Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Masters of Business Executive Masters of Business Administration

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years P/T

  • 9


Why take this course?

The Executive MBA from the Business School at Athlone Institute of Technology is a prestigious Master’s degree designed for middle managers, senior executives and consultants. The MBA has been specifically designed to meet the needs of both practising or aspiring middle and senior managers. Whilst there is a strong emphasis on academic content, much of the assessment has been designed to ensure that this is applied to a variety of organisational contexts.

The Executive MBA programme at Athlone Institute of Technology is characterised by applying the latest thinking in management and leadership to solve real-world business problems. You’ll be challenged by faculty who have extensive experience of industry, and whose teaching connects ground-breaking theory with the business stories making the news. The culture of the AIT MBA is one of teamwork; where you’ll work together with classmates to solve complex business problems. With students drawn from the private and public sectors, start-ups and multinationals, you will develop the analytical skills and acumen to appreciate business forces and decision making scenarios from a wealth of different perspectives.

What will I experience?

On the AIT MBA, you will encounter a variety of teaching and learning approaches. For example, you will spend a significant proportion of your time participating in case exercises and working on assignments in small groups. This will provide an opportunity for understanding different viewpoints, as well as sharing experiences and ideas. Group work will also allow you to practice skills of analysis and, through discussion, to argue for and negotiate solutions to problems.

The taught elements are delivered over two academic years on Friday afternoons and evenings (2 p.m. – 9p.m) and occasional Saturdays (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Included in the fees are all books plus overnight residential teambuilding weekend in a local hotel.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The executive MBA programme is designed for middle and aspiring managers and as such the programme provides opportunities for promotion and career progression.

Additional Information

New for 2018 - scholarship programmes

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is delighted to announce two scholarship programmes for the Executive MBA programme, one in conjunction with the Gaelic Players Association and the Women’s Gaelic Players Associations, the other is funded by our esteemed alumnus Mr Michael Brewster an accomplished Wall Street adviser.

GPA/WGPA Scholarships

These scholarships are open to current members of the Gaelic Players Association and the Women’s Gaelic Players association and are limited to two per organisation (four in total).

Michael Brewster Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who can articulate and demonstrate the benefits to their organisation within the context of their own lifelong learning journey. The scholarship is open to all successful MBA applicants who apply before the deadline and are not part of any other scholarship programme. This programme is open to legal residents of the Republic of Ireland only.

Applicants are requested to apply to the MBA as normal through the AIT application website link.

Once this information is received, applicants will be invited to complete a written personal statement of approximately 1000 words under the following two topics:

· Benefits to you and your personal development by undertaking an MBA (max 500 words)

· Value added to your organisation by undertaking an MBA (max 500 words)

In addition, all applicants will be required to undergo an interview.

Application deadlines

Applications for the Executive MBA programme close on Friday the 8th of June.

Interviews will be held on Thursday the 14th of June.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within one week of the interviews.

Assessment Information

Students are assessed in a number of ways that include: group and individual projects, assignments, peer review, reflective practice and presentations. Some modules also have an exam component. A novel feature of the programme is the consulting project that takes place in Semester 2 of year 2, where students have to work on a group project in a real-world scenario, with a real client (which can be nominated by the student). In addition, students will be expected to deliver a 20,000 word thesis.

Course Details

Course Fees:
The programme fee is €7,850 per annum. For academic year 2018-2019, a scholarship is available. Details below.
Course Duration:
2 Years P/T
Registration Closing Date:

1st June 2018

Course Commencement Date:

The programme will commence with a residential weekend on Friday September 7th 2018, which is included in course fees.

Course Award:
Masters of Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Entry to the executive MBA requires you have at least five years work experience, ideally, some of which is in a management role, but this is not essential. In addition, you should hold one of the following:

A recognised Level 8 degree in any field

A postgraduate diploma in management

A relevant professional qualification

Course Prospectus


Course Structure

Year 1

Semester 1:

Strategic Management

Financial Statement Analysis

Research Methods

Semester 2:

Applied Strategic Marketing

Economics and the Business Environment

Supply Chain Management

Year 2

Semester 1:

Strategic Human Resource Management

Innovation and Project Management

Organisational Development, Leadership and Change

Semester 2:

Corporate Finance

Management Consulting Project


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