Dean's Message

Welcome from the Dean

Business from a Higher Perspective is a way of thinking at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. We go beyond reacting to fads in education that come and go with the latest headlines. Ours is a vision of ethical leadership rooted in the School's founding mission that began in 1913.

Dean McFarlin

Because the challenges in today's global economy are enormous and always evolving, having management professionals educated in business from a higher perspective makes more sense than ever.  That's why undergraduate, graduate and working professionals who want to be successful business leaders choose Duquesne University - they know that being the best in the world now means being the best for the world. 

As a premier business school, we offer a distinctive education marked by strong engagement with our alumni and the business community as well as innovative and transformational programs for our students.  Our faculty includes outstanding scholars from some of the finest Ph.D. programs in the country, many with considerable business experience.  Speaking of which, our faculty also includes practitioners and executives-in-residence who have lived our ethical values as senior leaders in top corporations.  This mix of faculty is second to none and provides critical balance for not only generating new knowledge but being able to apply it.  Indeed, our goal is to teach our students how best to bridge theory and practice, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Along the way, the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has met the most rigorous standards of excellence for institutions worldwide - standards that define what it means to be the best in business education.  In fact, the School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1962 - we were the first in the region to earn this elite ranking. 

We are proud that our School was among the first 100 endorsers of the Principles of Responsible Management Education, a United Nations-backed initiative promoting environmental stewardship, human rights and fair trade practices in business education.  We are also ranked among the best in the nation by Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, and our Supply Chain Management program was the only Catholic school named in the nation's top 25 on a survey compiled by Camcode Inventory Tracking SolutionsBloomberg Businessweek named the Palumbo School of Business among the top 10 in Pennsylvania and among the top 100 undergraduate business schools nationwide in 2013.  When ranked strictly in terms of "value" the Palumbo School lists among the top 10 in the nation, and it is ranked fifth out of the 26 private schools in ROI.  Most recently, Corporate Knights ranked full-time MBA programs on the basis of integrating sustainability into the academic experience. Our MBA Sustainability program was ranked 1st in the United States and 8th worldwide based on coursework, institutional support and student initiatives.

As we prepare to educate and transform students for the next 100 years, we will exceed the needs and expectations of the business world and the demands of a new generation of students, especially when it comes to ethics, sustainability and good corporate citizenship.  Leading corporations will continue to welcome Palumbo-Donahue students as professionals whose vision, knowledge and skills are best suited for the new opportunities of value creation in the next century.  I look forward to working with everyone - from our students, faculty, and staff to our supporters in the alumni and business communities - as we take the Palumbo-Donahue School to new heights in our second century of delivering outstanding business education.

Dean B. McFarlin, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Management, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

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