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Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 5, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $52,635

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $52,635

Acceptance Rate: 85%

Full-Time Enrollment: 15

Average GPA: 3.39

Median GMAT: 550

Median GRE: 297

International: 14%

Minority: 20%

Female: 67%

Male: 33%

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

The Palumbo-Donahue School’s MBA Sustainable Business Practices at Duquesne University is about transformative experiences, innovative leadership, and positive impact. Ranked 5th in the world and 1st in the U.S. for preparing students to change the world by Corporate Knights, each year we recruit a talented, diverse and collaborative community of students who will work together and form an invaluable lifelong network. Accredited by AACSB International, the full-time MBA Sustainable Business Practices emphasizes the interdisciplinary exploration of the social, economic, environmental, informational and ethical dimensions of business.

The MBA Sustainable Business Practices is a unique, career-igniting 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 complete fieldwork abroad. As our Alumni say, “What a difference a year makes!”

Indeed, the MBA Sustainable Business Practices 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. Our program 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 students learn team-building skills, interact with industry professionals, and explore career goals and interests.

In the first semester, students focus on theories, models and frameworks through courses such as Systems Thinking and Business Ethics. During the second semester, students tackle best practices through classes such as Strategic Sustainability and Models. The final semester emphasizes leadership development through courses such Strategic Innovation Management and Leading Change in Sustainable Enterprises.

Over the course of the program, students 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 clients for consulting projects are top-notch multinationals such as Alcoa, Bayer Material Science, FedEx Ground, GE, Heinz and PwC.

Students participate in an immersive international study trip over Spring Break during their Global Business course, experiencing international business firsthand and conducting fieldwork for multinational firms. Destinations in the past have included China, India, Germany, Iceland, Brazil and Peru.

 Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants: NA

BusinessWeek: NA

Forbes: NA

U.S. News & World Report: NA

Financial Times: NA

The Economist: NA

Princeton Review: (2016) Ranked among the Best 296 Business Schools

Corporate Knights: (2017) #5 in the world and #1 in U.S., Better World MBA Ranking

Contact Information

Rockwell Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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From Duquesne University: 

Duquesne University is a private university located on a park-like campus in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of the Nation’s Best Colleges, Duquesne is recognized for its outstanding academic and research programs. Duquesne has earned top rankings and accolades from U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Washington Monthly Magazine. http://www.duq.edu/about/facts-and-rankings

Duquesne has over 4,000 graduate students from around the world. Students represent nearly every state in the nation and more than 80 countries. Founded in 1878 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the United States. Duquesne was created with a mission to serve students, and that ideal continues to guide and inspire us as we provide the best possible education for every one of our students.

Duquesne’s Commitment to Sustainability

Through environmental research, a sustainability-infused business curriculum and community involvement, Duquesne serves as a laboratory where experiments and discoveries produce a better future for generations to come. Duquesne’s progressive efforts to achieve, maintain and advance high environmental standards began decades ago. We remain committed to sustainable principles in the ongoing management and development of our campus.  http://www.duq.edu/about/sustainability

Duquesne’s Alumni Network

Our alumni form a large network—89,000 well-connected professionals in every type of organization and in every region of the country. Duquesne alumni are well organized, with chapters in major cities across the nation, and the members of this tightly knit community provide professional contacts and help both our students and our graduates begin and enhance their careers.

Palumbo-Donahue School of Business:

For over a century, Duquesne University’s approach to business education has been based on a philosophy that responsible, ethical leadership in business creates a better society for all. Our mission is to provide transformative education in a Spiritan tradition. We develop ethical business professionals who understand the global marketplace and serve others by leading with integrity to transform their communities, organizations, and society. Toward this end, we engage our students, alumni, and business partners with passionate faculty members who create impactful scholarship and innovative educational experiences that connect theory...

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