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About UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

UCD College of Business has provided business education for over a century, first introducing the Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1908. In 1964, University College Dublin became one of the first universities in Europe to offer the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 1991, the graduate business school opened its own campus in Blackrock, County Dublin. With over 100 faculty members, 1,400 students and 80,000 alumni worldwide, UCD Smurfit School is one of a small number of business schools worldwide and the only school in Ireland, to hold triple international accreditation (US - AACSB, European - EQUIS and UK – AMBA).

The school’s programmes have been consistently ranked among the leading European business schools’ programmes by the Economist and Financial Times, since 2000.

Rankings/ Partnerships

Financial Times Global Rankings:

  • Our Full-Time MBA is ranked as 94th in the world and 25th in Europe
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked 74th in the world
  • Our Executive Education Open Enrolment programme is ranked 48th in the world
  • Our Masters in International Management is ranked 15th in the world
  • Our MSc Finance is ranked 36th in the world
  • The school is ranked 24th in the Financial Times' ranking of leading European Business Schools
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Global Rankings:
  • Our Full-time MBA is ranked 100th in the global rankings
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked 55th in the global rankings

Elite partnerships

Owing to its international reputation UCD Smurfit School is a member of a number of invitation-only networks of the world’s top business schools. They include:

  • Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) where UCD Smurfit School represents Ireland in this strategic global alliance of leading Business Schools and Multinational Companies. It currently comprises 30 world-class academic institutions and over 60 of the world’s leading multinational companies and a number of NGOs.
  • Global Network for Advanced Management in which UCD College of Business is a member of an alliance of elite international business schools, numbering just 25 that connect to address the complex leadership issues of business and society worldwide including Yale School of Management, London School of Economics and INSEAD.
  • Partnership in International Management (PIM), a worldwide invitation-only consortium of top business schools which provides a framework for international co-operation primarily at the graduate level.
  • UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), where UCD College of Business has signed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education with the objective of providing future leaders with the necessary insights and skills to reflect upon, critically analyse, and provide leadership with regard to corporate responsibility.
  • UNICON, an invitation only alliance of the world’s leading university-based executive education providers where members share knowledge, research and perspectives to support the evolution of executive development programmes to ensure they continually provide best practice informed by global insights. UCD Smurfit Executive Development is the only Irish member and one of just 22 European business schools including INSEAD, London Business School, IESE and IMD to be awarded full membership. Other international members include the very elite of Ivy League business schools; Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Technology and Innovation

UCD Belfield Courses ran in conjunction with UCD Smurfit School

Our Executive Development Courses include:

Professional Diplomas in:

MSc Programmes

Industry Programmes Bord Bia

Short Programmes


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