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Financial Times ranks UCD Smurfit Business School master’s in finance 36th in the world

Posted June 21, 2017

  • Smurfit is only Irish business school included in the FT ranking
  • Salaries of graduates rose 47% on average over three years

The full-time master’s in finance programme at UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School has been ranked 36th in the world by the Financial Times in its Top 60 Global Master in Finance rankings. It was also ranked 31st in Europe.

UCD Smurfit School is the only Irish business school included in the rankings.

Key metrics for the MSc in Finance ranking include salary increase of graduates, career progress, international mobility and international experience on the course.

Ninety-five percent of graduates from the MSc in finance secured employment in a related sector within three months of completing the programme. Their average salary increase was 47% over three years.


The rankings show that 61% of students and half of faculty on the programme are international.

“As Ireland seeks to attract FDI in the wake of Brexit, having a world-class Business School with strong links to industry will ensure prospective employers have access to the highly skilled workforce they need,” said Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business.

The Financial Times rankings assess the performance of business schools across the globe and are independently adjudicated in accordance with strict criteria.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations