From the School

The Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prepares responsible leaders who are capable of transforming organizations, communities and the world. We challenge our students to reach their full potential, reflecting our university's century-long commitment to ethics and service, excellence and innovation. Among the graduate business schools accredited by AACSB-International, Duquesne was among the first 100 endorsers of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The Donahue School was cited among the top three graduate business schools for ethics by the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Duquesne's Donahue School offers contemporary and managerially relevant graduate programs to meet the needs of full-time students and working professionals:

Full-time MBA Sustainability (daytime classes) Duquesne's full-time MBA was ranked first in the United States and eighth in the world for integrating sustainability in 2013. The program has been consistently ranked among the Aspen Institute's "Global top 25" for financial, social and environmental stewardship since launched in 2007. This internationally recognized one-year MBA integrates rigorous coursework in all business disciplines with global best practices in management of financial, social, environmental and informational resources. The program is anchored by active problem-solving engagements and international fieldwork, including two consulting projects with multinational clients and a practicum with a corporate, government, not-for-profit or social entrepreneurial organization. The accelerated, 45-credit curriculum features core sustainability courses, team teaching, cross-functional case competitions, professional skill coaching, and study trips to developed and developing economies, preparing graduates to leverage innovation and lead change in any organization.

Part-time MBA (evening and online classes) This recently reconfigured MBA is designed for professionals who want to enhance their managerial skill set. The program was ranked #125 among 453 accredited part-time MBA programs in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report. It features an integrated core curriculum and flexible options for earning a concentration in finance, management, marketing or supply chain. Part-time students may use electives to gain industry expertise (energy, financial services, health care and manufacturing) or develop specialized competencies (entrepreneurship, consulting, risk management). Students complete the 42 required credits (45 with a concentration) at their own pace via classes at Duquesne's downtown campus or online.

Full-time Master of Accountancy Program (MAcc) This 30-credit program responds to emerging areas of critical importance to the accounting profession: forensic accounting, ethics, regulation and reporting. Prerequisite for admission is 24 credits in accounting. The program can be completed in one academic year by taking 15 credits in both the fall and spring semesters. Graduates are prepared for careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, internal auditing, forensic accounting, governmental and non-profit accounting.

Full-time or Part-time MS-ISM Recently redesigned, Duquesne's Master of Science in Information Systems Management is a 30-credit program with evening and late afternoon classes. Courses are taken in sequence, and the degree can be completed on a full or part-time basis in one to two years. The program features instruction in risk management, leading change, IT security and audit, and the latest technologies. It provides excellent preparation for the Certified Information Systems Analyst Exam and can be earned in conjunction with an MBA.

Joint Degree Programs The Donahue School offers MBA degrees in conjunction with advanced degrees in corporate communication, environmental science and management, health-management systems, industrial pharmacy, liberal studies, law, nursing, and public policy. To pursue a joint or dual degree program, candidates must apply to and be accepted by both schools.


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Students Say

Duquesne University’s Donahue School of Business is unique because of its emphasis on sustainability and business ethics. Duquesne’s award-winning, full-time, one-year MBA in sustainability is its star program, drawing students who believe sustainability will soon be “a global business imperative.” One student in this “outstanding” program says it will “open a lot of doors as the business world continues to evolve.” Duquesne’s other MBA programs are also strong. Its part-time and full-time evening MBA allows students to work and participate in various academic and professional enrichment activities. All students are required to take a foundational core of classes but can take electives or add a concentration in the following areas: Business Ethics, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The school also offers masters programs, and joint MBA/JD and MBA/MS-Information Systems Management degrees, such as an MS in Accountancy and an MBA/MS in Accountancy.

Duquesne is devoted to teaching and supporting ethical business practices, and all students are required to take an “Applied Business Ethics” course. The Beard Institute promotes “business ethics, responsible financial management, and sustainability in the global marketplace,” and hosts the Distinguished Ethics Speaker Series. Students looking to broaden their professional experiences can spend a semester abroad in France, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, China, Belgium, or Germany. However, students don’t need to go abroad to gain diverse or international perspectives. The “varied work backgrounds of [my fellow] students” and the presence of international students ensure everyone is exposed to global viewpoints.

Teamwork is a big part of academic life at Duquesne, where “small class sizes” allow students to work with each other on rewarding projects “that collaborate across all classes.” Professors are “enthusiastic” and “knowledgeable in their respective fields,” and bring “real-world application to the material.” They are “friendly” and “accessible,” and “show a genuine interest in the success of their students.” Students looking to enrich their academic experience or become more involved in the school can apply for a graduate assistantship. These competitive appointments employ students in one of three areas: assisting with faculty research; tutoring in accounting, economics, finance, or statistics; or working in administrative offices. Students are not eligible for these positions until they are accepted, and they must maintain a 3.5 GPA while holding them.

