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Developing Ethical Leaders for Lifelong Success

Today more than ever the business world is in need of ethical leaders who are able to adapt to and succeed in a global environment. At the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, we echo this need in our Jesuit mission and vision of educating women and men for others.

A broad perspective on society and the proper role of business, based on an appropriate set of ethical values, are emphasized. In consultation with faculty, students follow an approved curriculum that reflects the depth and breadth of modern business practices. We invite you to learn more about our nationally ranked graduate degree programs, specialized certificate programs, and accelerated BS to MS degree programs.

Graduate Degree Programs

Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business offers seven graduate degree programs. Each program offers instruction from experienced faculty who will help you achieve your career endeavors by providing a better understanding of the larger ethical, practical, and global contexts of the workplace.

MS In Accounting

Fairfield University's Master of Science in Accounting has designated tracks in assurance, tax and accounting information systems.

Marketing Analytics and Strategy (MAS)

Fairfield’s STEM Designated Master of Science in Marketing Analytics and Strategy (MAS) program is designed to develop data-driven professionals who can use sophisticated methods to analyze consumer preferences and behavior.

MS In Business Analytics

Fairfield’s Master of Science in Business Analytics program is designed for busy professionals who want to propel their organizations forward through sound strategic decisions based on a keen understanding of data and statistical methods.

This program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program.

MS In Finance

Fairfield University's Master of Science in Finance provides unique opportunities for individuals who want to further their careers in the areas of investments, corporate finance, and banking.

This program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Fairfield’s Master of Business Administration prepares students with the diverse skills required for business leadership. A generalist degree, the MBA program provides a broad foundation of knowledge, with the opportunity to specialize in a functional area of business.

MS In Management

Fairfield’ Master of Science in Management (MSM) program is designed for non-business majors and provides recent college graduates with fundamental business knowledge and focused career development.

MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program

Fairfield’s dual Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degree program prepares nurses with the knowledge and experience required for executive leadership positions in healthcare organizations. This dual degree provides students with the ability to earn two master’s degrees at once, giving them the ability to compete for the growing employment demand in the healthcare field.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

These programs are for working professionals or lifelong learners who have earned a bachelor's degree but need to enhance a resume, improve skills, prepare for a job change, or just want to continue to learn in a field they did not major in at college.

Certificate In Accounting

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Certificate In Accounting

This program is designed for adults looking to:

  • Learn new job skills
  • Improve current accounting knowledge
  • Brush up on the skills you need to better understand the essentials of accounting and finance for your small business

Dates

The program, which begins each year on or about June 1st, is designed to be completed in one year. Classes are scheduled at night, but certificate students may enroll in daytime classes on a space-available basis. Course offerings vary each semester - check the course schedule for exact dates.

Cost

For the latest Part Time Tuition rates please visit the Bursar page.

Certificate Prerequisites

Before starting the Certificate Program, prospective students must have already fulfilled the degree and course requirements listed below.

Degree Requirements: BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college

Course Requirements
AC 11 Introduction to Financial Accounting
AC 12 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Note: The required pre-requisite courses above may be taken at Fairfield University or transferred from another approved college or university.

Certificate Requirements
AC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
AC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
AC 310 Advanced Accounting
AC 320 Cost Management
AC 330 Auditing
AC 343 Federal Income Taxation I

Students may not count certificate courses towards any Bachelor's degree major or minor requirements. All courses are offered for credit unless otherwise specified. Students must obtain at least a 2.5 GPA in the six required certificate courses listed above.

Note: All six of the above courses (18 credits) must be completed at Fairfield University.

Certificate In Marketing

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Certificate In Marketing

The Fairfield University Marketing Certificate provides managers and other professionals requisite marketing knowledge to make informed decisions about the current marketplace and its competitive environment. The cluster of courses comprising the certificate program covers topics on consumer/business buyer behavior, marketing management, and business applications from a marketing perspective. Due to the broad, diverse nature of consumer (and business) markets, coupled with the myriad of competitive offerings found in most industries, the courses in the Marketing Certificate Program emphasize the importance of firms collecting and utilizing market research data in order to make customer-driven strategic decisions.

This program is designed for professionals:

  • Who are called upon to make key strategic decisions (concerning the product/service, pricing, distribution, and promotion)
  • Who are responsible for collecting, understanding and/or utilizing customer data
  • Who want to learn more about the marketing process and its importance in their organizations.

Dates

Course offerings vary each semester - check the course schedule for exact dates.

Cost

For the latest Part Time Tuition rates please visit the Bursar page.

