Dolan School of Business

A Message from the Dean

Today 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.

Zhan Li, DBA
Dean, Dolan School of Business


Students in the Dolan School of Business take the general education core curriculum required of all undergraduate students, ensuring that they receive a broad knowledge of the humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences. In addition, students complete a business core curriculum introducing the fields of accounting, business ethics, economics, finance, global strategy, information systems, the legal environment of business, management, marketing, business analytics, and statistics.

The balance of the program depends on the major: accounting, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, or marketing. Minors are available to all students in accounting, accounting/information systems, business analytics, business law and ethics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and sports leadership and management.

All members of the business faculty serve as academic advisors. Faculty members have substantial business experience, helping them to be invaluable guides for students choosing a course of study to further specific career goals. The combination of general education and business core courses with those in the major areas of study develops in students the flexibility of mind that is a critical asset for business leaders.

Students are motivated to continue to grow intellectually and be prepared for a professional career and future graduate study. A broad perspective on society and the proper role of business, based on an appropriate set of ethical values, are emphasized. In consultation with faculty, students follow an approved curriculum that reflects the depth and breadth of modern business practices.

School Activities/Programs

Complementing the Dolan School of Business' traditional pedagogical mission is a series of diverse and distinctive programs that serve to enrich the University community and its various constituencies.

  • Dean's Lecture Series. The Dolan School of Business brings to the classroom setting leaders from the corporate and financial communities who address students on a specific topic related to the subject matter within an identified major area of study within the school. The unique perspective that business practitioners can bring to the academic environment is a welcome and valuable element to a student's business education.
  • Professional Development Series. The Professional Development Series consists of events and workshops designed to complement student development throughout their four years at Fairfield and provide a structured forum for students to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and networking strategies to supplement their business education. The purpose of this series is to provide students with a competitive edge when entering the labor market.
  • Fairfield StartUp Entrepreneurship Competition. This competition features student teams from across the University presenting their pitches to a panel of expert judges including venture capitalists, social entrepreneurs, and business executives. Substantial cash prizes go to winners to be applied toward developing entrepreneurial businesses. This event attracts a standing-room-only crowd from both the University and the Fairfield community.
  • Student Co-curricular Activities. Students can participate in faculty-advised activities including: NY Society of Security Analysts Case Competition, Rotman School (University of Toronto) Trading Competition, the Fed Challenge, American Accounting Association Conferences, Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society) Student Leadership Conference, Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society) Conference, Student Managed Investment Fund, Fairfield Investment Group, Institute of Management Accounting Student Conference, and departmental clubs in accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing.
  • Dolan Student Ambassadors. In order to receive student feedback directly, the Dean's Office host meetings each semester with the Dolan Student Ambassadors (DSAs), a group of 12-15 high-achieving business students representing a variety of disciplines. Events and updates within the Dolan School of Business are discussed, and students provide a range of excellent suggestions.