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We at the University of Notre Dame MBA Program are delighted that you have decided to apply to our program.

The application process is self-managed by each MBA candidate. Your application must be completed accurately and completely. The Admissions Committee will review only complete applications that include all required documents.

Before you apply, please review the application process fully on the pages below.

Once you’re ready – you can apply online!

We are here to assist as you have questions. 

MBA Admissions Office
University of Notre Dame
800.631.8488 (within the US)
574.631.8488 (outside the US)
E-mail: mba.business@nd.edu  

Please note that our entire Admissions staff monitors and replies to messages received via the "mba.business@nd.edu" e-mail account. This ensures timely responses to your questions and concerns.

Admission Requirements and Information  

Two-Year MBA Program

The Two-Year MBA Program is open to domestic and international applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or its international equivalent from an accredited college or university in any area of concentration. Academic background in business is not required.

Admitted students, however, must be familiar with basic accounting methods and quantitative material. Academic preparation in statistics is strongly recommended.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business, who are not making a significant career change, are encouraged to consider the One-Year Program.

The Two-Year Program is offered on a full-time, regular academic year basis. Admission is granted for the fall semester only.


One-Year MBA Program

Applicants to the One-Year MBA Program are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in business from an accredited college or university, or have the required pre-requisites, and a demonstrated proficiency in fundamental business knowledge and skils.

Prerequisite requirements are statistics and financial accounting.

A command of the English language will be essential for success due to the accelerated nature of the program.

Courses are offered on a full-time basis only. The One-Year Program starts at the end of

May each year and is completed in May of the following year. Admission is granted for the summer semester only, which begins in late May each year.


Four-Year MBA/JD Joint-Degree Program

The Notre Dame MBA/JD degree program is intended for students planning to practice corporate or transactional law. The degree is offered jointly by the Mendoza College of Business and the Notre Dame Law School. Candidates are required to satisfy core course requirements for each program. Applicants must apply to both the Law and Business schools independently and be admitted to each program.

To contact the Law School for more information, please call 574.631.6626 or contact them via email at ndlaw@nd.edu.

MBA/JB Program Overview


Three-Year MBA/JD Joint-Degree Program

Students applying to the three-year program must meet the requirements for participation in the Notre Dame MBA One-Year degree program


Joint Five-Year MBA/Science Program

This dual-degree five-year program is only available to Notre Dame undergraduates in the College of Science and allows them to simultaneously earn Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

A student who completes this program will have a background in management, as well as, the first professional degree in one of the undergraduate majors of the College of Science.

Science-MBA Program Overview


Joint Five-Year MBA/Engineering Program

This program is only available to Notre Dame undergraduates in the College of Engineering. The dual-degree five-year program addresses the needs of engineering students who wish to integrate management and engineering.

The College of Engineering and the Mendoza College of Business have established a cooperative program in which a student may simultaneously earn the Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline and the Master of Business Administration degree.

 Engineering Program Overview 

Required Tests

All Applicants

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), administered by Pearson Vue, OR the Graduate Record Exam General Test® (GRE®), administered by ETS. Test scores must be valid at the time of application review.

Please arrange for your GMAT® scores to be reported directly to Notre Dame (XM7-2D-89) by Pearson Vue. For more information, please call 1-800-717-GMAT or email the appropriate address for your region:

To schedule your GMAT, please visit: www.mba.com.

Please arrange for your GRE® scores to be reported directly to Notre Dame (6998) by ETS. For more information, please call 1-888--GRE-SCORE or visit the following website: http://www.ets.org/gre/general/scores/faq

To schedule your GRE, please visit: www.ets.org/gre

International Applicants

All non-U.S. citizen applicants must submit an official score for one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE®)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS®)

Any of the three tests are accepted for review. Non-U.S. citizen applicants may choose to take whichever test is more convenient for them. Test scores must be valid at the time of application review.

English language testing waivers will not be granted unless applicants can provide official documentation from the Registrar’s office of their undergraduate institution showing that the primary method of instruction was English. This information is typically reflected on an official transcript but can also be obtained by contacting the Registrar’s office at your undergraduate institution and requesting a special letter be sent to Notre Dame.

For more information on TOEFL®, please call 609-771-7100 or email ETS at toefl@ets.org. To schedule your TOEFL®, you may visit www.ets.org/toefl/.  Please arrange for your TOEFL scores to be reported directly to Notre Dame (1841-02).

For more information on PTE®, please visit http://pearsonpte.com/testme/Pages/ 

For more information on IELTS ®, please visit http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx

Each candidate is responsible for having his or her official GMAT® or GRE®, IELTS ®, PTE® or TOEFL® scores sent to the MBA Admissions Office under separate cover. It is extremely important for the test scores to arrive in a timely manner.

VISA Status

If admitted, international candidates must submit financial documentation before the University of Notre Dame can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status via the I-20 form.

