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As the oldest university in Ireland, dating from 1592, Trinity has upheld a reputation of tradition and quality in education. Trinity College was one of the first European universities to offer an MBA programme in 1964. The Trinity MBA has developed continuously since then, and in 1999 it became the first Irish programme to receive international accreditation from the International Association of MBAs (AMBA).

AMBA provide the only dedicated accreditation regime for MBA Programmes - all other accreditation schemes accredit whole business schools, and all their degree programmes combined, rather than the MBA specifically. The Trinity Business School has chosen to work with and be accredited by ABMA for this reason of focus and specialist evaluation.

International Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Trinity College Dublin is ranked 129th in the world in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) 2013-14 World University Rankings.

QS World Business School Rankings

The QS Global 200 Business Schools report originated in the early 1990s as an alternative to business school rankings.  The ratings provide a detailed overview of the most popular business schools around the world, based on details provided to QS by over 3,300 employers who actively recruit MBA graduates.  The report highlights four distinct categories of business school in terms of employer recognition: Elite Global; Emerging Global; Elite Regional; Emerging Regional.

Elite Global business schools form an established cadre of the world’s very best business institutions. They are targeted by a wide range of employers, both domestically, regionally and globally. Highly international, they typically admit only experienced candidates with superior GMAT scores and all-round credentials. Their name will transform the resume of any candidate. MBAs will in many cases go on to be influential business leaders and can expect to earn top salaries upon graduation. 39 leading institutions made the Elite Global category.  Trinity College Dublin is the only representative from Ireland.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities

In the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s listings of the top 500 universities in the world, Trinity has achieved the highest position among Irish universities. Trinity College is also the only Irish university ranked in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s top 100 European universities. The world listings are compiled by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China which ranks institutions on their academic and research performance. It applies six indicators to reflect the quality of education, faculty, research output and size of the institution.


In Eduniversal's latest rankings the Trinity MBA is 9th in the full-time category and 6th in its new executive programme in Europe. This consolidates the Trinity MBA as the number 1 ranked MBA programme in Ireland in both FT and PT categories and in the top 10 in Europe.


The Trinity MBA was one of the first MBA programmes in Europe, celebrating 50 years in 2014 and it is situated within one of the oldest universities in the world. When the first class graduated in 1965, it was something of a media event - The Irish Times reported that the degree programme represented the outcome of ten years research bringing business and university together.

Trinity continues to have a deep tradition of personalised, tutorial style learning. It has always been international in orientation, student population and staff training and background. It thrives on diversity and pluralism within an academic setting which is rigorous and inquisitive.


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Last updated 13 March 2015