J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

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The School now has over 2,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students spread across areas such Accountancy and FinanceEconomicsManagementMarketing,  and Business Information Systems.

Our School mission is to deliver a high-impact, globally centric, scholarly environment in which students become well-rounded and employable business graduates, and in which its faculty contribute to society, industry and academia through quality engagement and research.

The School offers a wide range of programmes, from undergraduate degrees to executive education, tailored to deliver the specific professional skills required to succeed in a globalised and competitive environment. Led by our highly-experienced faculty, we pursue an innovative teaching approach which incorporates face-to-face delivery, blended learning, professional mentoring, student placements and group-based project work.

Undergraduate Programmes

A degree from the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway provides students with the essential business knowledge, skills and competencies that are vital in the world of business and management.

NUI Galway’s graduates are highly successful in their chosen degree and are highly sought after in all areas of Business and Management. Whether you want to start up your own business, aspire to become Ireland’s next budding economist or want to enter the exciting and challenging world of international business then a Business degree at NUI Galway is the right choice for you.


Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Our postgraduate courses will prepare you for a rewarding career, provide you with practical learning opportunities, and upskill you for a constantly evolving workplace.

Our programmes are designed and constantly reviewed with the needs of our students in mind. We undertake regular reviews with students, alumni, employers and professional bodies to ensure that we continuously deliver the real learning required to enable you to make an impact on the world of business, and to realise your true potential.


The College also has a range of research programmes from Masters to PhD level.


An MBA is one of the world’s most recognised and respected business and management qualifications. Pursuing an MBA is about positioning yourself for further success. Critical to this, is choosing an MBA programme with a proven track record that meets the highest international standards for MBA education.

Driven by experienced, passionate and dedicated faculty, the NUI Galway MBA integrates an academically rigorous and challenging real-world business education with industry engagement and global learning. Our MBA provides you with the knowledge, transferable skills and confidence required for innovative and effective management and leadership. With over 45 years of experience in MBA provision and accreditation from the international Associaton of MBAs, choosing NUI Galway is a smart decision. Our Executive MBA provides a proven, excellent return on investment resulting in a personal platform that will position you for an accelerated career success


AACSB Accreditation

Global Business Education Accreditation

NUI Galway is delighted to announce that J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics has been globally accredited by AACSB International. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

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