This documentation, such as personal bank statements, sponsorship letters and loan forms, must show the student has the necessary funds to finance his or her education over the entire length of the MBA experience (11 months for the One-Year program and 21 months for the Two-Year program).

To expedite this process, international candidates (only) are encouraged to submit this information during the application process using the "Proof of Financial Resources" form. Please note however that the “Proof of Financial Resources” form is not required in order to process your application.

If admitted, the I-20 process can only begin once the candidate has paid their confirmation fee.

Transcripts 

Transcripts are required from every college and university you have attended. All prior coursework including summer sessions, night school and any graduate study should be included.

To expedite the processing of your on-line application, you are encouraged to include an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). The University of Notre Dame MBA Program can make an admission decision based upon your submission of an unofficial transcript, however all admitted students must submit an unopened, official transcript to the Mendoza College of Business prior to starting the University of Notre Dame MBA Program.

It is extremely important that the registrar from each school complete the cumulative grade-point average section. All international transcripts must be accompanied by an official English translation.

Please note that any documents submitted cannot be returned.

Employment History/Resume 

Please list your employment history on the application. This history should be listed in reverse chronological order with your most recent job being the first one listed.

Please also include a copy of your resume with your application.

Essay 

Your response to the one required essay question is extremely important in the selection process. Your essay should be typed and double-spaced and should be no longer than 2 pages.

Slide Presentation

Effective business communication is a central skill for managers and visual presentations are an important and frequent method of communication.

Demonstrate your ability to clearly, concisely and persuasively communicate important information by telling us about yourself using a short slide presentation. Click here to download a Powerpoint presentation guide created by the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communications in the Mendoza College of Business. 

Please consider the following guidelines when creating your presentation.

  • You are free to cover any material about yourself that you think would be of value to the Admissions Committee. Please use whatever software programs you like to develop your presentation but note that the only acceptable formats for upload in the online application system is Adobe PDF.
  • There is a strict maximum of four slides, though you can provide fewer than four if you choose.
  • The slides that you submit will be printed and added to your application file for review by the Admissions Committee. As a result, only text and static images will be seen. Videos, music, hyperlinks, etc will not be conveyed and should not be included. Color may be used.
  • Your goal is to clearly, concisely and persuasively convey key information. Slides will be evaluated on these dimensions and not on graphic design acumen.
  • Notes pages will not be accepted. You should plan to convey your entire message on the actual slides themselves.

Personal Characteristics Inventory 

Academic aptitude and leadership potential are required components of success within the University of Notre Dame MBA Program. At Notre Dame, we also recognize that there are softer, less quantifiable aspects of a person's character and personality that can contribute to success here at Notre Dame and generally in the world of business. These characteristics are oftentimes difficult to identify through the traditional application process.

In an effort to more accurately identify those attributes, the University of Notre Dame MBA Program has partnered with Talent Plus© to develop a scientifically validated methodology for assessing an applicant's aptitude for performance within our specific MBA program and our unique campus and community culture.

The Personal Characteristics Inventory (PCI) is a web-based tool that takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please complete the entire assessment in one sitting and ensure a quiet environment when completing the assessment.

The results from this tool are evaluated, in conjunction with the entirety of your application packet, exclusively by the University of Notre Dame MBA Admissions Committee. Talent Plus® has no role in the evaluative or selection process of applicants to the program.

Talent Plus®

Talent Plus® is the premier global human resources consulting firm with over 200 world-class, quality-growth-oriented clients. Talent Plus® is considered the industry leader in human resource management and for the past 40 years has worked with clients such as Mercedes-Benz USA, UCLA Medical Center and various other non-profit organizations, as well as numerous U.S. Federal Government entities.

Recommendations

The University of Notre Dame MBA Program requires an ETS® Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluation Report containing a minimum of two (2) evaluations from separate evaluators in order to consider your application complete. The PPI is a third-party evaluative tool administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) organization.

You can create an ETS PPI account and review the ETS PPI Information Bulletin, which explains the service, at http://www.ets.org/ppi/applicants/start/

PPI - Steps At A Glance

  1. Log in to your ETS PPI account to begin the process.
  2. Provide contact information for the evaluators you would like to complete an ETS PPI evaluation.
  3. ETS sends an email to each evaluator inviting them to access the ETS PPI system and complete your evaluation.
  4. Each evaluator logs in to the ETS PPI system to rate you on six personal attributes and provide an overall evaluation. Evaluators also may provide optional comments for each attribute as well as for the overall rating.
  5. You are notified via e-mail when each time that one of your evaluators completes their PPI.
  6. **THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP** Once all of your evaluators have completed their PPI reports, you must log back into your PPI account and send a final report to the Notre Dame MBA Program. Our office cannot access your PPI recommendations until you complete this step. This will prevent your application from being considered complete.
  7. Once you submit it, ETS creates an evaluation report and sends it to the Notre Dame MBA Office. An electronic version is typically received within 48 hours and a paper copy arrives within 2 weeks.

