The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and amongst the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 130 subject experts with over 8,000 students and offers a wide range of degree programs and Executive Education.

Why choose us?

One of the world's best business schools

We were the first business school in Australia to gain accreditation from AACSB International and EQUIS – the most prestigious standards an institution can attain. Our MBA program is ranked number one in Australia by AFR BOSS Magazine and number one in Asia Pacific by The Economist.

Renowned for world-class research

We were classed as above world standard in all our fields of research in the Australian government's ERA assessment. The School has a strong track record for winning highly competitive Australian Research Council grants and our research is regularly cited in the world's top-tier journals.

. . . and for quality teaching

Our teaching staff are amongst the best in Australia. Four UQ Business School academics have been awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Our research and consulting activities ensure that our teaching is at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying attuned to industry requirements.

Consultants to industry

Consultancy and contract research are core areas of our business and our staff have worked with top-tier national and international firms such as the Asia Development Bank, BHP Billiton, Proctor and Gamble, Coca Cola, HSBC and Telecom NZ.

A long and rich heritage

With a history dating back almost a century, UQ Business School is part of The University of Queensland, the state's largest and oldest university and a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight – the coalition of Australia's leading universities.

An idyllic location and lifestyle

As the sunshine capital of Australia, Brisbane enjoys mild winters and sub-tropical summers and is an ideal location for sports and cultural activities. Situated on the Brisbane River, St Lucia is one of the world's most stunning campuses, and provides a diverse and welcoming environment.

A comprehensive range of programs

UQ Business School offers a range of degree programs, including undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and its renowned MBA program. It also offers Executive Education programs from its campus in the heart of the Brisbane central business district.


What we stand for

UQ Business School aims to create an environment where the disciplines of research give students the skills to find the knowledge they need, where good ideas are tested and polished to become great ideas, where rigorous analysis is celebrated and collaboration is valued.

Our mission

To achieve national and international recognition as one of the best research intensive business schools in the Asia Pacific region.

Our values

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Research-led scholarship
  • Industry-relevance
  • International focus
  • Collegiality
  • Ethical conduct


The origins of UQ Business School date back to 1926 when The University of Queensland offered its first accounting degrees. The Department of Accountancy was set up in 1961, and later became the School of Commerce.

Management education began later, with the creation of the Department of Business Administration in 1972 and the introduction of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, the first in Queensland. The department, which had three staff and 47 students in its first year, later became the School of Management.

UQ Business School was formed on 1 July 2002 with the merger of the Schools of Commerce and Management. Two years later it expanded further when it merged with the Technology and Innovation Management Centre (TIMC).

As the years have gone by, the School has continued to raise its standards and its reputation. It became the first business school in Australia to meet the standards of the world’s two most influential accrediting bodies - the US-based AACSB International and Europe’s EQUIS.

In 2004, it opened UQ Business School Executive Venue, a state-of-the-art learning and conference centre in Brisbane’s central business district, placing it at the heart of the business community. In 2014, UQ School of Tourism was merged with UQ Business School.

Accreditation and rankings​

UQ Business School is recognised by the world’s pre-eminent ranking bodies as a leading provider of quality business education. It is renowned for its cutting-edge research, the quality of its academic staff, the depth of its educational programs and its close links with industry.

A globally renowned business school

  • We were the first business school in Australia to gain dual accreditation from AACSB International and EQUIS - the most prestigious standards a business school can achieve. Both accreditations have since been successfully renewed.
  • Our MBA program is ranked 16th in the world by The Economist, identifying it as the leading MBA outside of Europe and North America. We are also the top MBA provider in Australia according to AFR BOSS Magazine.
  • Our MBA has received a five star rating by Australia’s most influential rating body, the GMAA, for ten years in a row.
  • We were classed as above world standard in all fields of research in the Australian government’s ERA assessment.
  • We are the only school in Australia that offers tourism programs with UNWTO accreditation.
  • We are ranked the top Australian business school in the AIS “Basket of 2” (MISQ, ISR) 2008-2012.
  • Our programs (degrees) are accredited with professional associations such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Property Institute (API) and the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC).   

What does it mean for you?

As a student, it means you will receive the highest standard of education and your qualification will be recognised by employers internationally.

As an employer, you can expect high-calibre graduates who are aware of the challenges facing businesses in today’s commercial environment and are equipped with the skills to find solutions.

As a partner, you will be engaging with an institution that is involved in world-class research, is keen to co-operate on a national and international level, and has strong links with industry and professional bodies.