Financial Times ranks Smurfit School Executive MBA programme with world’s best

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The part-time executive MBA programme at University College Dublin Smurfit School has been ranked as one of the best in the world in the latest Financial Times rankings. The business course is now placed 68th in the world, up six places on last year.

The new listing in the FT’s top 100 global executive MBA rankings marks the course as the 35th best in Europe. The paper reports salary increases of 53% in pre-course earnings amongst those graduates who completed the Smurfit School EMBA. The FT rankings report that the average annual remuneration three years after graduation is €119,406, up 8% on 2017.

About this Executive MBA programme

The UCD programme was found to have a strong international representation, with one in four students coming from outside Ireland alongside half of its faculty. The FT ranking evaluates programmes based on several criteria, including career progress and the quality of faculty, research and diversity.

Professor Anthony Brabazon, Dean of the UCD College of Business, praised the continued success of the FT-ranked programmes at the Smurfit School. The EMBA course is one of several programmes at the UCD Smurfit Business School that placed highly in recent ranking tables.

Other Achievements

Last month the college’s full-time MSc in international management was ranked seventh in the world by the Financial Times, which also included two other UCD Smurfit School courses in its top 50 tables — the MSc in finance and the Smurfit executive development open enrolment programme.

Professor Anthony Brabazon, Dean of the UCD College of Business, said Smurfit-ranked programmes had “shown a sustained and consistent upward trajectory in recent years reflective of the school’s ambition to be among the very best business schools in the world”.


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