Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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.


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%.


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.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Work Experience

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 34500 International
  • EUR 34500 EU/EEA


Fees for the full-time MBA programme

The fee for the programme is EUR29,500.

Fees are paid in three instalments: August, January and May. Full time MBA candidates must pay a non-refundable booking deposit of EUR1000 to secure a place on the programme. This deposit will be deducted from Semester 1 tuition fees. You can pay online at


Irish students

Local Authority Grant: You may be eligible for a local authority grant. Click here for further details: Department of Education and Science. Qualification is subject to means, age, academic attainment and residence.

Mature Student Grant scheme: You may qualify if you are over 23 years of age and live independently of your parents´ home. Contact your local authority for more information.

Student loans: If you are applying for a student loan, the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has agreed student loan rates with AIB and Bank of Ireland. For further information contact: AIB UCD Branch, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Tel. 00353 1 2694499 or Bank of Ireland University Branch Montrose, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. Tel. 00353 1 2696677 .

Tax relief: You can apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief on your tuition fees. Click here for further details: Revenue Commissioners.

Students from the UK

The Association of MBAs offer loans to MBA students or you can apply for a Career Development Loan from the Department of Education and Skills. Further information can be found at

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is accredited by AMBA. Smurfit School students from the UK can apply for an AMBA loan deal through the Natwest Bank. For further information: Tel. 0800 200 400 (UK) or 0044 207 390 2532 (outside UK).

Students from the US and Canada

You may be eligible for a US Federal Loan from the Department of Education or you can take out a private education loan from a bank in the US. To obtain information about Federal Loans please see

Canadian students can apply for a loan from the Canadian Student Loan Program. Click here for further details: CanLearn .Students may also be able to take out a private loan from the Canadian Higher Education Loan Program. Application forms are available from and

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.