UCD Smurfit MIM Review

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Introduction to MiM at UCD

This exceptional dual degree programme is exclusively available at UCD Smurfit School, awarding an MSc in International Management and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from CEMS.  Our MSc in International Management is now ranked 17th in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2023.

CEMS is a global alliance of leading business schools, multinational organisations and NGOs. UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish school within this elite community. The CEMS Masters in International Management is devised by both academic and business leaders, bridging university education and business expertise, thus offering keen insight into management best practices via seminars, core courses, electives, language teaching and internships. This programme is targeted at graduates with a business/economics background, fluency in English and another language (plus a third language at a beginner level to be developed through the year), excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ambition to become international business managers and leaders.

With a mandatory semester abroad, international networking events, a diverse range of nationalities in class and a high percentage of graduates expatriating upon recruitment, the course provides the ultimate international springboard.

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What is a good GMAT score for MiM at UCD?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at UCD is 646 for the last entering class. If you score above 646, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


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Tuition Fee and Scholarships for MiM at UCD

€ 21,520

Tuition Fee

€ 23,496

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This intensive full-time Masters is designed for people who hold a non-business undergraduate degree but wish to pursue or further develop a career in business. It is available to graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds including arts, engineering, law, science, nursing, agriculture and the social sciences. On successful completion of this programme, graduates should be well placed to begin their career within any organisational or business context.

The Tuition fee for UCD Smurfit MIM  is € 21,520 and an additional  € 23,496 in living costs is required.

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year. Read more here.

UCD Alumni can now enjoy a 5% tuition reduction when they are accepted to a programme at UCD Smurfit School.  T’s and C’s apply.  Learn more here.

*There is an additional Block Seminar fee for MSc International Management /CEMS MIM program students (both home and visiting) attending UCD in semester 1. The estimated fee typically ranges from €150 to €200 to cover operational costs such as catering, academic materials etc. and is requested after student registration. This fee is subject to change annually. 


Fees Full-Time EU:€17,320* (academic year 2024/2025)
Full-Time Non-EU:€24,800* (academic year 2024/2025)

Employment Prospects : MiM at UCD


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Our graduates, who possess cross-disciplinary skills, are highly valued by employers today. They are employed in both multinational organizations and small- and medium-sized enterprises in a variety of roles and functions.

The average salary at  UCD Smurfit for the last graduating class was 79610.76 Euro. 97% of the class was employed within 3 months of graduation with the majority of the class going into consulting, Finance and technology-oriented functional roles. 

Eligibility Criteria for MiM at UCD

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application’s comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

Entry Requirements


A minimum second-class honours (Grade 1) degree (or equivalent) in Business/Economics or a related discipline.

Fluency in English and one other language.  Preference will be given to candidates with 3+ languages.

You must submit two letters of recommendation as part of your application (Academic or Employer recommendations only).

In addition to the above academic requirements, you also need to demonstrate the following:

  • International orientation and openness
  • Excellent interpersonal competencies
  • A strong desire to achieve and leadership potential
  • Integrity

As part of the admissions process, you will be required to attend an interview.

Documents required : MiM at UCD

The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application.  Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order.

  • Transcripts and Orignal Documents.
  • CV
  • If English is not your first language, an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes.  The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.  For more information visit our English Language Requirements webpage.
  • Two references are generally required, preferably one academic and one professional.
  • Additional Documents-Feel free to send us other information that you believe will help your application.

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Scholarships Available : MiM at UCD

UCD Smurfit Scholarships offer a life-changing opportunity to prospective students. By offering merit-based scholarships, we recruit the highest quality students from across the world; while our financial needs based scholarships put an MBA or Masters within reach for a number of ambitious students each year. Smurfit Scholarships are in high demand and there is significant competition each year.

How to apply:

In most cases, students do not need to make a separate scholarship application. All successful programme applicants will automatically be considered for scholarships once they meet the eligibility criteria and the application is received before the scholarship closing date. Closing dates vary per scholarship and are outlined in the listing below. Note that scholarships are granted on a rolling basis, therefore we strongly encourage early application.

Exceptions include: Aspire Scholarships, Bord Bia Scholarships, Equity Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship, UCD CSC Scholarship, UCD Sports Scholarship and the Indian Academic Excellence Scholarship – all of which involve a separate scholarship application process.  

Aspire Scholarships help high-potential candidates unlock their unique talent, drive, and potential to be future business leaders. The scholarships are specifically for individuals who demonstrate the ambition to study at UCD Smurfit School, but who require some financial assistance to study their chosen Masters Programme. Please note that to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be accepted to their chosen programme and must complete a separate scholarship application form. The scholarships are open to applicants who are resident in Ireland.

Date Opens5th February 2024
Date Closes13th May 2024
GMAT / EA Deadline16th May 2024
Application StatusOpen
ValueMultiple MSc and MBA awards of 50% tuition fees

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UCD Smurfit School is delighted to partner with Business & Finance Awards in offering one candidate a 100% scholarship to join the Full-Time MBA or the Executive Modular MBA (EMBA) in August 2024.

Date Opens1st December 2023
Date Closes30th April 2024
GMAT / EA Deadline31st May 2024
Application StatusOpen
Value100% tuition fees

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The Scholarship programme is funded by UCD, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Scholarships are awarded to academically exceptional students from China (currently residing in China) who will be ambassadors for their course and the School during their studies and after graduation.

Date Opens1st October 2023
Date Closes31st May 2024
Application StatusOpen
Value€3,000 of Tuition Fees with a total of 6 on offer

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Specializations & Electives Offered

This multi-faceted course comprises an introductory block seminar, two CEMS core modules, plus a number of option modules across a range of areas. Option modules enable students to deepen their knowledge in a specific domain or acquire a broad set of competencies. Other requirements comprise a business project, skills seminars, an eight-week international internship and the Business Research Insights Paper as part of the course. With any possible internship opportunity students have to go through a competitive recruitment process, including interviews with employers, to be selected.

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Core module

Module options

  • Two choices from a range of exclusive and elective modules across a range of different disciplines
  • As well as the modules there are skills seminars, company visits and talks, and Business Communications Skills

Core module

Module options

  • Business Project
  • Choice of a range of elective modules across different disciplines
  • As well as the modules there are skills seminars, company visits and talks, and the Responsible Global Leadership seminar

Business Research Insights

International Management Internship

FAQs about MiM at UCD

There is no official deadline for applications, as we operate a rolling admissions system. Some of our courses are very popular and have regularly been oversubscribed in the past. We would therefore recommend that you apply early, in order to avoid disappointment.

We recognise only the following English Language tests:



Pearson Academic

Cambridge Advanced

Cambridge Proficiency

Please visit our English Language Requirements page for details.

On successful completion of this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of important management ideas, frameworks and models.  You will have expanded your analytical capacity to comprehend and assess real business environments and challenges and will be supported in your learning through a range of supports from faculty and staff.  In addition, by working in groups and participating in a range of extra curricular workshops and seminars, you will be encouraged to develop your personal and professional skills.

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