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.