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Executive MBA

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The world of business is changing fast.  DCU’s Executive MBA has evolved to meet these changes – giving you what it takes to lead and succeed.  Developed by our award-winning Business School, our MBA gives you the edge in key areas like Leadership, Innovation, Strategy and Sustainability.  Our Executive MBA has now been redesigned in close collaboration with Industry leaders to meet the demands of the future world of work.   Our EMBA graduates are confident business leaders, with the skills and tools to achieve success in any context.

The DCU Executive MBA is a 2 year part time programme, delivered in a blended format with approximately two thirds of lectures taking place face to face at DCU.  Lectures are held on Thursdays from 2pm to 9pm during each of the four 12 week semesters, with typically 3 additional Saturday sessions per semester. 

The DCU Executive MBA Programme is AMBA accredited and is designed to be a professionally and personally transformative experience for participants.

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The DCU MBA classes was hugely stimulating with a great combination of academic principle and practical reality. Unlike so many other programmes, we were pushed to try out our newly learned skills in our working lives, which has truly been rewarding

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.


The design of the programme is underpinned by 4 key pillars:

  1. Inspiring Future Leaders: Participants will follow a two-year leadership and career development programme. Action-based projects, workshops, team and facilitator feedback, and self-reflection develop self-awareness of own leadership style, deepens emotional intelligence and enhances leader behaviours. 
  2. Transforming Organisations: We seek to develop participants capacity for analysis, assessment, judgement and action; skills that participants can exercise throughout their careers.
  3. Engaging the Enterprise: Our programme emphasises applied learning in practice. We take a holistic view of the enterprise; integrating across business functions, with industry-oriented assessments that deliver significant business value. It places importance on evidence-based management. 
  4. Influencing Business in Society: We emphasise, through a strong focus on ethical business values, the importance of building businesses that are in harmony with societal needs. 


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Programme Structure

Year 1    
Semester 1 -  Influencing Business Semester 2 - Transforming Organisations Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Accounting for Decision Making Business Economics Enterprise Engagement - Domestic 
Marketing Managing People & Organisations  
Organisational Behaviour & Change Business Strategy  
Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 1)    
Year 2       
Semester 1 -  Influencing Business Semester 2 - Transforming Organisations Summer - Engaging Enterprises
Enterprise Engagement - International Technology Management Strategic Consultancy Project 
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategy, Leadership & Transformation  
Business Finance    
Strategic Operations    
Developing Leaders - Personal, Leadership & Management Skills (Year 2)    


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You are an experienced professional with career ambitions focused on promotion or a new career direction
You recognise the importance of continuous learning and exposure to new knowledge
You want to build networks to open doors to new knowledge, career and business opportunities
You recognise that success in business today requires the ability to make decisions in the face of complex data and pressure
You want to develop your awareness of your leadership style and expand your leadership toolset
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The Executive MBA at DCU Business School is a globally-renowned and accredited programme, that offers an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to excel. If you have ambition, drive and the desire to reach the next level in your business career, this is the pathway for you.

As Ireland’s ‘University of Enterprise’, our MBA programme includes visits to a number of companies at home and abroad with strong growth strategies.

Participants learn how to read and analyse data more efficiently, identify the best available data and use it for better-informed effective decision making in their roles, developing into evidence-based, data-driven managers.

Learn from academic experts, who are leaders in their field. Their teaching draws on their continuing research and insights gained from their work with organisations in Ireland and overseas.

MBA participants will conduct a strategic consultancy project and other applied real world industry projects, which integrate the knowledge, skills and values of the programme and deliver return on investment for employers and clients.

We believe that an interactive and participative learning environment is best achieved in small classes, drawing heavily on the experiences and insights of participants.

Participants will broaden their perspective on global organisations on the International Study Week. In recent years, participants have attended lectures on leadership, global strategy, innovation and performance management at Harvard, Boston University, Stanford University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Graduates of the DCU Executive MBA are highly sought after in the jobs market, with many going on to pursue senior management roles.

When you graduate from DCU Business School, you join a dynamic alumni network of 16,000 graduates, who are taking our mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation to the rest of the world.

Industry Focused Modules

Sustainability and Society

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Technologies

Personal and Ethical Leadership

Economics, Finance and Accounting for Decision-Making

Leading People and Change

Strategic Thinking Tools & Techniques for Risk Taking

Strategy Formulation and Execution

Analytics and Business Intelligence


Programme Attributes

International Exposure

Applied Strategic Consultancy Project

Small Class Sizes

Academically Rigorous

Alumni Network




Geraldine Freeman, Commercial Director, Johnson & Johnson (Ireland) Ltd.

The DCU MBA classes was hugely stimulating with a great combination of academic principle and practical reality. Unlike so many other programmes, we were pushed to try out our newly learned skills in our working lives, which has truly been rewarding

At DCU Business School, we believe that the MBA should be about much more than just acquiring some useful extra tools for the management toolkit. It should also be a transformative experience at the personal level. Our value proposition is that our MBA is an educational experience that is both professionally and personally transformative, aimed at developing business leaders with the ambition and enterprise to help create a better, more sustainable world and featuring leading edge thinking with tangible application.

Graduates of our programme talk about how they have grown in confidence, how their own self-awareness as leaders has deepened, and how their perspective on business management has been raised to a more strategic level. Our graduates tell us that these 'personal growth' effects of the MBA become very apparent back in their workplaces, in terms of the issues to which they are invited to contribute, the roles they are asked to take on, and in how they are perceived as future leaders. Read more here

DCU Executive MBA alumni include:

Grace O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Java Republic

Moyagh Murdock, CEO of Insurance Ireland

Albert Manifold, CEO of CRH plc

Gillian Fanning, President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry

Emma Hynes, CFO of Greencore

Katarina Antill, Founder and CEO of Bonafi


For admission to the Executive MBA candidates must hold:

• A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualification


• At least 3 years’ relevant managerial experience

• Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree (and meet the experience requirement) may, based on the Programme Chair's recommendation, still be offered a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme.

• Additionally, applicants who do not meet the academic requirements outlined above may be eligible for an offer of a place based on at least 7 years’ relevant managerial/organisational experience based on DCU's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.   The process for approving such an offer involves an application and an interview with the Programme Chair and approval by the School's Teaching & Learning Committee.  The number of such places is limited in any given year so it is recommended that applicants considering this option apply early.

As part of the application process applicants may be called for interview.


Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
€13,200 per annum

Next Steps

To apply for this programme:

All applicants should apply here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.

• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:.

  • Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2024.
  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2024.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

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Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2024.