Fairfield University Dolan School of Business

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Dolan School of Business
Motto Per Fidem ad Plenam Veritatem -- Through Faith to the Fullness of Truth
Established 1947
Type Private, Jesuit
Dean Donald E. Gibson
Location Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Campus Suburban 200 acres (809,000 m²)
Website DSB Website
Dolan School of Business

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business is a graduate and undergraduate business school and one of the professional schools of Fairfield University located in Fairfield, Connecticut. The school offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is ranked among "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business" according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Accounting Program is ranked one of the best in the United States according to LinkedIn[1] and Princeton Review's "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools"[2]

The school places its students into internship programs in New York City and surrounding Fairfield County, Connecticut. The school is named after Charles F. Dolan H'04, founder of HBO, Chairman of Cablevision and Fairfield University trustee, in recognition of his $25 million donation in 2000.[3] The Dolan School of Business is committed to the Jesuit tradition of educating the "whole" person to be a socially responsible professional, who is prepared to serve others.[4]


  • 1947: - the Department of Business Administration was established within the College of Arts and Science.
  • 1978: - the School of Businesswas established as a separate school from the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1981: - the School of Business introduced the Master of Science in Financial Management Program. This program is now known as the Master of Science in Finance Program (MSF).
  • 1984: - the Certificate for Advanced Study in Finance was introduced.
  • 1994: - the School of Business introduced the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program which has concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems and Operations Management, International Business, Marketing, and Taxation.[5]
  • 1999: - the School of Business introduced the Master of Business Administration in Public Accounting Program. 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 Certified Public Accountant 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 and Operations Management.[5]
  • 2000: - the school was named the Charles F. Dolan School of Business in response to a $25 million gift from Charles F. Dolan, founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation and long-time friend and trustee of the University.[5]
  • 2005: - the school introduced the Master of Science in Taxation Program (MST). This program is geared toward industry managers and executives, financial services and public accounting professionals, and others seeking a specialized education in taxation.[6]
  • 2005: - the school initiated the Dolan Advisory Council led by John O'Neill '71 (Partner and America's Director of Private Equity at Ernst & Young) and consisting of seventeen business executives charged with advising and assisting the Dean in the advancement of the Dolan School of Business.[7]
  • 2006: - the school introduced a Master of Science in Accounting Program (MSA). The full-time one-year cohort program prepares individuals for a career in accounting. The MSA degree fulfills the 150-credit hour requirement in most states to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.[8]

Academic programs[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Graduate programs[edit]

Academic distinctions[edit]

Academic achievement[edit]

  • Alexander Dean '05, MSF'07 won the 2006 Global Forex Trading Competition.[9]
  • A team of DSB students were placed third in the national finals of the 2007 Chevrolet College Marketing Challenge.[10]
  • A team of DSB students won the 2008 Global Forex Trading Competition.[11]
  • The Finance department ranked in top 20 percent of 923 institutions nationwide for amount of published research.[12]

McGowan Scholars[edit]

  • Fifteen students selected McGowan Scholars in recognition of their academic achievement in the study of business.

Rankings and ratings[edit]

  • Distinguished among "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business" by The Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Ranked 7th best school for accounting professionals according to LinkedIn.[1]
  • Ranked one of the top 15 accounting programs in the country by Princeton Review's "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools"[2]
  • Ranked among the "Top 100 Undergraduate Business Schools" by Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Ranked among the "Best 237 Business Schools" by The Princeton Review[13]

Experiential Learning[edit]

Approach to Dolan School of Business

BEST Classroom[edit]

The Business Education Simulation & Trading (BEST) classroom provides Dolan School of Business undergraduate and graduate business students the opportunity of working on a financial markets trading floor. The 2,300-square-foot (210 m2) high-tech BEST classroom provides students with the experience of dealing with real-world financial market trading situations ranging from case studies and contact with other companies to discussion of economic and business events.

The BEST classroom is equipped with a stock ticker and a data wall displaying real time quotes and 34 workstations loaded with financial software including: RITC (Rotman Interactive Trader) for market trading simulations; Bloomberg Professional with business and economic news and data; Research Insight including Compustat and Global Vantage containing financial information on every publicly trading company in the world; and CRSP with stock returns for all U.S. companies.[14]

Business Plan Competition[edit]

The Business Plan Competition provides Fairfield undergraduate students the opportunity to work in groups from across campus to develop and submit a proposal for a business venture, which are judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and business executives in the spring of each year. After submitting their proposals, each team of students is assigned a faculty advisor and an outside entrepreneur who advise and mentor the team through the process. The winners of the competition receive prize money totaling $20,000 which is divided among the winners.[15]

Fairfield Investment Group[edit]

The Fairfield Investment Group, a Fairfield University club, provides a learning opportunity in the world of finance. The Group received an investment of $100,000 from an anonymous private investor in 2010. With about 25 students researching stocks and making investment decision, the group is an opportunity for them to strengthen trading and analysis skills, prepare for future jobs, and connect with students and alumni.

