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MBA in Ireland: Two Schools to consider

Ireland is a scenic island located near Great Britain and has an economy that is modern and knowledge driven by services and other technologically advanced industries. English is the native language, and a Lonely Planet poll rated it as the world’s friendliest country.

Ireland has historically been rich in culture and innovation, ranging from author Oscar Wilde to Nobel Laureate Ernest Walton. MBA students can choose from some of the world’s oldest educational institutions, and benefit from a long tradition of academic excellence.

The best programs are in Dublin, which is considered to be among the top 10 student cities in the world. Non-EU students can work in Ireland for up to 6 months after graduation. The people are welcoming, and Ireland is known for its multiculturalism. World’s leading companies like Facebook, Intel, Pfizer and Apple have chosen Ireland as their European base not only because of Ireland's 12.5% corporate tax rate, but also because of the Business friendly environment that Irish govt. has established.

University of Dublin - Trinity College

The Trinity College is located in Dublin, Ireland’s coastal capital. In 1964, the Business School became one of the first European schools to offer an MBA. The college is part of Ireland’s oldest university – University of Dublin (founded in 1592). Trinity builds on the university’s famous personalized, lecture based teaching with a 1-year MBA program that admits only 35 students each year. It places special emphasis on the leadership perspective, and managerial skills, with an added focus on working in a global, multicultural atmosphere reflected in the class profile that showcases 16 nationalities. The teaching methodology is based on action learning with case study discussions and team based activities. In 2010, the average base salary for graduates was $85,000, with 90% employed within the first three months.

The school has a strong research base, with centers like the Centre for Nonprofit Management, the Centre for Global Business Systems, the Industrial Relations Research Trust and the Pension Policy Research Group. The Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), International Residency Week and The International Masterclass Series help students gains knowledge and skills for the international market. The salient feature of the MBA program is the three central projects that keep students engaged with the industry throughout the duration.  The Social Entrepreneurship Project involves a radical new business process that meets an important social need.

The High Potential Business Growth Project is a corporate consulting project where student groups interact with senior managers and executives to deliver solutions to corporates within a limited time. Trinity College has an alumni network of 2,000.

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

University College Dublin’s MBA program also began in 1964, and today it offers a 1-year MBA featuring small classes and team based learning. The class profile is diverse, with 55% among the 45 students having an international background. In fact, nearly 75% have completed a portion of their career abroad. Emphasis is placed on team based learning, with teams of 4 to 5 formed every semester. The teaching methodology is centered on case studies, with lectures, simulations, role-playing, guest lecturers, seminars and projects. The practical side of managerial education is given a bigger weightage, and the curriculum is regularly reviewed in conjunction with the industry. The average base salary of the graduating class of 2012 was $78,500 with 97% of students employed within three months of graduation.

The school is well known for its research programs and has centers like the Financial Mathematics & Computational Research Cluster (FMC), the Centre for Information, Technology & Systems (CITO), the Centre for Management Science & Systems (CMSS), the Natural Computing Research and Applications Group (NCRA), the Centre for Corporate Governance, the National Institute of Technology Management (NITM), the Centre for Employment Relations and Organizational Performance, the Centre for Financial Markets (CFM) and the Global Finance Academy. There also are a host of programs to develop students’ managerial skills.

The Leadership Development Program holds a series of workshops, and provides individual business leadership coaching. The Exchange Program allows MBA students to spend a part of their course with partner institutions in Asia, India, South Africa, North America and South America.

The International Study Trip is a 1-week study program, part of the Doing Business in Emerging Markets module. The trips include university visits, seminars, business meetings, networking opportunities and cultural activities in countries like Brazil and China. There are various Mentor Programs, and each student is assigned to two recent graduates for mentorship. The MBA program also has a Capstone Project where students take on real-life business challenges in a field of their interest. Students at UCD Smurfit School have a wide alumni network of over 50,000 graduates in 100+ countries.

Business SchoolAverage GMAT ScoreAverage Experience (years)FeesAccreditationFinancial Aid
University of Dublin - Trinity College6006€29500AMBAYes
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School6008€29500AACSB, EQUIS and AMBAYes

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