UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

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In 1964, University College Dublin became one of the first universities in Europe to offer the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA). With over 100 faculty members, 1,400 students and 70,000 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 courses have been consistently ranked among the leading European business schools’ by the Economist and Financial Times, since 2000. The School is also a member of CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management, alliances of leading global business schools.
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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. We offer a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that equip students to become the business leaders of the future. Our success is down to an unwavering commitment to excellence. We are one of 77 schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies.

The Smurfit MBA at UCD is transformational. Its focus is to provide the next generation of global leaders who will contribute meaningfully to the societies and economies they live and work in. Our participants enjoy the unique benefits of Ireland’s largest university yet the intimacy of a dedicated campus only a short distance from Dublin’s city centre. Through a rich blend of engaged participants, academic excellence, the Leadership Development Programme, and a dedicated MBA Career Service, participants complete the MBA with an international qualification and a transformed professional life.

  • Triple accredited – AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK)
  • Only Irish Business School whose degrees are consistently ranked in the Financial Times & The Economist
  • Only Irish member of leading school alliances including the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) and CEMS
  • We offer a number of MBA scholarships

Program Info

Type of Course:
Full-time MBA

Accreditation: AMBA, EQUIS, AMBA

Rankings: Our full-time MBA is ranked 70th in the world and 22nd in Europe by the Financial Times. It is ranked 84th in the world by the Economist. Overall UCD Smurfit School is ranked 29th in the prestigious Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking (2016).

Length of Work Experience:
MBA FT: Minimum 3 years/Average 6 years

Managerial experience: yes, all sectors and backgrounds are considered.

MBA FT: 23 (degree + 3yrs work experience).

Average: 29.

Age Range 24-42 years - 2016/2017

Starting Dates:
MBA FT: End of August

Length of Course:
MBA FT: 12 months

Ratio Male/Female: 58%:42%

International Participants: 70%+


GMAT Score: minimum score 600 (average 640 in 2016/17)

2 references required, normally from current or former employers

4 short essays required (max 300 words)

Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume required

English language requirement for non-native English speakers / majority English speaking countries: IELTS / TOEFL requirements are available here


Full-time MBA: € 34,500




Address: UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin,
Telephone: +353 1 716 8862
Fax: +353 1 716 8981

Email: mba@ucd.ie
Website: www.smurfitschool.ie



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