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Why Get An M.S. 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 a face-to-face, on-campus degree program with some hybrid and online courses, 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.

Two 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. 
  • 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.

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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.

MS in Management 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

Program Requirements

The MSM curriculum includes 30 credits of coursework and is completed in one year. The program is designed as a combination of modular elements and full semesters. This framework exposes students to a variety of business disciplines in order to acquire skills needed to undertake any career endeavor. Students are then immersed in topics pertaining to management.

Coursework includes:

Introduction to Accounting | Marketing in the Digital World | Career and Professional Development | Introduction to Microeconomics | Economic Statistics | Organizational Behavior | Analytics Programming for Business | Law and Ethics for Critical Reasoning in Business | Principles of Finance | Leadership | Negotiations and Dispute Resolution | Human Resources Strategies | Global Competitive Strategy | Entrepreneurship (Capstone)

A capstone course will allow students to integrate the tools and concepts from the specialization courses in the program to develop a comprehensive business plan. Students may choose to enhance new venture concepts previously explored on their own, in the specialization courses, or choose to develop a new concept for this capstone course. 


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

Dolan Lecture Series

The Dolan Lecture Series features highly accomplished, visionary, and internationally recognized business leaders.

Dean's Executive Forum

The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to feature business leaders across industries to share their experience with students in an informal setting. Programs are developed in collaboration with a Dean’s Executive Forum Student Committee and are held three times a year.

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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.

Women in Scholars Program-for candidates interested in pursuing a Fairfield Dolan graduate degree program.  This scholarship also includes a mentoring component with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos at for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply?

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

How long does it take to complete the MSM degree program?

The program is completed in one year.

How are courses offered?

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

What is the application deadline?

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

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE exam?

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.

Can I apply to this program as an international student?

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

Whom do I call if I have questions?

For information, please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Leanne De Los Santos at or 203-254-4000 ext. 3219.

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

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