The club is run by students — most from the Dolan School of Business — and has a management team that includes a chief executive officer, a position held by a senior finance major. The student club assigns members to research companies using Bloomberg terminals, which provide business and economic news and data. Students then work in teams deciding which stocks to invest in or divest from. They submit reports and recommendations to fellow student members serving as portfolio managers and executive leaders, who vote on whether they should buy, sell, or hold.[16]

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance[edit]

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides Dolan School of Business undergraduate and graduate accounting students hands-on experience by working for the Bridgeport Campaign of the Internal Revenue Service's National Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students assist clients in obtaining federal and state income tax benefits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), tax benefits many working families don't claim.[17]

Investment Banking Society at Fairfield University[edit]

The "Investment Banking Society at Fairfield University" will have active status for Fall 2015. The goal of the society is to breed leaders to successfully get internships and full time jobs in the investment banking industry and subsequently be extremely prepared for the industry upon graduation. This can be accomplished through practicing rigorous case studies & doing the same financial modeling work that financial analysts do on a daily basis. Through case studies, financial modeling & studying news events surrounding the IB industry, students will be prepared for summer analyst internships, off-cycle internships, and full-time analyst careers upon graduation. Students in the society will attend bi-monthly meetings along with events and workshops to give them the tools, skills, and expertise that are necessary for a career in IB. [18]

Community engagment[edit]

Fairfield University Accelerator & Mentoring Enterprise[edit]

Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise (FAME) is a business incubator for entrepreneurs of all ages fostering both state and local economic growth by offering up and coming innovators all the necessary tools and support they need; from guidance to funding to prime downtown office space, allowing each an opportunity to turn their ideas into realities. FAME was created as a collaboration with Fairfield University, The Town of Fairfield Economic Development Department, and Kleban Properties. FAME gives entrepreneurs access to a program designed to assist them in achieving their goal of viable business entity. With access to new technology, technical resources, business basics, and business tools, ideas are molded into a cohesive model that can go to market or be presented to potential investors, partners, or financial institutions.

Rear of Dolan School of Business

Center for Microfinance[edit]

The Center for Microfinance works to help develop self-sustaining business operations in developing countries. In keeping with the Jesuit mission of Fairfield University, Dr. Winston Tellis and Dr. Michael Tucker co-founded the Center in 2001 where they have helped develop self-sustaining businesses in poor rural areas of Haiti and Nicaragua. The Center was honored for its work for Haiti's poor by FONKOZE USA (F/USA) which supports Fonkoze (Fondasyon Kole Zepol), Haiti's only alternative bank for the poor. F/USA is one of only five non-profit organizations approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to solicit U.S. investments for foreign organizations.[19]

Universidad Centroamericana Partnership[edit]

CMAC is participating in a signed partnership between Fairfield University and the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), in Managua, Nicaragua. UCA sponsors the largest microfinance institution in Nicaragua, Fondo de Desarrollo Local (FDL). Through that organization Dolan School of Business students spent part of the 2005 winter break working at the FDL's León branch office.[20]

Charles F. Dolan Lecture Series[edit]

The Charles F. Dolan Lecture Series features guest speakers who include:


Endowed faculty[edit]

  • Dr. Arjun Chaudhuri (Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., Professor of Marketing)[32]
  • Dr. Lucy Katz, J.D. (Robert C. Wright Professor of Business Law, Ethics, and Dispute Resolution)[33][34]
  • Dr. Gregory Koutmos (Gerald M. Levin Professor of Finance)[35]
  • Dr. Winston Tellis (Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Business)[33]

Notable alumni[edit]

Dolan graduates with an Accounting degree include:

Dolan graduates with a Finance degree include:

Dolan graduates with an International business degree include:

  • Jorge Figueredo — executive vice president of McKesson Corporation and former president of Liz Claiborne International named a 100 "Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business.

Dolan graduates with a Marketing degree include:

Dolan graduates with a Management degree include:

Father John Conlisk Irish Scholarship[edit]

The Father John Conlisk Irish Scholarship, instituted in 1990, awards free tuition, room and board, and medical insurance every year to a Dolan School of Business MBA or MS in Finance candidate from the Republic of Ireland. The scholarship is dedicated to perpetuating the Irish culture and strengthening educational and cultural relationships. Kevin Conlisk '66, one of the principal owners of the Alinabal Co. of Milford, Connecticut, is part of a group that instituted the scholarship named for Conlisk's late brother, a 1954 Fairfield Prep graduate who served the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Honor Societies[edit]

Beta Gamma Sigma[edit]

Beta Gamma Sigma or ΒΓΣ is an honor society for business students and scholars. Membership is the highest national recognition a student in business can receive at a school accredited by AACSB. The mission of ΒΓΣ is to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business. Invitations to join Fairfield University's chapter are extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduating master's students, and faculty on the basis of academic excellence and integrity.

Beta Alpha Psi[edit]

Beta Alpha Psi or BAΨ is an honorary organization for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals. The National Honorary and Professional Fraternity for Financial Information Professionals, is an honorary and professional fraternity with chapters at eligible universities accredited by AACSB-International. The fraternity recognizes academic excellence as well as active participation in professional activities. In addition, Beta Alpha Psi fosters lifelong learning, service, and ethical conduct. The national fraternity was founded in 1919. Fairfield's chapter, Iota Psi, was chartered on April 9, 2000. Invitations to join Iota Psi are extended to undergraduate and graduate accounting majors and minors.