Certificate Prerequisites

Students enrolling in Fairfield's certificate programs must have completed a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college and fulfill all prerequisites stated in the program description. Students may not count certificate courses towards any Bachelor's degree major or minor requirements.

Degree Requirements: BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college

Course Requirements
Credits
MK 101 Principles of Marketing (prerequisite for all other marketing courses) 3
MK 212 Consumer Behavior 3
MK 311 Marketing Research* 3
MK elective course** 3
Total 12

*A statistics course is required prior to enrolling in MK 311. Equivalent professional experience may also be considered, but this must be determined by an Assistant Dean, in consultation with the Chair of the Marketing Department.

**A marketing course of the individual's choice ideally based on his/her professional background and/or personal interest.

Please note: Certain marketing courses offered during the fall and spring semesters meet at 5 p.m. Please check current course schedules for exact times.

MBA Prep Certificate

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MBA Prep Certificate

The MBA Prep Certificate is designed for students who:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree and are now interested in pursuing a Masters in Business Administration but who do not have the required foundational business knowledge or coursework to proceed
  • Are looking for a sound foundation in accounting, economics, finance, and applied business mathematics

Dates

Course offerings vary each semester - check the course schedule for exact dates.

Cost

For the latest Part Time Tuition rates please visit the Bursar page.

Certificate Prerequisites

Prospective students must have already completed a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college AND complete all prerequisites stated in the program description. Students may not count certificate courses towards any Bachelor's degree major or minor requirements. All courses are offered for credit unless otherwise specified.

Course Requirements
Credits
EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EC 12 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
MA 17 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
MA 19 Introduction to Calculus 3
Total 12

It is recommended that all students who complete this certificate for an MBA should also complete a GMAT prep course prior to taking GMATs.

Graduate Business Certificates

Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business offers certificate programs to advance your career. Whether you're a working professional or part-time student, we offer specialized programs to enhance your resume, teach you news skills, further your competency in a specific field or prepare you for a change in your career.

Our certificates are designed to be flexible and we offer a combination of online and in-class coursework, which can be completed as a part-time or full-time student. Our certificate programs are also a great option for professionals who want to pursue a specific field but are not ready to commit to a master’s program.

Business Analytics Certificate

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Business Analytics Certificate

The Business Analytics Certificate is designed for working professionals who are in need of fundamental knowledge in the area of business analytics, either to better perform in a current position, or to become more marketable for a future role in their career. The certificate program covers fundamentals of business analytics including introduction to business analytics, forecasting and predictive analytics, database systems for business analytics and data mining.

This fall start certificate is a great option for those who are currently unable to commit to the master’s degree in Business Analytics.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is a 12-credit programdesigned for the following audiences:

  • Those who are in analytical positions and are in need of foundationalknowledge in the area
  • Those who are contemplating the MSBA but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program
  • Those who seek a foundation in analytics skills in order to manage"big data" and other quantitative issues
Required Courses
BA 500 Introduction to Business Analytics
QA 500 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
BA 510 Databases for Business Analytics
BA 540 Business Intelligence

The four required courses can be completed in one year's time by taking two courses (BA 0500 and QA 0500) in the fall semester, and two courses(BA 0510 and BA 0540) in the spring semester.

Program Information (PDF)

Business Essentials Certificate: The Mini MBA

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Business Essentials Certificate: The Mini MBA

The Mini MBA is for students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in something other than business who now would like to gain basic business knowledge.
  • This is a perfect certificate for new small business owners who want to get an overview of the major areas of running a business.
  • This is also an attractive program for graduates who aren’t sure if they want to commit to an MBA program.
  • The flexibility of this program allows you to take these courses over one summer through a hybrid in-person and online format.
Required Courses
AC 400 Introduction to Accounting
FI 400 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
MG 400 Organizational Behavior
MK 400 Marketing Management

These courses are the required foundational courses in the MBA program. Should you decide to continue once completing the certificate you have already completed 12 graduate credits!

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Financial Planning and Analysis Certificate

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Financial Planning and Analysis Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and Analysis is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who want to enhance their background in budgeting, forecasting, and analysis
  • Those who are contemplating a master's degree but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program
  • Those who are in financial roles and need foundational knowledge in the area
Required Courses
AC 0500 Accounting Information for Decision-Making
FI 0500 Shareholder Value
FI 0530 Corporate Finance
QA 0500 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics

Note: FI 0500 is the capstone experience for the certificate. The other three certificate courses should be taken prior to or in tandem with FI 0500.

