One-Year MBA

Challenge the Status Quo and Explore the One-Year MBA

The top-ranked One-Year MBA program at Duquesne integrates sustainable business practices throughout the curriculum, and equips you with experiential learning and competitive expertise in just one year. Located in Pittsburgh, this future-focused MBA degree connects you to a variety of business management careers including sustainable business development around the world.

The Duquesne University One-Year MBA program is among less than 5% of the world's business programs accredited by AACSB International.

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Our Innovative One-Year MBA Degree

Duquesne's one-year MBA concentrates your learning on what matters most: hands-on consulting experiences, collaborative management challenges and an unwavering commitment to global sustainability. Building on the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Duquesne sets you apart from other MBA degree holders with dynamic case competitions, an international study program and leadership development opportunities.

With a One-Year MBA, you have the flexibility to pursue a variety of business management roles, including ones affiliated with sustainability-focused organizations, initiatives or products. Our graduates go on to hold leadership offices with nationally and globally recognized organizations like Deloitte, FedEx Ground, Herman Miller and U.S. Steel.

A One-Year MBA Experience

The one-year MBA program, based in Pittsburgh, starts in late May of each year on a full-time, daytime schedule. As a student, you will:

  • Learn how to integrate sustainability in all dimensions of business
  • Build on the expertise of top-ranked, industry professional faculty
  • Develop innovative solutions for three client organizations with hands-on consulting projects that analyze situations, identify opportunities and integrate the triple bottom line
  • Tackle MBA Case Competitions to hone your analytical and presentation skills
  • Gain perspectives on global sustainability during your international study trip
  • Apply leadership strategies to instill positive change in sustainable development
  • Advance your career with targeted resources created for your success


Program Information

Duquesne's one-year MBA concentrates your learning on what matters most: hands-on consulting experiences, collaborative management challenges and an unwavering commitment to global sustainability.

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Duquesne’s One-Year MBA Ranked No. 1 in the U.S., No. 2 Globally

Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has again been recognized on Corporate Knights' Better World MBA Ranking. The University's One-Year MBA program is the highest-ranked U.S. program and came in second globally.

From Our Alumni

Brian Wagner

"I gravitated to the One-Year MBA program to grow my skill sets in the business and sustainability fields so that I could be part of the solution."

Brian Wagner BSBA '13 MBA '22

One-Year MBA Admissions

Admission into the One-Year MBA is competitive. The totality of your application, including all supporting documents, is carefully evaluated when considering admission. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible when submitting their applications. All admitted applicants are considered for merit scholarships and fellowships, and early applicants (Rounds I and II) will maximize their opportunities for aid. The program starts in late May (summer semester).

If you have any questions about merit funding or the competitiveness of your application, please contact Chris%20Rouhier, Sr. Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Admission Deadlines for Merit Scholarships

Completed application received by November 1

Admissions and merit based award notification made by November 15

Completed application received by February 1

Admissions and merit based award notification made by February 15


Completed application received after February 15


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One-Year MBA Blog

Our students are drivers for sustainable change in the world. Hear directly from them on our One-Year MBA Blog.

"Experiential learning ... encourages students to transition into professionals while providing access to resources and networks necessary to succeed."

Laura Jernagen, MBA '19, Engagement EOS, Federated Hermes

International Study Trip

Integral to the Global Business course, the cohort takes a 10-day international study trip over spring break. The trip combines company visits, client project presentations, and cultural experiences that explore sustainability initiatives.
  • 2025 Location and focus to be determined.
  • 2024 Italy and Croatia: sustainability challenges for start-ups to large companies
  • 2023 Portugal: sustainability challenges for start-ups to large companies
  • 2020 Spain: corporate social responsibility and green building challenges for mid-size to large companies
  • 2019 Spain: pharmaceutical and chemical industries
  • 2018 Peru: mining industry
  • 2017 Denmark and Estonia: digital transformation of sustainability

Read more about our students' experiences abroad.

Program Costs

Most of the trip costs are covered by tuition. However, students are responsible for airfare, some meals, and any personal shopping/incidentals.

Note: since the cohort travels together, airfare must be purchased through our travel partner at the group rate.