Executive MBA

The design of the programme is underpinned by 4 key pillars:

- Inspiring Future Leaders: Participants will follow a two-year leadership and career development programme. Action-based projects, workshops, team and facilitator feedback, and self-reflection develop self-awareness of own leadership style, deepens emotional intelligence and enhances leader behaviours.
- Transforming Organisations: We seek to develop participants capacity for analysis, assessment, judgement and action; skills that participants can exercise throughout their careers.
- Engaging the Enterprise: Our programme emphasises applied learning in practice. We take a holistic view of the enterprise; integrating across business functions, with industry-oriented assessments that deliver significant business value. It places importance on evidence-based management.
- Influencing Business in Society: We emphasise, through a strong focus on ethical business values, the importance of building businesses that are in harmony with societal needs.

Subjects taught

Programme Structure
Year 1
Semester 1 - Influencing Business
Accounting for Decision Making
Organisational Behaviour & Change
Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 1)

Semester 2 - Transforming Organisations
Business Economics
Enterprise Engagement - Domestic
Managing People & Organisations
Business Strategy

Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Enterprise Engagement - Domestic

Year 2
Semester 1 - Influencing Business
Enterprise Engagement - International
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Business Finance
Strategic Operations
Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 2)

Semester 2 - Transforming Organisations
Technology Management
Strategy, Leadership & Transformation

Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Strategic Consultancy Project

Entry requirements

For admission to the Executive MBA candidates must hold:

• A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualification


• At least 3 years’ relevant managerial experience

• Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree (and meet the experience requirement) may, based on the Programme Chair's recommendation, still be offered a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme.

• Additionally, applicants who do not meet the academic requirements outlined above may be eligible for an offer of a place based on at least 7 years’ relevant managerial/organisational experience based on DCU's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. The process for approving such an offer involves an application and an interview with the Programme Chair and approval by the School's Teaching & Learning Committee. The number of such places is limited in any given year so it is recommended that applicants considering this option apply early.

As part of the application process applicants may be called for interview.

Application dates

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:
Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.
Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

All applicants should apply via link above (Application Weblink)

• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements. Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml


2 years part-time.
The DCU Executive MBA is a part-time programme, delivered one day per week (Thursdays 2.00-9.00) over 2 years across 4 semesters.

Enrolment dates

The programme commences in September 2024.

Commencement of Programme
The programme has a compulsory Orientation Session which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date.

Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number.

Post Course Info

At DCU Business School, we believe that the MBA should be about much more than just acquiring some useful extra tools for the management toolkit. It should also be a transformative experience at the personal level. Our value proposition is that our MBA is an educational experience that is both professionally and personally transformative, aimed at developing business leaders with the ambition and enterprise to help create a better, more sustainable world and featuring leading edge thinking with tangible application.

Graduates of our programme talk about how they have grown in confidence, how their own self-awareness as leaders has deepened, and how their perspective on business management has been raised to a more strategic level. Our graduates tell us that these 'personal growth' effects of the MBA become very apparent back in their workplaces, in terms of the issues to which they are invited to contribute, the roles they are asked to take on, and in how they are perceived as future leaders.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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