JesuitMBA School[edit]

The Dolan School of Business is a JesuitMBA member school. Formed in 1996, JesuitMBA is a consortium of 28 Jesuit and Jesuit-friendly schools promoting the many benefits of a Jesuit business education. As a JesuitMBA school students are offered the collective resources of these schools including opportunities for portability of credits, international travel options, Beijing study exchange, powerful alumni connections, career support, and curricula steeped in business ethics and social responsibility.[53]

National School of Banking[edit]

Fairfield University is home to the America's Community Bankers National School of Banking ("NSB"). Founded in 1960, NSB is a graduate level program designed to provide a study of today’s community banking industry and to prepare department or division managers for senior management positions.[54] Dr. Philip J. Lane, Associate Professor of Economics at Fairfield University, is the NSB Academic Director.


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  2. ^ a b Princeton Review's "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools"
  3. ^ [1], "Fairfield University's business school a valuable resource," Fairfield County Business Journal, January 2003.
  4. ^ Charles F. Dolan School of Business Mission Statement
  5. ^ a b c d [2], About the Dolan School of Business
  6. ^ http://www.fairfield.edu/x8596.html
  7. ^ Fairfield University :: Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business launches Dolan Advisory Council with top business leaders
  8. ^ Fairfield University :: Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business to offer new Master of Science degree in Accounting
  9. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School student takes top honors in global currency trading competition
  10. ^ Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business students place third in national competition to market Chevy’s fuel-efficient cars to Generation Y
  11. ^ Fairfield University business students decisively win global currency trading competition involving 16 schools from three nations
  12. ^ Fairfield University :: Fairfield University Finance department ranks in top 20 percent of 923 institutions nationwide for amount of published research
  13. ^ http://www.fairfield.edu/x18802.html
  14. ^ Fairfield University Dolan School of Business: BEST classroom
  15. ^ Fairfield Business Plan Competition, accessed November 4, 2011.
  16. ^ With $100,000 in real money from a private investor, the Fairfield Investment Group is helping Fairfield University students learn about finance firsthand
  17. ^ Fairfield University Dolan School of Business students help community
  18. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Investment-Banking-Society-Fairfield-University-8303404/about
  19. ^ http://www.fairfield.edu/x6860.html
  20. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Center for Microfinance Advice and Consulting (CMAC)
  21. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Jack Welch
  22. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: C. Michael Armstrong, AT&T
  23. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Alan C. Greenberg
  24. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Karen Katen, Pfizer
  25. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Anne Mulcahy, Xerox
  26. ^ Fairfield University :: Dolan School of Business :: Jeffrey R. Immelt, General Electric
  27. ^ Renowned equity money manager Peter Lynch to deliver Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan Lecture
  28. ^ Abby Joseph Cohen, one of Wall Street’s most influential investment strategists, to deliver the annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University
  29. ^ Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business present Sanford I. Weill and daughter Jessica M. Bibliowicz in talk about leadership, markets and globalization
  30. ^ Charles F. Dolan Lecture Series at Fairfield University to feature a conversation with Howard Marks, chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., renowned for his insights, accessed April 12, 2012.
  31. ^ Home Depot Co-founder Kenneth Langone Gives Dolan Lecture
  32. ^ Fairfield University :: Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business to install Arjun Chaudhuri as first person to hold the new Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., Chair in Marketing
  33. ^ a b Fairfield University :: Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business appoints two professors to endowed chairs
  34. ^ Fairfield University :: NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright to speak at installation of first Robert C. Wright Chair in Business Law, Ethics and Dispute Resolution at Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business
  35. ^ Fairfield University :: Gerald M. Levin Chair in Finance announced at Fairfield's Charles F. Dolan School of Business
  36. ^ Board of Trustees gains six new members, Fairfield Mirror, October 10, 2001.
  37. ^ Fairfield University Dolan School of Business: Christopher Cardell
  38. ^ AICPA: Susan Coffey Bio
  39. ^ Fairfield University Dolan School of Business: Gavin O'Connor
  40. ^ UBS: Robert Stefanowski
  41. ^ Hologic Executive Officers: Robert Cascella
  42. ^ John Flannery Named President and CEO Of GE India
  43. ^ Cantor.com - Shawn Matthews
  44. ^ Craton Equity Partners: Robert W. MacDonald
  45. ^ Greenhill SAVP: John Mullin
  46. ^ Knight Capital: Christopher Quick
  47. ^ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute-Palm Beach Event Chair: Thomas C. Quick
  48. ^ Madison Avenue Sports & Entertainment: Ed Horne
  49. ^ BusinessWeek Executive Profile: Peter J. McDonald, accessed August 25, 2011.
  50. ^ American Combat Association: Granimal
  51. ^ NNDB: Frank J. Fanzilli Jr.
  52. ^ BusinessWeek Best Global Brands: Jim Garrity
  53. ^ JesuitMBA
  54. ^ National School of Banking Mission

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