The MBA Programme

The Executive MBA is a general management programme which enhances and develops business and management capabilities and prepares students for strategic leadership roles. The programme places an emphasis on strategic decision making and develops practical and professional skills for success in increasingly complex environments. The Executive MBA:

  • Develops managerial knowledge and skills that have immediate applicability
  • Provides an opportunity to meet like-minded, ambitious executives from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Challenges participants to think differently
  • Expands the career choice and earning potential of participants


The Executive MBA at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

The Executive MBA at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is one of the leading MBA programmes in the country. The NUI Galway Executive MBA recently attained AMBA accreditation which is the global mark of excellence for MBA education. The following are some of the distinguishing features of our MBA:

  • Real-world learning including company-based consultancy projects
  • Research-led teaching by key faculty with real-world business experience and international research reputations
  • Continuing personal and professional development tailored to each student with one-to-one coaching from top business leaders
  • MBA Distinguished Lecturer Series featuring leading international academic and business experts
  • Flexibility to tailor the programme to your requirements
  • Community-based learning in charitable and voluntary organisations providing opportunities for learning through civic engagement
  • Small classes that allow for rich staff-student interaction
  • State-of-the art facilities including a purpose-built Executive MBA room
  • Networking opportunities with the MBA Alumni Association
  • Exceptional return on investment



Induction Programme
Students will meet over 2 days at the beginning of the semester to meet new classmates, lecturers and to learn about life as an Executive MBA student. Students will receive information and advice on topics such as research, study skills, group and team work skills, and time management skills.

Year One, Semester One
Accounting for Managers
Management and Organisation
Economics and the Business Environment
Business Information Systems

Year One, Semester Two

Human Resource Management
Enterprise Architecture Management
Markets & Marketing

Financial Management


Year One, May
Students are required to choose two electives. Electives offered at NUI Galway or University of Limerick may include*:
International Study Visit
Business Negotiations
International Management
Strategic Sales Management
Technology Management
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise
Corporate and Commercial Law
Strategic Human Resource Development

Year Two, Year Long
Company-based Interdisciplinary Consultancy Study

Year Two, Semester One
Strategic Management

Performance Management, Ethics and Governance 

Students are required to choose two electives. Electives offered at NUI Galway may include*: 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Strategic Marketing
Irish Economic Policy

Year Two, Semester Two

Leadership & Change 

Students are required to choose two electives. Electives offered at NUI Galway may include*:
Law and Policy Relating to Business Enterprise
Information Systems Innovation 
Services Marketing
Corporate Financial Management

*Electives offered are determined by the interest of students and availability of lecturing staff.


AMBA Accredited

Current 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”.   

Past students

Tony McCarthy


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”

MBA Brochure

MBA Brochure

MBA Brochure