Administration & Faculty

A Message from Interim Dean Mark Ligas, PhD

Mark Ligas HeadshotToday more than ever the business world is in need of ethical leaders who are able to adapt to and succeed in a global environment. At the Dolan School of Business, we echo this need in our Jesuit mission and vision of educating women and men for others. Competitive forces both domestically and abroad produce markets that are in constant flux. As a result of the exchange of technology, entrepreneurial insight, and dynamic innovation, organizations are seeking leaders who can anticipate such forces and act accordingly. An education from Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business makes this possible by providing:

Faculty who are both national scholars and highly engaged and informed teachers in the classroom. As thought-leaders in their disciplines, Dolan School faculty members use scholarly research to inform their teaching. As a result, students benefit from lectures and course activities that bring real world issues into the classroom.

Curricula that challenge and inspire students while also providing them with the necessary tools to become true leaders in organizations. At the undergraduate level, business education is purposively infused with a broad and rich arts and sciences university core curriculum. This results in forming engaged students who are critical thinkers, informed participants in the larger society, and highly competent contributors to both profit and not-for-profit endeavors. Regarding graduate study, the Dolan MBA and various specialized MS programs afford students opportunities to study advanced business topics and master quantitative skills. Thus, Dolan students are sought after for positions in public accounting, analytics, finance and investing, human resources, and marketing.

Personal and professional development opportunities tailored to complement one’s academic experiences. A rigorous academic curriculum is paramount for success; however, it is also important to develop one’s character for the business world. Workshops, seminars, lectures, and experiential activities ranging from field trips to mock interviews to study abroad options are some of the many resources available to further enhance students’ personal and professional capabilities.

Businesses are looking for informed, dynamic individuals who have the skills and confidence to be not only decision-makers but also “game changers!” If you are forward-thinking, highly motivated and open to challenges, then an education from the Dolan School of Business is definitely for you. I look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Mark Ligas, PhD
Interim Dean, Dolan School of Business

Accreditation & Rankings


AACSB logoThe Dolan School of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1977. The AACSB is known as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.





Recent Rankings

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

U.S. News & World Report

  • In 2017, Graduate programs were again named among the best in the nation according to the annual “Best Graduate Schools” ranking. Included are the Dolan School’s finance, accounting, and marketing degrees at 14th, 15th and 19th respectively.

  • In 2016, Graduate programs at the Dolan School were named among the best in the nation according to the annual “Best Graduate Schools” ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

College Factual

  • College Factual Marketing Top 5%‌In 2017, College Factual, a site dedicated to assisting prospective college students, ranked the Dolan School's Marketing program #18 out of 396.

Accounting Degree Review



Meet the Faculty

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. This is a faculty with substantial real-world business experience - on average, 10 years - who seek to create an active learning environment.

History and Overview of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business

The Dolan School of Business was established in 1978, having been a Department of Business Administration for 31 years within the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1981, in response to a stated need by the business community within Fairfield County, the School began its Master of Science in Financial Management program. The Certificate for Advanced Study in Finance was initiated in 1984. In 1994, in response to unprecedented market demand, the School introduced the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program which now has concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems & Operations Management, International Business, Marketing, and Taxation.

In 1999, the Dolan School of Business introduced the Master of Business Administration Program in Public Accounting. This Program is designed to provide students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with an opportunity to complete a Master of Business Administration degree within a 12- to 15-month period - as well as fulfill the 150-hour criterion to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, as passed in the State of Connecticut as well as most other jurisdictions. Concentrations available to students in this program are Accounting and Taxation, Finance, and Information Systems & Operations Management.

The Dolan School of Business received full accreditation of its graduate and undergraduate programs by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business on March 6, 1997.

Then, in 2000, the School's advancement was further recognized: It was named the Charles F. Dolan School of Business in response to a very generous gift of $25 million from Charles F. Dolan, founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation and long-time friend and trustee of the University.

The School is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with eleven classrooms, three computer labs, eight group workrooms and outstanding media and technology equipment. The building has extensive lounge and meeting areas for student activities and unrivaled offices for faculty and staff. Thus, the School's building and facilities are among the best in the nation and reflect the continual development and unlimited potential of the Dolan School of Business.

The School offers classes at night and on weekends to serve the needs of part-time graduate students from the regional business community, and full-time students. Class sizes are small, 20-25 on average, with an emphasis on close interaction between the individual and the faculty member. The School is dedicated to the use of the latest classroom teaching technologies and it has a balanced emphasis between individual assignments and group work in a variety of different classroom formats, i.e., lectures, case work, experiential exercises, business projects, research papers.

The School designs individual programs of study for each student to meet his or her educational goals and professional objectives. The program design is completed upon matriculation, and each semester the individual can update or amend it in consultation with the Director of Graduate Programs.

The School faculty have an average of 10 years of professional business experience to accompany their strong academic preparation which includes an earned doctorate and, in nearly every case, previous academic work in the liberal arts and sciences, scholarly contributions and ongoing research interests, and continuing professional involvement in their chosen areas of expertise. The School faculty are dedicated to teaching excellence and they have the unique ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice because of their business experience and strong academic backgrounds.

Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The Dolan School of Business aspires to be an innovative leader in Jesuit business education, enriched by a liberal arts core, that engages students in a vibrant and caring learning community. We seek to cultivate ethical business leaders to ensure a successful global future.


Mission Statement

We are committed to the Jesuit tradition of educating the “whole” person to be a socially responsible professional who has career-ready competencies and is prepared to serve others. We provide an environment that facilitates outstanding faculty who balance their commitment to meaningful and relevant teaching, service, and intellectual contributions. We foster a learning community that engages diverse students through reflective dialog. We design innovative curricula and programs shaped by involvement with alumni, business leaders, and corporate partners. We emphasize the magis in all that we do: inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through educational excellence.

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