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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 minimum second-class honours (Grade 1) degree (or equivalent) in Business/Economics or a related discipline.

Fluency in English and one other CEMS language.  Preference will be given to candidates with 3+ languages.

You must submit two letters of recommendation as part of your application (Academic or Employer recommendations only).

In addition to the above academic requirements, you also need to demonstrate the following:

As part of the admissions process, you will be required to attend an interview.



Fees Full-Time EU: €15,705 (academic year 2020/2021)
Full-Time Non-EU: €19,900 (academic year 2020/2021)


UCD Alumni can now enjoy a 5% tuition reduction when they are accepted to a programme at UCD Smurfit School.  T's and C's apply.  Learn more here.

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


Candidates will need 2 languages (one to be English) however, preference will be given to candidates who have three or more languages. The CEMS MIM degree requires at least a basic level of ability in a third language for graduation. Opportunities to acquire same will be offered throughout the course.

Language 1 - English

Language 2 - Any of the below CEMS recognised languages

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch/Afrikaan
  • Farsi/Tajik
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi/Urdu
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian/Malay
  • Italian
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Provide proof of proficiency in one of these languages at B1-B2 level through any locally available testing method (or mother-tongue).  For additional information on application requirements visit

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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