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Why Get An MS In Management at the Dolan School of Business?

Fairfield’s 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. The goal of the program is to enable candidates to flourish in a variety of jobs, or to start their own business. The Master of Science in Management is designed to complement students’ undergraduate degrees in order to lead to jobs and careers that utilize their passions and ambitions. This business knowledge looks to provide a bridge to increased career opportunities in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.

Fairfield Dolan’s Master of Science in Management provides students who have completed non-business degrees – in everything from Art History and English, to Chemistry and Physics, Communication and Psychology, Engineering and Economics, and more – with the skills and knowledge of essential business practices. The MSM is a cohort program beginning each summer. Students will progress through a prescribed curriculum in a one-year, full-time experience. Currently, the program is structured as an online degree program designed to ensure that students acquire the 21st century skills needed to work in a fast-paced global environment.

MSM Versus MBA

  • The MSM focuses on early career students who have been working for a short time, or have no full-time work experience. These individuals want to gain advanced skills, or perhaps change from a non-business to a business field.
  • The MSM program is an attractive financial alternative to a traditional MBA by offering a high quality business education in just 30 credits and one year of study for non-business majors.
  • The MSM encourages critical thinking coupled with an introduction to functional business areas. Alternatively, an MBA curriculum assumes that candidates enter class with a certain amount of practical experience and acumen.
  • The MSM allows candidates to pursue a business discipline as novices and complete the program with the coveted combination of liberal learning and business education.

Signature Elements

  • The Global Immersion Experience* allows students the opportunity to study for one week in a selected country with their cohort and faculty advisor during spring break. This immersion allows students to experience cultural contrasts, appreciate business practices of international companies, and to expand their perspective and understanding of the global economy. The University continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and related travel restrictions. If the Global Immersion Experience is impacted we will adjust accordingly as our students’ health and well-being is our top priority. *Please note: additional fees for the Global Immersion Experience may apply.
  • The Capstone Entrepreneurship course requires students to develop a new business concept, conduct competitive market analysis, forecast sales and net revenues, devise a go-to-market strategy and present their strategy, receiving valuable and actionable feedback.
  • Career development opportunities and activities are a signature element of the MSM program: 
    • We are one of the only programs to offer a course right in our curriculum schedule, taught by the head of our Career Development center in Dolan. 
    • A Program advisor works directly with students as well, providing industry insights and key advice on how to best position themselves for career and job opportunities.
    • Our advisors also help student think through their career and job options ahead, with the addition of an MSM degree to their undergraduate achievements.

The Fairfield Dolan Experience

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

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Top 25
World University Rankings
Business Master's
– QS Business Master’s Rankings 2024
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Best Online Master's in Business Programs
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Master of Management Students at a Glance

22 – 30
Age Range

Average Age

Average GPA



Undergraduate Majors: Economics, Political Science, International Studies, Communications, Mechanical Engineering

Requirements & Curriculum

Required Courses

Introduction to Accounting
Analytics Programming for Business
Principles of Microeconomics
Statistics for Business
Principles of Finance
Understanding Organizations
Law and Ethics for Critical Reasoning in Business
Human Resource Strategies: An Analytics Approach
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
Professional Development
Global Competitive Strategy
Marketing in the Digital World

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

Dolan Admission

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The MSM is a cohort program beginning each summer semester. 

Graduate Fellowship

Fairfield Dolan offers merit-based graduate fellowships that provide substantial financial support towards the cost of tuition. In addition, students who qualify can apply for a competitive scholarship that covers much of the cost of attending. Admitted students are eligible to apply for a limited number of entrance scholarships. These one-time awards are applied to offset the cost of the first semester of study. As these are very competitive, it is best to apply early if you wish to be considered for this form of support.

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos at for additional information.

Latest MS in Management News

Immersion Trips Take Fairfield Dolan Students Beyond the Classroom

Just last month, a group of undergraduate Dolan students traveled to Silicon Valley as part of the StartUp entrepreneurship program, and a group of graduate students visited France as part the MS in Management graduate program.

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Career & Professional Development

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Career & Professional Development

A 2017 study by America’s Small Business Development Centers states “more than 13 million Millennials cite not knowing where to go for help to start or run a business as the #1 reason that keeps them from starting their own business.” Our MSM program is designed to provide candidates with the skills needed for a successful business career. Students will use their passions to develop a new business concept through our entrepreneurship capstone experience

QS Top Universities cites growing career opportunities available to candidates who earn a MS in Management. These roles include:

  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Social media manager
  • Business development manager
  • Entrepreneur

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Fairfield Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their careers, advance their careers within their current organizations, or pivot to another career, Fairfield Dolan will provide students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

95% of Fairfield Dolan graduate students are employed within 6 months of graduation.

Engaged Alumni Network

Alumni play a significant role in the mentoring and advocacy of current students by helping our students gain industry or company insight through informational interviews, mentorship, and more.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Executive Series and Leadership Opportunities

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Executive Series and Leadership Opportunities

Complementing Fairfield Dolan’s traditional pedagogical mission is a series of diverse and distinctive events designed to enrich graduate student coursework including the Dolan Lecture, Dean’s Executive Forums, Fairfield StartUp Showcase, and Professional Development Series Events.

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Future-Ready Facility

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Future-Ready Facility

Fairfield Dolan’s 80,500 square foot, $40 million facility gives Fairfield business students every advantage they need to make them future ready.

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Dolan Newsletter

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Dolan Newsletter

Learn more about what our faculty and students are doing, as well as stay up-to-date on our rankings and accolades, programs, and more.

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Dolan Report

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Dolan Report

We invite you to view the Dolan Update, a year in review of Charles F. Dolan School of Business News.

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Advisory Board

Meet the Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board

Cindy Drexel
Head of HR
ExodusPoint Capital Management

David Cheng
Business Development Executive
Global Technology Services

Steve Winkel
VP of People and Culture
Inspira Marketing Group

Kevin Curtis
VP-Recruiting Lead
Cerberus Capital Management

Kathryn Rosseau
University Recruiting Lead

Kara Gustafson
Palais Impact Advisors,
Former SVP of Goldman Sachs

Marisa Bartning
Director of Brand Marketing

Jamie Hedrick
Director of U.S. Business Analytics
Legg Mason

Faculty & Administration

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Faculty & Administration

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. The MSM is designed for candidates with non-business majors.

The program is completed in one year.

  • Traditional: 14-week
  • Accelerated: 7-week
  • Intensive
  • Summer: 7-week accelerated

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a summer semester start.

No. The GMAT/GRE exam is not required for applicants to the MSM program. Candidates are welcome to supply a GMAT or GRE score report if they feel it will enhance their application.

Yes. We are working to achieve SEVIS approval in order to issue I-20s for international students requiring an F-1 visa.

For information, please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Leanne De Los Santos at or 203-254-4000 x3219.

For curriculum information, please contact Lisa Stafford, director of the MSM program and instructor of the practice, management, at

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