As an aspirational business leader, your time is at a premium but don’t let that stop you advancing your career.  With typically only two days attendance required each month, the Executive MBA from UCD Smurfit School is the flexible choice for those with busy professional and personal schedules. Full schedule of dates available here.

Unlock your leadership potential with one of the world’s leading business schools. It’s your future, on your terms.

Connect with us to find out more - our MBA Admissions Manager can answer all your queries. Email  The Smurfit EMBA provides an unequalled opportunity to develop your leadership skills, accelerate your career and build your network whilst applying what you are learning in real-time in the workplace. 

Why consider the Executive MBA?

Flexibility is the distinguishing feature of the Executive MBA programme, allowing busy executives and managers to progress their careers (managing personal and professional responsibilities) while gaining an EMBA from UCD Smurfit School. This programme is really well suited to those juggling demanding careers and for those with young families as well as those based outside of Dublin looking to study at UCD.

One of the main advantages of the UCD Smurfit EMBA in terms of time management is the freedom it gives to participants to plan ahead. Dates are locked in and modules are typically spread out evenly over the course of the programme, which allows participants to make fixed arrangements with colleagues and employers before the start of the programme. Another feature is that the flexible delivery also allows for participants to come from further afield nationally. Typically students will be on campus once a month (Friday and Saturday) and will also undertake a number of week-long modules over the course of the two year programme.

The curriculum is broadly similar to that of our other Smurfit MBA programmes. The programme builds on students’ previous experience and gives practical skills in business topics such as finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, economics and human resources. Students will also undertake a block foundation at the start of each term to introduce modules, in addition to four hours per module in an online format. The programme is underpinned by a very strong Leadership Development Programme.

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, Oxford and Said Business School, UCD Smurfit School 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

Accredited for more than 20 years, we are one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence,  EQUIS (Europe), AACSB (US) and AMBA (UK).  Our accreditations are a signal of quality from international independent peers and are your guarantee that you will receive a top quality, internationally recognised degree.

The UCD Smurfit MBA is consistently ranked by 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

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.

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.

Our MBA in Numbers


FT Executive MBA Ranking 2022

Late August 2023


24 Months


Part-Time (Weekend - Monthly)*


Class Profile

Based on class of 2022/23


Females / Males


Average Age

11 Years

Average Work Experience


Average GMAT


Average Executive Assessment

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.




GMAT and EA Prep Sessions

Online via Zoom

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