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University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

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University College Dublin Students Say...

There are worse ways to spend a year than by getting an MBA in a beautiful, historic city like Dublin, especially when the conferring institution is the well-respected University College Dublin. As Dubliners are well aware, theirs is a city that boasts an appealing blend of commerce, art, and nightlife. Visitors—international business students, ...

There are worse ways to spend a year than by getting an MBA in a beautiful, historic city like Dublin, especially when the conferring institution is the well-respected University College Dublin. As Dubliners are well aware, theirs is a city that boasts an appealing blend of commerce, art, and nightlife. Visitors—international business students, for example—may find themselves enthralled by its quaint streets and raucous pubs. On the other hand, they may never find the opportunity to leave the b-school and explore their surroundings. This is one demanding MBA program.

The Smurfit MBA begins with an orientation week, followed by a sequence of nine quant-heavy foundation courses. Corporate and integrative courses, electives, and an applied research project all follow. The program concludes with final examinations. Students warn that "the one-year program is a great test of inner desire to achieve and thrive in a pressure-filled environment." First semester is by far the worst; as one student says, "Semester one in this school is grueling, with very heavy workload and high pressure. It's not as bad, though, for those with a finance background. In semester two, there's more time to actually allow the knowledge to be absorbed." Another MBA agrees, "Second semester is more balanced and sociable than [the] first semester, with the exception that electives run at night and on the weekend, making it less like a full-time course and more like a part-time one!"

MBAs explain that "overall, the greatest strengths of the school [are] the well-developed finance faculty, human-resource faculty, and the team culture that students develop while [at the Smurfit School]. The international business faculty is also great." Smurfit professors are "generally approachable and extremely willing to help out with advice on any quirky idea that emerges," and they "bring together lots of experience and knowledge and, more importantly, a huge amount of enthusiasm that is infectious." Another plus: "Communication facilities, e-mail, Internet, and multimedia facilities are excellent."

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