In Their Own Words


Students, alumni and faculty share their personal view of the Duquesne experience.

Why Duquesne

I came to Duquesne on an academic and athletic scholarship as an undergraduate. I landed a job at BNY Mellon and decided to come back to pursue a dual degree in MBA/MHMS at the Donahue School of Business. I knew the value of the education here by what I received in my undergraduate experience.

Charlene Garth, ‘12
MBA/MHMS

Individualized Attention

What I think is unique about Duquesne is the fact that it’s a smaller school. You get a lot of individualized attention from the professors, from the faculty and the staff. If you look at the wider community, Duquesne is right in the heart of downtown, so you have access to a very vibrant business community.

Charlene Garth, ‘12
MBA/MHMS

Business From A Higher Perspective

When I think of business from a higher perspective and how it’s integrated within the graduate program, to me it means understanding the importance of corporate social responsibility. That focus is in the curriculum here in the graduate school, and that’s unique to Duquesne.

Charlene Garth, ‘12
MBA/MHMS

Ethics In Business

Corporations see the cost of being unethical and see the value of being ethical. There is an interest in hiring individuals who have an ethics focus.

We teach ethics in a context of business decision making, so graduate students can see how ethics work within the context of how it can benefit an organization and its stakeholders, and companies are aware of that. In fact, we have corporate executives that recruit Duquesne graduates who have gone through the ethics coursework. So this isn’t something we’ve just been teaching for the last five or 10 years, post Enron kind of scandals; we’ve been doing it for a long time. Alumni who are executives know this is part of what the education is about here.

James Weber, Ph.D.
Chair, Management & Professor of Business Ethics

Focus On The Student

I like Duquesne because it’s a smaller school, it’s more intimate, and it’s more focused on the student as a person rather than the student as a number. I like the community within Duquesne, the focus on ethics and on holistic development of the student.

Alison Steele, ’11
MBA, Sustainability

Real Business Experience

Many business programs that I looked at had a lot of in-class, traditional MBA coursework combined with a focus on sustainability. Duquesne provides an integrated program where sustainability is mixed in with every class that you take. In addition to the class work there are projects with local companies, so you are actually going out and getting real business experience.

Alison Steele, ’11
MBA, Sustainability

Collaborative Culture

In the MBA program the students are extremely close. They have a lot of experience working together, so it’s really nice to see a collaborative culture that really values the individual and the collective experience.

Aimee Kane, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management