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Notre Dame business school gets high marks in Bloomberg Businessweek specialty rankings

by Carol Elliott

May 7, 2010

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The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame earned eight top-10 rankings out of 12 business specialty categories – the most top-spot placements out of the 139 participating schools – in the 2010 Bloomberg BusinessWeek annual ranking of the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs by Specialty,” released May 6. 

The results included first-place rankings in accounting and in ethics, and a No. 2 spot in macroeconomics.

“The rankings are milestones for us as academic achievements,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College. “They are humbling, too, because they remind us of our responsibility as an institution of faith to prepare students for business leadership that generates both economic and social value.”

Other specialties earning top-10 spots included: business law, No. 6; calculus, No. 6; financial management, No. 8; microeconomics, No. 9; and sustainability, No. 10.

The specialty rankings are calculated using survey data collected as part of Bloomberg Businessweek's annual ranking of the top undergraduate business programs. Mendoza received the overall No. 1 ranking in the survey. Senior business students from the participating schools were asked to assign grades to their business programs in 12 specialty areas: quantitative methods, operations management, ethics, sustainability, calculus, microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, financial management, marketing management, business law and corporate strategy. Based on those grades, scores were calculated for each of the ranked schools in each area. 

The full Bloomberg Businessweek story, including complete rankings in each specialty, is available here.  

The article noted that students in the Class of 2010 are more concerned about ethics than past graduates – undoubtedly due to the recent financial crisis – and that most of the programs thriving in this category have a religious affiliation. Bloomberg Businessweek also described how sustainability is gaining in student interest as a specialty. In the fall, the Mendoza College is set to launch its first undergraduate chapter of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to social and environmental sustainability.

The Mendoza College of Business currently enrolls 1,724 undergraduate students in four departments: accountancy, finance, management and marketing. After completing the University’s innovative First Year of Studies program, Notre Dame business majors enter the Mendoza College in their sophomore year.

The Mendoza College also offers graduate degree programs – including a master of business administration, executive master of business administration, master of science in accountancy, and master of nonprofit administration – as well as non-degree executive education and nonprofit professional development programs.

For more information, contact Carol Elliott, director of newswriting, Mendoza College of Business, (574) 631-2627 or Elliott.37@nd.edu.