UCD Smurfit School rises three places in Financial Times 2022 Executive MBA Ranking
By Beth Gormley, UCD College of Business, PR and Communications Manager
The Executive MBA programme at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has been ranked 69th globally in the highly reputed Financial Times 2022 Executive MBA Rankings.
The Financial Times ranks Executive MBA programmes based on several criteria as part of its analysis, including average absolute salary increase, percentage of international faculty and percentage of female students, among others. From 2021, there was an 10% increase in average salary for UCD Smurfit School EMBA graduates within three years of completing the programme.
In addition, the programme saw an increase of international faculty from 39% to 43% and an increased percentage of female students rising from 26% to 41%. The School’s new Modular EMBA has helped in this achievement as it designed with a flexible schedule suited to those juggling demanding careers, with young families or based outside of Dublin. Typically, students will be on campus once a month (Friday and Saturday) and will undertake a number of week-long modules over the course of the two-year programme. Dates are locked in and modules are spread out evenly over the course of the programme allowing for long-term scheduling.
Enhancing the quality and diversity of UCD’s community is a primary objective in the University’s strategy and a key priority for the UCD College of Business. Targeted recruitment of a diverse student and faculty cohort has resulted in significant upticks in gender balance and increased faculty from around the globe.
In addition, UCD College of Business recently received AMBA reaccreditation, one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating the School’s continuing commitment to excellence in management education.