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The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prepares responsible leaders who are capable of transforming organizations, communities and the world.

Through our seven graduate programs, we challenge you to reach your full potential, reflecting our university's century-long commitment to ethics, 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 school was cited among the top three graduate business schools for ethics by the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Overview

From The School


Online applications are available for each of the seven programs. The MBA-SBP admits students for the summer semester. The Professional MBA admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The MS in Management and MS in Sports Business programs admit students for the fall and spring semesters. The MAcc and MS-ISM programs admit students for the fall semester. Starting in fall 2018, the MS-SCM and Master’s Certificate in Supply Chain Management will admit students for the fall and spring semester. The following components are required for admissions consideration:

  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Two letters of Recommendations
  • GMAT/GRE scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international students)
  • Admissions interview for MBA-SBP


Applicants
130
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.27
Years Work Experience
3.28
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
498 - 593
GPA
2.998 - 3.56

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

From the School

Degrees Offered


Take your career to a higher level with one of Duquesne’s graduate business degrees:

MBA Programs.
Professional MBA (PMBA)
One-year MBA Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP)

Specialized Master’s Programs.
MS in Accountancy (MAcc)
MS in Information Systems Management (MS-ISM)
MS in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM, starting fall 2018)

100% Online Master’s Programs.
MS in Sports Business (MSSB)
MS in Management (MSM)

Certificate
Master’s Certificate in Supply Chain Management ( MCSCM, starting fall 2018)

Academic Programs


Our graduate programs offer a blend of rigorous coursework and relevant experiential opportunities to prepare you to become a successful business leader.

Special Academic Programs

Duquesne offers GMAT/GRE waivers for qualified candidates:

  • Academic Waiver for applicants to the PMBA, MBA-SBP, MS-SCM, MC-SCM, MAcc and MS-ISM programs who graduated from an AACSB-accredited business school within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA. Exceptions are made on a case-by case basis for those graduating with an undergraduate degree from a non-AACSB accredited program. Applicants to the MSM and MSSB who graduated within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA in any field or discipline may also qualify.

  • Professional Experience Waiver for applicants, except those to the MAcc program, who have five or more years of continuous, full-time professional work experience. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the type and substance of work experience and the academic record as indicated on official transcripts.

  • Master’s/Terminal Degree Waiver for applicants who have previously earned a graduate degree. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the program of study and your academic record as indicated on official transcripts.

Special Academic Programs


Duquesne offers GMAT/GRE waivers for qualified candidates:
  • Academic Waiver for applicants to the PMBA, MBA-SBP, MAcc and MS-ISM programs who graduated from an AACSB-accredited business school within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA. Exceptions are made on a case-by case basis for those graduating with an undergraduate degree from a non-AACSB accredited program. Applicants to the MSM and MSSB who graduated within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA in any field or discipline may also qualify.

  • Professional Experience Waiver for applicants, except those to the MAcc program, who have five or more years of continuous, full-time professional work experience. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the type and substance of work experience and the academic record as indicated on official transcripts.

  • Master’s/Terminal Degree Waiver for applicants who have previously earned a graduate degree. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the program of study and your academic record as indicated on official transcripts.

Faculty


Our graduate programs offer a blend of rigorous coursework and relevant experiential opportunities to prepare you to become a successful business leader.

Special Academic Programs

Duquesne offers GMAT/GRE waivers for qualified candidates:

  • Academic Waiver for applicants to the PMBA, MBA-SBP, MS-SCM, MC-SCM, MAcc and MS-ISM programs who graduated from an AACSB-accredited business school within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA. Exceptions are made on a case-by case basis for those graduating with an undergraduate degree from a non-AACSB accredited program. Applicants to the MSM and MSSB who graduated within the past 10 years and earned a 3.3 or greater cumulative GPA in any field or discipline may also qualify.

  • Professional Experience Waiver for applicants, except those to the MAcc program, who have five or more years of continuous, full-time professional work experience. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the type and substance of work experience and the academic record as indicated on official transcripts.

  • Master’s/Terminal Degree Waiver for applicants who have previously earned a graduate degree. Factors considered in the waiver decision include the program of study and your academic record as indicated on official transcripts.


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
3:1
Total Faculty
84

70
Full-time
39
Female
30
Part-time
14
Minority


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.


