Creating a transformational education environment

The Smurfit business school is delivering programmes that are highly-ranked globally

“In a world that is changing at an ever-increasing rate, developing the skills and agile mindset necessary to be successful have never been more important,” says Prof Gerardine Doyle, director of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and associate dean of UCD College of Business.

"It is this ethos that underpins all that we do. From our dynamic curriculum to ground-breaking research and collaborative industry partnerships, we are creating a transformational education environment that is actively shaping the development of Ireland and the world for the better."

Prof Doyle says UCD Smurfit school is Ireland’s leading business school with an outstanding history of more than 100 years of business education and a campus solely dedicated to graduate education for more than three decades.

The school delivers programmes that are highly-ranked globally, has been triple accredited for over 20 years and is the only Irish member of leading business school alliances the Community of European Management Schools and the Global Network for Advanced Management. In addition, a strong culture of collaboration has attracted greater numbers of outstanding talent from around the world among students, faculty, staff and corporate partners.


In response to changing industry and student needs, the Smurfit business school has added new programme offerings including a master’s degree in financial data science and a modular executive MBA programme. The new MBA programme offers a hybrid mode of delivery for those with busy professional lives, with two intensive days on campus each month and group assignments and self-directed learning in between. The school’s flagship full-time and part-time mid-week MBA programmes remain attractive to those looking to advance their career, change discipline or industry sectors.

“In our MBA programmes, we see our entrepreneurship and innovation mindset in action as candidates gain skills that can be utilised as they begin new ventures and also look to contribute more to their current role,” says Prof Doyle. “With a focus on learning by doing, students are given a unique set of business and behavioural skills that equip them to think creatively, nurture a global mindset, and develop leadership skills to help solve the challenges set before us as a global community.”

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