University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s MSc in international management is ranked seventh in the world, according to the the Financial Times in its 2018 Global Master in Management Ranking. Two other programmes run by the school, the MSc in Finance and the Smurfit Executive Development Open Enrolment, were also ranked in the top 50.
The Financial Times measures schools on both the quality and variety of their offered programmes and courses. Specific criteria such as graduate employability, pay, diversity, and value for money are also measured by the Financial Times when determining their annual rankings.
The MSc in international management programme topped all of the 100 schools in the rankings for mobility, with the data showing that graduates received an average 5% pay rise within three years of completing the course.
The UCD course aims to provide graduates with skills they can use in an international business career. Professor Anthony Brabazon, Dean of UCD School of Business, said the ranking “showcased” the quality of the management course and that the course achieved “exceptional results for students”. Brabazon said that UCD would continue to invest in both its staff and facilities to ensure that the Smurfit business school remains competitive.
Trinity Business School is not considered for the Financial Times rankings as it is not currently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The Financial Times only audits schools with accreditation from these organisations.
Dean of Trinity Business School Professor Andrew Burke told Trinity News that Trinity Business School is undergoing the accreditation process and hopes to be accredited by 2019, which would qualify it for the 2020 rankings.
Last year, both Trinity Business School and the Smurfit school fell on The Economist’s full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) list. Trinity Business School’s MSc in Finance programme currently ranked 40th in the world by QS last year, while its master’s degree in management ranked 1st in Ireland and 40th in Western Europe by Eduniversal last year.