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Finance / Accounting 32%
Operations / Logistics 18%


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
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Financial Services 26%
Consumer Products 17%
Manufacturing 13%
Petroleum / Energy 13%
Non-profit 9%
Real Estate 9%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 4%

Prominent Alumni

Richard K. Hoerner, CFA
Managing Director, Blackrock

Eduardo W. Wanick
President, DuPont Latin America

David Wohleber
CFO, Eat N Park (retired)

Nicholas J. DeIuliis
President, CONSOL Energy Inc.


From The School

Cost of Study
The MBA Sustainability program is billed in three equal installments. Tuition for 2014-15 is $15,730 per semester and fees are $1,283 per semester, totaling $51,039 for the three semester program. Tuition and fees do not include airfare, incidentals or some meals for the mandatory international study trip or any required pre-MBA coursework.

The evening MBA, MAcc and MS-ISM programs are billed on a per credit basis. Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $1,049 per credit and the university fee is an additional $100 per credit.

Living and Housing Costs
Although space is limited, graduate housing is available on campus. Furnished and unfurnished studio, one and two bedroom apartments on campus can be rented at annual rates ranging from $13,700 to $23,590. Most graduate students prefer off-campus housing, which is abundant and affordable. The University's Office of Residence Life assists students in finding off-campus housing in Pittsburgh's many residential communities.

Financial Aid
Full-time MBA Sustainability and MAcc Programs: All applicants are considered for merit scholarships, research fellowships and graduate assistantships based on the strength of application materials.

Evening MBA and MS-ISM programs: A limited number of graduate assistantships, which provide up to 9 credits of tuition remission each semester and a monthly cash stipend, are available on a merit basis to high potential students who take the equivalent of a full-time course load (8 or more credits) in evening classes.


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Campus Life

From The School

The Donahue School student body of approximately 350 students is diverse. Duquesne actively recruits and enrolls students from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, bringing an international dimension to every classroom. Evening students make up about 85% of the study body. Many work at Pittsburgh's multinational and regional firms and bring real-world issues to the classroom experience. The daytime MBA Sustainability students, over half of whom hail from outside the region, take their core courses as a cohort of approximately 30 students during the workday. They bring a broad range of geographic, ethnic, educational and professional backgrounds to their studies and fieldwork. MAcc students take daytime classes as a cohort of approximately 20 students. Evening and daytime student interface regularly for idea cafes with corporate partners, symposia, case competitions, speaker events, intramural sports, and student organizations such as Net Impact and the Donahue Business Society.
Gumberg Library brings over 200 world-class e-research databases to students' fingertips. The university library itself houses over 710,500 volumes, more than 19,000 journal titles, and an extensive microprint and audiovisual center. Other library facilities include an online card catalog and a CD-ROM center that gives students access to hundreds of additional periodicals not physically housed in the library.

The Donahue School also operates independent centers including an Investment Center, the Beard Institute, the Chrysler Corporation Small Business Development Center, the Center for Competitive Workforce Development and the Center for International Regulatory Assistance.

The Investment Center offers access to syndicated databases and sophisticated analytical tools in a classroom setting that mimics worldwide trading operations with real-time data feeds for stocks, bonds, international markets, futures, options and other securities. Students have regular access to historical and current data from Boomberg, Reuters, Morningstar, Ibbotson, Compustat, CSI and KLD and Trucost. Adjacent technology labs offer state-of-the-art software for enterprise resource planning (ERP), networking, modeling and computing.

The Beard Institute focuses on the importance of business ethics, responsible financial management and sustainability in the global marketplace and offers educational programing and resources.

Students Say

“The greatest strengths of Duquesne are the students,” who are “enthusiastic, innovative, hard working, competitive and very smart.” One student described his peers as “young professionals” who want to take their careers “to the next level.”

Many students commute and work part- or full-time, which means classes are filled with people with “interesting and diverse” professional experience. “I appreciate the varied work backgrounds of my fellow students,” one student says. “It helps to provide insight to other industries and fields.”

Despite its large commuter population, the school still manages to provide a “close-knit community” and a “personal” educational experience. One commuter says that even students who live off campus feel like they live on campus because they’re “constantly in the buildings.” Students love Duquesne’s location in downtown Pittsburgh, which makes the school “convenient for working professionals” and puts students in “close proximity to downtown Pittsburgh’s business and professional climate.” The school is also “close to some of the most popular entertainment districts” of Pittsburgh “as well as within a 5-mile radius of four other colleges,” so there are lots of opportunities for socializing and meeting people.

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Admissions Office Contact

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Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist

600 Forbes Avenue
704A Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282