World-ranked, globally-accredited, with a deep network of industry connections and an outstanding track record in graduate employability, you put your future first when choosing UCD Smurfit School. We are one of the world’s leading graduate business schools, located in one of its most exciting capital cities, Dublin. With a mission centred on inspiring transformational change to co-create a better future, our success is underpinned by the quality and expertise of our world-renowned faculty, our dedicated professional staff, diverse student body and global alumni network.

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Success endorses success. Accredited for more than 20 years, we are one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence,  EQUIS (Europe), AACSB (US) and AMBA (UK).  Less than 1% of business schools worldwide are triple accredited. Our accreditations are a signal of quality from international independent peers and are a guarantee that students  will receive a top quality, internationally recognised degree.  

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Globally Ranked

For over two decades we have been consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 by the most internationally respected organisations including The Financial Times and The Economist. These rankings benchmark us against the world’s elite business schools and contribute to an outstanding international reputation amongst academics, employers and business leaders.

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World-Class Faculty

It starts with excellence. Our reputation as a leading globally-connected, research-intensive business school is built on the exceptional talent and experience of our 100-strong faculty recruited from across the world, giving our students the opportunity to learn from the best. Driving innovation and discovery is at the heart of our community of faculty who conduct fundamental research with real, far reaching impact for business and society. Our faculty are international experts across a range of business disciplines and regularly publish in peer reviewed journals and contribute to national and international media outlets.

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Career Impact

Talent is always in demand. And a UCD Smurfit School Masters is a trusted signifier of yours. The proof is in the hiring. 96% of our full-time MSc students are employed within six months of graduating. (Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey published December 2022). 90% of our Full-Time MBA graduates were employed within 3 months of graduating and saw their salaries increase by an average of 74% within 3 years. (Source: Financial Times Rankings 2023). Our goal is to help you target opportunity and secure graduate employment with empowering career guidance.

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Global Alumni Network

Engage with a dynamic ecosystem of contacts, advisors and mentors through our global Alumni Network with over 107,000 graduates in over 40 international chapters, who are actively involved with our students and programmes. Many of our alumni are business leaders not only in their community, but across the globe in the world’s top companies. You’ll connect with a community of leaders and change-makers, innovators and world-shapers. And as your career progresses, take the opportunity to share your own stories and insights. 

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Range of Programmes

We offer a broad-based portfolio of programmes including a globally ranked MBA, a wide range of specialist business masters, a leading PhD programme and a suite of internationally recognised Executive Development programmes. From business staples such as Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management and Marketing to Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Digital Innovation, you’ll find transformative learning opportunities across a wide range of programmes. We are constantly evaluating our programmes to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. 

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Holistic Course Structure

There’s no one way to teach. Nor to learn. The stimulating curriculum here at UCD Smurfit School is delivered holistically, instilling a desire to learn and create, to question and reason, to innovate and to contribute to society at all levels. We cultivate informed, agile, critical and ethical thinkers and doers and create opportunities to learn from diverse perspectives in diverse settings. Students learn through lectures and workshops, case studies and role-playing, practical projects and guest speakers. It’s an open-minded environment to engage, stimulate and inspire. You’re encouraged to challenge yourself and those around you.

Our Beautiful Campus

Located in the seaside village of Blackrock, 10km south of Dublin city centre and just 3 kilometres from the main campus at University College Dublin, our dedicated and intimate campus exudes charm and character. Surrounded by 25 acres of mature parkland, the campus has an exclusive feel. Our unique and beautiful campus offers first-class facilities for our students to study, relax and socialise in. 

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Global Focus and International Diversity

We are proud to be part of a number of prestigious global alliances including GNAM, CEMS, PIM, GBSN and PRME, connecting us with other leading business schools and the business community on a worldwide scale. These partnerships place us on the global map and provide unique opportunities for our students with top peer schools internationally. Over half of our students are international, representing over 60 countries worldwide, adding a welcome and important intercultural dimension to life and learning at UCD Smurfit School.

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Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is a globally oriented, open economy. A small island, and the only English speaking country in the EU, we have always looked outward. Dublin is a compact city with a big heart and a bigger global footprint. It’s home to the world’s leading companies in technology, social media, pharmaceuticals and finance including Google, Meta, Microsoft, LinkedIn and too many others to mention, who collaborate with us and employ our graduates. All have located their European HQs in Ireland’s dynamic capital. We are proud to have one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally-renowned reputation for academic quality.

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