AGSM @ UNSW Business School’s fully online MBAX has ranked 4th in the QS 2020 global Online MBA rankings released today.
QS ranked online MBA programs from 47 global management schools across four key indicators: Employability, Class Experience, Faculty and Teaching, and Class Profile. AGSM ranked significantly above the global average on all four indicators.
“AGSM has once again been recognised as one of the top ranked Online MBAs in the world,” said Nick Wailes, AGSM Director and Deputy Dean UNSW Business School. “We are very proud of the program, the outstanding students it attracts and the success of our alumni.”
Employability reflects 30% of the total ranking score and the AGSM MBAX scored 81.2 out of 100 on this metric (the global mean score is 49.3). It is calculated based on the results of the QS Global Employer Survey that asks employers from which schools they prefer to hire business school graduates.
Employers across all sectors, types, and geographic regions take part including leading business school hiring companies such as McKinsey, Google, Siemens, Airbus, and many more.
“Employers perceive value in leaders who are equipped to contribute to the organisation and our Online MBA alumni are just as successful as the graduates of our full-time or executive MBA programs,” said Wailes. “They have access to the same contemporary curriculum, experienced faculty and robust alumni network,” he said.
“They can select the core courses that suit their needs and then specialise in Change, Technology, Finance or Social Impact,” he said. “Later this year we will add an additional MBAX specialisation in Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals.”
“Flexibility and multiple options are important as more and more people want to build modular learning experiences to meet their specific needs – and gain a credible qualification at the same time.”
Online learning is booming and demand for the MBAX has nearly doubled over the same time last year.
AGSM performed significantly above global averages across all indicators: Class Experience (75.7 vs global average 61.1); Faculty and Teaching (70.5 vs global average 53.2); Class Profile (68.7 vs global average 55.4).
“Our Faculty and Educational Development team are highly experienced in designing virtual learning and the MBAX offers a unique interactive experience,” said Dr Michele Roberts, AGSM Academic Director.
“We keep classes small – usually between 20 and 30 students - and while we provide a lot of resources for self-directed learning, the learning is mainly driven by highly skilled and experienced faculty and facilitators through online discussion and interaction with the other experienced professionals in the class from very diverse backgrounds and industries,” she said.
Last year, AGSM ranked 6th (up from 8th in 2018) in the QS 2019 Online MBA Rankings.
For more information and to view the full rankings table, visit the QS 2020 Online MBA Rankings.