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Study with a globally recognised institution
Our accreditation and membership with leading bodies in Australia and around the world reflects our commitment to excellence.

The University of Sydney Business School is a leading institution at the forefront of global business and management education. We are focused on quality assurance, continuous improvement, international peer review and excellence in teaching and research.

We are the only business school in Australia to hold both the coveted triple crown accreditation and CEMS membership.

AACSB Accreditation

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recognises business schools based on their high-quality curriculum, faculty, research, innovation and global engagement. First awarded in 2004, the University of Sydney Business School is accredited until 2024

AMBA Accreditation

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The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredits MBA, DBA and Master's Degree programs that demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, learning and curriculum design, career development and employability, and student, alumni and employer interaction. The University of Sydney Business School was first awarded accreditation in 2019 for a period of five years.

EQUIS Accreditation

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The European Foundation for Management Development's Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) aims to raise the standard of management education worldwide by assessing institutions as a whole. This includes reviewing all programs on offer from bachelor's degrees to PhDs. First awarded in 2004, the University of Sydney Business School is accredited until 2026.

CEMS Membership

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The Global Alliance in Management Education (known as CEMS) is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies that together offer postgraduate students a unique blend of education and professional experience. In each country, only one business school is chosen to be part of the CEMS alliance. The CEMS Master of International Management is a prestigious global business degree that is often acknowledged as the best passport for an international career. We are proud that Deloitte chose to join CEMS as our corporate partner.

Professional accreditation of programs 

A number of programs at the University of Sydney Business School are professionally accredited and recognised by various industry and professional bodies.

Undergraduate courses

The Professional Accounting Program offered in the below undergraduate degrees satisfies accreditation requirements for CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ):

Completion of the Professional Accounting Program or Accounting Major under the above programs are eligible to receive four exam exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Students who complete other specified accredited units of study are also eligible for up to five additional ACCA exam exemptions.

Postgraduate courses

Students seeking professional accounting accreditation with CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) should consider the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance which provides a direct accreditation pathway to associate membership. Students are also eligible to receive four exam exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Students who complete other specified accredited units of study are also eligible for up to five additional ACCA exam exemptions.

The following degrees have met the criteria for course accreditation and are currently accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI):

Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for these courses can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

The University of Sydney is recognised as an affiliated university under the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

The Bachelor of Commerce (major in Finance) has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the University of Sydney curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.

CFA Institute Student Scholarships

CFA Institute provides Student Scholarships to cover part of CFA exam fees. Download the CFA Institute Student Guide to Student Scholarships (pdf, 1.3MB). Any interested students from the University of Sydney must apply directly via the online Student Scholarship platform (login required).

CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each team is tested on analytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills.

University of Sydney teams have achieved outstanding results in recent challenges:

  • 2023 Global Final and Asia Pacific Regional Champions
  • 2022 Asia Pacific Regional Final Champion
  • 2021 Asia Pacific Regional Final Champion
  • 2020 Global Final and Asia Pacific Regional Champions

Assurance of Learning

Assurance of Learning refers to the systematic process of collecting data about student learning outcomes, reviewing and using it to continuously develop and improve the School's degree programs. Assurance of Learning ensures our graduates achieve the goals and outcomes we say they will achieve when we promote our degree programs.

Five steps towards Assurance of Learning

What are the most important things our students should achieve in our program? What are our expectations?

Program learning goals and program learning outcomes are defined for each program by the Program Director, in collaboration with colleagues, to align with a common set for each suite of programs.

How will students achieve the program learning goals?

Program Directors collaborate with program teams to align the defined goals and outcomes with the curricula, mapping the introduction, practice and assessment of learning outcomes in units of study throughout the program (or majors/specialisation).

How and when will we know students have achieved the program learning goals?

Program Directors collaborate with program teams and particularly with the capstone unit coordinator to identify instruments and measures to assess learning in a final capstone unit of study where mastery is expected of the learning outcomes for the program (or major/specialisation).

How well have students achieved the outcomes? Is that up to our standard? Where have they done well/not so well?

Judgments about learning outcome achievement provided by capstone unit coordinators is downloaded from Gradecenter, aggregated and analysed into a draft report that is provided to program directors to discuss with teaching teams (and coordinators of majors/specialisations), noting limitations in interpretation, previous improvement actions and areas of success or requiring improvement.

What can we learn and share that has worked well? What will we do if students have not achieved the goals we set?

Program Directors (or coordinators of majors/specialisations) lead a discussion with teaching teams using the outcomes assessment information to inform and agree changes to the program (or major/specialisation).