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL



Information Systems Management



Professional MBA

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
http://mba.sustainability.duq.edu/ Duquesne's MBA Sustainability offers a transformative experience. In one-year you will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate sustainable business practices in an organization, take part in experiential consulting projects tackling current issues, and travel outside of the U.S. to gain insight on global issues.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/business/graduate/mba-programs/mba-sustainable-business-practices/mba-in-sbp-curriculum/consulting-projects

School's environmental commitment 1:
Duquesne University’s full-time MBA 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 full-time MBA 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. Full-time 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 foreign cultures. Professional MBA and Master of Science students are encouraged to take the study trip as an elective if their schedules permit.

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 full-time 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


During the MBA program, students develop the skills necessary to be savvy leaders, focused on delivering a positive impact to companies. As students’ progress through the program, they will focus their career search on specific industries and functions that appeal to their strengths and talents.

Through Career Services, our dedicated faculty, and other resources, you will develop a strategy to find career opportunities that fit your goals. The guidance provided by faculty and staff at Duquesne will offer a supportive atmosphere to maximize your search process. Students will also have access to DuqCareerLink and on-campus opportunities through job fairs, networking events, and company visits. Career Services can help assist with resume development, mock interviewing, and networking. The success of our alumni combined with the reputation of Duquesne University provides students with access to a network of business leaders both in Pittsburgh and globally. In addition, global companies have strong connections to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business and frequently seek out talent. Recent average starting salaries for the MBA Sustainability are $61,500 and average salaries for the Professional MBA are $79,750.


Average Starting Salary
$88,000
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
60%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
100%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

33%
Marketing
33%
Consulting
33%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

67%
Mid-Atlantic
33%
West

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
Consulting 33% $73,000 $73,000 $73,000 $73,000
Marketing / Sales 33%
General Management 33% $103,000 $103,000 $103,000 $103,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 33% $73,000 $73,000 $73,000 $73,000
Financial Services 33% $103,000 $103,000 $103,000 $103,000
Non-profit 33%

Prominent Alumni

Richard K. Hoerner, CFA
Managing Director, Blackrock

Eduardo W. Wanick
President, DuPont Latin America

Gail Gerono
Vice President, Calgon Carbon Corporation

Nicholas J. DeIuliis
President, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Stephan Schenk
Operational Risk Executive

Overview

From The School


For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition for the full-time one-year MBASBP program is $16,867 per semester. The PMBA, MAcc and MS-ISM programs are billed on a per credit basis at $1,259 per credit. New students to these programs may also qualify for a 25% tuition savings. The MS and MC in Supply Chain Management and online MSM and MSSB programs are billed at $934 per credit.

Financial Aid


Full-time MBA Sustainable Business Practices students are considered for merit scholarships, research fellowships and graduate assistantships based on the strength of application materials. A limited number of graduate assistantships, which provide up to 9 credits of tuition remission each semester, are available on a merit basis to high potential students in the Professional MBA, MS-SCM, MAcc, MS-ISM programs who take the equivalent of a full-time course load (8 or more credits). For more information about financing your graduate education, visit duq.edu/graduate-financing.


Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$9,494

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$5,947

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
95%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
93%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
98%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
95%

New Students Receiving Loans
32%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$54,831
Tuition (Out-State)
$54,831
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,234
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,234
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Academic Expenses
$3,400

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
207
Part Time
74%

In State
81.0%
Out of State
19.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

2.00%
Minorities
30.00%
International

46% female
54% male

Campus Life

From The School


As a graduate business student, you’ll attain a first-rate education and build close relationships with professors and classmates. Our gold status rated Net Impact chapter includes a community of students and professionals that are creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and world. The mission of our chapter is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. As a student you will also have the chance to participate in case competitions, which provide an excellent opportunity to hone your analytical and presentation skills, while competing against students from other top programs. Students can also be involved in the Duquesne Business Society or as a student ambassador. The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business also has a Beta Alpha Psi chapter, the premier national honorary accounting fraternity. The fraternity sponsors professional growth and development programs as well as community and University service activities. For an insider’s look at the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, visit the student blog.

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


Campus and Location


Duquesne students enjoy a 50-acre campus overlooking Pittsburgh, a vibrant city, rich in culture and characterized by its rivers and hillsides, international corporations and ethnic neighborhoods. A national leader in higher education, health care, robotics, and green building technology, Pittsburgh is a great place to study, live and work. The city and region provide a perfect laboratory for off-campus learning and community service. A wide variety of entertainment and recreational opportunities are just a few minutes away from campus. National Geographic put Pittsburgh on its Best of the World list of must-see destinations, and the Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac and other publications have called Pittsburgh one of the country's most livable cities.

Facilities


The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is housed in Rockwell Hall. Dedicated resources for business students include a student lounge, team suites, computer labs and an Investment Center. 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 Bloomberg, 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.


Contact
Jeff Jewett
Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

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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