Master of Business Administration/ Best MBA Programs

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The Dolan MBA prepares students with the diverse skills required for upper-level management and leadership positions. A generalist degree, the Dolan MBA provides a broad foundation of knowledge, with the opportunity to concentrate in one of five areas of business: accounting, finance, information systems/business analytics, management, or marketing. In addition, the curriculum includes foundational business course work in all the disciplines, as well as four breadth modules, each with courses on the most-relevant and topical advanced knowledge needed for effective managerial decision-making: Module 1- Decision Metrics; Module 2- Insights and Analysis; Module 3- Ethical Leadership; Module 4- Strategic Decision-Making. 

Contact 203-254-4000, Ext. 2843 to learn more.




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Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

Message from the Interim Dean

Mark Ligas headshotDear Prospective Student,

As you consider a graduate program in business, it's clear that credentials such as the MBA will need to prepare you for a marketplace that is unpredictable, risky, and challenging. For a person like you, though, this same market also provides an exciting arena for business growth, for developing and implementing new ideas/visions, and for you to experience personally and professionally rewarding outcomes.

The MBA program at the Dolan School of Business is positioned to provide you with the academic resources necessary to successfully navigate this dynamic business landscape. Our curriculum will provide you the opportunity to gain novel insights into each of the foundational areas of business, while also allowing you to concentrate on advanced, cutting-edge topics in a specific discipline. Our faculty excels in the classroom by establishing meaningful, mentor-oriented relationships with students. They also create learning environments including best-case business practice and, in addition, the critical social and ethical implications of management decision-making.

Faculty in the Dolan School are thought-leaders in their respective fields, meaning that they research areas that not only advance specific discipline knowledge but also have real, practical implications for firms and their management systems. In addition, we have facilities and technologies in place to enhance and support curricular and faculty endeavors, so that students learn from both faculty and colleagues - what you bring into the classroom based on your life and business experiences.

When you choose to pursue a Fairfield MBA, we will work with you closely to construct a program of study that is professionally appropriate, academically rigorous, yet flexible enough to fit your lifestyle. As a Jesuit institution, our faculty prides itself on teaching in a way that promotes active learning, reflection and self-evaluation. Coursework is a balance of essential theory and analysis combined with practical, "real-world" insights.

Take a moment to learn more about our MBA program and do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Mark Ligas
Interim Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Dolan School of Business


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). Applicants are required to meet all program prerequisites, which include the following undergraduate courses:

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Statistics


Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form Apply Online
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history. (Submit Online)
  • A Personal Statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives. (Submit Online)
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Interviews. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an appointment.
  • *Official Score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE may be substituted for the GMAT.

*The Charles F. Dolan School of Business generally seeks graduate students who meet the following criteria:  an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 accompanied by a GMAT score of at least 500.

**The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants who have passed all parts of the Uniform CPA exam or a jurisdictional Bar examination. Additionally, alumni and students with undergraduate business majors in the Dolan School of Business may be waived from the GMAT/GRE if they meet two benchmarks: (1) their overall Fairfield GPA is at least 3.25; and (2) their business major GPA, based on four or more major courses, all of which have been completed at Fairfield University, is at least 3.25. Please direct questions to the Director of Graduate Programs to learn more.”

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390. IELTS score report of 6.5 or better.

Please send original supporting application materials and documents that cannot be uploaded into the online application directly to the Business School:

Dolan School of Business
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4000, Ext.2843
Fax: (203) 254-4029


How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Course Offerings

See the MBA course catalog for more information.

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Core Courses (18 credits)

Core courses are designed to be taken before breadth and elective courses.

  • AC 400 Introduction to Accounting
  • FI 400 Principles of Finance
  • MG 400 Organizational Behavior
  • MK 400 Marketing Management
  • OM 400 Principles of Business Analytics
  • QA 400 Applied Business Statistics


Breadth Module Courses (21 credits)

  • AC 500 Accounting Information for Decision-Making
  • FI 500 Shareholder Value
  • IS 500 Information Systems and Database Management
  • MG 500 Leadership
  • MG 503 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • MK 500 Customer Value
  • MG 584 Global Competitive Strategy


Concentration Areas** (12 credits)

  • Accounting (optional specialization-Taxation)*
  • Finance
  • Information Systems/Business Analytics
  • Management (optional specializations- Strategic HR or Global Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • Marketing (optional specialization- Marketing Analytics)

* Only students with a bachelor's degree in accounting or the equivalent may pursue these concentrations.
** At least one of a student's concentration courses must be designated as a research course.


Free Elective (3 credits)    

Students select an additional course from any concentration area.


Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's MBA program, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career, including:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Team Work
  • Leadership
  • Technological
  • Data Analysis

Fairfield University MBA graduates have gone on to diverse professional fields including corporate management, government and non-profit, and consulting. Graduates have traditionally worked in:

  • Financial Services
  • Accounting
  • Marketing Research
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership

Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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