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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

The UCD College of Business has a long and distinguished history since it was established in 1908. We became one of the first European universities to offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1964 and in 1991, the graduate school of business moved to the dedicated campus at Blackrock, with cutting edge facilities, spacious modern classrooms and the largest academic business library in the country.

Type of Course: 

Starting Dates:

Start of September 2017

Length of Course:

  • Full-time (FT) MSc: 12 months
  • Part-time (PT) MSc: 24 months

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission




Our courses have been consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 by the Economist and Financial Times, since 2000 and we are the only Irish business school to feature in theses prestigious rankings.

Financial Times 2016

  • #22 MSc in International Management
  • #34 MSc in Finance
  • #45 MSc in Strategic Management & Planning and MSc in International Business
  • #70 FT MBA in the world and #22 in Europe.
  • #82 Exec MBA in the world and #23 in Europe.
  • Our Executive Education Open Enrolment programme is ranked #69 in the world.

Economist Intelligence Unit

  • Our Full-time MBA is ranked 56th in the world's top 100.
  • Our FT MBA is ranked 17th in Europe.
  • Our Exec MBA is ranked 55th in the global rankings.

Our alliances link us with other leading business schools and the business community globally including: CEMS, GNAM, PIM and PRME.


Number of nationalities: 58
Percentage of international students:50%
Men/Women Ratio: 53:47
Age Range: 22 - 35
Average Age: 25
Not required for most of our MSc Programmes

The admissions criteria vary by programme visit for more details.
GMAT (if required):
 Not required for our MSc Programmes although we may ask for this in certain individual student cases.
English Language:
Minimum IELTS 6.5 overall score with a  6 minimum in each of the four bands.
A minimum score of 600 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iTB). In this iTB, a minimum of 20 must be achieved in each of the four components to this test.
For entry to the CEMS International Management programme, a score of IELTS 7.0 overall or higher or TOEFL iBT- 100 or higher is required.  
For English language requirements please visit:

Application fee: €50
Tuition fees:
FT Domestic and EU €13,350
FT International (non-EU) €18,300
PT Domestic €7,250
PT International (non-EU) €9,150
Our Four Finance Masters
FT Domestic and EU €16,800
FT International (non-EU) €21,300


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 7164321

Name of specific admissions contact who applicant can contact:  Our Team members can be seen at:


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