MBA full-time MBA Programme

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Application deadline: Dec 15, Mar 15, May 15, Jul 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 29,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 29,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Who is the full-time MBA for?

Those who want to take time out from their career to develop management skills and learn how to run a business more efficiently. Our MBA students come from a range of academic disciplines and backgrounds. Over 50% of students are international, with approximately 30% female.

What will I learn? As a full-time MBA student, you will build on your previous experience and acquire new skills to solve business challenges. You will gain practical experience in finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, economics, human resources, leadership, communications and information technology. Learning is both classroom-based and project-based in small, intimate class sizes.

How will I benefit? Career development: An MBA gives you a competitive advantage in the job market, and it will help fast-track your career progression, or give you the edge as an entrepreneur.

Personal development: Your interpersonal and communication skills, leadership ability, self-awareness and confidence will be enhanced by your MBA experience.

Networking: The business, peer and alumni networks you create while studying for your MBA can be invaluable to you throughout your career. The MBA will help you to learn how to use networks more efficiently.

Salary enhancement: The average salary increase immediately after the MBA is 40%.


You will study a wide range of business subjects, such as economics, accounting, strategy, marketing, organisational behaviour and information technology.

Programme structure The MBA programme has three parts:

Core Courses

The programme begins in September with a week-long orientation. You will then begin to study your core courses.

During the second semester, MBA participants are expected to participate in a one-week study tour, to dynamic markets like India and China.

In-company strategy project

All participants complete an in-company strategy project over a 7 week period in the second semester (March-April). Through discussion with the programme director and careers office, participants choose from real business challenges in sectors where they are looking to gain experience. This is a novel approach to integrating a form of internship into a one year MBA programme.

Specialist electives

From term three onwards, you will choose specialist electives to complement your core courses. The extensive range of elective courses allows you to choose subjects that suit your career goals. You can develop areas of expertise that you can then use to improve your position in the workplace.

Summer electives

You can complete you MBA by either undertaking a company project, an international exchange to China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai or the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore or by completing two summer electives. Academics from a number of renowned Business Schools (such as Wharton, Purdue, Cornel, Imperial and London Business School) offer advanced electives in June and July.

Getting your MBA Your MBA is based on a combined grade for group assignments and presentations, individual projects, class participation and written examinations.

Download the MBA Full Time Curriculum


* A university degree or professional qualification
* A minimum of three years´ professional experience
* An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) - Minimum score 550.
Click here to download an information sheet on the GMAT. Information on GMAT preparation courses can be accessed at * If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English, an English language qualification is required (eg: IELTS/TOEFL). IELTS - an overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each section. TOEFL - a minimum of 100 on the internet-based test, 250 on the computer based test; or 600 on the paper-based test.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.



UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold the `triple crown´ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence. These accreditations benchmark us against the best in the world and position UCD Smurfit School on the global map. Attaining these accreditations requires us to continually evaluate and enhance our own courses and programmes.

* AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International is the USA-based body, which awards accreditation following a review of the quality of Degree programmes delivered by each Management School.
* EQUIS: This is the quality improvement system administered by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) throughout Europe. EQUIS is awarded on the basis of quality controls on the entire range of activities within an institution.
* AMBA: The Association of MBAs is a British-based organisation which concentrates specifically on MBA programmes and accredits those which reach its standards.


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