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Dublin City University (DCU) MBA

The DCU Executive MBA is widely recognised as the degree of choice for rising executives with senior management ambitions. DCU Business School is pleased to offer an exciting and innovative programme to reflect and respond to the ever-changing demands of the 21st century workplace. Our 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 from the application of their learning.


Reflecting DCU's position as 'University of Enterprise', the MBA places a strong emphasis on engagement with the enterprise sector, both indigenous and international, through its new Enterprise Engagement (Domestic) module which features site visits, seminars and a residential workshop. Also new to the syllabus is the Consultancy Skills Project which brings together all the learning points throughout the course in a 'live' situation undertaken on behalf of an existing Irish enterprise.

DCU Business School draws on strong links with renowned academic institutions in the US in the delivery of its MBA programme. The Enterprise Engagement (International) module, undertaken in Boston, includes presentations from leading experts at Harvard Kennedy School and Boston University as well as site visits to US installations.

Our MBA is accredited by AMBA; the Association of MBA's that assesses the quality of MBAs worldwide. Our programme has been running since 1990.

Through its partnerships with industry and academia, both national and international, DCU Business School is proud to deliver an MBA programme informed by the core principles of developing leaders, transforming organisations, engaging, enterprise and shaping society

The programme includes a number of key modules. Accredited by the Association of MBAs

Aims and Objectives:

Key Programme Modules

Enterprise Engagement (Domestic) This module will focus on organisations operating in Ireland who are developing their business both at home and internationally. It will feature a site visit to an Irish indigenous company and a multi-national organisation operating in Ireland. Participants will attend a 2 day residential workshop with lectures and seminars on current business issues such as competitiveness, globalisation and sustainability. There will also be a number of lectures over the course of the module from experts in particular areas. This module and the following module on Enterprise Engagement (International) will be linked.

Enterprise Engagement (International) This module focuses on business operations in a global environment and international models of best practice. The centrepiece of the Enterprise Engagement (International) module will be a study visit to Boston during the first semester of second year. This visit will consist of presentations in Leadership and Organisational Change by faculty members from Harvard Kennedy School and Boston University as well as site visits to US companies which provide practical insights into international business practice.

Capstone Module The capstone module for the programme is a Strategic Consultancy Project, which brings together all the skills developed and knowledge acquired over the course of the programme. Working in teams, students will undertake a substantial project on behalf of an Irish-based organisation. While allowing students to deepen their knowledge of a specific industry or sector, it offers an opportunity to apply their learnings in a live situation and add value to the organisation. The project will be presented to a panel of industry representatives and Business School Faculty in the final semester of the programme.

Personal Leadership and Management Skills This module will run throughout both years of the programme. It will include topics such as trust, conflict management, consulting skills, coaching and mentoring, ethics and communications as well as a substantial personal development process facilitated and delivered in association with our partner institution, Northeastern University in Boston.

Strategy, Leadership and Transformation This module is delivered in Semester 2 of Year 2. The module focuses on the unique roles, tasks and responsibilities of corporate leadership and governance in the overall strategic development, performance and transformation of the enterprise.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship This module introduces new venture creation process and business planning in the context of new ventures. It explores innovations as they occur through new venture creation. It examines models of new venture creation process and the growth of new ventures. This requires an understanding of how entrepreneurs identify or discover opportunities; how they amass the resources needed to start a new business; and how they manage in the context of a new or growing business. Participants will be required to identify a new business opportunity and to prepare a comprehensive business plan and a 'business pitch' for the new venture opportunity.


Further Information

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