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The Smurfit Executive MBA is designed to accelerate your professional trajectory and move you up the career ladder by building on your extensive work experience. Since EMBA participants come from all types of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, you’ll learn alongside accountants, artists, engineers, doctors, marketing professionals, non-profit leaders, and many more.

With a wide range of industries represented in our intimate classroom settings, participants on the UCD Smurfit EMBA are prepared to reflect on their strengths, gain a broader perspective, and determine the most fruitful career path to achieve their personal goals.

Academic Engagement
We have 50 years' experience in delivering the MBA. Learning is both classroom and project-based, emphasizing your abilities as a leader through team projects and global experiences, and working with a company for your Capstone Project. Case method learning puts you at the helm of leading companies as you debate and collaborate with classmates about changing markets, short timelines, and complicated policies. In addition, with an open-door policy, the dedicated MBA Programme Office staff is here to support you on your EMBA journey.

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.


24 months - Part-time

Two delivery options

Semesters: 12 weeks of lectures plus 1 week of exams

Midweek Monday & Thursday evenings 5.30pm - 9.45pm

Friday afternoon: 2pm - 6.30pm

Saturday morning: 9am - 1.30pm

Careers or further progression

The 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-EMBA 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.

Further enquiries

MBA Admissions
Telephone: +353 1 716 8862

Subjects taught

As an EMBA participant, you will build on your previous experience and gain practical skills in Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Human Resources, Leadership, Communications and Information Technology.

Year 1
Foundation Week (End August)
Semester 1 (Sept-Dec)
4 Core Modules
LDP: Team Building
Careers: Personal Skills

Semester 2 (Jan-May)
4 Core Modules
LDP: Personal Development

Year 2
Semester 1 (Sept-Dec)
4 Core Modules
LDP: One to One Executive Business Coaching
Careers: Strategic Job Search

Semester 2 (Jan-May)
1 Core Modules
3 Option Modules
Optional: International Study Trip
LDP: Emotional Intelligence and 360 Peer Review
Careers: Job Acquisition

Summer (June-July)
Capstone Project
Occasional block options offered
Global Network Immersion Weekend (optional)

Foundation Week: Orienting Yourself (End August)
A week-long 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, IT Research Skills, and an Introduction to Finance.

Year 1: Core Development (Sept-Dec & Jan-May) 
Semester 1
Financial Reporting
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Competitive Strategy
Leadership and OB

Semester 2
Business & Society
Corporate Finance
Strategic IS
Management Accounting

Year 2: Individual Advancement (Sept-Dec & Jan-May) 
Semester 1
Investment Management
Corporate & Global Strategy
Performance Driven Marketing
Leading the Innovative Enterprise

Semester 2
Leading the Innovative Enterprise
Option Module
Option Module
Option Module

Option Modules can include:
Corporate Governance
Managing the Negotiations Process
Management Consultancy
Financial Statement Analysis
Managing Sales Relations
Strategic Marketing
Strategy Execution

Summer Term: Knowledge into Action (June-July)
Capstone Project

Extraccurricular Activities
MBA Blog
MBA Clubs
International MBA Sporting Competitions
Intervarsity MBA Strategy Competitions
Networking Events
Social Events

International Study Trip
EMBA participants have the opportunity to take the ‘Doing Business in Emerging Markets’ option module in semester 2 of year 2 at an additional cost. The one-week study trip takes place in March each year and consists of university visits, seminars, business meetings, networking opportunities and cultural activities. For the last two years, the participants have chosen either Brazil or China as their destination, and destinations are reviewed on a yearly basis.

Leadership Development Programme
The Leadership Development Programme (LDP) empowers participants to focus on the skills necessary to communicate effectively, understand themselves, and lead others.

Individual: through a series of workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and self-reflection assignments, you’ll gain insight into how you interact, approach situations, and communicate with others.

Team: each semester you will be placed in diverse teams that focus on understanding the emotional and social intelligence of others and improving relationship management skills.

Organisation: once you’ve discovered how you affect yourself and others, we look beyond to how your new managerial toolkit makes you a top-notch leader.


The UCD Smurfit Executive MBA doesn’t just satisfy your intellectual curiosity, it also provides a valuable competitive advantage in the job market. As the only Irish EMBA to hold ‘triple crown’ EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB accreditation and top world rankings, the course attracts an international, innovative, and driven cohort of participants every year.

Balancing work and study 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!

Business Case for Corporate Investment (EMBA)
Are you seeking corporate sponsorship from your employer to undertake the MBA? The following document outlines the steps to take when preparing your business case for funding.

Assessment method

Assessment for the EMBA 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.

Application date

Applications will be accepted on a continuous or rolling basis. Normal application turnaround time is 3-4 weeks

A complete application includes the following:
•Online Application Form.
•Curriculum Vitae.
•Official GMAT record sheet/confirmation of GMAT date.
•Official IELTS/TOEFL record sheet or confirmation of IELTS/TOEFL date(if applicable).
•Official certified transcripts of degrees and /or professional qualifications.
•Four essays. The 4 essay questions are as follows:1.Beyond what is outlined in your Curriculum Vitae, what will be your unique contribution to your MBA class? (Max. 300words).
2.What in your opinion is UCD Smurfit Schools' responsibility to you as an MBA student and what is your responsibility to the School? (Max. 300 words).
3.What makes the UCD MBA programme your first choice MBA? (Max. 300 words).
4.What are your career expectations in the 3 years post MBA? (Max. 300 words).

•Two recommendation letters: for authenticity these must be signed by hand and scanned prior to submission. MBA Recommendation Form
•Application fee: €50. Your application will not be visible to the Admissions office until your application fee has been registered.

Your application form, essays, CV and all support documents should be submitted via the online application centre.

Admission interview
All eligible candidates will be interviewed. International candidates can be interviewed via telephone, video-conference etc. Following the Admissions interview, a final application review takes place. Our decision will then be given within ten days.

Application Deadline
We would encourage all interested candidates to submit their applications as early as possible. Once received applications are reviewed and eligible candidates are schedule for interview, therefore the earlier you apply, the earlier you will be interviewed and successful candidates can then be offered a place. We receive a high volume of applications and competition for places on the programme is intense.

For MBA programmes commencing in August 2017, applications will be accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis.

Important points to note:
1. International candidates requiring visas to study in Ireland are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time for study permit/student visa processing.
2. We apply the same selection criteria throughout the year but competition for places is greatest in Spring and Summer, thus, we do encourage applicants to apply early.

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is a four-hour test which examines writing skills, mathematical reasoning, integrated and verbal reasoning. The test is marked out of 800 points.

Applications can be submitted without GMAT results. Any decision made regarding the application will be conditional, pending receipt of official GMAT score report.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: Late August 2017

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