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 3,800 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
The Smurfit MBA is designed to develop global leaders. Over 70% of the MBA class is international and the programme is delivered by an international faculty.
A member of the Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM) network of 29 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.
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 3,800 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
% Growth in earnings after 3 years
% Employed within 3 months
Based on class of 2017/18
Average Work Experience
% International Participants
The Smurfit Experience
Watch the videos below to gain deeper insight into the programme.
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.
The MBA Journey
Foundation Week is held in the last week in August, and prepares students for the UCD MBA by providing an introduction to the core modules such as Finance, Financial Reporting, Marketing, Strategy and Leadership. In parallel, students will develop new skills such as case study analysis and report writing, be exposed to team dynamics through team building and business simulations, and communications workshops. All Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA Year 1 students are required to attend.
Global Network Week
UCD Smurfit School is a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), which comprises 29 leading business schools from diverse regions, countries, cultures and economies in different phases of development. Global Network Week gives UCD MBA students and faculty the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another network school, in a focused mini course that leverages the perspectives, programs, and faculty expertise of that school. Alongside their counterparts from elsewhere in the network, students attend classes, tour local businesses, and meet with experts focused on current business problems.
Global Virtual Teams
Global Virtual Teams (GVT) is delivered in two parts. The first section is delivered as part of the Leadership and Organisational Behaviour module where UCD students collaborate virtually with students from partner schools.
Semester 1 Exams
Semester 1 exams are held in December. Please see this link for assessment dates.
Semester 2 kick off
Global Virtual Teams - prior to the start of the academic term the students attend an online workshop pertaining to virtual teams.
Global Virtual Teams
The simulation segment of the Global Virtual Teams (GVT) is delivered in the Operations and Supply Chain Management module. UCD students work in virtual teams with students from partner business schools to run a business in real time, solving real world business problems.
International study tour (Doing Business in International Markets)
MBA candidates participate in a one-week International Study Tour as part of the Doing Business in International Markets core module. The tour combines a variety of visits to high-profile companies, presentations and panel discussions from leading executives, government officials and entrepreneurs. Key themes are developed 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 China, South Africa, India, UAE, Brazil, Japan and Korea.
MBA World Rugby World Cup
Each year, the Smurfit MBA Rugby Club team travels to Danville, Virginia to take part in the MBA Rugby World Cup – playing against teams from North American and European international business schools. In 2016, the men’s team reached the semi-finals, losing their match against Wharton, while the ladies’ team reached the final, coming runners up to London Business School.
Yale Integrated Leadership Case Competition
The Yale School of Management Integrated Case Competition (ILCC) is an opportunity for Smurfit Full-Time MBA students to compete against other international business schools in developing creative solutions to tackle a raw case study, taking into account different vantage points (finance, marketing, ethics, etc) and multiple stakeholders (customers, investors, employees, etc) when formulating a strategy and presenting their solution to a panel of esteemed judges representing the Yale faculty, sponsors and corporate leaders.
Semester 2 Exams
Semester 2 exams will be held during May. Please visit this link for assessment dates.
International Consultancy Project (Iceland)
The International Consultancy Project provides students with the opportunity to learn via real world projects, gain international cross-cultural experience, apply MBA learning and work as a team.
In June 2017, MBA students travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city and at the heart of its economic growth. For one week, student groups worked closely with local companies on real life assignments, identifying and presenting opportunities, efficiencies and innovations.
An integral component of the MBA programme is the Capstone consulting project which is completed over a 6-week period in the summer semester. This project blends all of the learning of the MBA at the final stages of the academic year. MBA students work with companies to address real life strategic or operational issues for a company. It is also an invaluable opportunity for students to gain experience in sectors that they may not have previously worked.
End of Semester 3 and completion of Programme
End of Semester 3
Graduation Ceremony and Ball
The MBA Graduation Ceremony takes place each year at O’Reilly Hall, Belfield Campus in early December.
The Graduation Ball is arranged by a student committee, and MBA students use this as an opportunity to raise funds for an identified charitable cause. The 2016 Graduation Ball, held at the Gibson Hotel, raised €8,500 for Spinal Injuries Ireland.
June & July
MBA Experience Day
MBA Information Webinar February 2019