Forum: School selection (4 Comments)


  • Posted by - sharath - on 19 April 2013 - 11:54pm

    Hi All,

    I have got an offer from UCD Smurfit Business School for Masters in Management. I currently have almost 3 years of experience. Wanted to know if UCD is a good choice for me to pursue my Masters as I am getting mixed responses from people regarding the recognition of the degree and post employment opportunities in Ireland.

    As I see UCD has a good ranking Internationally for an MBA and few other Masters courses. Wanted to know how the Masters in Management course is rated???

    Would be great if anyone could provide me with some info on this...

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 20 April 2013 - 1:12am

      Hi there,

      the UCD is an institution with a long tradition. I am confident that they are well-known in the UK and in Ireland. But when it comes to the concrete career chances, I recommend you to ask which firms come to campus to recruit graduates.

      Conversely, where do the graduates start to work? In Ireland? In Europe? Outside of Europe? Which firms? Which jobs? How fast do they find a job? Contact the career office and ask them directly - then you get a clearer picture about what benefit your UCD degree could provide you with.

      Formally, they are on position 51 in the FT Master in Management Ranking and managed to improve over the years. That's good.

      In the FT MBA Ranking, they are on position 64. And in the European Business School ranking - which is a mixture of MIM, MBA EMBA, and ExEducation rankings - they are on 33. So, not top but not bad. ALso, they have all three accreditations.

      In other words, this is a solid school. The question, however, is: What benefit can the Michael Smurfit school provide you with...? Therefore, I recomend to contact the career service and get a clearer picture on what the graduates do afterward.

      By the way: Why do you want to do a MIM program when you have 3 years of work experience...? I would recomend you to do an MBA instead.

      Best wishes

      • Posted by - sharath - on 20 April 2013 - 5:33pm


        Thanks for the info. Its by July I would have exactly 3 years of experience hence I opted for MIM. UCD requires a minimum 3 years exp while applying for an MBA.

        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 20 April 2013 - 7:19pm

          Usually the MIM is for people with 0-2 years. You need to have 2 years for an MBA at many institutions and 3 years at some - but only when you start the program. So, in your case I guess the MBA would be the better option.

          Best wishes