Rankings & Recognition

Duquesne University's approach to business education is based on a philosophy that responsible, ethical leadership in business creates a better society for all. Our programs expand beyond the classroom into boardroom leadership, workplace integrity and community action. This innovative approach has distinguished Duquesne and earned the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business numerous recognitions from highly respected, independent bodies.

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.

AACSB logo The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Since 1962, when the School became the first in the region to earn this elite ranking, we have met the standards of excellence for institutions worldwide that deliver the highest quality education to business students. Less than five percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

Corporate Knights logo Corporate Knights, a Canadian publication devoted to sustainability and business, ranked our MBA Sustainable Business Practices #1 in the U.S. and #4 in the world.

IIA logo 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 graduate accounting program in the state of Pennsylvania

PRME Logo 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.

Top Online Logo Guide to Online Schools named our MS in Management in its list of Top 25 Online Colleges for Value.

SEF Top Sales Logo 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 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.

  • 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.
  • In the latest graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report, our Professional MBA is among the best.
  • Our MS in Management is included in the Top 100 Best online Graduate Business Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our Graduate School is among Princeton Review's Best Business Schools.