Country Vignette: Pre-experience Graduate Management Education in Australia

Discover how Australian GME has evolved and the forces driving change.


The Country Vignette Series has been developed to illustrate how pre-experience business master's degrees have evolved over a ten-year period. Focusing on the supply of, and demand for, English-language taught master's programs in a single country, each vignette combines quantitative data-compiled from GMAC research on the entire market-with qualitative insights from domestic business schools.

Quick Facts

Over the past 20 years, Australian higher education has become a global leader and is poised to steal the United Kingdom’s spot to become the second most popular destination for international students. The country’s business schools attract students from across the world with high quality programs taught in English, plus a two-year post-study work visa program grants access to the domestic employment market. Unfortunately, these achievements are not without their detractors, and criticisms are frequently levelled at the system-wide dependence on foreign students. As this vignette demonstrates, however, Australian higher education is adaptable, and domestic business schools are well-placed to build upon their achievements. 

In the Australia country vignette, we explore how graduate education has evolved and discuss the current challenges facing institutions. Recommended reading for anyone working with partner institutions in Australia, or seeking to learn more about how the education system shapes students from the country.