About the Program

The full-time MBA Sustainable Business Practices Program at Duquesne University is an unconventional, but career-igniting alternative to a traditional two-year MBA.  In one year, you will master MBA essentials and gain real-world experience by solving complex problems for multinational corporations.  You will also advance global best practices and complete field work abroad.  As our alumni say, “What a difference a year makes!”

Ranked #3 in the world and #2 in the U.S. for “preparing students to change the world” by Corporate Knights. As an initial signatory of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Donahue School is also among the elite accredited by AACSB International and the top three in the United States for ethics. This selective, one-year program offers unparalleled graduate business preparation.

The 39-credit, award-winning MBA Sustainable Business Practices curriculum is anchored by rigorous coursework in all core business disciplines.  What’s different?  The signature sustainability courses, live consulting projects, global study trips and capstone practicum.

Instead of trying to land an elusive internship between the first and second years, our MBA students tackle groundbreaking consulting challenges and collaborate with executives to launch profitable new products, inspire innovation from life cycle analyses, and turn costly waste into revenue.  Their clients include multinational corporations (Alcoa, Bayer, FedEx, Heinz, Westinghouse and PPG Industries), regional leaders (PNC, CONSOL and Giant Eagle), entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations.  We enroll one selective cohort per year, and every MBA student interfaces with C-Suite executives, competes in regional and international case competitions, and benefits from professional development coaching.

The study trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience globalism by doing field work in developing and developed countries, often in collaboration with MBA students abroad.  Recent cohorts have examined eco-tourism in the Amazon rainforest, analyzed food supply challenges in India, participated in an EU-funded climate exchange in Finland, and authored case studies about Alcoa’s operations in Iceland and Brazil.

Almost daily, our alumni demonstrate that innovative leaders with sustainable mindsets can truly improve the way the world works.  They function as risk officers, purchasing managers, consultants, brand managers, financial analysts, sustainability directors, IT managers, open innovation engineers, and more at organizations around the United States and world.  Their employers include Deloitte, PwC, Heinz, Bayer, Herman Miller, PNC, BNY Mellon, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, IBM, the Carbon Disclosure Project, Infosys, USAID, Greenpeace, Enbalon, the EPA, and the Centers for Disease Control.  As these job placements demonstrate, the MBA Sustainability is a cost-effective, career-advancing alternative to a two-year MBA.

Duquesne University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a fantastic place to live and learn.  On the far edge of a lush, secluded campus, the business school is just a block away from Pittsburgh’s downtown business district. Home to six Fortune 500 companies, the city is a growing hub for cutting-edge technology, healthcare, financial services and green buildings.  Once a smoky steel town, Pittsburgh is now America’s “Most Livable City” and “#1 Best City to Relocate to.”

In addition to avid sports fans (Steelers, Penguins and Pirates), Pittsburgh has a rich cultural scene with celebrated museums, vibrant theaters, and world-class symphony, opera and ballet.  With affordable housing in safe, friendly neighborhoods nearby, Duquesne University is an ideal place to spend a year pursuing an MBA that emphasizes prosperity today, without compromising tomorrow.

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