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Students in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business have a drive to develop business skills built upon a foundation of ethics, principled leadership and a commitment to community service. The program of study you choose will provide you with a variety of options to tailor your studies based upon your interests. When you graduate from the Palumbo-Donahue School with your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, you quickly earn respect for the varied perspectives and moral compass you will bring to the workplace and the world.

The flexible nature of our programs creates broad exposure to the many facets of business. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Our students have the opportunity to marry their interests in business and law. Through our 3/3 program, a student who has completed 96 credits in the Palumbo School with an overall average of 3.5 or better, and who has satisfied all undergraduate curricular requirements at Duquesne may apply for a bachelor's degree after successful completion of the first year of academic work at Duquesne University School of Law. Students interested in this program should consult their advisor in their sophomore year to plan their program of studies. The restrictive nature of this program limits availability to Duquesne students only. 

  • Business is part science and part art. Our School and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts have developed a dual degree (BSBS/BA) to enable students to appreciate the interrelatedness of the disciplines.

  • Students who achieve Dean's List status and are interested in accelerating their studies in business administration can apply for early admission to our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. With a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test, students may apply to take certain MBA courses during their senior year. Dean's List students interested in this program should consult their advisors early in their junior year.

  • The School of Business Administration and the Mylan School of Pharmacy have a cooperative program that enables qualified pharmacy students to apply for early admission to the MBA program.

  • Students in Duquesne's Schools of Education, Nursing or Music or College of Liberal Arts can add a business dimension to their studies. The School of Business Administration has partnered with these academic programs to create a certificate program in business.

  • As a global leader in health care, Pittsburgh recruits and retains the most sought-after professionals. The Palumb-Donahue School of Business, in conjunction with the Rangos School of Health Sciences, offers a joint program in Health Management Systems for students interested in the application of information technology and business skills to the management of health care. Students in the Health Management Systems program can choose between specialization tracks in Systems and Administration.

  • Individuals looking to add a business perspective to their already-completed undergraduate studies may be eligible to enter the Palumbo program for a second bachelor's degree in Business Administration. A second-degree candidate must meet all requirements of the School's degree program. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed in residency at Duquesne.

Making a difference in the world requires being different. The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business provides an individualized approach to the study of business that will set you apart from the usual. You will enter the business world prepared to make a meaningful contribution.