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DCUBS Centre for Executive Programmes


The DCU Executive MBA is a two-year part-time programme that is widely recognised as the degree of choice for rising executives with ambitions to be Senior Managers/CEOs, whatever their specialist backgrounds.

DCUBS Centre for Executive Programmes also offers a Corporate MBA, which is tailored to meet the requirements of the sponsoring organisation and the programme participants. Customised modules on the Corporate MBA mean that the programme delivers tangible value for corporate clients.

10 Key Features of the DCU MBA

1. Accredited and internationally recognised
DCU’s Executive MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), which assesses the quality of MBA programmes worldwide. Leading national and multinational firms in Ireland have consistently supported employees on the programme.

2. Develops leadership capabilities
The DCU MBA offers a unique set of practical leadership development skills. The MBA begins with an intensive two-day ‘Team Building Event’. This is followed by extensive team work and a reflective diary is kept on the team journey throughout the programme. The programme also includes an extended action-based leadership development exercise that links in to the classroom and the workplace.

3. Offers flexible delivery
Candidates can choose to study one day per week (from 2pm through to 9.15pm) or 3 full consecutive days per month (typically Thursday, Friday and Saturday). DCU provides extensive online supports for students.

4. Small class sizes facilitate a collaborative and participative learning environment
We believe that an interactive and participative learning environment is best achieved in small classes. To facilitate this we limit classes to 25 students.

5. Academically rigorous
The DCU MBA programme offers a strong core curriculum with an overarching emphasis on strategy, leadership and renewal, which examines the implications of management theories for the understanding of senior management roles and responsibilities along with detailed specialist knowledge, informed by current management research in functional aspects of business such as: accounting, business operations, finance, human resources, information systems, law, and marketing.

6. Delivered by national and international teaching faculty
The teaching faculty on the MBA are recognised as experts in their fields. MBA modules are delivered by DCU Business School faculty, by visiting international faculty, and by industry practitioners.

7. International in its orientation
There is an option to participate in an international week to Boston in the first semester of second year. In recent years this has included a workshop on Leadership at Harvard, classes with MBA students at Boston’s Northeastern University and company visits.

8. ‘Linked -In’
The DCU experience includes opportunities to connect to business leaders and managers in Ireland. The MBA includes guest lectures each semester from leading Business Leaders. The MBA also offers opportunities to meet and link in with current students and alumni.

9. A ‘holistic’ approach to learning
Optional seminars to assist with work/life balance will be delivered by the teaching faculty of DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance and by experts from DCU Sports Centre. These seminars will be offered over the two years of the MBA. Membership of the DCU Sports Centre for the two years of the MBA includes use of the state-of-the-art fitness centre, 25 metre swimming pool with spa facilities, sports arena, and fitness classes. There is also access to experts on nutrition and exercise.

10. Facilities, ser vice and support that are ‘highly rated’ by our students
The MBA is delivered in a new customised teaching and study facility in DCU Business School. We offer a dedicated service from the Centre for Executive Programme’s Administrative Team, led by Bernadette McCulloch. The DCU MBA has a dedicated Academic Programme Director, Professor Colm O’Gorman.

Full details of the DCU MBA