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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 degree average grade of minimum 63% or minimum UCD GPA of 3.30/4.2 will be required (or equivalent), students please contact the UCD Smurfit Admissions Team for grade equivalencies.

An honours primary degree with a minimum of three years relevant work experience.

To have achieved full exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland's (ICAI) CAP 1 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.   All CAP 1 exemptions must be obtained before the start of term in a given academic year.  


The CAP 1 entry requirement may be waived for high performing undergraduate Business students subject to appropriate CAP 1 remediation being agreed prior to admittance to the programme.  High performing undergraduate Business students are Level 8 Irish honours degree level Business students (or international equivalent) with an Hons 1.1 degree result (or equivalent) with a level 8 (or international equivalent) knowledge of financial accounting and reporting, finance and managerial accounting. Non-native English speaking students must have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.5 or or a TOEFL 105 overall (with 20 for the minimum component).  Other English Language Certifications are not accepted.


For more information on CAP 1s see:



Fees Full-Time EU: €15,760  (academic year 2024/2025)
Full-Time Non-EU: €22,600 (academic year 2024/2025)


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

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.


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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