University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Review

By - April 6, 2018
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The University of Notre Dame is a private university that was founded in 1842. It is located in South Bend, approximately 100 miles from Chicago. The Mendoza College of Business features a highly regarded two year and one year MBA program on campus.

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MBA programs are highly regarded in major publications

The MBA programs offered at Notre Dame are well regarded. The Mendoza College of Business currently is ranked #31 in the country according to US News and World Report. It also is ranked by The Economist as #4 around the world for alumni effectiveness, and #9 globally for the potential to network. The business college is ranked #22 in the country by Forbes.

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The university itself is also highly regarded across the country and is one of the most famous names in the world. It is ranked as the #18 best national university at this time by US News.

Graduating with an MBA from prestigious Notre Dame can help graduates to stand out from other MBA graduates when they start looking for employment.

One and two year MBA programs offered

There are several MBA programs offered. The most popular is the two year MBA. This is one of the most highly respected degrees in the world, and students in the program average five years of business experience. Current students come from many work and academic fields, such as finance, accounting, marketing, military, volunteer work and engineering.

If you are a busy professional and want to get your degree faster, consider the one year MBA program. Applicants to this program must have coursework in statistics and financial accounting. This program is a good fit for professionals who want to continue working in their current field or industry while getting more skills and to network at one of the best MBA programs in the country. After you go to accelerated summer sessions, one year MBA students go to school side by side with the two year students.

Another option is the dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Analytics. This is a desirable two year degree program that will provide you with the skills you need to lead in business and data systems.

Last, the executive MBA program is for experienced business professionals who want to take their classes primarily on the weekends in either Chicago or South Bend.

Business school offers the Interterm Intensive

An unusual aspect of the MBA program is the Interterm Intensive. This is a week long break in the middle of each semester where students work with executives from major corporations such as Boeing, GE and Starbucks to find solutions to real business challenges. This is excellent real world experience that most other programs do not offer.

Merit-based fellowships are available for many students

If you get into the MBA program at Notre Dame, there is a good chance you will receive a merit-based fellowship. More than 65% of one year MBA students get a fellowship. Recipients are chosen for fellowships based upon their GPA, work experience, standardized test scores, personal statement and letters of recommendation.

The fellowship pays for part of the tuition of the program, in exchange for being an active and engaged member of the business education community at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame also is a sponsor school for the Forte Foundation, which is intended to help women to launch into productive business careers. Fellows in this program are well known for their academic aptitude, leadership and business potential.

Mendoza College of Business is accredited by the AACSB

The College of Business has maintained its accreditation by the AACSB for many years. The AACSB has long been recognized around the world as the top accreditation agency for business education. Its esteemed accreditation has been earned by fewer than 5% of all business programs in the world. The business college first received this accreditation in 1962.

When you have graduated from the MBA program, you will be able to show employers that you graduated from a highly regarded program that is accredited by the AACSB.

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No online MBA offered

The MBA program at the University of Notre Dame is excellent, whether you choose the one year or two year option. But if you want to earn your MBA online, you will need to select another program. There is no online program offered at this time.

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Many traditional business schools now offer online MBA programs, but there is no sign that Notre Dame will be offering one any time soon.

Standardized test scores are required

You will need to take either the GRE or GMAT to be considered for this program. Some universities now do not require applicants to submit these test scores, but they are still required at Notre Dame. You will probably need to spend considerable time and pay for a study program to study for the GMAT or GRE before you applye median GMAT score for those accepted is 700, making it difficult to be accepted.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1842
  • Application deadline: Jan. 1
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: South Bend, IN
  • Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $52,188 per year; tuition for one year program is $75,700.

Business Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration – one and two year options


Class Profile

  • Overall acceptance rate at this university is low with only 19% of applicants accepted.
  • Average retention rate for undergraduate freshman is 98%, which is outstanding.
  • 53% male and 47% female student body for the entire university.
  • Average base salary for MBA graduates is $107,000 per year.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 4 year graduation rate is 90%, which is excellent.

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 18
  • Best value schools: 20
  • High school counselor rankings: 15
  • Best business schools: 31
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