Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Design your own MBA and create your path to leadership.

Go beyond the typical curriculum and become a versatile business leader with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.

This multifaceted MBA program has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for MBA specializations. With impressive concentration options ranging from accounting and finance to marketing and business analytics, the Fairfield Dolan MBA was designed to help experienced professionals like you broaden their strategic perspectives across multiple business functions with maximum flexibility.

Our MBA program features fewer required courses and more electives, allowing you to customize your graduate degree to fit your precise career goals. You can even opt to earn your MBA 100% online or in a hybrid format, empowering you to tailor your post-graduate experience to fit your learning style and personal schedule.

Regardless of which modality you select, you’ll receive the same unmatched support from world-renowned faculty members and unparalleled leadership coaching that leads Fairfield Dolan MBA graduates to experience an astounding 99% job placement rate, with graduates going on to work for organizations like Synchrony, IBM, Ipsos, Citi, Norhtwest Mutual, Medtronic, and more.

Completion Time: 1 – 2 Years

Schedule: Full-time | Part-time

Start Dates: Spring (January) | Summer (May) | Fall (September)

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Curriculum

One size does not fit all.

The MBA at Fairfield University gives you the flexibility to customize your own curriculum by designing a unique course of study that is tailored to your professional background, learning style, and career aspirations.

Whether you enroll in our online or hybrid MBA, you will be immersed in a robust course load designed to broaden your leadership skills while allowing you to specialize in industry-specific concentrations.

Fairfield Dolan MBA students can choose from six in-demand concentrations:

  • Accounting*
  • Analytics
  • Cybersecurity**
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
*Concentration only available for hybrid students
**All concentration-specific courses are offered online regardless of program modality

The MBA degree is meant to develop students with broad and strategic perspectives across multiple business functions, such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and analytics. This gives students the opportunity to concentrate, but not major in a functional business area.

  • GOAL I: Each student will be skilled in understanding theories and practice to perform managerial decision making in specific business areas.
  • GOAL II: Each student will be capable of synthesizing/analyzing information so as to make sound business decisions.
  • GOAL III: Each student will foster core values that help build ethical managers to achieve organizational goals.

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AACSB Accredited

AACSB accreditation means that the Dolan School of Business has proven to be among the top 5% in business education anywhere in the world. This quality is recognized across the globe by top employers, other universities, and recruiters.

Whether you choose to take your MBA in an online or hybrid format, your degree from Dolan can elevate your career.

Highlights

Unparalleled leadership coaching for both the online and hybrid MBA programs.

Dolan MBA degree students have access to BetterManager Leadership Coaching that provides personalized leadership coaching to prepare you for the next phase of professional and career growth. It is Dolan’s mission to develop ethical leaders and well-rounded individuals – and this training supports that. Additionally, there is a professional development series for graduate students through the Center for Career Development, which will help you with resume reviews, mock interviews, professional headshots, etc.

Our MBA program is available to students in Shanghai.

The Fairfield Dolan MBA is also available to students living in Shanghai, China. With a focus on finance, the program is designed for experienced professionals from many industries, including pharmaceuticals, accounting, wealth management, fashion, engineering, economics, and finance. To learn more about the Shanghai program, please contact Program Co-Director Wendy Weng or Leanne De Los Santos.

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"It's a more intimate experience with your professors. It's a lot more face-to-face. They keep in touch with you and want to see you advance. It's really that dynamic and that environment in the classroom that definitely helps me learn the content and helps it stick."

– Brandon Borsanyi, MBA '17
Team Leader at Morgan Stanley

Faculty & Academic Approach

Find your mentors here.

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. Under their guidance, you will explore topics and concentrations synonymous with the level of professionalism and expertise you will become known for in your career.

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Regina Kim, PhD

Regina Kim, PhD

Dr. Kim teaches in the areas of managing diversity and inclusion, conflict management, negotiation, and research methods (both quantitative and qualitative). Her research focuses on workforce diversity, cross-cultural management, and conflict management and negotiations.

Michael McDonald, PhD

Michael McDonald, PhD

Dr. McDonald teaches Principles of Finance in the MBA program. He holds a PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee and his work has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Nasdaq.com, Bloomberg, Reuters, and many other outlets.

Jie Tao, PhD

Jie Tao, PhD

Dr. Tao has a doctoral degree in information systems and helped design the curriculum for the MSBA program. He has published papers in several journals and presented research at premier academic conferences. His special interests include data analytics, data structure, process mining, and deep learning.

Explore the Dolan School of Business

The Dolan School of Business offers a variety of strong graduate programs to help students achieve their business goals. We are committed to maintaining a community in which you can succeed and connect as a graduate student. We boast a 99% job placement rate for our graduates who then turn around and become highly engaged alumni.


In addition to being AACSB accredited, Dolan is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Best Grad Schools: #18 Marketing, #19 Accounting, #19 Finance, #21 Business Analytics.

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Admissions & Aid

Ongoing support for your MBA degree.

From your first admissions conversation to graduation and beyond, you’ll find support at every turn. The Fairfield University student support network is second to none, offering personal, academic, and financial guidance for students earning their Master of Business Administration.

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Admission requirements

Applicants to the master’s in business administration program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).

Application Priority Deadline: We will work with you right up to the start of classes for program acceptance, but for the priority consideration, your application and all supplemental materials must be received no later than three weeks prior to the start of each term.

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee paid by credit card. The application fee is waived for current Fairfield students and for those who attend an information session.
  • A professional resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • A personal statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in business (submit online).
  • GMAT Official Test Scores. We will accept the GRE in place of the GMAT. GMAT/GRE waivers are available based on academic and/or professional background. To inquire about a GMAT/GRE waiver please contact Assistant Dean of Dolan Graduate Programs Leanne De Los Santos.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two recommendation forms and letters, one of which is preferably from a current employer or supervisor. Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application, candidates must provide the email addresses and names of their two recommenders.

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