Master of Business Administration, Hybrid

Design Your Own MBA

At Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business, each MBA student who comes to us is unique. Each has a different academic and professional background, a different idea of how best to learn, and different career goals for the future. No two people are the same, and a Dolan MBA allows you to customize your curriculum based on your uniqueness.

Because one size does not fit all, our students are given tremendous flexibility to design their own plans of study to suit their backgrounds, learning styles, and aspirations. With fewer required courses and more electives, starting with the Spring 2021 semester, students build the curriculum they want, mixing and matching a vast selection of business courses from all areas of Fairfield Dolan. Students with non-business backgrounds require 42 credits of coursework, whereas those with business backgrounds require 36 credits to complete the MBA.

There is a wide array of courses from different levels to choose from, such as core courses, advanced courses, and concentration courses. Core courses are designed to provide fundamental tools and functional area competencies for students who did not major in a business specialty as undergraduates, did not perform well academically as undergraduates, or took only a portion of the functional and tool courses that comprise the MBA core. For example, a student who majored in economics as an undergraduate probably has sufficient background in economics, mathematics, and statistics, but may lack coursework in marketing, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, etc. Such an economics major would need to complete at least nine credits worth of missing core courses in order to have similar fundamental competencies as a student who majored in a business discipline. It is important to remember that the core courses tend to be prerequisites for more advanced courses in that subject area.

In order to maximize one's competence and confidence as a manager, every student is required to take once course from every subject area, such as, accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, and information systems. This will help students develop broad functional knowledge to foster effective managerial decision-making.

Every Dolan MBA student identifies a concentration, enabling the student to develop discipline-specific knowledge. The concentration requires completion of four advanced level courses from one of the following disciplines: accounting, finance, information systems/business analytics, management, or marketing. It is possible in some concentrations to earn a specialization if the student completes specific upper-level courses. For example, a student with an accounting concentration can choose four tax courses within the concentration and earn the taxation specialization.

Computer Usage

All students are expected to demonstrate and/or attain proficiency in the use of computers during their program of study. Usage is integrated throughout the curriculum and it is expected in each course. The School provides fully equipped computer labs for student use, and each student must obtain a NetID account for access to the University's online systems.

Course Modality

Courses may be offered on campus and online (also known as hybrid courses), or online, depending upon the type of course and the modality most suited to facilitate knowledge dissemination.

Course Waiver Policy

Students admitted to the Dolan MBA program may be able to waive as many as six (i.e., all) core courses on the basis of successful completion (i.e., final grades of B or better) of undergraduate business courses and/ or work experience. For undergraduate courses to be considered for waivers, the student's undergraduate degree generally must have been earned from an AACSB-accredited business school within five years of the date of enrollment in the graduate program.

The following is an overview of the requirements of the MBA program for students with a business background:

Required Courses3
Subject Areas15
Total Credits36

Coursework Details

Core Courses 1, 2, 3
Select one course in Accounting3
Select one course in Economics3
Select one course in Finance3
Select one course in Information Systems and Business Analytics3
MGMT 6503Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3
Select one course in Marketing3
Select a concentration in one of the following areas: 412
Accounting 5
Information Systems and Business Analytics
Choose 2-4 elective courses from any Dolan graduate program6-12
Total Credits36-42

MBA Concentrations

Accounting Concentration

Specialization Option: Taxation

To be eligible for admission to this area of concentration, students must have an undergraduate degree (BS or BA) with a major in accounting or the equivalent. The equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting includes the successful completion of: intermediate accounting (six credits), advanced accounting (three credits), cost accounting (three credits), auditing (three credits), and U.S. taxation (three credits). Deficiencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Required Concentration Course
Select one of the following:3
Issues in a Regulatory Reporting Environment 1
Research on Contemporary Issues in Accounting 1
Tax Planning 2
Elective Concentration Courses
Select three courses from the following: 39
International Accounting
Accounting for Governments, Hospitals, and Universities
Topics in Accounting Systems and Data Analytics
Issues in Internal Audit
Audit Issues in a Global Environment
Forensic Accounting
Issues in Accounting Ethics
Financial Statement Analysis
Seminar: Special Topics in Accounting
Practicum in Accounting
Independent Study
Tax of Property Transactions
Entity Taxation
International Taxation
Partnership Taxation
State and Local Taxation
Seminar: Comtemporary Topics in Taxation
Tax Research
Practicum in Taxation
Independent Study
Total Credits12

Finance Concentration

Required Concentration Courses
FNCE 6530Corporate Finance3
FNCE 6540Investment Analysis 13
Elective Concentration Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
Portfolio Management
International Financial Management 1
Global Financial Markets and Institutions
Derivative Securities 1
Fixed Income Securities
Capital Budgeting
Financial Risk Management
Contemporary Topics Seminar
Total Credits12

Information Systems and Business Analytics Concentration

Students in the Information Systems and Business Analytics concentration take four courses: three advanced graduate courses from the department (DATA and ISOM), and one advanced (6000-level) graduate course from any department in the School of Business.

Elective Concentration Courses
Select three courses from the following: 19
Business Analytics
Python for Business Analytics
Databases for Business Analytics
Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
Business Intelligence
Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics
Capstone: Business Analytics Applications
Project Management
Business Analytics and Big Data Management
Contemporary Topics Seminar 2
Independent Study
Free Elective
Select one 6000-level course from any business discipline3
Total Credits12

Management Concentration

Specialization Options: Global Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship or Strategic Human Resources 

Required Concentration Course
MGMT 6504Managing People for Competitive Advantage3
Elective Concentration Courses
Select three courses from the following: 19
Human Resource Strategies: An Analytics Approach 4
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution 3, 4
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation: The Entrepreneurial Firm 2, 3
Performance Management 2, 4
Entrepreneurship 3
Social Entrepreneurship
Cross-Cultural Management 2, 3, 4
Law and Human Resources Management 4
Labor Relations 4
Career Planning and Development 4
Contemporary Topics
Total Credits12

Marketing Concentration

Specialization Option: Marketing Analytics

Required Concentration Courses
MKTG 6510Advanced Consumer Behavior for Managers3
MKTG 6520Research for Marketing Insights and Decisions 1, 23
Elective Concentration Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
Customer Experience 1
Strategic Brand Management
Advertising Management
Category Management and Shopper Insights 2
Introductory Storytelling in Marketing
and Advanced Storytelling in Marketing
Digital Marketing and Analytics
Multivariate Analysis for Consumer Insights 2
Pricing Strategies and Analytics 2
Experimental Research 2
Contemporary Topics 2
Total Credits12