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Overview

Experiential. Transformational. International. The globally-ranked Smurfit MBA provides an unequalled opportunity to unlock and develop your leadership potential, accelerate your career and build your global network.

One of the world’s most vibrant capital cities, Dublin is a hub of business, finance and innovation, and provides a culturally diverse home for our MBA.

Benefit from an outstanding and challenging academic curriculum, delivered by an international faculty within an intimate classroom setting. Immerse yourself in case studies, action learning, international study trips, integrated projects and global virtual teamwork.

Expand your horizons with a dedicated careers service and an active network of 4,000 MBA Alumni worldwide. Engage in Smurfit’s MBA Leadership Development programme, and focus on the skills necessary to communicate effectively, understand yourself better, and lead diverse teams and organisations anywhere in the world.

The UCD Smurfit MBA Difference

Global Perspective

The Smurfit MBA is designed to develop global leaders. The programme is delivered by faculty from all over the world, and includes three opportunities to travel abroad as part of your studies.

A member of the Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM) network of 32 business schools including Yale, INSEAD and LSE, Smurfit will offer you a global perspective through international study trips and exchanges, action learning via global collaboration, exposure to thought leaders on global issues and problem-solving in international settings.

Rankings and Accreditation

UCD Smurfit School is the only business school in Ireland and one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold “triple crown” accreditation from the three centres of academic and business excellence, Equis, (Europe) AMBA (UK) and AACSB (US).

UCD Smurfit is also the only Irish business school consistently ranked by both the Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit, both of which position the Smurfit MBA in the top 100 MBA programmes in the world.  Learn more about our rankings and accreditations

Experiential Learning

MBA participants engage in action learning throughout the programme. From case studies to business simulations to international consultancy, you will learn by doing.

The major Capstone project will task you, as part of a team, to develop a solution to an actual problem faced by an organisation. You will master real-life challenges by applying the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme, demonstrating your skills of analysis, problem-solving and strategy.

Careers and Alumni

MBA participants have access to a dedicated careers service which will assist you in developing the necessary skills for career development and advancement, including networking, CV building, career strategy and interviews.

The MBA Alumni Association gives you unparalleled access to an elite and active global network of 4,000 Smurfit MBA Alumni – your network for life.

Leadership Development Programme

Empowering you to become a self-aware, insightful and influential leader, Smurfit’s Leadership Development Programme helps you to communicate more effectively, better understand your motivations and behaviour, develop your personal strengths and lead others through persuasion and influence.

This innovative and highly interactive programme includes understanding personality and preferences, mastering communication and team building. One-to-one coaching provides a private space during the programme for you to reflect on key learnings and insights.

Our MBA in Numbers

In Top 100 since 2000*

FT MBA Global Ranking

62%*

% Growth in earnings after 3 years

Part-Time (2 evenings midweek)

Delivery

24 Months

Duration

Class Profile

Based on class of 2019/20

21%/79%

Males / Females

35

Average Age

12 Years

Average Work Experience

574

Average GMAT

Events

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The Smurfit Experience

View our Video Gallery and Webinars On-Demand to gain a deeper insight into the Smurfit MBA. These videos and webinars provide valuable and practical insight as you consider your MBA options.

The MBA Blog

The Smurfit MBA Blog gives an inside perspective of the MBA Programme. Content is written by our current students, who share their experience of the Smurfit MBA Journey.

Diving into the Full-time MBA

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One Last Time

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Know Thyself

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The Executive MBA Journey Year 1 Highlights

Foundation Week and Start of Term

Foundation Week is held in late August, and prepares students for the UCD Smurfit School MBA by providing an introduction to core modules and introducing students to new skills such as case study analysis and financial reporting. Students will bond with their assigned autumn term groups in a full-day Accelerating Team Performance workshop; gain confidence in a Presentation Skills workshop; and network with classmates, faculty and administration at networking lunches and the end-of-week MBA reception.

Start of Term, follows with key dates for each year communicated to new incoming students in advance.

MBA Clubs

Run by students with the support of the MBA Programme Office, MBA Clubs offer students the chance to apply leadership and organisational skills, to socialise with other students outside of the classroom and to network with alumni and business/thought leaders. An event held in September will offer students the opportunity to learn more about existing clubs, recruit new members and even propose new clubs. MBA Clubs generally range from the fun and social (Golf, Rugby, Tennis), to the professional (Fintech, Entrepreneurship), to the socially-conscious (Gender Equity in MBA (GEMBA), Social Outreach). Clubs manage their own budgets and sponsor events throughout the academic year. 

