Trinity Business School’s Executive MBA programme ranked first in Ireland

The programme was also ranked joint 59th in the world by the Financial Times 2021 EMBA Ranking

The Trinity Business School’s Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme has been ranked first in Ireland and joint 59th globally by the Financial Times 2021 Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking. 

The part-time masters programme shares the global 59th place with the Terry Business School, University of Georgia. This is the highest global ranking an Irish EMBA has earned since 2010, when University College Dublin: Smurfit was ranked 54th. 

This year, UCD: Smurfit was ranked 72nd globally. 

This is the 21st edition of the Financial Times’ annual ranking of the top one hundred EMBA programmes across the world. A total of 136 programmes took part this year. 

In its ranking, the Financial Times considers each programme based on specific criteria, such as the average salary difference in alumni before their EMBA and after, the career progression of alumni, the percentage of female faculty and students, the percentage of international faculty and students, and the proportion of courses dedicated to “ethical, social and environmental issues”. 

Trinity’s EMBA programme currently has a gender balance of 0.85:1 and an international student population of 41%. According to a press release from the College, “the Business School has made sustainability, responsible business and diversity and inclusion a core part of its ethos”.

The latest rankings sees the Trinity EMBA surpass a number of major global programmes, including the Ivey Business School in Canada, Henley Business School in the UK, and Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Director of the EMBA Professor John Dong thanked the MBA staff, students and alumni for their “outstanding accomplishment” and promised to “continue our good practices with a unique project-based curriculum, while continuing to enhance and innovate the programme in other aspects”.

“Looking forward, we plan to give our students a wider international learning experience after the global pandemic and further develop their leadership in a fast-changing business environment.”

Members of the Business School faculty have expressed their pride in the success of Trinity’s EMBA programme and the Business School overall. According to Professor Andrew Burke, the Dean of Trinity Business School, “our staff, students and alumni have put a lot of energy and creativity into the transformation of the School over the last five years”.

Along with this ranking, this year the Business School also ranked first in Ireland in MSc Finance programmes and in the top 30 globally. The School’s MSc in International Management also ranked 28th globally in the 2021 Financial Times’ Masters in Management ranking.

In a press release, Burke said, “In just half a decade our innovative community has created a world-leading business school at the heart of Dublin City, which is reflected, time and time again, in international rankings”. 

“This is not only a boon for business based here, but also for our graduates who work in a global context whether here in Ireland or overseas.”

Ellen Kenny

Ellen Kenny is the current Features Editor of Trinity News, and a Senior Fresh student of Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology.