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SMBA John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business Duquesne University

Overview

Sustainable MBA Degree Program at Duquesne University

Duquesne University is a private, Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability in both its academic curricula and campus facilities, Duquesne University was named one of most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada for 2012 by "The Princeton Review."

Sustainability MBA Overview

Duquesne University offers a Sustainability Master of Business Administration degree (SMBA) through its Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. The accelerated, 12-month program was developed to respond to the growing need for a new generation of business leaders who understand that planned growth, ethics, community, and environment will all impact business strategy, value creation, and shareholder return.

Designed to equip early- to mid-career business professionals with the skills to manage global complexity and interdependence in corporations, financial markets, governments, and other influential organizations, the program motivates graduates to become leaders of organizations that value prosperity today without compromising tomorrow's resources.

Since 2006, the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education has named Duquesne University to its global top 25 for integrating social and environmental stewardship into its business curriculum.

Integrated Sustainability Content Drives Curriculum

The Sustainability MBA program layers a solid foundation of core coursework in business fundamentals (accounting, finance, marketing, operations, information technology, and economics) with a depth of integrated sustainability content delivered across required and elective courses. Students are challenged to find better social, economic, environmental, and ethical ways to identify solutions and measure progress.

The social component of the program examines the reconciliation of community well-being with the bottom line. Graduate students look at how corporations might apply tools and guidelines to report on their social impact. Students also investigate key performance indicators such as employee health and safety, diversity, knowledge management and innovation, and customer acceptance.

Planning and investment as catalysts for sustainable growth are the focus of the economic segment. The environmental module of study addresses how design and technology can change paradigms, with a focus on a company's ecological footprint. In the ethical segment, students use practical application in coursework, presentation, and live corporate projects to examine the impact of corporate decision making, with a special focus on legal and financial risks, public affairs and corporate governance, and shareholder activism.

Consulting with National Corporations

All students in the program complete 3 consulting engagements (2 projects and a practicum) in which they apply learning from across the curriculum to help clients reduce costs, improve processes, and enhance competitiveness. Examples of student engagements include calculating ecological footprints and creating revenue streams from waste, developing cultural change management initiatives, leveraging growth from sustainability, developing water scarcity risk analyses, and creating environmental profit and loss statements. Clients include regional businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and multinational corporations, such as Alcoa, Bayer Material Science, FedEx Ground, Heinz, and Westinghouse Nuclear.

Distinguished Faculty

Duquesne University business faculty members represent a passionate, globally-engaged group of teachers, scholars, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds who travel widely in corporate, non-profit, and research circles and maintain broad business networks through consulting, entrepreneurial, and board activities. Their ongoing exposure to innovative ideas and practices informs their research and teaching.

Among Duquesne's distinguished MBA Sustainability faculty members is Nagaraj Sivasubramnian, whose research focuses on energy systems modeling, sustainability measurement and the organizational impacts of individual and team leadership, and advanced information technologies and innovations. His work has been published in the "Leadership Quarterly, Group and Organization Management," and other journals. In the classroom, he facilitates student learning in systems thinking, leadership, and strategic management.

Annual Sustainability Symposia and Distinguished Speakers

MBA Sustainability students also actively participate in Duquesne's annual sustainability symposia sponsored by Duquesne University's Beard Institute and welcome some of the world's leading experts on sustainable business practices.

In addition, the Duquesne Sustainability MBA program attracts interest and participation from an ever-widening circle of corporate, government, not-for-profit, and other partners.

Its Distinguished Speakers Series bring to campus key sustainability leaders who address current business issues, leadership, ethics, and other relevant topics. The exposure that students gain to senior managers enhances classroom discussion and informs career decisions.

Past and current speakers include Karen Larrimer, Chief Marketing Officer, and Benson Gabler, Manager of Corporate Sustainability, PNC Financial Services Group; Dr. John Skabardonis, Polycarbonates Marketing Manager, Bayer Material Science; Brad Johnson and Richard McLaughlin, Practice Managers, Deloitte; and Bob Willard, author, "The Sustainable Champion's Guidebook."

Summer Study Abroad

As part of a required Global Economics course in partnership with universities abroad, MBA students and faculty members travel abroad in summer to investigate business and sustainability practices first-hand; a spring trip is optional. In recent years, destinations have included South America and Europe. Itineraries have featured corporate visits to Bayer, Volkswagen, and RWE Energy in Germany and Heineken in Amsterdam; cultural visits to the Shanghai World Expo 2010, Great Wall, and Forbidden City in China; and a sustainable living experience on a houseboat in India.

Location and Surroundings

Duquesne University is situated on a 49-acre hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood, which borders Philadelphia's central business district.


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$17,388
    • Out-of-state tuition *$17,388
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,656.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported


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