Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Go to the Admissions - Postgraduate section of the website for full details
  • 2 Years Part-time (2 nights per week 7-10pm)
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration - NFQ Level 9 - 60 credits
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


This comprehensive MBA programme provides a structured, evidenced based environment to experienced management professionals to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge of modern business management domains. It is designed to fit around the professional and personal commitments of the busy executive. It provides students with the tools, techniques and skills to enhance their business knowledge and provide them with a competitive edge in industry and the jobs market.

This programme not only builds knowledge in key areas such as current business technologies and systems, business models and strategies and people management. It also builds on the participant’s professional and personal skills including confidence building with presentations and team projects, networking amongst students from different industries and backgrounds and provides a challenging but open and reflective environment to discuss and research current issues affecting the business world on a global scale.

What subjects will I study ?

  • Global Business, Leadership and Ethics
  • Strategic Business Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Aviation Finance and Legislation
  • Technology Integration and Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Modelling
  • Data Analytics and Consumer Insights
  • Strategic Design for Innovation
  • Sustainable Design Innovation
  • Commercial Dispute Negotiation and Resolution
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Innovation Integration Management
  • Strategic Marketing Analysis and Implementation
  • Fleet Optimisation

NOTE: Specific modules may be subject to amendment after our 2021 programmatic review.

Entry Requirements

The MBA and Postgraduate Diploma (Embedded Exit Award) programmes are designed for graduates of Bachelor of Business Honours Degrees (Level 8) or equivalent. Graduates of programmes in Engineering, Science, Design and other disciplines are generally required to have completed the Higher Diploma in Business in Management (Level 8) or equivalent to be eligible for admission to the MBA programme. 

Applicants applying for entry to the programme through progression routes, other than those listed, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Criteria to be considered include academic qualifications, recognition of prior learning and/or the applicant’s performance in GMAT or equivalent.

Applicants for the MBA programmes who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Level 9) programmes will be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must have three years relevant business management experience. Evidence must be provided of the nature and extent of this experience by at least one referee capable of assessing the applicant’s managerial abilities.

Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the MBA programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme (Embedded Exit Award).

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

Graduate Profile

Kate Gaynor MBA

Managing Director, Advanced Coating Technology Ltd., Carlow

I have worked in my family’s paint business for most of my life. I did a post-grad in Business in 2007 in Dublin but the course wasn’t as practical as I would have liked. When I was working in the family business I knew there were gaps in my skill set. I took over the running of the family business in 2011 and started the MBA in IT Carlow in September 2012 in order to assist me in managing areas of the business in which I had less experience, training, or interest in.

How has the MBA helped you with your career?
The MBA was invaluable to me. The benefits were threefold:
• It increased my academic and practical knowledge of business
• I gained invaluable business contacts that I could rely on for advice in the future
• It improved my confidence and my ability as a leader in my company

Would you recommend this programme to others?
Definitely. The MBA is a very academic but also a very practical course. I don’t know any other course like it. I can’t recommend it highly enough. An MBA will bring you places that other courses will not.


Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWL05 Master of Business Administration Carlow 2 Years Part-time €11,000 Go to the Admissions-Postgraduate section of the website for all application information on all courses.
CWL06 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration Carlow Part-tme €9,000  

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:


Eoin O'Brien
BA, DBS, CBS, Cert Mgmt, MBA
Faculty of Lifelong Learning Manager