8 Reasons to study postgrad at UNSW Business School

UNSW Business School postgraduate programs have been designed to provide a competitive edge in the market. Choosing to return to study provides the opportunity to develop your leadership capabilities, gain further knowledge in your field, move into a new area of business and earn professional accreditation.

Through UNSW Sydney’s strong links to industry, world class academics and global networks, our postgraduate programs empower you to enhance or shift your career, with a range of flexible study options to fit into your life.

Here are the top 7 reasons to choose UNSW Business School:

1. You want higher salaries and employment outcomes

UNSW Sydney graduates are amongst the most employable and earn some of the highest salaries in Australia, according to the latest national survey on graduate outcomes.

92.6% of our postgraduate students* found full-time employment within four months of graduating and received the highest median salary in Australia within three years of employment.

Alumnus, Brooke Shaw was five years into her role as a Management Consultant at EY when she decided to return to study and enrol in a UNSW Business School Master of Commerce degree. Within a year of graduating she was promoted to Senior Manager and received a global employee award. Brooke attributes her advancement to her additional training.

“The degree provided me with knowledge and skills that were relevant to my day-to-day work, and could be put into practice straight away.”

With the right training and connections, graduates can utilise their training to fast track career growth.

2. You don’t need to have a degree to study postgrad

If you have professional experience but not an undergraduate degree, the Business School has study options available to support your career progression and help you succeed.

There are a variety of postgraduate programs and degrees such as graduate certificates and graduate diplomas which can lead you there.

  • New to business or looking for a refresher? Build a strong foundation of business knowledge and gain practical real world experience with a Graduate Certificate in Commerce
  • Want to get specific Financial Planning knowledge? Gain specific skills and ethical education in personal finance advisory with a Graduate Certificate In Financial Planning
  • Want to give back and make a difference? You can explore real-world case studies, frameworks and develop best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors with a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

3. Don’t get stuck – shift your career

Propel your professional life in a whole new direction. Study areas in demand by employers such as Social Impact, Business Analyctics, Sustainability, FinTech and more. Whether you are investing in your education for professional advantage, or preparing for a career in an emerging industry with substantial potential, postgraduate study can get you to where you want to be.

Alumnus, Subhro Bhattacharya had an undergraduate degree in economics but was craving a career change. He chose the UNSW Business School Master of Professional Accounting with the hope of working at one of the ‘big four’. Subhro is now an Associate Director of Audit, Assurance and Risk, consulting at KPMG.

“This course has defined my professional career in full,” he says. “It gave me the tools to be industry-ready.”

4. You want to be taught by the best

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Be educated at one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities by award-winning academics and leaders in their field.

UNSW Sydney was the first university in the world to be awarded the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating in 2012 and has maintained this ranking ever since. This rating recognises our excellence in teaching, research, employability, inclusiveness, internationalisation, facilities and innovation.

Academic Director of Postgraduate Programs Associate Professor Tracy Wilcox said the UNSW Business School has got talented researchers who are thought leaders across a whole range of fields.

“We have passionate and innovate educators and we have a diverse and inspiring student mix,” she said.

Our postgraduate research students receive a world-class education, with UNSW Sydney investing $250 million in research infrastructure sine 2015 and being a member of the prestigious Group of Eight- a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities.

This means you’ll be mentored by educators and renowned researchers who will guide you to your full potential with strong connections to industry.

5. Career Accelerator

Networking

Postgraduate programs give students exclusive access to a suite of professional development and work-integrated learning opportunities through UNSW Business School’s dedicated Career Accelerator, a suite of programs designed to give you practitical experience to accompany your studies.

With Career Accelerator, you can undertake internships and global business practicums overseas for credit towards your degree, and build industry connections through networking and mentoring.

Charlotte Bekkevold signed up to be mentored through the UNSW Business School’s Career Mentoring Program.

“I could speak with my mentor about my previous experience, and identify my objectives and career goals,” she said. “Doing that definitely increased my understanding of my strengths and the type of opportunities I should apply for.”

6. You can choose a postgraduate option to suit you

Whether you plan on adding study to a schedule that already includes; full-time or part-time work or family commitments, postgraduate study at UNSW Business School is designed with flexibility in mind.

If you prefer to study entirely online, face to face, full-time or part-time, there are multiple postgraduate study options available.

Use our Degree Finder to uncover the flexible study options available and see where postgraduate study can take you.

7. Scholarships

UNSW Sydney has a selection of postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research scholarships on offer. With more than $81 million awarded to students within the past year, there are a range of scholarships available to make your university experience easier and more affordable.

Enhance your opportunities to network, establish mentor relationships and participate in overseas exchange during your postgraduate degree with a coursework scholarship.

Our research scholarships support students to conduct high-quality, impactful research. postgraduate research domestic scholarships include Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships, University postgraduate Awards and an array of Faculty Top-Up Scholarships.

8. You want to study with a diverse cohort

Brooke Shaw

UNSW Business School celebrates diversity and welcomes bright minds from across the world. UNSW offers the opportunity to become a part of a diverse cohort which will broaden your perspective and will expose you to new ways of thinking.

With a mix of students from all around the world, come graduation you’ll walk away new friendships and global professional connections.

* According to the 2017/18 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Graduate Outcomes Survey.