Why Smurfit?

Globally Accredited – your guarantee of quality

We are the only Irish School and one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the Triple Crown of Accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. We are also the only Irish member of both CEMS and Yale’s Global Network for Advanced Management, which are global alliances of leading business schools. Our Chinese partners include Xiamen University, Wuhan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, HKUST ,Tsinghua University, Chongqing University, Shenzhen University, Remin University and Fudan University.

Globally Ranked

We are the only Irish business school to offer MBA programmes and Masters degrees that are consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 by the Financial Times and The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Academic Leadership

UCD Smurfit School is a 100 strong team with one mission: To create the future leaders in business. One of the keystones of our reputation as one of the world’s leading business schools is the quality and expertise of our Faculty. Many of our Academics are trained at the world’s leading Universities in the UK and the United States.
They have extensive experience of programme delivery internationally and consult for international corporations and institutions around the World.

International Diversity

Ireland is a globally oriented open economy which is reflected in the School’s ethos and class make up. In 2015 just under half of our students were international, representing over 50 countries worldwide. Our Chinese
students add a welcome and important intercultural dimension to life at UCD Smurfit School so it is an opportunity for you to 'get of your comfort zone' and gain excellent international diversity. In addition, you will make friends with students from all around the World and have plenty of networking opportunities.

Wide range of courses

In addition to the Smurfit MBA, we offer an extensive range of specialist and general Business Masters degrees for both business and non-business graduates. Subject areas include Accounting, Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, MIS (Management Information Systems) and Technology.


Our research community produces work of international importance and has approx. 50 PhD and research Masters students.

Course Structure

Our courses combine lectures, seminars, case studies, role playing, leading industry guest speakers, simulations and practical projects. Many offer internships.

Smurfit School Support Services

We provide our Chinese students with excellent support services


Our graduates are in high demand; 92% of the class of 2013 were employed within 6 months of graduating from UCD Smurfit School with a further 2% in further study or training. Unlike the USA or the UK, after completing your MSc studies at the Smurfit School of Business a 1 year post study work visa is guaranteed. To help you towards potential graduate employment, we offer a full career guidance service under the direction of trained and experienced recruitment Specialists.

We host approx. 6 on-site career fairs in our school each year. Chinese students are employed in Irish companies such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Aon, Citibank, Kerry Group, PwC, Deloitte, Keeling’s Ltd, Accenture, IBM, HP, Richard Insurance Solutions, NBC Global Finance, Geneva Trading, Irish Life to mention just a few. In China, our Chinese graduates are employed in companies i.e. Noah Private Wealth Management, Xiamen Rural Commercial Bank, Jushiyi Investment Consulting , Deloitte, Skyworth Overseas, E-Capital Transfer, Haide Medical Device, Alltech, Huawei, First Capital Futures, Cheng Tong Group, Shanghai Jahwa, Fenglian Finance, China Minsheng Bank, Jinshang International Financial Leasing Ltd, Huafu Fund Management Company, Xiamen Hongxin Kingberg Financial Leasing Company, Bank of Communications, Sogou, Hebei Finance University, Industrial Bank, Huawei, Huaxia Bank and many other Chinese organisations in various roles and sectors.

Alumni Network

Our graduates leave us equipped with the tools for success in the world of business and join our global Alumni Network of over 70,000 graduates.

Internships and Company Projects

Many of our courses provide an opportunity for you to gain exposure to leading Irish and international organisations through internships and company projects which allow you to draw valuable skills from industry.

Unique Benefits to Chinese Students

UCD Smurfit School is located in Dublin, Ireland - a vibrant hub of innovation and home to the European Headquarters of many multinational organisations. Strong corporate connections and industry links exist between the school and both national and global organisations. If you wish to experience living in one of Europe's fastest growing economies, in one of the world's friendliest cities, while earning an internationally recognised top quality qualification, it’s time to find out more about UCD Smurfit School.

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