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Entry Requirements

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

Entry Requirements


A first class or second class honours grade 1 Business degree. An overall final average grade of 63% or GPA of 3.20/4.2 will be required (or equivalent). For students from the University of Limerick, a final QCA of 3.12 or higher is required.

To have achieved full exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland's (ICAI) CAP 1 Examinations. See for more details on these examinations. If you do not have full CAP 1 exemptions from your undergraduate degree you can complete your outstanding CAP 1 subjects as an external student with ICAI. See  for more details. If you are unsure as to whether you will achieve full CAP 1 exemptions upon completion of your undergraduate degree then you should contact Chartered Accountants Ireland on

A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience.

Students without full CAP 1 exemptions will not be admitted to the programme. All CAP 1 exemptions must be obtained before the start of term in September 2017.

Students who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of Ireland should contact the ICAI directly regarding their eligibility for CAP 1 exemptions on

Note that admissions entry requirements are changing for this programme. These will be updated here no later than 15 October 2017.



Fees Full-Time EU: €13,350  (academic year 2017/2018)
Full-Time Non-EU: €18,300 (academic year 2017/2018)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year. Read more here.

Information & Requirements

If English is not your first language, an english language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes.  the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through english, in an english speaking country.  Learn More

Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.

The Smurfit Admissions Department comprises a dedicated team who are available to answer any questions you might have in relation to the wide range of Business Masters programmes. If you would like to find out more about our programmes or the application process, then please don't hesitate to contact us.  

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