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McDaniel College and Duquesne University form partnership

A new partnership gives McDaniel undergraduate students in the Economics and Business Administration department, as well as eligible alumni, preferred admission to four master’s degree programs at Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

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McDaniel College and Duquesne University have formed a new partnership that gives McDaniel undergraduate students in the Economics and Business Administration department, as well as eligible alumni, preferred admission to four master’s degree programs at Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

The four master’s degree programs include the Professional Master in Business Administration (PMBA), Master in Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP), Master of Science in Accountancy (MAcc), and Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM).

Dean McFarlin, dean of the School of Business at Duquesne, said, “McDaniel College’s focus on preparing students to enter the business world with confidence and a sense of purpose aligns very well with our emphasis on The Business of Difference Making™. At the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, we offer an attractive portfolio of graduate business programs that include built-in, impactful consulting projects with corporate partners. Moreover, we are an AACSB-accredited business school — the gold standard in business education and a distinction that only 6% of business schools worldwide have earned."

"And because McDaniel College students are committed to excellence, they are a great fit for our school. They will do very well in our graduate business programs and emerge as ethical business professionals who make a difference.”

To be eligible for preferred admission, McDaniel students must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA and submit Duquesne admission materials.

McDaniel students majoring in accounting, business administration, economics, international business, or marketing with at least a 3.25 GPA will receive a GMAT/GRE waiver. In addition, McDaniel students accepted into the one-year MBA in Sustainable Business Practices will receive a scholarship of at least $5,000.

For the Professional MBA, a minimum of at least a B- is required in certain coursework to receive fundamental course waivers. Students desiring admission to the master’s degree program in accountancy must achieve both an overall 3.0 GPA in accounting coursework and complete specific pre-requisite courses.

Eligible alumni who graduated from McDaniel within the past five years also have access to these benefits.

“We are proud to partner with Duquesne to provide new opportunities for our business majors and recent alumni who are looking to attend a graduate business school,” said Julia Jasken, executive vice president and provost at McDaniel. “This agreement also helps to reduce barriers by providing waivers and even a scholarship, making Duquesne a very attractive post-graduation option for our students.”

View more information about the about the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University.

More information about the programs available through the Economics and Business Administration department at McDaniel.

Available programs

Learn more about the four master’s degree programs included in the agreement:

Professional MBA (PMBA)

A 42-credit program that can be completed with evening classes, 100% online, or a mix of evening and online classes. McDaniel students will qualify for waivers for up to six credits based on successful completion (B- or better) of relevant undergraduate courses. Students typically complete 6-9 credits each semester, and a discount is available to students who register for 6+ credits per semester. A stackable certificate in Entrepreneurship is available, as are certificates in Analytics & Information Management and Supply Chain Management. The PMBA becomes a STEM-designated MBA if a student adds the Analytics & Information Management and Supply Chain Management certificates. Additionally, the PMBA offers a consulting experience and an “Executive Insights” class that connects students directly with corporate executives. New students enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semester.

MBA-Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP)

A full-time, daytime MBA program (39 credits/3 semesters) integrating traditional MBA content and a focus on sustainability. Ranked #1 in the United States and #4 in the world in the 2020 Corporate Knights “Better World MBA” rankings, the MBA-SBP infuses  experiential learning (three regional consulting projects and an international consulting experience) and career development throughout the curriculum. Competitive funding opportunities include scholarships, graduate assistantships, and research fellowships. New students enroll in the summer semester (late May).

MS in Accountancy (MAcc)

A 30-credit program designed for CPA readiness, the MAcc can be completed in one year with daytime and evening classes or two years with evening classes. Students leave the MAcc program prepared for licensure as CPAs, Certified Management Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Information Systems Auditors, and Certified Internal Auditors. The Duquesne MAcc program is the only graduate program in Pennsylvania to earn certification by the Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA). New students enroll in the fall semester.

MS in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM)

The MS-SCM is a STEM-designated, 30-credit program completed in five semesters. Students complete the program via hybrid courses (they may attend live class sessions in-person or remotely) or fully online. Students are prepared for certification as Six Sigma Yellow Belts, along with a number of APICS certifications. The program’s focus is on integrating business analytics and sustainability, preparing students for the future of supply chains. New students enroll in the fall semester.