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Business Administration - MBA

As a full-time MBA student, you will gain practical experience in finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, economics, human resources, leadership, communications and information technology. Learning is both classroom-based and project-based in small, intimate class sizes.

The wide world of human life is reflected in the career DNA of our classes, with MBA participants coming to Dublin from all types of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds. You'll learn from accountants, marketing professionals, software developers, artists, engineers and many more.

Bringing extensive work experience, global perspectives, and intellectual drive to our intimate classroom setting, students in the UCD Smurfit Full-time MBA accelerate their professional trajectory in both local and international markets by taking time out from their careers to get where they want to be, faster.

Our faculty hold the highest qualifications from the world's leading universities. This, coupled with their business experience, creates an environment of excellence in teaching and research where participants study a wide range of subjects. Many faculty also consult for international corporations and institutions.

Teaching Methods
By utilizing a range of methods including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, practical projects, and case studies, the Smurfit MBA faculty encourage participants to draw on their own professional experience as they broaden their knowledge.

The UCD Smurfit MBA doesn't just satisfy your intellectual curiosity, it also provides a valuable competitive advantage in the job market. As the only Irish MBA to hold 'triple crown' EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB accreditation and top world rankings, we attract an international, innovative, and driven cohort of students every year. Our full-time MBA participants come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, with over 50% from overseas and 75% having spent part of their career overseas.

The Smurfit MBA is currently ranked 14th globally by the Financial Times as representing outstanding value for money and an average salary increase of at least 60% is expected three years after graduation. Taking time out from your career can seem daunting, but by developing your management skills, building your network, and enhancing your managerial toolkit, you'll wonder why you waited so long to begin!

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

•A university degree or professional qualification.
•A minimum of three years' professional experience (this does not include summer placements, part-time or temporary work experience).
•An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) – Minimum score 580 (Full-Time MBA) and 520 (Executive MBA). Candidates can alternatively submit a GRE Test Score in lieu of the GMAT exam. For equivalent scores please contact the MBA Admissions Office directly.
•Note – Scholarship applicants will need to check the relevant scholarship terms and conditions to calculate their required GMAT score, as the requirements for scholarship applicants may vary.
•An acceptable score on the IELTS exam if English isn't your first language. An average score of 7 over all components and a minimum of 6.5 in each band on the Academic Version. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country*.

•A minimum score of 605 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with Test of Written English at 60 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 (Written English 25+) is required. A minimum score of 100 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iTB) (written English 22+).

*List of majority English speaking countries:
Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana


12 months Full-time or 2 years part-time

B009 - full-time or B036 part-time

Careers or further progression

MBA Careers
The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School dedicated MBA Career Development team works with you to define your career vision and equip you with the career-related skills, know-how, and confidence to pursue your unique post-MBA career goals. Through a variety of tools, workshops, events, one-on-one career advice and access to other resources, you can take the best possible advantage of this important transition point in your career path by preparing yourself for the opportunities that lie ahead.

See Recent employers listing and further information on the course webpage (link below).

Further enquiries

Susie O'Reilly
MBA Admissions
Telephone: +353 1 716 8862

Subjects taught

Course Overview
As an MBA student, you will build on your previous experience and gain practical skills in finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, economics, human resources, leadership, communications and information technology.

Foundation Week (End August)
A week-long orientation session prior to the academic course that is designed to assist participants as they return to formal study. Subjects covered include: Communication Skills, Report Writing, Team Building, Networking Sessions, Case Study Analysis, Library & IT Skills, and Productivity Management.

Semester 1 - Core Development

Financial Reporting
Performance Driven Marketing
Competitive Strategy
Business Economics
Corporate Finance
Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

Semester 2 Global Teamwork

Management Accounting
Business & Society
Financial Statement Analysis
Doing Business in International Markets
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Option Module 1
Option Module 2
Option Module 3

Optional Modules can include

Managing the Negotiation Process
Managing Sales Relations
Strategy Execution
Corporate Governance
Financing New Ventures
Global Network Immersion Week

Summer Term - Knowledge in Action

Global and Corporate Strategy
Strategies for Human Resources
Capstone Project

Extra Curricular Activities

Exchange Programme
Full-time MBA participants have the opportunity to complete their MBA by undertaking an exchange period at one of our exchange partners abroad. We have exchange partners in Asia, India, South Africa, North America and South America (subject to availability).


MBA Extra
Engaging beyond the classroom is integral to experiencing the Smurfit MBA, and many of the events, networking opportunities, and creative engagements that you will experience bolster the vitality of the course.

The Extras
International Study Trip 
MBA participants are expected to participate in the one-week study trip as part of the Doing Business in Emerging Markets module. The trip takes place in March each year and consists of university visits, seminars, business meetings, networking opportunities and cultural activities. The cost is included in the course fee. For the last two years, the participants have chosen either Brazil or China as their destination.

Exchange Programme 
Full-time MBA participants have the possibility of completing their MBA by undertaking an exchange period at one of our exchange partners abroad, and each semester sees incoming students from exchange partners on campus. We have partners in Asia, India, South Africa, North America and South America (subject to availability).

Global Network for Advanced Management 
This network of 22 of the world's leading business schools provides opportunities for faculty and students to exchange ideas through short, one-week immersion programmes. Participants travel to a host institution for project work such as data collection, sharing case studies, and networking as part of a global team. Network institutions can also nominate high-achieving students for consideration in the highly selective Masters of Advanced Management programme at the Yale School of Management.

Case Study Competitions 
UCD Smurfit School has competed on both the national and international level against fellow MBAs. Presented with a business problem that is currently being faced by a company, teams have a number of hours to create a solution and present their findings to a panel of judges. Competitions also provide an opportunity to network with future business leaders of international companies.

Attracting diverse students to the MBA courses, campus life is abundant with club activities, events, workshops, and seminar opportunities. With many of the full-time MBA participants living on or near campus, participants tie their career and personal interests together through the many extracurricular activities. Finance Club events, Rugby Club matches, the MBA Blog, and regular fundraisers for causes such as Movember are just a few of the regular goings-on that feed our student population.

MBA Alumni Network
We aim to maintain a lifelong relationship with our graduates and foster a culture of their giving back to the current generation of course participants through one-on-one mentoring. With a growing network of 3,500 MBA graduates, becoming a Smurfit MBA participant means that you will be invited to join this diverse hub of excellence.

Assessment method

Assessment for the MBA is based on a combined grade for group assignments and presentations, individual projects, class participation and written examinations. Graduates are given a GPA and level result.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: Late August 2018

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