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Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 9, 2023.

Contact Information

Rockwell Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $53,688

Acceptance Rate: 85%

Full-Time Enrollment: 15

International: 14%

Minority: 20%

Female: 67%

Male: 33%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: October 15; Round 2: December 15; Round 3: February 15; Round 4: April 1; Rolling Admission after April 1.

The full-time MBA Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP) in Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is about transformative experiences, innovative leadership, and positive impact. Each year, we recruit a talented and diverse cohort of students who challenge, support and grow together as they form an invaluable lifelong network. Accredited by AACSB international and ranked 6th in the U.S. and 28th in the world for preparing students to change the world by Corporate Knights, the MBA Sustainable Business Practices emphasizes interdisciplinary exploration of the social, economic, environmental, and ethical dimensions of business.

The MBA Sustainable Business Practices is a unique, career-propelling alternative to a traditional two-year MBA program. In just one year, you will master MBA essentials and gain real-world experience by solving complex problems for multinational corporations. You will also advance global best practices and travel abroad as you complete a consulting project with an international organization. As our Alumni say, “What a difference a year makes!”

Our program offers a high-touch, personalized learning approach where faculty collaborate with students to achieve their learning goals. Each cohort consists of a carefully selected group of students who begin their 12-month, three-semester journey in late May. The curriculum blends business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance and marketing, with an experiential international trip and projects aimed at tackling important business issues. The program kicks-off with a week-long orientation where you will learn team-building skills, interact with industry professionals, and explore career opportunities.

In the first semester, your coursework will focus on theories, models and frameworks through courses including Systems Thinking & Managerial Decision Tools and Business Ethics & Global Responsibility. During the second semester, you will have the opportunity to tackle best practices through classes such as Strategic Sustainability and Models. Your final semester emphasizes leadership development through courses such Strategic Innovation Management and Leading Change in Sustainable Enterprises. Duquesne University’s Dr. Robert Sroufe is one of just 20 professors selected internationally by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (Aspen BSP) as one of its 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award winners.

Over the course of the program, you will complete three consulting engagements, with assignments ranging from helping clients create revenue streams from waste to developing plans for new products and services. Among our previous project clients are top-notch multinationals such as Alcoa, Covestro, FedEx Ground, GE, Heinz, and PwC.

Over Spring Break, you will participate in an immersive international study trip as part of your Global Business course – experiencing international business firsthand and serving as consultants for multinational firms. Past destinations include China, India, Germany, Iceland, Brazil and Peru.

 Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

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Princeton Review: Ranked among the Best Business Schools 2019

Corporate Knights: (2019) #6 in the U.S. and #28 in the world, Better World MBA Ranking