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Business Administration - Executive MBA

What is the Executive Master of Business Administration?
On the WIT MBA programme, you will develop skills and learn concepts that will accelerate your career, serving you throughout your professional life. The course is about personal accomplishment, new insights and frameworks for thinking, about building stronger skills, expanding horizons, good governance and leadership in a challenging corporate environment.

Our MBA Programme transforms individuals, who in turn go on to transform their organisations. The faculty who deliver on the MBA programme are exceptional research-led academics. This research also focuses on discovering the most powerful ways to train new leaders, and putting those ideas into practice in our curriculum.

WIT Business School is also an active member of the MBA Association Ireland and we regularly host events which enhance the learning and professional development of our students (for more information see This year the WIT Executive MBA group were announced All-Ireland Strategy Case Competition Champions for the MBA Association of Ireland National Strategy Competition 2015. Organised by the MBA Association of Ireland, the competition is open to all MBA programmes across Ireland, past winners having included UCD, NUIG and DCU.

Special Feature
The WIT Executive MBA group also participate in an International Residential study programme in Boston where the group are hosted by our partner university, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University. The international study programme has been designed to expose executives to best international practices in management education, practice and learning. The 10 day study visit provides students with an important awareness and exposure to international business ideas, concepts and practices. Equally, it allows for their professional development in an international context thereby enhancing their career and management prospects with international businesses.

Entry requirements

There is no single formula for a successful applicant. Candidates are evaluated for their achievements, their potential, and the fit between what they aspire to achieve and what our MBA Program has to offer. If you believe that the EMBA may be right for you, we encourage you to get all the information that you need to apply to our program. Join us at one of the information events we run throughout the region, or arrange a consultation with the programme director to discuss your interest.

When making an application, we specifically look for:
• A degree or equivalent. In some cases where managers have exceptional experience (of at least 10 years), an application will be considered
• Minimum age of 23 years
• At least three years of relevant business experience
• Satisfactory performance at an admission interview
• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.


2 Years - Part-Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Most of our EMBA graduates (around 90%) wish to accelerate their career with their existing employer, using the programme as a springboard into senior management, or to invigorate their own entrepreneurial enterprise. Taking an Executive MBA sets you apart and is a real signifier of ambition. The programme content, academic engagement and network gives you a genuine edge, helping you to make an ever greater impact on your organisations performance. Over half our students win promotion during the course of their studies. Our graduates have proved very loyal to their employers- with 80% of them staying with their employer after they completed the programme.

The EMBA is a springboard to virtually any type of career—and the process starts long before you earn your degree. For graduates looking for a dramatic change in their career the School offers an extensive array of tools and services to help define your strengths and interests, research appropriate opportunities, connect with organisations and alumni who can assist, and find the right place for you. The career path chosen by course participants can be enhanced by the research focus adopted for their dissertation- articulating them into a role with a new employer or along an entrepreneurial route.

Whether your goal is to progress within your organisation, take on new responsibilities or pursue and enhance an entrepreneurial route, the programme will give you the knowledge, insights, network and confidence to succeed.

Student Testimonial
“I found the EMBA programme at WIT to be very beneficial – the strong staff-student interactions, the emphasis on teamwork and the focused dissertation - gave me the skills and confidence to deal with a variety of management issues in my organisation.”
Tom Healy, Vice President Custody, State Street Bank, Kilkenny

"I found the Executive MBA programme at WIT to be a challenging but rewarding experience. The structure of the programme is suitable for executives based in the south east region and the lecturers involved are very supportive. The interactive nature of the course facilitates learning from classmates while also broadening one's professional and social network, and the action research project allows one to apply learning to the workplace in a very practical manner. The international study trip to Boston was also a real highlight and the overall balance between academic material and practice is impressive."
Mark Rogers, Head of Human Resource, Danone Operations Ireland

“My MBA at WIT was an amazing experience. While I was working at board level within my company for a numbers of years and felt I knew the business well, the MBA thought me many other aspects of running a business that are required for success. I have since being appointed the MD of my company and I can safely say that without my MBA from WIT I wouldn’t have achieved that goal. It is an excellent programme run by very experience and professional staff who always made themselves available to the students throughout the course.”
John O'Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy Constructon Ltd.

"I can thoroughly recommend the EMBA programme in WIT. I had been looking to do a personal development programme for some time and this proved to be an excellent choice, which embellished and complimented my previous industry experience. The whole faculty in WIT were extremely supportive as were my classmates, all of which have now become integral to my professional network. The course itself is a blended approach of academic material and industry practice, which when put together is very engaging. More importantly, my EMBA has proved invaluable in my career since, allowing me to move across industry in a leadership capacity with the confidence and skillset to deliver value adding service to our company and customers alike."
Michael Healy, General Manager, NutriScience Ltd.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Dr. Tom Egan
Executive MBA Course Director and Lecturer in Business Studies
Tel: +353-(0)51-302426

Prof. Denis Harrington
B.Comm (Hons), MBA, PhD, FRSA - Head of Department of Graduate Business
Tel: +353-(0)51-302427

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
• Leadership & Organisational Behaviour
• Marketing Management
• Managing People

Semester 2
• Professional Development 1
• Operational Excellence
• Accounting for Managers
• Business Research & Analysis

Year 2
Semester 3
• International Management*/Strategic Management
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Business Economics
• Organisational Change and Organisational Change Research Project

*International Management is delivered as a one week trip to Boston at the start of year two of the programme.

Semester 4
• Professional Development 2
• Info Systems & Digital Marketing
• Corporate Finance


Campus: Cork Road

Application date

Closing Date: 30/September/2017

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