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 Palumbo-Donahue Graduate School of Business. If your school is not able to send via email, please mail paper copies to:

MSM Admissions
Palumbo-Donahue Graduate 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 and fall 2020 applicants.

You may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver based upon your undergraduate GPA, work experience, or previously earned master's/terminal degree. Many of our applicants are able to waive the GMAT/GRE based on these qualification.

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Send My GMAT Scores

The admissions committee accepts either the GMAT or GRE for admissions consideration. Please have your official score report sent from the testing agency to the Donahue Graduate School of Business. An unofficial student copy/photocopy is not acceptable for admissions consideration. A score of 500 or better on the GMAT or a 305 or better on the GRE (quantitative and verbal sections) is preferred for admissions consideration.

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 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. 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. The Palumbo-Donahue School of Business is in 'The Business of Difference Making." Explain what this means to you and how you would contribute to this goal as a student and eventually as an alumnus(a).

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.


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.

100% Online Master's Programs

  • International students on a F-1 visa while in the USA cannot enroll in the 100% online graduate business programs.
  • International students already in the USA with other visa categories may be eligible to enroll in the 100% online graduate business programs. 
  • International students who wish to complete the program from their home country may apply.

Please contact the International Programs at Duquesne University for more information.