From the School

The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University prepares students to make a difference. Our approach to business education is based on a philosophy that responsible, ethical leadership in business creates a better society for all. The School balances its distinguished history with a focus on the future.

The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business challenges our students to reach their potential in a dynamic, intellectually exciting environment that is driven by Duquesne's century-long commitment to an ethical perspective in one's professional and personal life, and an emphasis on teaching excellence. The search for continuous improvement is a process that emphasizes an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of business, a desire to exceed the expectations of our constituents, scholarship focusing on real business problems and creative academic-business partnerships.

Overview

From The School


Applicants
27
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.36
Years Work Experience
3.1
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 620
GPA
3.01 - 4.0

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
May 15

Round 1
October 15

Round 2
December 15

Round 3
February 15

Round 4
April 1

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
66

86.4
Full-time
34.8
Female
13.6
Part-time
12.1
Underrepresented Minorities


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 Sustainability is its star program, drawing students who understand sustainability is “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 professional 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: Finance, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The school also offers master ’s programs in Accounting, Information Systems Management, Management, and Sports Business, along with joint-MBA degree programs.

Duquesne is devoted to teaching and supporting ethical business practices, and all students are required to take an “Applied Business Ethics” course. The Institute for Ethics in Business promotes “business ethics, responsible financial management, and sustainability in the global marketplace,” and hosts the Distinguished Ethics Speaker Series. 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.


Concentrations

MS/MBA - Dual Degree

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Analytics and Information Management
Business Administration
Healthcare Administration
Leadership/Management
Pharmaceutical Management
Supply Chain Management
Sustainability Management

Certificate Programs

Analytics and Information Management
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Finance
Investment Banking
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
https://duq.edu/academics/schools/business/graduate/mba-programs/mba-sustainable-business-practices Our top-ranked program, One-Year MBA-Sustainable Business Practices program will provides students with a transformational experience in just one year. Experiential learning opportunities throughout the program encourage students to challenge assumptions and conventional thinking. Students will: -Learn how to integrate sustainability in all dimensions of business from top-ranked faculty -Develop innovative solutions for organizations with hands-on consulting projects that consider the 'triple bottom line' (i.e., Social, Environmental and Financial impact of decisions) -Gain a global perspective on sustainability with an international study trip Advance career with career resources that will set you up for success

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Several fellowships are offered to students to engage in sustainability research with faculty: *Sustainability Fellowships are awarded to work on research and publication projects with faculty; *Eugene P. Beard Sustainability Fellowships are awarded to work on groundbreaking research related to the ethical management of financial, social, environmental and informational resources; *Small Business Development Fellowships are available to support Duquesne's efforts to advance sustainability practices with small and start-up businesses in the region; *Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowships are offered to returned Peace Corps Volunteers to work on a self-designed local initiative that serves the Peace Corps' "third goal" https://duq.edu/academics/schools/business/graduate/admissions-and-events/financial-awards-and-scholarships/mba-programs

School's environmental commitment 1:
Duquesne University's One-Year MBA Sustainable Business Practices emphasizes management of financial, social, environmental and informational capital for prosperity today, without compromising tomorrow. This one-year MBA, earned with a concentration in sustainable business practices, integrates rigorous coursework in all business disciplines with global best practices in sustainability.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Practical, problem-solving consulting engagements anchor the One-Year MBA- SBP curriculum and serve as proving ground for applying cutting-edge tools and classroom learning to solve contemporary sustainability challenges. From analyzing carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions to designing zero waste initiatives and marketing plans for environmentally friendly products, MBA students make an immediate financial impact for multinational, regional and not-for-profit clients while minimizing environmental risks and impacts. One-Year MBA students also have a mandatory full immersion study trip that includes interface with academic and corporate partners abroad to learn first-hand about best practices, government policies and challenges in environmental sustainability through field work in international cultures.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Duquesne was among the first 100 signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations global compact to develop ?future generators of sustainable value.? Our One-Year MBA is fully aligned with all six principles, and our professional and Master of Science programs incorporate the values of global social and environmental responsibility into curricula, research, case studies and activities.

Career Overview

From The School


Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
60%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
85%
Graduate Facilitated
15%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Other
20%
Marketing
15%
General Management
10%
Operations/Logistics
10%
Consulting
5%
Finance/Accounting
5%
Human Resources
5%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

70%
Mid-Atlantic
15%
Midwest
5%
International
5%
Northeast
5%
South

Students Say

The Donahue School of Business does not have its own student career office, so students use the University’s Career Services Center, which serves the rest of the school. The center hosts career fairs, networking events, and on-campus interviews for students at all levels. It also provides resume help and career counseling. However, some students would like to see “better alumni networking and career services for graduate students.”

Duquesne’s “excellent reputation” means it is able to attract a wide range of companies to its events. Employers who recently visited campus include Allegheny Technologies, Alcoa, Bank of New York Mellon, Deloitte, PNC Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, T. Rowe Price, US Steel, Westinghouse.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 30%
Marketing / Sales 20% $45,000 $57,500 $35,000 $105,000
General Management 15%
Consulting 10%
Operations / Logistics 10% $50,000 $47,300 $40,000 $52,000
Finance / Accounting 5%
Human Resources 5%
Information Technology 5%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Non-profit 25%
Financial Services 20% $66,000 $78,333 $64,000 $105,000
Consulting 15% $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 $70,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 15% $51,000 $51,000 $50,000 $52,000
Manufacturing 10%
Media / Entertainment 5%
Petroleum / Energy 5%

Prominent Alumni

Nicholas J. DeIuliis
President, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Stephan Schenk
EVP & Head of Shared Services, Toronto Dominion

R. Anne Herman
VP, Global Operational Excellence & Chief Customer Officer, MSA

Steve Costabile
Managing Director & Global Head of Private Funds Group, PineBridge Investments

M. Beth Straka
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, WEC Energy Group

Overview

From The School


Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$15,356

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$15,356

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$52,635
Tuition (Out-State)
$52,635
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,310
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,310
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
15
Part Time
74%

In State
67.0%
Out of State
33.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
3

Demographics

20.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
13.00%
International

67% female
33% male

Campus Life

From The School

Students Say

“The greatest strengths of Duquesne are the students,” who are “enthusiastic, innova- tive, 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 five-mile radius of four other colleges,” so there are lots of opportunities for socializing and meeting people.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Chris Rouhier
Director of Graduate Admissions

Address
600 Forbes Avenue
704A Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
United States

Phone
412-396-6276

Fax
412-396-1726

Email
grad-bus@duq.edu


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