Ireland’s Top MBA Programmes

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A Masters in Business Administration Programme, also known as an MBA, is amongst the most ambitious study undertakings available, in terms of career progression, it’s also proven to be one of the most beneficial. The majority of MBA programmes are undertaken by professionals while in the course of their careers, seeking to make a significant addition to their professional capabilities, so let’s take a look at some of the best MBA programmes currently on offer in Ireland.

Thinking of an MBA?

There are MBA programmes available throughout Ireland, in all major institutions and business schools; some are recognised by international MBA bodies such as EQUIS, AMBA or AACSB. There are many different disciplines in which you can pursue your MBA; some of the most common are analytics, accounting, logistics and supply chain management, and of course many more.

1. Trinity College MBA

This programme has been named in the Economist Magazine’s top 50 global MBA programmes. It’s available on a full time basis on a one year programme. There is also a mandatory international residence week in Belgium and in addition there are optional residency weeks in China and South Africa. The intake starts each September. The Part-Time executive MBA is a two-year programme with the same course structure with classes delivered on a Monday and Tuesday evening with a set number of weekend blocks. The international residency programmes are also part of the course content.

2. UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business MBA

The full-time MBA starts each August and is a globally ranked programme which immerses the student in study trips, integrated projects, international study trips and experiential modules. The 12-month course costs €34,500. The Part-Time Executive MBA is 24 months Visit for more information on costs for EU and non-EU students.

3. Griffith College Dublin MBA

The one-year full time, or two year part time MBA programme in international Business Management at Griffith College provides a route to this internationally recognised qualification, enabling students to specialise in key business sectors and industries with a dynamic study model.

4. Dublin City University Executive MBA

The postgraduate Executive MBA Course is delivered on a part-time basis over two years at Dublin City University (DCU). The University is recognised as excelling in the areas of enterprise and business and the Executive MBA is designed to professionally and personally transform students in every aspect of their career development. DCU has been providing MBA programmes for more than 20 years, so visit for more information fee structures for EU and non-EU students.

5. NUI Galway, Cairnes Graduate School Executive MBA

The two year MBA programme at NUI Galway integrates and internationally driven, rigorous and challenging academic programme with a series of experiential and real world course modules, designed to provide students with the confidence required for innovative and effective management. NUI Galway has over 45 years of experience in delivering MBA programmes, with accreditation from the International Association of MBAs.

The fees for the above programmes do fluctuate and there is a considerable difference between the fees for EU students and non-EU students, so in addition to the financial implications make sure you find a course structure that works for you. Also, the above are just a sample of the many excellent MBA courses out there, with the Irish Management Institute, University College Cork and University of Limerick also offering excellent programmes.


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