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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 specifically influence the design and delivery of the DCU Executive MBA Programme.

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

The DCU Executive MBA programme, which is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), has been graduating MBAs for more than 20 years, developing evidence-based managers, who can identify and analyse the best available data to make better decisions in their organisations. DCU Business School is accredited by AACSB, a standard reached by only 5% of business schools worldwide reflecting its established international reputation for high quality graduates.

We connect theory, scientific research, data and practice through participative teaching approaches, industry speakers, national and international company visits and industry-focused projects. 

The DCU MBA classes were 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)


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
View the current course structure

DCU’s Executive MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), which assesses the quality of MBA programmes worldwide. We are also one of only two business schools in Ireland with AACSB accreditation, placing us among the top 5% worldwide.

MBA participants pursue a programme of action-based projects and workshops over 2 years, which enhance competence to think and act as a leader and people manager.

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.

DCU Executive MBA News

Get a flavour of the DCU MBA by reading more about some of our recent news and events:

DCU hosts Executive MBA Career Skills Development Day 2017. More here

DCU Executive MBAs visit DCU Alpha Innovation Campus. More here

DCU hosts inaugural MBA Alumni Conference. More here

Executive MBA Year In Review. More here

DCU MBA graduate is Fingal Business Person of the Year. More here

DCU Business School Executive MBA International Trip to Hong Kong. More here


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

The DCU MBA classes were 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



General Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria

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.

Commencement of Programme

The programme has a compulsory Orientation Session which takes place the week before the standard University commencement date. 

Please note that the running of the programme is subject to a minimum enrollment number.


The decision to undertake an MBA is a major one. The programme involves a significant investment of time and resources. We would encourage you to take your time in making this decision and consider carefully all aspects of this decision and how it will fit into your life.

We believe that the DCU MBA is a life-transforming experience for participants. We encourage you to contact us for further information or to visit us at DCU. If you would like an information discussion on how the DCU MBA might fit with your career, or if you need any further information about our MBA programme, please contact:

Dr. Melrona Kirrane - 01 700 5439

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Detailed CV outlining professional experience

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU Business School entry requirements - see link


Dates for Submission of Applications for next intake

EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 30th September 2020 for the October 2020 intake.

Non EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 17th July 2020 for the October 2020 intake. Please note that if you require a study visa for the purposes of entering Ireland, you are ineligible to apply for part time programmes.