The MBA and your Career

The MBA is a common factor in the careers of many successful managers in multinational companies, SMEs, government agencies, NGOs and more.

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The NUI Galway MBA Difference

We define the mission of our MBA as: ‘Developing globally talented leaders of vision, with regional edge.’

Our distinctiveness is embedded in, and emanates from, combining global perspective with regional edge.

We define our MBA regional edge as: ‘The unique synergy of NUI Galway expertise, delivery and focus combined with exceptional regional business enterprise and talent.’

The foundational components of our distinctiveness is underpinned by the School’s strategic focus domains of:

  • Strategy, Leadership & Change
  • Business & Society
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
  • Public Sector Management

Our three integrated learning experience pillars are complemented by our broader MBA curriculum which includes team empowerment, business negotiations, lean principles, multicultural appreciation, decision analytics, the digital enterprise and strategic management and the core functional areas of accounting, finance, management, and marketing

The NUI Galway MBA

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

Career Paths

Executive MBA graduates from NUI Galway are employed by leading organizations in both the private and public sector in a variety of different industries ranging from: Alkermes, AIB, An Post, Bank of Ireland, Bord Gáis, Boston Scientific, C&D Foods, Cancer Care West, Creganna-Tactx Medical, Department of Education and Skills, Dycon Ltd., Glanbia, Hewlett Packard, Hollister, HSE, Masonite, Medtronic,, Nokia Siemens, O2, The City Bin Co., Thermo King, VHI, and Transitions Optical.

Programme Features

Integrated Curriculum 

The NUI Galway MBA curriculum integrates learning across all functional areas of business including finance, management, marketing, accounting, operations, and business information systems.

Delivered by Experts

The core and elective modules are delivered by experienced, passionate and dedicated faculty who are experts in their field and who engage in high quality research-led teaching.

MBA Masterclass Series

A bespoke MBA Masterclass series, for current students and alumni, providing input from, and discussion, with leading national and international speakers. 

International Gateway Programme - New York

Combining tuition and experiential learning in a global context the International Gateway Programme is an intensive tailored programme currently delivered in collaboration with our academic partner Fordham University, NY.

Career, Personal and Professional Development

Career, personal and professional development is an integral part of the NUI Galway MBA programme. Individually-tailored leadership and skills development with personal mentoring.

Dedicated career support from Head of Career Development Centre:

  • One to one career guidance/coaching
  • Application review
  • CV deconstruction and reconstruction.
  • Interview Coaching
  • Flexible times to suit you. 

Business Negotiations

Negotiation is a dialogue to discover common ground among parties with differing aims, needs and perspectives in order to achieve a solution. Drawing on Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation, this module employs an experiential approach to advance candidates’ negotiation proficiency. Negotiation is a valuable leadership and management skill, which is employed in a wide range of business contexts.

Module Descriptors

Click here for Curriculum Information.

 Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change. 

What Our Graduates Say


Elisha Daniels |   Executive MBA Graduate

I knew I wanted a very varied, comprehensive curriculum that I could apply no matter what career I chose to pursue afterwards, which is exactly what the Executive MBA programme offered. The programme provides access to valuable learning material, but also to a rich network of professionals with whom I could explore ideas and discuss new fields of work. The programme provides access to valuable learning material, but also to a rich network of professionals with whom I could explore ideas and discuss new fields of work. Ultimately the Executive MBA programme led to a career change for me. I am now in my chosen field as Marketing Manager for Hygeia Garden Care with a solid foundation in business strategy and a greater understanding of the challenges faced by senior management - all afforded to me by the Executive MBA programme at NUI Galway.

Meet a Lecturer

Prof Alma

Prof Alma McCarthy |   Head of the Discipline of Management

The Leadership and Change module requires students to engage in extensive leadership development with the use of modern interventions like 360° feedback, coaching and mentoring. Students develop their emotional intelligence and capacity to be strategic leaders.

Here is our October 2018 newsletter