Sunday Business Post MBA Scholarship

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 in late August 2018.
Open Date 1st October 2017
Close Date 27th November 2017
Status Closed
Value Up to 100% tuition fees

Register Your Interest

Register your interest in this Scholarship HERE

Open to all successful applicants for the MBA and Executive MBA, who are ordinarily resident in Ireland, achieving the relevant minimum GMAT score or above (MBA FT: min GMAT 600; EMBA: min GMAT 520). 

Please note the GMAT deadline is 12 February 2018.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship. All successful applicants for the MBA and Executive MBA who have met the deadlines noted below, will be considered for short-listing for the assessment centre.

Shortlisted applicants will be eligible to attend one assessment centre only.


Round One Scholarship Deadlines:

MBA Application Deadline:

Monday, 27 November 2017

GMAT Deadline:

Monday, 12 February 2018*

Assessment Centre Date:

Monday, 26 February 2018 from 9:45am to 1pm

 * Please select UCD Smurfit as a recipient school for your GMAT Official Score Report on the day of the exam (University College Dublin - Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School). Score reports can take up to 20 days to become available to the School, so please email a copy of your provisional results to (which you will receive on the day of the exam), before or on the GMAT deadline noted above. For further information please refer to the GMAC website.

  1. Competition is open to residents of Ireland except employees of UCD and The Sunday Business Post, and their associated affiliated or subsidiary companies, and their immediate families, agents, or anyone connected with this competition. 
  2. The competition is open to those who have already submitted an application directly to UCD Smurfit School, for 2018 entry to the full-time or executive MBA programmes.
  3. The Sunday Business Post MBA Scholarship will be awarded to the candidate deemed to be of the highest calibre by the UCD Smurfit School assessment panel. UCD Smurfit School reserves the right not to award the Scholarship prize if no candidate of the required calibre is identified. The decision is final and any further correspondence will not be entered into. 
  4. Candidates should have a university degree or equivalent professional qualification, a minimum of three years' professional experience, the required minimum score or above on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and two references, normally from current and/or former employers and/or colleagues.
  5. The winning candidate has a choice of participating on the one year Full-time MBA or the Executive MBA (Midweek or Weekend option).
  6. Scholarship consists of either one year full-time MBA or two years' part-time MBA tuition fees, worth up to €34,500.
  7. The competition is not open to recipients of any other MBA scholarships being awarded by UCD Smurfit School, but is to open to those who have applied for 2018 entry to the programme.
  8. Deadline for submission of MBA programme applications: Monday 27th November 2017
  9. The scholarship winner must have taken and secured the relevant minimum GMAT test entry score by Monday, 12 February 2018.
  10. Shortlisted candidates will be assessed at the assessment centre on Monday 26th February 2018.
  11. Winning candidate will be informed following the Assessment Centre on Monday, 26 February 2018
  12. Candidates must be available to commence the MBA programme end of August 2018.
  13. Scholarships cannot be deferred to a future academic year
  14. No cash alternative.
  15. No substitutions allowed.
  16. Winner must agree to participate in publicity, if applicable.
  17. By entering you are deemed to have accepted the rules and terms & conditions of the competition.

If you would like more information on this scholarship or our MBA programme, please contact our MBA Admissions Manager, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on or phone +353 1 716 8862.

Scholarships Notice

Candidates qualifying for more than one scholarship or bursary and successful in that, can’t add or combine them. They will be awarded the higher amount. Candidates can't transfer or use one scholarship or bursary between or against another programme. Scholarships and bursaries are also not allowed to be deferred to a future academic year so will be awarded to the student for the year they are offered a place only in UCD Smurfit. That is, students can't defer their place in UCD Smurfit to a future year.

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