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Welcome to the Executive MBA at NUI Galway

Next NUI Galway MBA Programme commences September 2017

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

In today’s challenging economic climate, it is critical to choose the right MBA. The Executive MBA at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway integrates an academically rigorous and challenging real-world business education. The NUI Galway MBA is AMBA accredited.  AMBA accreditation is the global quality benchmark for the MBA programmes.  Our MBA is the first non-Dublin MBA to attain AMBA accreditation in Ireland.

The programme is industry-led and globally-focused providing you with the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence required for innovative and effective management practice.

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

Investing in an MBA in a very important decision. The Executive MBA at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics will provide an excellent return on investment resulting in increased confidence, competence and capability to accelerate your career.

Features of the Executive MBA

Integrated Curriculum delivered by Experts
The NUI Galway MBA curriculum integrates learning across all functional areas of business including finance, management, marketing, accounting, operations, and business information systems.
There is a particular focus on the development of interpersonal and leadership skills throughout the programme. The core and elective modules are delivered by key academic faculty who are experts in their field and who engage in high quality research-led teaching.

International Study Visit
Organisations now operate in a global environment and it is important to understand different perspectives and experiences in an international context. The study trip will give students the opportunity to visit businesses, attend lectures, and interact with business leaders in an international context. This optional study visit will take place in May of Year One and is most likely to take place in the United States.

Mode of Delivery
The Executive MBA programme is delivered in block-release format. Students will attend classes over a 3-day period (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) about five times each semester. This allows students to continue to work full-time and study.

Career Personal and Professional Development
Career and professional development is an integral part of the NUI Galway MBA programme. Throughout the programme, career coaches will be available to work one-on-one with students assisting them with their personal and professional development.

MBA Masterclass Series
A bespoke MBA Masterclass series provides expert input from leading national and international industry, business and political leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate finance, social media marketing and key national and international economic policy issues.


AMBA Accredited

MBA Brochure


Aerogen Masterclass


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”