Prospective Students

The decision to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a critical one given the financial and personal investment involved. The NUI Galway Executive MBA recently attained AMBA accreditation which is the global mark of excellence for MBA education.

The NUI Galway Executive MBA integrates an academically rigorous and challenging real-world business education. The programme is industry-led and globally-focussed providing you with the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence required for innovative and effective management and leadership.

Graduates of the NUI Galway Executive MBA have significantly advanced their careers with many being promoted, starting their own business, or changing careers after completing the programme.

Dedicated top-clas teaching, learning and research resources are provided for MBA students at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway. Our small class sizes and lecturers who are leading experts in their field result in greater one-to-one attention and an excellent learning experience.

Investing in an Executive MBA is a very important decision. The Executive MBA at NUI Galway will provide an excellent return on investment resulting in increased confidence, competence and capability to accelerate your career.

Application Requirements

Entry to the Executive MBA is open to graduates who have at least three years of professional, administrative or business experience. Individuals who have professional qualifications recognised by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics as being equivalent to a primary degree may also be considered for admission.

Applications from non-graduates who have a minimum of five years professional, business or administrative experience may be considered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, which is equivalent to the first year of the Executive MBA programme. Candidates who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma are eligible for admission to the second year of the Executive MBA.

All qualifying applicants must attend an interview, after which successful candidates are chosen. Candidates may also be required to have a satisfactory GMAT score and may be required to secure 6.5 in IELTS/TOEFL (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).

How do I apply?

Applications for both the Executive MBA and Postgraduate Diploma are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre.

PAC Codes
Executive MBA: GYC16
Postgraduate Diploma in Management: GYC17

Candidates are required to submit the following:

  • Application form including references and education history
  • Personal statement outlining how the programme fits into your career objectives
  • CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • Other supporting documentation including, but not limited to, university transcripts and birth certificate

When are applications due?

Applications are now being received and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

How much does it cost?

€13,850 per annum for EU students.
EU students have the option of paying their fees in two equal instalments in September and January each academic year.

Academic Dates 2016/2017

Students attend classes for a three-day period (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) four to five times each semester.

Year 1 Dates 2016/17
Semester I 2016
2 & 3 September 2016 - Induction
8 - 10 September
29-30 September & 1 October
20 - 22 October
10 - 12 November
24 - 26 November
Exams – 5 - 16 December

Semester II 2017
12 - 14 January
2 - 4 February
23 - 25 February
9 - 11 March
30-31 March & 1 April
Exams – 24 April – 10 May


AMBA Accredited

MBA Brochure

Past students

Ruth Kiely


Executive MBA Student 2012-14

“I started my own physiotherapy business in 2004, and as the business developed I realized I needed to develop skills that were not part of my professional training in particular in the areas of management, marketing and IT.  I chose the Executive MBA because it offered the full range of disciplines that I needed.  With the knowledge gained I have been able to install a software system which allows us to manage all aspects of our business more effectively and efficiently thus giving us a competitive advantage.

Highlights from the EMBA programme include the International Study Trip to Fordham University, USA as well as participating and completing the Inter Disciplinary Company Project in the second year.  Both are very unique experiences that are offered by this EMBA which has allowed for consolidation of knowledge and skills as well as highlighting possible opportunities for the future”. 

Tony McCarthy, Medtronic

Executive MBA Student 2010-12

 “I selected the NUIG Executive MBA program because it offered me the opportunity to continue with my career and embark on my MBA education at the same time. This provided me the opportunity to apply the learning in my organization almost simultaneously. The program also offers access to a network of MBA students, alumni, faculty, and business leaders both local and international. Overall it has been a very positive experience”