We at the University of Notre Dame Master of Science in Business program are delighted that you have decided to apply to our program.
The application process is self-managed by each MSB 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.
MSB Admissions Office
University of Notre Dame
800.631.8488 (within the US)
574.631.8488 (outside the US)
Admission Requirements and Information
The Master of Science in Business program is open to domestic and international applicants with no work experience who hold a bachelor's degree or its international equivalent from an accredited college or university in any non-business area of concentration.
The MSB Program is offered as a full-time, three (3) semester program that begins in early June each year.
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. Unofficial test score copies will be accepted for evaluation, however official copies are required prior to matriculation if admitted.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 MSB Admissions Office under separate cover. It is extremely important for the test scores to arrive in a timely manner.
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 MSB experience (11 months).
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 the confirmation fee.
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 MSB 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 MSB 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/Internship History and Resume
Please include employment/summer internship history if applicable. The history should be listed in reverse chronological order with your most recent experience listed first. Please also include a copy of your resume with your application.
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.
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.
The University of Notre Dame MSB 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
- Log in to your ETS PPI account to begin the process.
- Provide contact information for the evaluators you would like to complete an ETS PPI evaluation.
- ETS sends an email to each evaluator inviting them to access the ETS PPI system and complete your evaluation.
- 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.
- You are notified via e-mail each time one of your evaluators completes their PPI.
- **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 MSB Program. Our office cannot access your PPI recommendations until you complete this step. Failure to complete this step will prevent your application from being considered complete.
- Once you submit it, ETS creates an evaluation report and sends it to the Notre Dame MSB 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 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
We offer all applicants the opportunity to interview on campus in Notre Dame, IN. Applicant-initiated, on campus interviews are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please schedule your interview at least two weeks prior to the date you’d like to visit by emailing Christan Shelton.
While not required, we strongly encourage candidates to schedule an on-campus interview before the deadline for which they plan to apply.
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
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 MSB program. All MSB 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 MSB 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 MSB Fellow, candidates are expected to become involved in leadership positions within the Mendoza Community.
The Financial Aid Office at the University of Notre Dame is responsible for loan and student employment opportunities for MSB 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 email@example.com.
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
The application fee is $50.00* 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.
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 MSB 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 ($1,750 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:
Office of Institutional Equity
414 Grace Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
If you have questions regarding the application forms or the admission process, please contact the MSB Admissions Office by calling 800.631.8488 (within the U.S.) or 574.631.8488 (outside the U.S.), or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org