UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MBA
We are Ireland’s leading business school - our programmes are highly ranked and we have been triple accredited by EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB for more than 20 years. Our full-time MBA programme has been highly ranked for more than 10 years, climbing to No. 67 in The Economist Global full-time MBA Ranking 2021. We are the only Irish member of the leading business school alliances CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) and are proud to be amongst the top 1% of global business schools.
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.
Our aim is to empower you to create a meaningful impact in business and society at the end of your studies. We are very focused on learning by doing and this means that we give you a unique set of business and behavioural skills. We will equip you to think creatively, nurture a global mindset and in addition to excellent academic outputs we will develop your leadership skills looking at negotiation, communication, networking and collaboration, as well as building your critical thinking skills.
Type of Courses available:
Full-time MBA (1 year full-time)
Modular Executive MBA ( 2 years with flexible learning)
Accreditation: AMBA, EQUIS, AMBA
- Our Executive MBA is ranked 62nd in the world
- The school is ranked 23rd in the Financial Times' ranking of leading European Business Schools
Economist Intelligence Unit
- Our Full-Time MBA is ranked 67th in the global rankings
- Our Executive MBA is ranked 57th in the global rankings
QS World University Rankings
- Our Full Time MBA programme is ranked 37th in Europe
- Our Executive MBA programme is ranked 46th globally
Length of Work Experience:
MBA FT: Minimum 3 years/Average 8 years
Modular EMBA: Minimum 3 years/Average 15 years
Managerial experience: All sectors and backgrounds are considered.
MBA FT: 31 years
Modular Executive MBA: 38 years
End of August
Length of Course:
MBA FT: 12 months
Modular Executive MBA - 2 years part-time/flexible learning
Profile of our current full-time MBA cohort of students:
646 Average GMAT
27% Female students
73% Male students
88% International participants
8 Average years work experience
151 Average EA score
31 Average student age
Profile of current modular EMBA students:Average EA: 151 Average GMAT: 606 Average student age: 38 Average work experience: 15 years 41% female 59% male Close
- A university degree*
- A minimum of three years’ quality professional experience (excluding summer placements, part-time or temporary work experience).
A valid score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Full-Time MBA: preferred minimum score of 600. Please note that we look at applications on a holistic basis, and a high GMAT score does not guarantee admission. The average GMAT for our current MBA class is 646. If you have any questions in regards to your application we recommend that you contact the MBA Admissions team.Executive MBA: GMAT score of 520 or above required. GMAC Executive Assessment (EA): EA score of 149 and above required. More information on the EA available here. Please note the EA is accepted for EMBA applicants only. The current average EA score for our EMBA class is 151/200.
For both the MBA full-time and EMBA, apart from meeting the minimum overall GMAT/EA score, candidates must also do reasonably well in the quantitative component of this test.
Alternatively to the above, candidates for both the full-time and EMBA can submit a valid GRE Test Score. Indicative equivalencies are available through GRE
NB: Please note that scholarship competitions may require earlier submission of a GMAT score, which may vary from those noted above. View our Scholarships page for more details.
- All applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. If English is not your first language you must present with the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in a majority English speaking country.**
An average IELTS score of 7.0 over all components and a minimum of 6.5 in each band on the Academic Version.
A minimum score of 100 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iTB) with minimum score 24 in Writing, and minimum score 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components.
For all proficiency tests the results must normally have been issued within two years prior to the start of your programme.
Through our rigorous selection process we endeavour to manage expectations so that the candidate’s aspirations for the programme and career objectives are aligned with what the programme can deliver.
*If you do not hold a university degree equivalent to NFQ Level 8 please contact Admissions for further advice on the non-standard admissions process.
**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.
Full-time MBA: € 34,500
Modular Exec MBA: €15,950 pa