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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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At least 3 year(s) of work experience are 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.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
The School is built upon an extraordinary leadership gift from Dr Michael WJ Smurfit. His generosity, and that of our patrons, sponsors, alumni and friends, has allowed us to maintain our position as one of the top European business schools.