About UQ Business School

About UQ Business School

The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 200 subject experts with over 12,000 students and offers a wide range of degree programs and Executive Education.

Why choose us?

One of the wor​ld'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 (The Economist 2017 MBA Ranking).

Renowne​d 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. Five 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.

Consulta​nts 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, CSIRO, Coca-Cola, Thiess and HSBC.

A long and rich herit​age

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 a​nd 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 be courageous thinkers who empower future leaders to positively transform business and society.

Our values

  • Excellence
  • Innovative and independent thinking
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Mutual respect and diversity
  • Supportive culture

Our School's History

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 in 1974, 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. 
  • Our MBA program is ranked number one in Australia (The Economist 2017 MBA Ranking).
  • Our MBA has received a five star rating by Australia’s most influential rating body, the GMAA, for thirteen years in a row.
  • We are 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.
  • Our degree programs are accredited with professional associations such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand, Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), Australian Property Institute (API), and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).   


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.

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Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Strategic Plan 2017-2021

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