Applying to Duquesne's MBA Sustainable Business Practices Program

The Admissions Committee at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business takes a holistic approach in reviewing applicants for admission into the program. This means that all components of your application are carefully evaluated when granting admission. The program starts in late May (summer term).

What we look for in an applicant

Prior Academic Performance
Applicants to the program need to be able to handle the demands of a one-year MBA program. For admissions consideration, it is preferred that applicants graduate with a 3.0/4.0 (from U.S. institutions) or better undergraduate GPA.

Work experience
While work experience is not a requirement for admissions, past work experiences adds to the classroom dynamic and will enhance your job marketability post-MBA. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds including traditional business functions, nonprofit, the military, and Peace Corps.

GMAT or GRE
The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business accepts either the GMAT or GRE for admissions consideration, and the admissions committee does not have a preference of one test over the other. While we do not have a minimum score required for admission, it is preferred that applicants score over a 500 on GMAT or 305 on the GRE.

In addition, the GMAT or GRE can be waived if you have graduated with a 3.25 or above from an AACSB accredited business school, have five-years or more of significant work experience.or an advanced degree. Additional information on GMAT/GRE Waivers.

To be considered for fellowship and graduate assistantship opportunities, the GMAT or GRE is required.

Post-MBA Employability and a Passion for bringing about change for the good
Sustainability is more than just about caring for the environment. It is encompasses all aspects of an organization and can have a positive impact on the bottom line, while bettering society. Our graduates go into a wide variety of successful careers upon graduation, prepared to make a difference in organizations. You should be able to effectively manage the demands of a one-year MBA program and be highly marketable to employers based upon your academic and career background.

Admissions Checklist

1. Completed Online Application

2. Official GMAT/GRE Scores
Request that your official entrance exam score be sent to the Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University. Neither the student's unofficial copy nor a photocopy is acceptable. Entrance exam scores are required to be sent directly from the testing agency.

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(Note: The GMAT/GRE can be waived if you graduated with a 3.3 or better GPA from an AACSB accredited institution or have five or more years of significant full-time work experience.)

3. Official transcripts
Official (paper or e-transcripts) from all undergraduate coursework and degrees as well as any graduate coursework/degrees are required. Unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. Contact your school's registrar office to have your official transcript sent via email (grad-bus@duq.edu) or have official paper transcripts mailed to:

MBA Sustainable Business Practices Admissions
John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business
704 Rockwell Hall
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

4. Recommendations
Two professional recommendations are required as part of the application process. Recommendations should be from former professors or supervisors who can evaluate your potential for graduate study. After your Online Application has been received, you will be directed to a Supplemental Document Portal where you can enter the contact information for both recommenders. The recommendation form will then be sent electronically to each recommender from your application portal.

5. Resume/CV
After you submit the Online Application, you will receive an email directing you to our Supplemental Document Portal for uploading your resume or CV. Your resume/CV should outline your academic background and career progression. Leadership and involvement in professional organizations should also be highlighted. For applicants with no post-bachelors work experience, please be sure to list any internships and extracurricular activities that you have been involved with.

6. Personal Essays
Once you submit your online application, you will receive an email directing you to our Supplemental Document Portal for uploading your personal essays. You will then answer these three questions/prompts in the on-line system. Limit your responses to 250 words for each question.

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA emphasizing sustainability?
  2. How has your background prepared you for the challenges of graduate business study and next generation leadership?
  3. Tell us about a time when you overcame a significant challenge. Describe the situation, the process for resolving it, any action you took and the outcome.

For U.S. citizens interested in applying to the Eugene E. Beard Sustainability Fellowship, an additional essay is required. Please submit an essay (limit 250 words) on the following topic:

Describe and provide examples of how you have exhibited leadership as well as professional and personal ethics in school, in the workplace or through other relevant experience.

7. Admissions Interview
Interviews are by invitation only and can be conducted in-person, over the phone or via Skype.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate Assistantship Opportunities
All admitted applicants are considered for merit based aid which can be comprised of scholarships, fellowships, and/or a graduate assistantship. No additional forms are required for these opportunities, with the exception of the Eugene E. Beard Sustainability Fellowship, which requires an essay to be submitted once you have completed your initial application.

Additional Information for International Students

TOEFL/IELTS
Non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS for admissions consideration. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference of one test over the other.

We require a TOEFL score to be taken within 12 months (one year) from the time of application. The minimum score for TOEFL is 90. Duquesne's institution code for the TOEFL is 2196 and the department code is 02.

We require a IELTS score to be taken within 12 months (one year) from the time of application. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.

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Degree Requirements
International students are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree, however in certain instances a three-year degree may be acceptable. Please contact the graduate office for verification. Official transcripts in English are required. Uncertified photocopies will not be accepted.