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Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business Full Time MBA



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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Tuition (Total) $49,083

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Finance, General Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.



School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 40% accepted out of 324 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 510
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

All students applying to Duquesne's MBA programs must take the GMAT, and international students must also take the TOEFL. The full- and part-time MBA program admits students for the fall and spring semesters, but students in the Sustainability MBA program may only enter in the fall. Applications require official transcripts, letters of recommendati...All students applying to Duquesne's MBA programs must take the GMAT, and international students must also take the TOEFL. The full- and part-time MBA program admits students for the fall and spring semesters, but students in the Sustainability MBA program may only enter in the fall. Applications require official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement on what strengths you will bring to the program. Students seeking admission to the Sustainability program have different personal essay options. Interviews are not required, but personal or phone interviews can positively supplement applications. Four-year bachelor degrees are required for admission, and international students who received a degree after three years of study may enroll in Duquesne's MBA Bridge Program, which allows them to take the necessary year of classes at the undergraduate level and put those credits toward their MBA.

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Important Dates

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 280
Percent International Students 22%
Total Full-Time Faculty 96
Full-Time Faculty 67%

Student Life

“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.


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, Price Waterhouse Coopers, T. Rowe Price, US Steel, Westinghouse.

The Princeton Review


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 elite five percent of 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 ranks among the Global Top 25 on the Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes for integrating social and environmental stewardship and 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 internationally recognized one-year MBA Sustainability integrates rigorous coursework in all business disciplines with global best practices in social, environmental and financial resource management. The program is anchored by active problem-solving engagements - a consulting project and a practicum - with corporate, government or not-for-profit clients. The accelerated, 45-credit curriculum features core sustainability courses, team teaching, cross-functional case studies, professional coaching, and international study trips. http://mba.sustainability.duq.eduTraditional MBA - This MBA features convenient evening classes for busy professionals at Duquesne's downtown campus and a suburban learning center. The 57 credit curriculum offers a choice of eleven concentrations and the potential to waive some foundation courses for students with significant undergraduate credits in business subjects. Most evening students have full-time jobs, but some are awarded graduate assistantships and earn tuition remission for up to nine credits per term. 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. - Recently redesigned, Duquesne's Master of Science in Information Systems Management is a 30 credit evening program. Courses are taken in sequence, and the degree can be completed within two years while taking courses on a part-time basis. 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. 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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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Beard Institute focuses on the importance of business ethics, finance and sustainability in the global marketplace.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Duquesne Office of International Programs,; Global Pittsburgh,

  • Minority Support Groups:

    National Black MBA Association, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter, Sponsor/Affiliate

  • Research Facilities:

    The Beard Institute focuses on the importance of business ethics, finance and sustainability in the global marketplace.

  • Study Abroad:

    Study Abroad:; China: Beijing Jiaotong University Belgium: Universite de Louvain Hungary: ESSCA Japan: Sophia University Mexico: Universidad de Monterrey Japan: Rikkyo University England: University of East London Germany: University of Cologne France: Universite de Nancy

  • Women Support Groups:

    National Association of Women MBAs, Sponsor/Affiliate

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Duquesne University John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business include:

Nicholas J. DeIuliis - President, CONSOL Energy Inc.

David Wohleber - CFO, Eat N Park (retired)

Eduardo W. Wanick - President, DuPont Latin America

Richard K. Hoerner, CFA - Managing Director, Blackrock

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 75%
Three Month Employment 7%
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