The Business of Difference Making™

We prepare students so they can make a profound difference in their careers and in the world. To accomplish that, we constantly strive to ensure that our programs, our environment, and our culture enable and support the work we do in difference-making.

Our Programs

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Business Undergraduate Programs

Our majors, minors, and certificates are designed to prepare you for success and significance in your professional life.

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School of Business Graduate Admissions

Develop professional acuity and improve your career prospects with a graduate business degree or certificate from Duquesne University. Our top-ranked, AACSB-accredited business master's programs prepare you-whatever your current professional or academic background-for lifelong success.

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The Business of Difference Making

Provide Transformative Education in a Spiritan Tradition.

We develop ethical business professionals who understand the global marketplace and serve others by leading with integrity to transform their communities, organizations, and society. Toward this end, we engage our students, alumni, and business partners with passionate faculty members who create impactful scholarship and innovative educational experiences that connect theory to practice.

Be a Premier Business School with Distinctive Excellence.

We aspire to be recognized as a global leader in business education for impactful scholarship and engaging, distinctive programs and experiences that transform students' lives in a Catholic, Spiritan tradition and provide innovative solutions for communities, organizations, and the world.

Principles that Drive Us Forward.

  • Respect for the world
    Our business perspective is shaped by the Spiritan emphasis on respect for the world and the pursuit of good environmental stewardship and social justice in doing so. That perspective also recognizes the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and includes our commitment to creating an inclusive culture of respect, fairness and equality.
  • Ethics and integrity
    Ethics and integrity are essential characteristics of high-performing organizations over the long term. We want our faculty, staff and students to be guided by the highest principles of honesty, fairness, accountability, transparency, and moral courage.
  • Student-centered
    Everything we do is about putting students first. We have a relentless focus on giving students high quality learning and developmental opportunities that shape their ability to make a difference. Put simply, we are in the business of difference making for students.
  • Scholarship that matters
    We embrace impactful scholarship whether it involves discipline-based research that creates new knowledge, applied research that shapes business practice, or pedagogical research that helps improve teaching effectiveness.
  • Practical wisdom
    Business education is no longer just about knowledge acquisition. Instead, students need transformational experiences that show employers and others what they can do with knowledge. Instilling practical wisdom is what helps turn students into difference makers.
  • Change and innovation
    Business today is rapidly changing and our competitors aren't standing still. We embrace change and monitor trends in business education to measure ourselves against external benchmarks as well as by who our students become with the aim of creating innovative programs.
  • Collaborative boundary-spanning
    Our students need to understand and embrace cultural differences since today's business environment is increasingly and unmistakably global. Indeed, today's work world is filled with cross-functional teams and fluid boundaries across disciplines, organizations, communities, and cultures.

A Great Place to Launch a Business Career

Duquesne's beautiful 50-acre hilltop campus is conveniently located next to Downtown Pittsburgh, a city renowned as a center of technical innovation and global business.

You can jumpstart your career through internships and jobs with great companies that are a short 5-to-15 minute walk from campus.

You'll learn from world-renowned scholars as well as executives-in-residence with decades of business experience and top-notch industry connections.

Rankings & Recognition

We have earned these distinctions based upon our legacy of producing ethical leaders, providing innovative curricula, attracting the highest caliber of students and retaining exceptional faculty revered for their scholarly excellence and practical expertise.

#55Bloomberg Businessweek

Our School of Business soared in the Bloomberg Businessweek's ranking of undergraduate Business Schools to #55 in the nation. This latest ranking places us in the top five statewide.

Top 100U.S. News & World Report

In the latest graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report, our Professional MBA is among the best.

Princeton Review Best Business School

Our Graduate School is among Princeton Review's Best Business Schools.

AACSB Accredited

Individuals who earn a business degree through the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business have a distinct advantage. Their degree tells the world they've graduated from an elite institution; among the best in the world, where ethical leadership and scholarly excellence matter.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) awarded Duquesne's undergraduate and graduate schools of business its full accreditation. Less than 5 percent of the nation's more than 1,200 business schools have passed the rigorous review necessary to earn the honor. The AACSB accreditation is recognized as a global mark of distinction.

The Palumbo-Donahue School earned the AACSB accreditation because of its forward-thinking approach to business education that emphasizes ethical standards, moral values, public service, and responsible leadership in business and in life. Premier faculty, deans, and other thought leaders develop the school's relevant curricula. They don't simply keep pace with business; they anticipate the intricacies of the business world of tomorrow and help students prepare for it.

The AACSB accreditation positions the Palumbo-Donahue School to attract distinct individuals to its programs, people who know that the value of their business degree is directly proportional to the quality of the academic program; people who hold themselves to the highest standards, who want to be among the best in business and in society; people who are ready to make a difference in the world.

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The Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA)

We are recognized as a Certified School of Internal Auditing by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA). Of the 30+ USA-based schools on the global certification list, the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is the only IIA-certified accounting program in the state of Pennsylvania, we are one of 52 in the world.

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The Principles for Responsible Management (PRIME)

The School is among the first 100 endorsers of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-backed initiative promoting environmental stewardship, human rights and fair trade practices in business education.

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Sales Education Foundation (SEF)

Duquesne ranks among the best when it comes to preparing students for sales careers, according to the Sales Education Foundation (SEF). Less than 3% of the nation's colleges and universities offer sales programs, which means that our graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for professional sales positions.

Poets&Quants

Poets&Quants for Undergrads ranks Duquesne No. 69 on the Best Business Schools 2021, up 11 slots from 2020. The ranking highlights three core indicators of success: admissions standards, academic experience and employment outcomes. Our top-25 ranking in the Academic Experience category highlights the quality and impact of the education our students experience at Duquesne. The School of Business was only one of three Southwestern Pennsylvania schools and one of eight Pennsylvania schools to be included on the list.

