There are several common questions that current and prospective students often ask. We've tried to answer some of them for you here in an easy reference list.

The following information relates to our evening MBA and MS programs. For questions regarding our daytime MBA Sustainability program, visit For further questions about our other graduate programs, contact the Graduate Office.

What is the application deadline?

The final deadline to apply for the Fall semester is July 1; Spring semester is December 1; Summer semester is April 1.

Is the GMAT required for admission to the MBA program?

Applicants to the Donahue Graduate School of Business must submit standardized test scores for evaluation. GMAT is preferred, but in certain cases a GRE score may be accepted. Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree in the last 10 years from an AACSB-accredited school and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher may waive the GMAT requirement.

If I have a Master's degree is the GMAT required for admission to the MBA program?

Applicants may submit GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT if they have successfully completed a previous master's degree that required the GRE for admission. Applicants should submit copies of the official test scores required for their previous master's degree and official graduate transcripts. Law school students and graduates may submit their LSAT in lieu of the GMAT.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from all undergraduate institutions attended (graduate transcripts, if applicable), two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a current resume, and official GMAT scores when required. Other test scores may be considered (see above). International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores in addition to the requirements stated above.

More information about application requirements.

Is there a cut-off score for the English language exams?

International applicants must receive a minimum score of 577 on the paper-based TOEFL exam, 233 on the computer-based TOEFL exam or 90 on the TOEFL internet-based exam. International applicants must receive a minimum score of 7 on the IELTS exam.

Is there a cut-off score for the GMAT?

Candidates are evaluated using all of the information collected in the application process. The GMAT score, undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement and work experience are all evaluated. A GMAT score of 500 or higher is preferred for applicants to the Donahue Graduate School of Business.

Is a business background required to apply to the MBA program?

No. Online learning modules may be assigned as prerequisites for MBA candidates whose previous studies were in areas other than business.

Is a thesis part of the requirements?

A thesis is not required for the MBA program. However, students may elect to complete an independent study.

Are comprehensive examinations required before graduation?

No comprehensive examinations exist in the current program.

Can I transfer credits from another graduate program?

Graduate courses taken at another AACSB accredited school may be transferred if content is similar to an existing course in the Duquesne University MBA program.

What is the maximum number of credits allowed for transfer?

If approved, you may transfer up to 6 credits.

Is calculus required for the MBA program?

No, calculus is not a prerequisite for the MBA program.

Does the Graduate School of Business offer financial assistance?

More information about financial aid.

What are the internship requirements?

Students must complete a majority of the MBA Core courses plus one elective in the area of their internship to be eligible for an internship. Students must meet with a graduate advisor to determine eligibility. For a three-credit internship, students are required to work a minimum of 150 hours during the semester, and submit biweekly reports to their faculty sponsor detailing their internship responsibilities. All internships are graded on a pass/fail basis. Internships completed for academic credit are subject to tuition and fee charges.

If you are interested in obtaining an internship, you will need to register through Career Services. Please contact the Internship Coordinator for information at 412.396.6644.

Are tuition and fees subject to change?

Tuition and fees are assigned to an academic calendar year and may be subject to change each fall term. The new rates are usually posted on or around July 1 each year. More information on university rates.

Are placement services available to aid in seeking employment?

Graduate students interested in career services information may access the Career Services website or contact the office directly at 412.396.6644.

How many credits are required for the MBA program?

The MBA program requires 42 credits for completion. However, a student who chooses to concentrate in a specific field (finance, management, marketing or supply chain management) will complete the program in 45 credits.

When are classes offered?

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday evening from 6:00 PM - 8:40 PM. Select MBA Core courses are offered online each semester.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students attending full-time can complete the program in 1 ½ years (five semesters). Students attending on a part-time basis normally complete the program in a little over 2 years (seven semesters). All requirements for the Master's Degree must be completed by the end of six calendar years after the last day of the first semester in which you begin.

Does Duquesne offer a full-time and part-time program?

Both full-time and part-time students register for the same courses. The number of credits for which a student registers each semester determines his/her status. Full-time students take 9 credits or more while part-time students register for less than 9 credits. Part-time students normally register for two classes per semester (6 credits).

How many credits are required for a concentration?

Students must complete 9 credits in their area of concentration.

What concentrations are offered in the MBA program?

There are 4 areas of concentration in our MBA program: Finance, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. A concentration is not required for the MBA program.

How many terms are offered per academic year?

Three. The Fall and Spring terms last 15 weeks. The summer term lasts 12 weeks. You may apply to begin the evening MBA program for any term.

How often are MBA courses offered?

Required courses are offered two terms per year and electives are offered on a rotating basis. Electives may appear more or less than once per academic year according to student demand and/or interest. Please refer to the course schedule for specific course offerings.