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New DCU Master of Business Scholarship in partnership with WGPA

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New DCU Master of Business Scholarship in partnership with WGPA

Monday, July 06, 2015 

New DCU Master of Business Scholarship in partnership with WGPA

DCU Business School and DCU GAA Academy in partnership with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) are pleased to announce a scholarship on a full time Business School Master’s programme for the academic year 2015/2016.

This Scholarship will be funded jointly by DCU Business School and DCU GAA Academy.

Professor Barbara Flood, Deputy Dean in the Business School said, “DCU Business School is delighted to support the Women's GPA by offering a scholarship, in conjunction with the DCU GAA Academy, for a place on one of our full-time Master’s programmes. The DCU Business School mission is to educate leaders and professionals for the global market place and we strive to ensure that DCU business education will be recognised for its distinctive and high quality student experience. We look forward to welcoming our Women's GPA scholar to the School in the autumn.”

Application for this scholarship is available to all WGPA members.

Master’s programmes available to WGPA members are:

  • MSc in Business (Management)
  • MSc in Business (Strategy)
  • MSc in Digital Marketing
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Accounting
  • MSc in Human Resource Management
  • MSc in Electronic Commerce (Business)

Applicants must meet the academic criteria for the Master’s programme they choose. This can be checked here.

Welcoming this development, Aoife Lane, Chairperson of WGPA, said “We are delighted to announce this partnership with DCU, and specifically with the DCU Business School and DCU GAA Academy. DCU is a wonderful supporter of ladies football and camogie; female players, like their male counterparts, enjoy performance, education and personal support that is now being extended to a full postgraduate scholarship in the Business School. This is another very clear indication of the commitment of DCU to furthering the opportunities available for elite female athletes in Gaelic games, and adds to the WGPA education support programme that is available to all members.”

Mr Michael Kennedy, Director of the DCU GAA Academy commented,“The DCU GAA Academy is delighted to be associated with the WGPA and DCU Business School in supporting this new initiative. This scholarship will empower the successful recipient to grow and develop her leadership and professional skills in order to enhance her future career opportunities.”

For further information please contact Bernadette McCulloch, DCU Business School by email on

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