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Notre Dame MBA program ranked 20th by BusinessWeek

by Carol Elliott Notre Dame News and Information

November 14, 2008

Tags: MBA, Media, Rankings

The Mendoza College of Business MBA Program at the University of Notre Dame is ranked 20th among U.S. business schools in BusinessWeek magazine’s biennial survey, “The Best B-Schools,” improving six spots from the 2006 results.
 
The rankings were announced Thursday (Nov. 13) and will be featured in the magazine’s Nov. 24 edition on newsstands Nov. 17.

“This ranking results from the relentless drive to improve and to innovate as we prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities of a highly complex environment,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College.

The Notre Dame MBA program earned an “A” for its career services, with the BusinessWeek survey staff commenting that “Notre Dame students raved about their alumni base – super loyal to the school and super helpful on the job search.”

The program also earned an “A+” in the teaching category, and ranked 19th for return on investment, which refers to how many years it takes for graduates to recoup their financial investment in a master of business administration degree.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business retained the No. 1 spot, followed by Harvard Business School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The rankings’ methodology involved surveying MBA graduates and corporate recruiters as well as evaluating the intellectual capital produced by business school faculty.
In other rankings news, the Mendoza MBA Program was highly ranked in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the world’s top 100 full-time MBA programs.

The program achieved a ranking of 17th among business schools in the U.S. and 34th worldwide. The program was No. 7 in the category “Potential to Network,” an acknowledgement of Notre Dame’s worldwide alumni network.

The Economist Intelligence Unit rankings, which are based on numerical data and surveys of MBA students and alumni, are published in the annual “Which MBA?” guide, now available.

The Mendoza College MBA, which offers one-year and two-year programs, is noted for its innovative teaching in the area of problem solving and for its emphasis on personal and corporate ethics as well as social responsibility. The program features action-learning and immersions in Asia, Latin America and Europe.  The Mendoza MBA Program was ranked No. 5 on the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial ranking and survey of top U.S. business schools’ incorporation of social and environmental stewardship into their curricula and research.

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