Institution / Waterford Institute of Technology

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 and 2016. 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

We have recently redesigned our MBA programme so that students can work on action research assignments in their own organisations. Candidates on the programme also participate in a number of professional development workshops and travel to Boston as part of an international study tour at our partner university, Sawyer Business School at Suffolk university. These interventions have supported our students to take up positions across all types of organisations, from leading technology innovators such as Salesforce to consulting firms and banks such as AIB and State Street Bank. Wherever you want to work, our professional development and networking events help to connect our students to leading organisations in Ireland and overseas.

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.

Recent employer organisations who have supported students on our programme include some of the following:
Waterford Crystal
Bank of Ireland
Lake Region Medical
Sun Life Financial
State Street
Johnson & Johnson

Further enquiries

Dr. Tom Egan
Course Leader
Tel: 051 302 426

Prof. Denis Harrington
B.Comm (Hons), MBA, PhD, FRSA -
Head of Department of Graduate Business
Tel: 051 302 427


Subjects taught

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

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

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


Qualification: Master in Business Administration (90 credits, Level 9)

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing September 2018

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