Executive MBA

DCU is Ireland's 'University of Enterprise' and is consistently recognised in global rankings of young universities. The dynamic and vibrant ethos of these universities of the future specifically influence the design and delivery of the DCU Executive MBA Programme.

The DCU Executive MBA is designed to be professionally and personally transformative, aimed at developing business leaders with ambition, enterprise and leading-edge thinking who can create tangible and sustainable outcomes for their organisations through the application of their learning.

The DCU Executive MBA programme, which is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), has been graduating MBAs for more than 20 years, developing evidence-based managers, who can identify and analyse the best available data to make better decisions in their organisations.

We connect theory, scientific research, data and practice through participative teaching approaches, industry speakers, national and international company visits and industry-focused projects.

Why do this course?
You are an experience professional with career ambitions focused on promotion or a new career direction

You recognise the importance of continuous learning and exposure to new knowledge

You want to build networks to open doors to new knowledge, career and business opportunities

You recognise that success in business today requires the ability to make decisions in the face of complex data and pressure

You want to develop your awareness of your leadership style and expand your leadership toolset.

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.

In the first year of the Executive MBA programme, you will develop an understanding of the range of foundation disciplines and their potential contribution to business leadership and organisational effectiveness. The second year of the programme will be characterised by an integrated approach, which focuses more specifically on the key strategic drivers of sustainable growth and operational excellence.

The design of the programme is underpinned by 4 key pillars:
1. 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.

2. Transforming Organisations: We seek to develop participants capacity for analysis, assessment, judgement and action; skills that participants can exercise throughout their careers.

3. 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.

4. 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.

DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise, which influences and drives our industry engagement strategy and MBA programme design

Learn from academic experts with a high level of industry relevant experience and translational research. This ensures graduates have the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice

Exposure to top-performing experienced professionals from international and national business who share their insights on such themes as strategy, leadership, digital technology, entrepreneurship and innovation

Exposure to leading international academics and thought leaders

Work on real-world industry projects, connecting theory, research and practice

Strong focus on applied learning delivering return-on-investment for employers and clients

Enhance leadership competence through participation in 2-year Leadership Development Programme

Opportunities to enhance knowledge of new and emerging technologies through workshops and optional activities and events

A participatory and action-learning teaching approach consisting of case studies, problem-solving, participant experience and discussion. It is an approach which connects scientific research industry problems and develops participants into Evidence-Based Managers.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Entry Criteria
Candidates must possess:

A primary degree at second class Honours level or higher, or an equivalent professional qualification


At least 3 years relevant managerial experience


At least 7 years relevant managerial experience.

Exceptional candidates who do not meet these requirements may be considered for entry subject to interview.

We may, in some instances, require the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). All candidates must have an adequate standard of mathematical and statistical ability.

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.

The decision to undertake an MBA is a major one. The programme involves a significant investment of time and resources. We would encourage you to take your time in making this decision and consider carefully all aspects of this decision and how it will fit into your life.

We believe that the DCU MBA is a life-transforming experience for participants. We encourage you to contact us for further information or to visit us at DCU. If you would like an information discussion on how the DCU MBA might fit with your career, or if you need any further information about our MBA programme, please contact:

Pamela Sharkey Scott - / 01 700 5566


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Ruth Finnegan
t: +353 (01) 7008106

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1 - Influencing Business
Accounting for Decision Making
Organisational Behaviour & Change

Semester 2 - Transforming Organisations
Business Economics
Managing People & Organisations
Business Strategy

Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Enterprise Engagement - Domestic

Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 1)

Year 2:
Semester 1 - Influencing Business
Enterprise Engagement - International
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Business Finance
Strategic Operations

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

Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Strategic Consultancy Project

Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 2).

Application date

By 31st July 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement of Programme: September 2018.

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