Mission & Legacy

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Some business schools prepare students to make a living. The Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University prepares students to make a difference. The School balances its storied history with a focus on the future.

The history of the University, itself, begins in 1878 when the Congregation of the Holy Spirit founded the University to educate the children of Pittsburgh's immigrants. The University established the School of Business, one of its earliest programs, in 1913.

Highly respected, the Palumbo Donahue School earned accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - in 1962. Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved the AACSB distinction, and Duquesne has maintained it proudly for more than 50 years.

Both the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business bear the names of prominent businessmen whose generosity to the University is exceeded by only the high ethical standards to which they held themselves and their businesses. The Palumbo Donahue School of Business features passionate faculty and rigorous curricula to prepare today's students to be tomorrow's leaders in business and life.