizations such as Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe and Deloitte.


Increasingly, with Asia currently experiencing an explosion of value creation, the world is demanding managers and business leaders who can lead Asian businesses to the forefront of the world economy, and those who can steer global businesses towards Asian success.

Source: NUS Business School

Don’t get left behind, rather be ahead of the pack by choosing to study your MBA at the National University of Singapore. The university has a top research faculty known for its focus in providing global management, thought leadership and deep Asian insights.

The NUS MBA can be studied either full- or part-time and is ranked 18th in the world by the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings 2018. You will benefit from NUS’ long tradition in excellence and first-rate reputation, as well as a vast global network of 38,000 NUS Business School alumni represented in more than 50 major cities.

The school offers an Executive MBA in English, Chinese or the aforementioned collaborative programme, the UCLA-NUS Executive MBA. NUS Business School will prepare you to be a leader in business and society, giving you a critical edge for success.

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International

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