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DCU Business School

Executive MBA

Master of Business Administration

  • PAC CodeDC951
  • Course type Postgraduate
  • Qualification Masters Degree
  • Delivery Modes Part-Time
  • Duration 2 Years

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. 

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

Why do this course?

  • You are an experience 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

Student Voice

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

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

Graduate View

Programme

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 devleop 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. 

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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Why DCU

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.

Careers

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.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria

Candidates must possess:

A primary degree at second class Honours level or higher, or an equivalent professional qualification

AND

At least 3 years relevant managerial experience

OR

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.

Dates for Submission of Applications 2017

EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2017 for the September 2017 intake.

When applying for this programme (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) use the PAC code DC951. Please submit a C.V. along with other supporting documentation to PAC.

Commencement of Programme
September 2017.

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.

Enquiries

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. Claire Gubbins - claire.gubbins@dcu.ie / 01 700 5589

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2017 for the September 2017 intake.