On the SETU Waterford MBA programme, you will develop skills and learn concepts that will accelerate your career, serving you throughout your professional life. The course is about personal accomplishment, new insights and frameworks for thinking, about building stronger skills, expanding horizons, good governance and leadership in a challenging corporate environment.
Our MBA Programme transforms individuals, who in turn go on to transform their organisations. The faculty who deliver on the MBA programme are exceptional research-led academics. This research also focuses on discovering the most powerful ways to train new leaders, and putting those ideas into practice in our curriculum.
SETU Waterford Business School is also an active member of the MBA Association Ireland and we regularly host events which enhance the learning and professional development of our students (for more information see http://www.mbaassociation.ie/our-chapters/waterford/). The SETU Waterford Executive MBA group were previous winners of the All-Ireland Strategy Case competition on three separate occasions. Organised by the MBA Association of Ireland, the competition is open to all MBA programmes across Ireland, past winners having included UCD, NUIG, DCU and TU Dublin.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Leadership & Organisational Behaviour||Professional Development 1|
|Marketing Management||Operational Excellence|
|Managing People||Accounting for Managers|
|Organisational Change 1**|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Professional Development 2|
|Strategic Management||Info Systems & Digital Marketing|
|Innovation & Entrepreneurship||Corporate Finance|
|Business Economics||Organisational Change Research Project|
|Organisational Change 2**|
* International Management is delivered as a one week study trip to Boston at the start of year two of the programme
** We do allow multiple entry points to our MBA which means that while semester one is only offered every two Years (September 2016, September 2018, etc), students can enter our MBA at the start of semesters one, two or three. However, students must complete Organisational Change 1 before Organisational Change 2 regardless of the semester in which they join.
There is no single formula for a successful applicant. Candidates are evaluated for their achievements, their potential, and the fit between what they aspire to achieve and what our MBA Program has to offer. If you believe that the EMBA may be right for you, we encourage you to get all the information that you need to apply to our program. Join us at one of the information events we run throughout the region, or arrange a consultation with the programme director to discuss your interest.
A degree or equivalent. In some cases where managers have exceptional experience (of at least 10 years), an application will be considered
Minimum age of 23 years
At least three years of relevant professional business experience
Satisfactory performance at an admission interview
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements for details.
Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at www.setu.ie/pgfees
Applications for this programme are made online by going to https://v2.pac.ie/institute/6
We have recently redesigned our MBA programme so that students can work on action research assignments in their own organisations. Candidates on the programme also participate in a number of professional development workshops and travel to Boston as part of an international study tour at our partner university, Boston University. These interventions have supported our students to take up positions across all types of organisations, from leading technology innovators such as Salesforce to consulting firms and banks such as AIB and State Street Bank. Wherever you want to work, our professional development and networking events help to connect our students to leading organisations in Ireland and overseas.
Whether your goal is to progress within your organisation, take on new responsibilities or pursue and enhance an entrepreneurial route, the programme will give you the knowledge, insights, network and confidence to succeed.
Recent employer organisations who have supported students on our programme include some of the following:
“This MBA program places an emphasis on developing not just management and leadership skills. It enabled me to change my mindset when conducting business while being responsible, ethical and solution orientated. It has allowed me set a solid foundation for the rest of my career and has opened my mind to processes and innovations previously not considered. The classroom environment and learnings through deep debate of program content enabled greater learning. This influenced me and my judgement through organisational issues such as leadership, change management, finance, marketing and strategy. Overall, my confidence has increased on both a personal and professional level as a result of the MBA journey.”
William Maher, General Manager, Hermitage Technologies DAC, Kilkenny
“I found the EMBA programme here to be very beneficial – the strong staff-student interactions, the emphasis on teamwork and the focused dissertation - gave me the skills and confidence to deal with a variety of management issues in my organisation.”
Tom Healy, Vice President Custody, State Street Bank, Kilkenny
"I found the Executive MBA programme to be a challenging but rewarding experience. The structure of the programme is suitable for executives based in the south east region and the lecturers involved are very supportive. The interactive nature of the course facilitates learning from classmates while also broadening one's professional and social network, and the action research project allows one to apply learning to the workplace in a very practical manner. The international study trip to Boston was also a real highlight and the overall balance between academic material and practice is impressive."
Mark Rogers, Head of Human Resource, Danone Operations Ireland
“My MBA here was an amazing experience. While I was working at board level within my company for a numbers of years and felt I knew the business well, the MBA thought me many other aspects of running a business that are required for success. I have since being appointed the MD of my company and I can safely say that without my MBA I wouldn’t have achieved that goal. It is an excellent programme run by very experience and professional staff who always made themselves available to the students throughout the course.”
John O'Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy Constructon Ltd.
"I can thoroughly recommend the EMBA programme. I had been looking to do a personal development programme for some time and this proved to be an excellent choice, which embellished and complimented my previous industry experience. The whole faculty were extremely supportive as were my classmates, all of which have now become integral to my professional network. The course itself is a blended approach of academic material and industry practice, which when put together is very engaging. More importantly, my EMBA has proved invaluable in my career since, allowing me to move across industry in a leadership capacity with the confidence and skillset to deliver value adding service to our company and customers alike."
Michael Healy, General Manager, NutriScience Ltd.
The SETU Waterford Executive MBA group also participate in an International Residential study programme in Boston where the group are hosted by our partner university, Boston University. The international study programme has been designed to expose executives to best international practices in management education, practice and learning. The 10 day study visit provides students with an important awareness and exposure to international business ideas, concepts and practices. Equally, it allows for their professional development in an international context thereby enhancing their career and management prospects with international businesses.
SETU Waterford MBA Programme director Tom Egan and Head of Graduate Business, Prof. Denis Harrington pictured with participants in the ‘Practical Wisdom’ workshop held in Suffolk University business school Boston. Keynote speaker Professor Larry Prusak is a researcher and consultant and was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Knowledge Management (IKM). He currently co-directs Working Knowledge, a knowledge research program at Babson College, where he is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.
Danny McCoy CEO, IBEC, photographed on a recent visit to the School of Business during which he addressed MBA and other postgraduate students as part of the postgraduate business seminar programme.
The winning SETU Waterford Executive MBA team included: Sinead Queally, TSSG; Neil McGrory, Managing Partner at PLC Partners; Garda Inspector Paul O’Driscoll; Aidan Clancy Company Director at Clancy Construction and Brian Swift, Solicitor. The team was mentored by Professor Denis Harrington, Dr Ray Griffin and Dr Tom Egan.
Commenting on the win Dr Tom Egan, SETU Waterford MBA Programme Director, said “Over the past 20 years, the SETU Waterford executive MBA programme has made a huge impact in organisations across the South East of Ireland and beyond; it is great to see the standard of our students and our teaching measured through competition; this win validates what we do here in Waterford”. Maeve O’Connell, President of the MBA Association of Ireland, said:
“The Forum is a pressure cooker environment to test the mettle of any business student or practitioner. As in other years, the 2015 event was a close-run affair, with all teams presenting convincing recommendations. I believe this event always showcases the incisive analysis, strategic thinking and ability to operate collectively, which are the hallmarks of the MBA graduate.”