The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MBA has a strong international track record and a 50 year history. The school’s part-time Executive MBA programme was one of the first in Europe established in 1964 while the full-time one-year MBA was established 28 years ago in 1991.
The UCD MBA core pillars incorporate action learning, global immersion and leadership development into the learning process. These are our core differentiators in addition to excellent academic content, as determined by our ranking as a top 100 business school.
The UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish institute that has been included in the prestigious Financial Times Global MBA rankings for almost two consecutive decades. Currently the full-time MBA is ranked 89th in the world, while the Executive part-time MBA is ranked 68th. In December 2018 the school was ranked 23rd in the 2018 Financial Times ranking of leading European Business Schools.
Ensuring a truly global perspective
The Smurfit MBA is designed to develop global leaders.
A member of the Global Network of Advanced Management(GNAM) network of 29 business schools including Yale, INSEAD and LSE, the Smurfit MBA will offer you a global perspective through international study trips and exchanges, action learning via global collaboration, exposure to thought leaders on global issues and problem-solving in international settings.
In the first semester students have the option of visiting one school for a global network immersion week and UCD Smurfit School also hosts Global Immersion Weeks
for visiting MBA students. In October 2018 UCD Smurfit School hosted a GNAM week entitled Digital Business Leadership with students visiting from IE Business School, Yale School of Management and ESMT Berlin.
Students can participate in two international modules delivered overseas - Doing Business in International Markets and the International Consulting Project.
Doing Business in International Markets combines a variety of high -level company visits, presentations and panel discussions from leading executives, government officials and entrepreneurs, all relevant to the core management disciplines being studied. Key themes are developed for each destination creating a unique environment from which to learn about the country's business and cultural landscape. Importantly, the Study Tour not only provides a unique learning experience, but also a fantastic opportunity for participants to spend time together socially and lay the foundation for strong future relationships. This year students had a choice of trips to Vietnam & Singapore or South America.
The purpose of the International Consultancy Project Trip is to develop research knowledge and skills to solve live business problems faced by companies operating in international markets. Key topics include organisational diagnosis, data collection, data analysis, a foundational overview on the strategic and cultural nuances of operating in a specific market, strategic planning tools, project feasibility, and collaboration with clients. The overall module involves classroom learning and a live consulting project in an international location.
Interested in learning more about the Smurfit MBA don’t miss our MBA Information Evening on Wednesday April 10
th6-8.30pm. For details and to register click here