Dublin City University Business School


Dublin City University Business School

DCU Executive MBA

Dublin City University Business School
Ireland's most Innovative Business School

As one of Europe’s most dynamic young business schools, DCU Business School is truly alive with ambition.

We have redefined the boundaries of the traditional business school, collaborating on multiple levels with business, with industry and with government. Being responsive to the needs of people, organisations, economies and societies is at the heart of all of our programmes, and it gives us a momentum not readily achieved by older institutions.

We develop our students’ capability to bring sustainable value to their organisations and to society at large, to confidently manage and lead in environments that are not predictable, and to prepare them for diverse, dynamic career paths over their lifetimes. The quality of our teaching, our small class sizes, and our high levels of industry engagement make us stand out, and have been recognized by AACSB, the oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools.

Our graduates leave us equipped to analyse with precision, and think strategically; empowered to solve business problems creatively and to act with conviction and confidence at senior level in their organisations. As our programmes have become increasingly global in scope and our student body more international, our alumni are networked across the globe making a real contribution to companies and economies in over 60 countries across five continents.

In everything we do, we do it with an energy and an entrepreneurial zeal that is our hallmark. It is what we are known for, as part of Ireland’s University of Enterprise, located in one of Europe’s most thriving business locations, Dublin city, the European headquarters hub for the world’s top technology, financial services, pharma and life sciences.

We focus on strategically important business sectors in Ireland, and take pride in the impact our engagement has on Irish industry and, increasingly, on international organisations. We recognise that these connections are key to delivering a unique postgraduate experience. Our solid industry relationships have allowed us to instil an enterprising culture into our postgraduate courses which has resulted in DCU Business School’s reputation as being Ireland’s most innovative business school.

DCU is Ireland's 'University of Enterprise' and is consistently recognised in global rankings of young universities.The dynamic and vibrant ethos of these universities of the future imbue all aspects of DCU's activities and specifically influence the design and delivery of the DCU Executive MBA programme.

The DCU Executive MBA Programme is delivered by DCU Business School and is designed to be professionally and personally transformative. It is aimed at developing business leaders with ambition, enterprise and leading-edge thinking who can create tangible and sustainable outcomes for organisations through the application of their learning. 

Our Executive MBA programme, which is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), has been graduating MBAs for more than 20 years, equipping senior executives with the knowledge and skills to deal with these complexities and deliver outstanding organisational performance.

Winner of the 2018 gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year in Business, Finance & Management

The DCU Executive MBA is a part-time programme, delivered one day per week (Thursdays 2.00-9.00) over 2 years across 4 semesters.

In the first year of the Executive MBA programme, you will develop an understanding of the range of foundation disciplines and their potential contribution to business leadership and organisational effectiveness. The second year of the programme will be characterised by an integrated approach, which focuses more specifically on the key strategic drivers of sustainable growth and operational excellence.

Why Choose DCU?

  • DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise, which influences and drives our industry engagement strategy and MBA programme design.
  • Learn from academic experts with a high level of industry relevant experience and translational research. This ensures graduates have the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice.
  • Exposure to top-performing experienced professionals from international and national business who share their insights on such themes as strategy, leadership, digital technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Exposure to leading international academics and thought leaders.
  • Working on real-world industry projects, connecting theory, research and practice.
  • Strong focus on applied learning delivering return-on-investment for employers and clients.
  • Enhance leadership competence through participation in 2-year Leadership Development Programme.
  • Opportunities to enhance knowledge of new and emerging technologies through workshops and optional activities and events.
  • A participatory and action-learning teaching approach consisting of case studies, problem-solving, participant experience and discussion. It is an approach which connects scientific research industry problems and develops participants into Evidence-Based Manager.

DCU Executive MBA Ambition Scholarships:

DCU Business School is pleased to announce scholarships for our Executive MBA programme. The scholarships, to the value of €5,000, will be applied towards the tuition costs of the Executive MBA programme.

These scholarships will be awarded to exceptional candidates who have demonstrated ambition and leadership in their academic, professional or personal lives.

The total value of the scholarship is €5000 and will be applied in whole to the first year’s tuition. MBA candidates awarded scholarships will be asked to act as an Ambassador for DCU Business School while participating in the MBA and beyond.

Application Process:

Candidates are asked to submit their CV and a supporting document of not more than 500 words addressing the theme of leadership and ambition to Ruth Finnegan at ruth.finnegan@dcu.ie. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, noting that the deadline for the Executive MBA is July 31st. Scholarship candidates may be invited for interview. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as scholarships may be awarded earlier than the programme closing date.

Terms and conditions:

Candidates cannot combine this scholarship with other DCU scholarships. Furthermore, candidates cannot defer entry and must undertake the MBA commencing in 2018.

The scholarship will be applied to the student’s MBA tuition. It may only be applied to the MBA and cannot be transferred to other DCU courses.

Successful students will be expected to assist with the promotion of DCU through blogs, testimonials and event attendance.

Candidates must possess:

  • A primary degree at second class Honours level or higher, or an equivalent professional qualification
  • At least 3 years relevant managerial experience


  • At least 7 years relevant managerial experience.

Exceptional candidates who do not meet these requirements may be considered for entry subject to interview.

We may, in some instances, require the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). All candidates must have an adequate standard of mathematical and statistical ability.

The Fees for the 2018/19 academic year are as follows:

  • EU Fees: €12,750 Per Annum
  • Non-EU Fees: €25,500

Contact Fees@DCU.ie for information on fees eligability 

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