View a sample PPI Report

The evaluators that you choose should be individuals that you believe are best able to objectively comment on your intellectual and professional achievements and potential.

We may call or write your recommenders for more information

Applicant-Initiated Interviews 

We offer all applicants the opportunity to interview on campus in Notre Dame, IN. Applicant-initiated, on campus interviews are scheduled online and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please schedule your interview online at least two weeks prior to the date you’d like to visit.

When scheduling an on-campus interview and visit, we encourage you to attend an MBA class session. Please note that there are no Friday classes.

While not required, we strongly encourage candidates to schedule an on-campus interview before the deadline for which they plan to apply.

Throughout the year there may also be select opportunities for applicant-initiated interviews in off campus locations. Please check our Recruiting Events web page for periodic updates on dates and locations. Requests for interviews in off campus locations can also be submitted online and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admissions Committee-Initiated Interviews 

Once your application has been submitted, interviews are conducted by invitation only. If the Admissions Committee invites you to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via e-mail.

An Admissions Committee-initiated interview provides the Admissions Committee with more information about you. Whether a request is received or not is not an indication of the outcome of your application. Interviews are typically conducted by our admissions staff, Notre Dame alumni or by trained student interviewers. Admissions Committee-initiated interviews may be conducted on-campus, off-campus or over the phone. All interviews are evaluated equally, regardless of interviewer, location or how initiated.

Fellowships and Financial Aid 

Merit-based Fellowships

Fellowships are open to all domestic and international applicants.

Those who wish to be considered must designate so on their applications. Incomplete applications missing any information will not be included in fellowship decisions.

All applicants should be aware that fellowships do not cover all of the expenses associated with completion of the MBA program. Awards range from $5,000 U.S. to full tuition. All MBA candidates are expected to provide substantial funding from their own resources or from an appropriate sponsor.

Competition for these awards is very intense and not all qualified applicants receive awards.

Candidates who are applying for fellowships are encouraged to submit their applications early.

If you wish to be considered for a fellowship administered by the MBA Admissions Office, please check the appropriate box on the application form and sign the Fellowship Release as part of the online application.

As a Notre Dame MBA Fellow, candidates are expected to become involved in leadership positions within the MBAA student government.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at the University of Notre Dame is responsible for loan and student employment opportunities for MBA candidates.

Specific information regarding application procedures, deadlines and application forms is available from the Financial Aid Office by calling 574.631.6436 or e-mailing finaid@nd.edu.

You may also visit the website at www.nd.edu/~finaid.

U.S. applicants should also be sure to prepare the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit the FAFSA website to learn more about their deadlines and the process for application.  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm

Application Fee 

The application fee is $175.00* USD.

You may submit this payment via credit card when submitting your online application. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are accepted.

*Please note that the total cost to apply may increase when you consider the costs of requesting official transcripts.

Re-Applying for Admission 

Your previous MBA application is available at https://applymba.nd.edu You must log-in using the same e-mail and password that you previously used in order to see your old application.

If you submitted an application within the last two years, Notre Dame MBA should have record of your Personal Characteristics Inventory, PPI (recommendations), test scores, and transcript documentation. You will not have to resubmit these components. Unfortunately, we are unable to keep copies of your essays and slide presentations from prior applications.

If you applied before August 2011, please apply as a New Applicant.

Re-applicants should plan to submit the following:

Required

  • Updated slide presentation
  • Updated copy of resume
  • Updated version of the required essay question regarding career plans
  • Supplemental essay outlining activities and changes since last application

Optional

  • Updates to test scores and/or transcripts, as appropriate

Deferral Policy  

Candidates are discouraged from applying with the hope of a deferred admission; you should apply in the year you wish to enroll. If an admitted candidate is unable to attend in the current year, a deferral request may be made.

A detailed letter stating reasons for the request should be submitted to the MBA Admissions Office. Each deferral request is considered individually and is not automatically granted.

Please note that a $250 deferment fee is required if the deferral request is granted. The confirmation fee is also required at that time ($2,250 total payment) to secure your place in a future class.

Notice of Non-Discrimination  

The University of Notre Dame does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs or in employment.

The University has designated the Director of its Office of Institutional Equity to handle all inquiries regarding its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Title IX and Section 504 coordinator may be contacted as follows:

    Director
    Office of Institutional Equity
    414 Grace Hall
    University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
    574.631.0444

Questions 

If you have questions regarding the application forms or the admission process, please contact the MBA Admissions Office by calling 800.631.8488 (within the U.S.) or 574.631.8488 (outside the U.S.), or by e-mailing mba.business@nd.edu