Application Requirements

We take a holistic approach in reviewing applications, meaning that all aspects of your application are carefully evaluated when considering admission. Below are the deadlines for submitting the Online Application, including all supporting documents and test scores. We will complete the review of your application after all requirements have been received.


Application Deadlines

NOTE: In order to offer maximum accommodation to students, all fall 2020 applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the end of the add/drop period. (Fall 2020 Academic Calendar


Admission Decision

You will be notified of the admission decision no later than three weeks after your graduate business application is completed. Admission decisions are sent via email and are not released over the telephone.


A complete application includes all of the following:

1. 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.

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

Other university/college students: Contact your school's registrar office to have your official transcript sent via email (grad-bus@duq.edu) to the Duquesne Graduate School of Business. If your school is not able to send via email, please mail paper copies to:

MS-AIM/MC-AIM Admissions
Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
704 Rockwell Hall
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

2. GMAT/GRE Scores

NOTE: Due to test cancellations resulting from COVID-19, the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has adopted a test-optional admission policy for summer 2020 applicants.

We require either a GMAT or GRE score. Request that your official entrance exam score be sent to the Palumbo-Donahue 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.

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3. Recommendations

Two professional references are required as part of the application process. References 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 your application portal.

4. Essay

Please include an essay that addresses the following. Limit your responses to 250 words or less for each question. Save and upload your responses as one document. 

  1. Please provide a summary of your academic and professional background, current career endeavors, motivation for pursuing a graduate business education and future career goals.
  2. What strengths would you bring to the program?

After you submit the Online Application, you will receive an email directing you to our Supplemental Document Portal for uploading your essay.

5. Resume/CV

A resume or CV including contact information, educational degrees and certificates, and employment and volunteer experience is required. After you submit the Online Application, you will receive an email directing you to our Supplemental Document Portal to upload your resume.


International Students

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo

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 for International Students

  • International students are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree. Certain three-year degrees may be acceptable. Please contact the graduate office for verification.
  • Official transcripts in English are required. Uncertified photocopies will not be accepted.

Please contact International Admissions at Duquesne University for more information.