Autumn Term Exams

End of term exams happen in the last weeks of each Trimester.

The MBA Programme Office provides Class Reps with a budget to plan social events to mark the end of each term. These events offer an opportunity to celebrate with your classmates and network with Full Time MBA students.

 

Leadership Development Programme Master Classes

Throughout your two years in the programme, the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) will supplement the material you learn in class with Master Classes. The subject matter of these sessions varies based on the needs of the class, but past topics have included Leadership Presence, Agile Delivery Methods, and Foresight & Scenario Development.

Spring Term Exams

Spring Term Exams will conclude the Second Trimester and an end-of-term celebration offers another opportunity to celebrate with your classmates and network with Full Time MBA students.

Global Business Environments

The optional Global Business Environments module provides EMBA students with the opportunity to spend an intense week bonding with their classmates, gain international experience, and apply what they've learned in the MBA. In June 2019, students travelled to Lisbon, Portugal, where for one week, student groups worked closely with local companies on business-critical assignments that required them to identify and present opportunities, efficiencies and innovations. Participation in this module will incur an additional fee.

Global Business Environments

The optional Global Business Environments module provides EMBA students with the opportunity to spend an intense week bonding with their classmates, gain international experience, and apply what they've learned in the MBA. In June 2019, students travelled to Lisbon, Portugal, where for one week, student groups worked closely with local companies on business-critical assignments that required them to identify and present opportunities, efficiencies and innovations. Participation in this module will incur an additional fee.

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The Executive MBA Journey Year 2 Highlights

Executive Coaching Kick-Off

The start of their second year will allow EMBA students the opportunity to sign up for Executive Coaching offered through the Leadership Development Programme. Students who choose to participate will meet with one of UCD Smurfit's panel of Executive Coaches for four appointments over the course of their second year.

Options Night

EMBA students chose options for their spring and summer coursework in Year 2 of the programme. On Options Night, faculty present information about the available choices, and answer questions from students allowing for a deeper understanding of the coursework topics.  

Autumn Term Exams

Following the completion of Autumn Term exams, the MBA Programme Office provides Class Reps with a budget to plan social events. These events offer an opportunity to celebrate with your classmates and network with Full Time MBA students.

Doing Business in International Markets Study Tour

For an additional fee, EMBA students may opt-in to the Doing Business in International Markets module, which includes a week-long International Study Tour. The tour combines visits to high-profile companies as well as presentations and panel discussions from leading executives, government officials and entrepreneurs in the destination countries. Module coordinators develop key themes for each destination, creating a unique environment in which to learn about the country's business and cultural landscape. Previous Study Tour destinations have included Vietnam, Singapore, Peru, Chile, UAE, India, Argentina and Japan.  

Psychometric Assessment

The Leadership Development Programme offers a psychometric assessment, including a team coaching session with a facilitator to interpret the results and lead you through using your results in the real world. 

Capstone Project

For the Capstone Consulting Project, MBA students work with companies to address real-life strategic or operational issues for a company. The Capstone blends all of the learnings of the MBA at the final stages of the programme and offers students an opportunity to gain experience in sectors where they may not have previously worked.

The Capstone Submission and Presentation are key elements of the Project.

End of Academic Programme

To mark the end of the academic portion of the MBA, the MBA Programme Office hosts a special August Summer Social event for students and their families.

The MBA Graduation Ceremony, including Degree Conferral, takes place in early December each year at O'Reilly Hall, UCD Belfield Campus. And the final Graduation Ball is organised by a student committee comprising EMBA and FTMBA students. MBA students use this as an opportunity to raise funds for an identified charitable cause.

End of Academic Programme

To mark the end of the academic portion of the MBA, the MBA Programme Office hosts a special August Summer Social event for students and their families.

The MBA Graduation Ceremony, including Degree Conferral, takes place in early December each year at O'Reilly Hall, UCD Belfield Campus. And the final Graduation Ball is organised by a student committee comprising EMBA and FTMBA students. MBA students use this as an opportunity to raise funds for an identified charitable cause.

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