MBA Colleges in Ireland

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 12:46 IST

Pursuing MBA in Ireland – Ireland has over the years become the ‘it’ destination for students looking to pursue Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Ireland as it provides them a global opportunity, the European experience and above all challenging atmosphere and much more, all on a strict budget. Moreover, not only an MBA degree from Ireland is internationally recognized, but it also offers several specializations apart from the usual HRM, Finance, Marketing, and Sales. Students wanting to pursue an MBA from Ireland can choose from options ranging from the Healthcare, Public Administration, to Project Management.

According to a recent European study, students with an Irish MBA degree see an increase in their annual pay by 50-60%. Owing to its affordable fee structure, Irish business schools are receiving an increasing number of applications from international students each year. Ranked as 12th in the Global Peace Index 2013, Ireland attracts students due to its post-study work opportunities and facilities provided by their universities.

Eligibility Criteria for MBA Program

Admission procedure for MBA in Ireland – Although each university has its own eligibility requirements, here is a list of eligibility criteria and documents usually required by any international university for an MBA program

  • A minimum of three years (with an undergraduate degree) or five years’ (with a professional qualification) worth of work experience (mandatory requirement)
  • The university degree should be from a recognized university, a professional qualification obtained with exams, or a substantial track of business achievement without a degree or qualification
  • Qualify the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) with an acceptable score. Generally, a minimum GMAT score of 550 is required by top universities.
  • Scores of any English Language Proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS or PTE. Depending on the university, this test may be exempted for candidates who have done their formal education in English.
  • Official verified and translated transcripts of undergraduate (or postgraduate) degrees.
  • An up-to-date resume with all the necessary details of work experience, academic background, and achievements.
  • Personal Essays, Goals Essays or SOP, as directed by the university
  • Two letters of recommendations, preferably from a professional background
  • Two photographs and identity supporting documents
  • Financial and loan documents along with visa papers

Here is a quick preview of the online application procedure:

  • Each of the universities will have an online application form which needs to be filled and submitted online and/or downloaded if you are sending a hard copy of the documents
  • Along with the online application form, attach the necessary documents and admissions drafts (Essays, CV, LORs and so on)
  • For online application, once you are done with the process, you will be required to pay the application fee
  • For offline application, you need to send the fee along with the documentation
  • The application fee differs from university to university
  • Foundation courses for international students in Ireland

Cost of studying MBA in Ireland

For international students not belonging to the EU/EEA region, fees depend on the field of study, Programme, and university the student has opted for. On average, undergraduate courses’ fees range anywhere between 9,000–45,000 Euros per annum, and 9,150–37,000 Euros per annum for postgraduate courses. As compared to other international universities, MBA in Irish Universities is relatively cheaper and affordable with an average tuition cost of 8,000–30,000 Euros per annum.

Cost of living MBA in Ireland

As tuition fee differs from university to university, living expense in Ireland differs depending on the area you put-up in. As an international student, you can expect an average monthly expense of 650–1000 Euros as your living expenses. To give you an idea, here is a list of cities with the average living cost (including accommodation) for international students:

Day-to-day student expenses in Ireland

  • Dublin: 1,100–1,800 Euros/month
  • Cork: 860–1,400 Euros/month
  • Galway and other smaller cities: 800–1,100 Euros/month

Universities provide the option of residence halls which are provided on a first come first served basis and usually cost around 200–300 Euros. Also, you can divide and share expenses if you plan on finding accommodation on sharing-basis or choose homestay housing. Here is an average estimation of accommodation costs according to the type of accommodation:

  • Student living on campus: 300-600 Euros/month
  • Student living alone: 427 Euros/month
  • Student living with partner/child: 470 Euros/month
  • Other related and miscellaneous expenses include (approx):
  • Utilities–130 Euros/month
  • Internet pass– up to 60 Euros/month
  • Food costs– 250 Euros/month, while shopping in supermarkets might get you to save more on this
  • Transportation costs– 50-55 Euros/month and 20 Euros/per day to hire a bicycle (students discounts are available through Student Leap Card or the Bus Éireann services)
  • Books and research magazines– 70 Euros/month
  • Medical insurance– 45 Euros/month

List of Accredited MBA Colleges in Ireland

Candidates looking to pursue their MBA studies in Ireland can check out popular MBA Colleges in Ireland, here:

Popular MBA Colleges in Ireland


1st Year Total Fees

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin (TCD)

TOEFL: 90, IELTS: 6.5, GMAT: 550

Rs 33.0 Lakhs

Dublin Business School (DBS)

IELTS: 6.5

Rs 9.5 Lakhs

University College Dublin (UCD)

TOEFL: 90, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 63

Rs 26.8 Lakhs

National College of Ireland (NCI)

TOEFL: 89, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 59

Rs 15.2 Lakhs

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

TOEFL: 88, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 61

Rs 18.7 Lakhs

Griffith College

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: Accepted

INR 11.1 Lakh

Dublin City University (DCU)

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 92

INR 12.7 Lakh

University College Cork (UCC)

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 90

INR 14.2 Lakh

University of Limerick (UL)

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 90

INR 10.3 Lakh

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 92

INR 10.7 Lakh

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