Griffith MBA rises up the rankings

Dr Nick Barter says the BOSS Magazine rankings are a magnificent endorsement of the Griffith MBA.
Dr Nick Barter says the rise up the rankings is an endorsement of the Griffith MBA.

The Griffith MBA has been ranked among the country’s best not once but twice during the past five days.

After ranking inside Australia’s top 10 in the 2013 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey, the Griffith MBA has now retained its 5-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).

The GMAA rankings started in 2002 and 2013 marks the 12th anniversary of the assessment. The Griffith MBA program has participated in the assessment since its inception, and 2013 is the eleventh time our MBA has achieved a five-star rating.

The 2013 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey, published on Friday, showed Griffith MBA had moved up four places to number nine since its first appearance in the ranking in 2011.

The BOSS survey of Australia’s top MBA programs is conducted every two years.

Dr Nick Barter, Griffith’s MBA Director, said the rise up the rankings was a welcome acknowledgement of the ongoing evolution of the MBA program.

“This is a magnificent endorsement of the direction our MBA is taking,” he said.

“The Financial Review is a pillar of Australian business. To be ranked in its top 10 MBA programs is a magnificent achievement and confirmation that the Griffith MBA is very much an MBA for the 21st century.

“For an up-and-coming school in a relatively new and always modern-thinking university, this is great, great news.”

Dr Barter also paid tribute to the other Queensland MBA schools which figured in the top 10. Five of the top 10 MBA programs in the 2013 rankings are offered by Queensland institutions.

“I’m pleased to see that Queensland is fast becoming the place to do a leading MBA.”

The Griffith MBA embodies three key values: responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and global orientation.

“These are values not traditionally linked with MBA programs, but these are the key values being embraced more and more by leaders of financially, environmentally and socially sustainable organisations.

“The Griffith MBA prepares students not only to apply these values professionally but also to apply them to the lives they lead and the communities where they live and work.”

The launch of the MBA App earlier this year represented a further part of the evolution. The App is an interactive platform where anyone can update knowledge and get across the latest industry thinking through a range of categories including Director’s Updates, Ideas and Tips and MBA Program content.

“Initiatives such as the MBA App ensure students and others are given the chance to keep themselves up to speed with the very latest thoughts and directions in a constantly changing business landscape.”

The full results of the BOSS MBA Ranking appeared in the September issue of BOSS magazine, which was inserted in the Australian Financial Review on Friday (Sept 13).

They also revealed that the Griffith MBA ranked number three in the country in category for top research.

The survey includes an extensive guide to MBA course tuition fees, faculty credentials and business experience, plus student body composition. BOSS editor Joanne Gray said the MBA Ranking is based on a broad range of measures.

“I would like to thank the team at Boss Magazine for their work in preparing and publishing the latest ranking,” Dr Barter said. “We are delighted to take our place in the top 10, and we will take feedback from this survey to inform further evolution of our MBA program.”

GMAA is a national association for graduates having postgraduate management qualifications predominantly MBAs.

Members include senior managers, functional specialists and consultants from business and government, as well as business academics.

One of their objectives is to promote the standing and value of postgraduate qualifications. In line with this, GMAA carries out an annual assessment of MBA’s offered by Australian Business Schools, resulting in the GMAA 5 star assessment.