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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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Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

The only certainty in the business world in uncertainty. In a marketplace that is dynamic and ever-changing, successful business leaders are those with the skills to not only adapt to this unpredictability, but also to take advantage of the opportunities that dramatic change provides. The MBA, with its emphasis on both a strong foundational curriculum and advanced training, is the ideal degree for those engaged with today’s vibrant markets.

Why Fairfield? The MBA at the Dolan School of Business offers students a dynamic course of study that addresses the latest in business education, including the innovative field of market analytics. The Dolan School offers a flexible curriculum that fits your needs, schedule and experiences, whether you are interested in finance, marketing or management. Our courses are taught by a research-active faculty who are recognized experts in their respective fields. Students benefit from instructors who are not only superb teachers, but who are also engaged with the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines. Fairfield’s location, just over an hour outside New York City, allows students to connect with the most dynamic business environment in the world.

The Fairfield MBA at the Dolan School of Business offers small classes taught in the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. This very personal approach to education includes strong engagement with students and an opportunity to make strong connections with the faculty who are both teachers and mentors.

If graduate study in business is the next step in your career, the Dolan School is the ideal place to begin that journey. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about the advantages and opportunities of the Fairfield MBA.

Mark LeClair
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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