Mendoza College of Business (University of Notre Dame)

About #

Year Founded: 1921
City: Notre Dame
State: Indiana
Country: United States
Average GMAT: 671

Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame combines Personal, Business and Societal growth in every aspect of its programming. At Mednoza, individuals from all over come together to lead enterprises forward and engage with diverse individuals. Students at Mendoza learn with a balanced worldview with an emphasis on virtue and integrity. Students emerge from Mendoza with an ability to analyze ethical dilemmas, envision how business can solve social issues, integrate ethical, social, and environmental action, and recognize economic enterprises of service. 

Featured Professor #

John Affleck-Graves

Professor Affleck-Graves is the Notre Dame Chair in Finance at Mendoza College of Business. He has published more than 50 works, and his research specialization is in initial public offerings, valuation and asset pricing models, and shareholder value added methodology. He is the recipient of 6 teaching awards in both the MBA and EMBA programs. He has worked professionally at numerous companies as well as in the academic world in both the U.S. and South Africa

Mike Crant

Professor Crant is the Mary Jo and Richard M. Kovacevich Professor of Excellence in Leadership Instruction for Management & Organization. His research interests are on workplace dynamics and proactive personality and behaviour at work. His is highly-cited, with his work being published in Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Applied Psychology. His areas of expertise are in Proactive Personality and Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Impression Management and Self-Handicapping, and Personality and Technology Use.  

Rankings #

#69 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking 

#36 USNews – Best Business Schools

#101-110 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 

MBA Program Overview #

The Full Time MBA at Mendoza is 2 years in length. It prepares students for high-impact careers where they can utilize their virtuous outlook into the professional realm. Through experiential learning, students focus their studies on one of 9 concentrations. Both the campus community and alumni network are dedicated to the academic, personal and professional journeys of their students. Students at Mendoza will find a challenging environment which encourages open cooperation and prepares them for the professional business world. 

Year One Description #

The first year at Mendoza begins with the Integral Leadership Development which is a 4-day workshop which helps students understand their personal leadership style. All students participate in the first semester core classes. From there, they choose a concentration track where they can emphasise their goals and passions. Possibilities of enrolling in interterm intensive courses are also a possibility, these are weeklong courses where students can expand their expertise or obtain a global experience by studying abroad.  

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Finance
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct
  • Interterm Intensive
  • Financial Accounting II
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Decision Making

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Process Analytics
  • Leading People and Teams
  • Interterm Intensive OR International Immersion

Unique Aspects #

Integral Leadership Development

Integral Leadership Development begins the day students arrive for their first MBA year. ILD is a quantitative backed self-examination which is conducted by the University under the guidance of business executives and faculty. Four days are spent in individual and group activities so that the incoming class can better evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Integral Leadership is built up through this program through Leadership Profiles, Team Dynamics, Individual Core Values, and Adaptability. 

Concentration Tracks

Students at Mendoza can select certain concentrations to gain skills and knowledge in a field geared towards their passions and goals. The Concentration tracks to choose from are: 

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Leadership
  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Investments
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management

Student Life #

With 15 MBA clubs to choose from and opportunities to participate in lecture series and student initiatives. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Mendoza’s students have access to performance art centers and world-class museums. There is always time for students at Mendoza to expand their knowledge both in the classroom and beyond.  

Application Process #




GMAT or GRE accepted.

Foreign Language Requirements


Essay Description

Choose one of two options: 

Essay Question 1

Cardinal O’Hara established the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame in 1921, firmly committed to the idea that “the primary function of commerce is service to mankind”. As the world economy continues to grow and change, how do you see business acting as a positive force in the world?

Essay Question 2

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842, by Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C, with a mission to become “one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country”. In 1879, Father Sorin’s vision for Notre Dame appeared to be at a sudden, abrupt end. A massive fire destroyed the building that housed virtually the entire University. Instead of giving up, Father Sorin interpreted the fire as a sign that he had dreamed too small, and decided to rebuild, bigger and better than ever. That Main Building still stands today, topped by the gleaming Golden Dome, not only as an iconic campus building, but as an ongoing symbol of perseverance and vision.

Tell us the story of a time in your own life or career when you had to overcome an obstacle, start over, or rebuild.


Two recommendations.


A slide presentation (up to 4 slides in length) 

Statement of Purpose

Costs #

Tuition: $58,030

Scholarships Offered: More that 80% of students receive funding

Employment Reports  #

Class of 2018

  • Accepted an offer: 90%
  • Median Salary: $110,500
  • Median Signing Salary: $20,000

Class of 2018 Profile #

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Total Enrollment: 281
  • Average Age: 29
  • Women: 24%
  • US Minorities: 14%
  • International students: 36%
  • Average GPA: 3.37

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