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Marketing Analytics Certificate

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Marketing Analytics Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who want to enhance their quantitative background in marketing
  • Those who are contemplating a master’s degree, such as the MSBA, but do not have the time or resources at the moment to pursue the degree program
  • Those who are in analytical positions and need foundational knowledge in marketing analytics
Required Courses
MK 520 Marketing Research
MK 580 Multivariate Data Analysis for Decision Making
MK 585

MK 590
Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Marketing
OR
Experimental Research in Marketing
BA 505

OM 400

QA 500
Python for Business Analytics
OR
400 Business Operations
OR
Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
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Strategic Human Resources In The Global Environment Certificate

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Strategic Human Resources In The Global Environment Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources in the Global Environment is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who are in human resources positions and are in need of additional knowledge in the area
  • Those who are contemplating the MBA but do not have the time or resources at the moment to pursue the degree program
  • Those who need a foundation in human resources in order to strategically manage workforce challenges
Required Courses
MG 505

MG 507
Human Resource Strategies: An Analytics Approach
OR
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
MG 535

MG 540
Multivariate Data Analysis for Decision Making
OR
Cross-Cultural Management
MG 507

PY 480

PY 545
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
OR
Consulting Theory and Practice
OR
Designing and Developing Training Programs
MG 560 Career Planning and Development
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Those seeking formal admission to a certificate program must complete the following procedures:

  1. Apply online and complete the formal application.
  2. Pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. Submit your official undergraduate transcript.
  4. Submit a professional resume.

Send all admission documents to:

Committee on Graduate Admission
Dolan School of Business
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Questions: 203-254-4000, ext. 3019.
E-mail: GradAdmis@fairfield.edu

Post Graduate Degree Certificates

The 15-credit program is designed to provide a complete integration between the theory and practice of contemporary business. The C.A.S. programs are suitable for working professionals who have already earned a graduate degree, but whose responsibilities are currently or are expected to be in a particular specialty and desire greater depth of academic preparation in that subject area, or for individuals outside of the area who desire to understand multifunctional thinking in order to compete effectively in the marketplace.

The program requires completion of the subject area's required course plus four additional elective courses, for a total of 15 credits in the area of specialization. All programs of study are planned with the help of the director of graduate programs and consider the interests and goals of the participant.

Candidates for the certificate are to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their course work. They are expected to make some annual progress toward the certificate in order to remain in good standing. A candidate who elects to take a leave of absence must notify the dean in writing.

Grades and academic average computation are identical to those of the MBA and M.S. programs. Certificates are awarded to candidates who complete their programs with at least a 3.00 overall grade point average.

Accounting

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Accounting

Required Concentration Course
Research on Contemporary Issues in Accounting
OR Issues in Regulatory Reporting Environment
Elective Concentration Courses
Accounting Information for Decision-Making
International Accounting
Accounting for Governments, Hospitals and Universities
Accounting Information Systems and Technology
Audit Issues in a Global Environment
Issues in Accounting Ethics
Issues in Internal Audit
Financial Statement Analysis
Forensic Accounting
Independent Study in Accounting

*Accounting CAS requires undergraduate major, or its equivalent, in Accounting.

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Taxation

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Taxation

Required Concentration Course
Tax Planning
Elective Concentration Courses
Tax Research
Tax Accounting
Taxation of Property Transactions
Entity Taxation I
Advanced Topics in Entity Taxation
Estate and Gift Taxation
Partnership Taxation
State and Local Taxation
Tax Practice and Procedure
Contemporary Topics on Taxation

*Tax CAS requires undergraduate major, or its equivalent, in Accounting. In addition, must have completed at least one graduate-level taxation course.

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Accelerated BS to MS Degree Programs

BS to MBA Program

Fairfield Dolan offers a BS to MBA program that allows students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in just five years, rather than the six or more years normally required. The BS/MBA program is ideal for candidates who wish to complete the MBA early in their business careers.

A minimum of 156 credits is required to receive both degrees. 120 of the 156 credits are completed at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, students earn a minimum of 36 credits.

BS to MS Programs

BS/MS programs allow students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Fairfield Dolan master’s degrees include:

Master of Science in Accounting

(Undergraduate major in Accounting required)

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science in Management

(Non-business major required)

A minimum of 156 credits is required to receive both degrees. 120 of the 156 credits are completed at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, students earn a minimum of 36 credits.

For more information please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos.

Fairfield University undergraduate students interested in a BS/MS program should reapply to the graduate program they are interested in during the first semester of their senior year. The following is required:

  • Online graduate application
  • A personal statement of interest in, and qualifications for, a BS/MS program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A GPA of at least 3.0
  • A GMAT score of at least 500
    • Fairfield Dolan undergraduates who have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and 3.25 major GPA will be qualify for a GMAT waiver
    • The GMAT is not required for the Master of Science in Management program

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