Business Administration - Executive MBA - Waterford

The course is about personal accomplishment, new insights and frameworks for thinking, about building stronger skills, expanding horizons, good governance and leadership in a challenging corporate environment.

Our MBA Programme transforms individuals, who in turn go on to transform their organisations. The faculty who deliver on the MBA programme are exceptional research-led academics. This research also focuses on discovering the most powerful ways to train new leaders, and putting those ideas into practice in our curriculum.

SETU Waterford Business School is also an active member of the MBA Association Ireland and we regularly host events which enhance the learning and professional development of our students (for more information see The SETU Waterford Executive MBA group were previous winners of the All-Ireland Strategy Case competition on three separate occasions. Organised by the MBA Association of Ireland, the competition is open to all MBA programmes across Ireland, past winners having included UCD, NUIG, DCU and TU Dublin.

Special Feature
The SETU Waterford Executive MBA group also participate in an International Residential study programme in Boston where the group are hosted by our partner university, Boston University. The international study programme has been designed to expose executives to best international practices in management education, practice and learning. The 10 day study visit provides students with an important awareness and exposure to international business ideas, concepts and practices. Equally, it allows for their professional development in an international context thereby enhancing their career and management prospects with international businesses.

Subjects taught


Year 1
Semester 1
• Leadership & Organisational Behaviour
• Marketing Management
• Managing People

Semester 2
• Professional Development 1
• Operational Excellence
• Accounting for Managers
• Organisational Change 1 **

Year 2
Semester 3
• International Management*
• Strategic Management
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Business Economics
• Organisational Change 2 **

Semester 4
• Professional Development 2
• Info Systems & Digital Marketing
• Corporate Finance
• Organisational Change Research Project

* International Management is delivered as a one week study trip to Boston at the start of year two of the programme

** We do allow multiple entry points to our MBA which means that while semester one is only offered every two Years (September 2016, September 2018, etc), students can enter our MBA at the start of semesters one, two or three. However, students must complete Organisational Change 1 before Organisational Change 2 regardless of the semester in which they join.

Entry requirements

There is no single formula for a successful applicant. Candidates are evaluated for their achievements, their potential, and the fit between what they aspire to achieve and what our MBA Program has to offer. If you believe that the EMBA may be right for you, we encourage you to get all the information that you need to apply to our program. Join us at one of the information events we run throughout the region, or arrange a consultation with the programme director to discuss your interest.

When making an application, we specifically look for:
A degree or equivalent. In some cases where managers have exceptional experience (of at least 10 years), an application will be considered

Minimum age of 23 years

At least three years of relevant professional business experience

Satisfactory performance at an admission interview

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements for details.

Application dates





Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE September 2024

Post Course Info

We have recently redesigned our MBA programme so that students can work on action research assignments in their own organisations. Candidates on the programme also participate in a number of professional development workshops and travel to Boston as part of an international study tour at our partner university, Boston University. These interventions have supported our students to take up positions across all types of organisations, from leading technology innovators such as Salesforce to consulting firms and banks such as AIB and State Street Bank. Wherever you want to work, our professional development and networking events help to connect our students to leading organisations in Ireland and overseas.

Whether your goal is to progress within your organisation, take on new responsibilities or pursue and enhance an entrepreneurial route, the programme will give you the knowledge, insights, network and confidence to succeed.

Recent employer organisations who have supported students on our programme include some of the following:

Waterford Crystal, Sunlife Finance, Lake Region, Bank of Ireland, Abott, State Street, Johnson and Johnson, Sales Force.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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