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Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
About the Programme
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.
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
- 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
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, mykidstime.ie, Nokia Siemens, O2, The City Bin Co., Thermo King, VHI, and Transitions Optical.
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.
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.
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 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.