Application Requirements

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).

Application Deadlines

Admissions Round Completed Application
Received by
Admissions and Merit Based Award Notification
Made by
Round I November 1 November 15
Round II February 1 February 15
Rolling Admissions After February 15

All admitted applicants, including international students, are considered for merit scholarships and fellowships, and early applicants (Rounds I & II) will maximize their opportunities for aid.

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.


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

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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.

(Note: The GMAT/GRE can be waived if you graduated with a 3.25 or better GPA from an AACSB accredited institution or have three or more years of significant full-time work experience.)

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3. Official transcripts

You will need to request official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended. This includes transfer coursework earned at any institution, even if you did not earn a degree. Unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.

Duquesne students and alumni: All transcript requests are made through our transcript request page.

Other US-based university/college students and alumni: Contact your school's registrar office to have your official transcript sent via email ( to the Duquesne Graduate School of Business. If your school is not able to send via email, please mail paper copies to:

MBA-Sustainable Business Practices Admissions
Palumbo-Donahue 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. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers should submit a third recommendation from their country coordinator.

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

Please submit a separate essay for each of the questions presented below. Limit your responses to 250 words or less for each essay. Save and upload your responses as one document. Applicants who do not submit their essays in the proper format, or who do not address the question prompts, may be asked to re-write and resubmit their essays.

  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:

  1. 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.

International Students

English Proficiency Requirements

International students are required to submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (DET) score.

  • TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the ETS website. Duquesne's institution code for the TOEFL is 2196, and the department code is 02. We require a TOEFL score earned within 12 months (one year) from the time of application.  The minimum score for TOEFL is 90.
  • IELTS scores must be sent directly from the IELTS website. We require an IELTS score earned within 12 months (one year) from the time of application. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.
  • DET scores must be sent directly from the Duolingo website. We require a DET score earned within 12 months (one year) from the time of application. The minimum score for DET is 115.

Additional Requirements

International students are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree. Certain three-year degrees may be acceptable. Please contact your programs' admissions counselor for verification.

If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.