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Corporate Knights

Corporate Knights, a Canadian publication devoted to sustainability and business, ranked our MBA Sustainable Business Practices #1 in the U.S. and #7 in the world.

From Our Alumni

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"The importance of owning your narrative."

Tiffany Willis B'99, CPA, Vice President, Head of Investor Relations for Starbucks
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Our Faculty

Ryan Atkins

Ryan Atkins

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Philip Baird

Philip Baird

Chair, Economics and Finance, Associate Professor of Finance

Debarati Bhattacharya

Debarati Bhattacharya

Associate Professor of Finance

Karoly Bozan

Karoly Bozan

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Georgiana Craciun

Georgiana Craciun

Harry W. Witt Faculty Fellow in Marketing, Associate Professor of Marketing

Antony Davies

Antony Davies

Associate Professor of Economics

Patrick Deegan

Patrick Deegan

Assistant Professor of Practice in Business Law

Ronald Dick

Ronald Dick

Associate Professor of Sports Marketing

Pamala J. Dillon

Pamala J. Dillon

Assistant Professor of Management

Karen Donovan

Karen Donovan

Sr. Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Executive Education; Associate Professor of Marketing

Matthew Drake

Matthew Drake

PwC Alumni Faculty Fellow in Supply Chain Management; Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Andrea Dreher

Andrea Dreher

Associate Director, Center for Leadership in Professional Selling, Instructor, Sales and Marketing

Susan Eppley

Susan Eppley

Director, Center for Leadership in Professional Selling Palumbo Donahue School of Business Marketing

Charles Favreau

Charles Favreau

Assistant Professor of Finance

Ryan Garvey

Ryan Garvey

Donahue Chair in Investment Management, Professor of Finance

Mark Geiger

Mark Geiger

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior

Min Geiger

Min Geiger

Assistant Professor of Management

Pinar Geylani

Pinar Geylani

Associate Professor of Economics

Peter Gianiodis

Peter Gianiodis

Merle E. Gilliand Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Audrey Guskey

Audrey Guskey

Associate Professor of Marketing

Kathleen Hartzel

Kathleen Hartzel

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Aimee Kane

Aimee Kane

William and Helen Lyons Faculty Fellow in Management; Associate Professor of Management

Maryellen Kelly

Maryellen Kelly

Assistant Professor of Practice in Marketing

Robert Kollar

Robert Kollar

Associate Professor of Practice in Accounting

Christina Kuchmaner

Christina Kuchmaner

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Risa Kumazawa

Risa Kumazawa

Associate Dean, Academic Systems and Accreditation; Associate Professor of Economics

Congcong Li

Congcong Li

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Rui Liu

Rui Liu

Assistant Professor of Finance

Ryan Luchs

Ryan Luchs

Chair, Management and Marketing Departments, Associate Professor of Marketing

Kathryn Marley

Kathryn Marley

Chair, Accounting, Information Systems and Technology, and Supply Chain Management, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Matthew Marlin

Matthew Marlin

Professor of Economics

Dean McFarlin

Dean McFarlin

Dean and Professor of Management

Bryan Menk

Bryan Menk

Director of Accreditation, Associate Professor of Accounting

Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Wilfred Mutale

Wilfred Mutale

Instructor, Information Systems and Technology

Brian Nagle

Brian Nagle

Associate Professor of Accounting

Staci Offutt

Staci Offutt

Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship; Instructor, Entrepreneurship

Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa

Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa

Assistant Professor of Management

Pinar Ozturk

Pinar Ozturk

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Amy Phelps

Amy Phelps

Associate Professor of Practice in Statistics

Jacqueline Pike Gerber

Jacqueline Pike Gerber

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Stephen Rau

Stephen Rau

Associate Professor of Accounting

Jeffrey Roberts

Jeffrey Roberts

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology

John Russo

John Russo

Associate Director of Supply Chain Management Palumbo Donahue School of Business Supply Chain Management

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Associate Professor of Economics

Wendy Serapiglia

Wendy Serapiglia

Instructor of Supply Chain Management

Michael Sherwin

Michael Sherwin

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Seleshi Sisaye

Seleshi Sisaye

Professor of Accounting

Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam

Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam

Associate Professor of Management

Gokhan Sonaer

Gokhan Sonaer

H.J. Halliwell Faculty Fellow in Finance; Associate Professor of Finance

William Spangler

William Spangler

Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Robert Sroufe

Robert Sroufe

Thomas J. and Marie C. Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Professor of Sustainability & Operations

James Van Zandt

James Van Zandt

Instructor of Marketing

David Wasieleski

David Wasieleski

Executive Director of the Albert P. Viragh Institute for Ethics in Business, Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Society Review, Albert Paul Viragh Professor in Business Ethics

James Weber

James Weber

The Rev. Martin Hehir, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence, Managing Director, Albert P. Viragh Institute for Ethics in Business, Managing Editor, Business and Society Review, Professor of Business Ethics & Management

Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams

Associate Professor of Practice in Accounting, Director of Accounting Honors Institute & Director of Accounting Mentorship Program

Pavel Yakovlev

Pavel Yakovlev

Associate Professor of Economics

Amy Yurko

Amy Yurko

KPMG Faculty Fellow in Accounting, Associate Professor of Accounting

Wenqi Zhou

Wenqi Zhou

David Warco Faculty Fellow in Information Systems & Technology, Associate Professor of Information Systems & Technology

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