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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. It offers a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that equip students to become the business leaders of the future. The School of Business at UCD was established in 1908. It became the first European university to offer a Master of Business Administration in 1964. UCD Smurfit has developed a reputation as a standard-bearer in business education, by providing full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes for graduates from both business and non-business backgrounds.

In 1991, the graduate school of business moved to the dedicated campus at Blackrock, with cutting edge facilities, including wired and wireless internet, spacious modern classrooms and the largest academic business library in the country. Professor Tom Begley was named Dean of the UCD School of Business in 2006. He has a PhD from Cornell and has taught in Singapore, Indonesia, France and the US. Prof Begley most recently held the Governor Hugh L. Carey Chair in Organisational Behaviour at UCD. UCD Smurfit boasts a 100-strong team of academics with qualifications from the worlds leading universities. This section allows students to view the profiles of the academic staff across six different subject areas; accountancy, banking & finance, industrial relation & human resource management, management, marketing & MIS.

Courses Offered


12 month Full-time MBA

As a full-time MBA student, you will build on your previous experience and acquire new skills to solve business challenges. You will gain practical experience in finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, economics, human resources, leadership, communications and information technology. Learning is both classroom-based and project-based in small, intimate class sizes.  Our MBA students come from a range of academic disciplines and backgrounds. Over 50% of students are international, with approximately 30% female.

24 month Part-time (Executive) MBA

There is one Executive MBA Programme, with three options in terms of time and location. You will have the option to attend lectures mid-week (in the city-centre or at our Blackrock campus) or at the weekends (at our Blackrock campus).  All options commence in early September each  year


Quick Facts


  • ‘Triple crown’ of Accreditation : UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School holds the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation from the three centres of business and academic excellence - AACSB, MBA and EQUIS. These accreditations benchmark UCD Smurfit against the best in the world and position them on the global map.
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is also the only Irish member of CEMS, which is a global alliance of leading business schools and organisiations.
  • The full-time MBA programme is ranked 37th in the world's top 100 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Only Irish business school to gain a place in the rankings.
  • The Economist also ranked UCD Smurfit highly for opening up new career opportunities for the MBA graduates.
  • Presence in the top 100 in the Financial Times’ highly competitive global full-time MBA rankings.
  • The Executive MBA programme is ranked 65th in the world and 25th in Europe by the Financial Times.

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