The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MBA

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MBA

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

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MBA has a strong international track record and a 54 year history. The school’s part-time Executive MBA programme was one of the 1st in Europe established in 1964 while the full-time one-year MBA was established in 1991.

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 94th 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.

UCD Smurfit School is the only school in Ireland to hold the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA – an accolade accomplished by only 82 other schools worldwide.

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.

Students have the option of participating in a global network immersion week at another international business school 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.
GNAM Immersion week October 2018

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. Previous Study Tour destinations have included South Korea, Japan, South Africa, China, India and Brazil. Last year students could avail of trips to Vietnam and Singapore and Chile and Santiago and this year’s destinations include Tokyo & Seoul.
UCD Smurfit MBA - International Study Tour - Chile & Peru 2018

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. For the past 2 years students travelled to Iceland:

The Smurfit MBA Consulting Project

Don’t miss your chance to win the Sunday Business Post MBA Scholarship 2019.
The Sunday Business Post, in association with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is offering one exceptional candidate the chance of a lifetime! A scholarship to an upper value of €34,500 for the Full-time or Executive (part-time) MBA programme, starting August 2019.
For further details on this scholarship competition and to enter visit here

Interested in learning more about the Smurfit MBA don’t miss our MBA Experience Day on Saturday January 26th at UCD Smurfit School. For details and to register click here

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