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.