Beginning June 2013, students earning bachelor’s degrees in
science, English, philosophy and other non-business disciplines will have a new
option for gaining a graduate business degree from the University of Notre Dame.
The Mendoza College of Business will launch its Master ofScience in Business (MSB), an intense, yearlong program intended for
individuals with little or no work experience. The aim of the program is to bridge a
student’s undergraduate work with its application in a business context by
providing fundamental business knowledge and skills.
“Business has vastly extended its power and reach in the
last decade, and one result of this has been an increased need for people who
can think broadly, but also strategically,” said Roger Huang, interim dean of
the Mendoza College and Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment
Management. “The Master of Science in Business will leverage non-business
knowledge with an education in areas vital to being able to lead projects and
think critically in business. The program’s mission is very much in keeping
with the larger mission of the University and College: to use business as a
force for good in impacting the human community for the better.”
The Master of Science in Business takes place over three
semesters – summer, fall and spring – and provides students with a thorough
grounding in business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance, business
ethics, marketing and management principles. In addition, the 44 hours of
coursework includes two integrative courses that enable students to combine the
knowledge and skills they gained through their undergraduate major with
business fundamentals in a way that creates a unique personal brand.
Open to Notre Dame and non-ND graduates, enrollment is set
at a maximum of 110 students. Each applicant will be assessed based on
undergraduate academic transcripts, a GMAT or GRE score, letters of
recommendation, an essay and other criteria. Applications are now being
accepted by the Notre Dame MSB Admissions office at the program website.
The Notre Dame Career Center will provide career placement services.
The MSB, aimed at students with a non-business undergraduate
degree, complements the five current graduate programs offered by the Mendoza
College, added Huang. These include:
The One-Year Notre Dame MBA, an accelerated
format for emerging professionals with an average of five years of work
experience who plan to continue on their functional career path and who hold a business
undergraduate degree or have taken the program’s prerequisite business courses;
The Two-Year Notre Dame MBA, a traditional format
for emerging professionals with an average of five years of work experience who
may be career changers and desire an internship between the first and second
The Notre Dame Executive MBA, an executive-level
study of business for working professionals with an average of 15 years of work
experience; a 21-month program is offered on the South Bend campus and a
17-month program is offered in downtown Chicago;
The Master of Science in Accountancy, a yearlong
format for accountancy undergraduate students to acquire a masters-level
business education, which meets CPA educational requirements; and
- The Master of Nonprofit Administration, a
flexible summer format for working nonprofit professionals who want to develop
their business and leadership skills.
In addition, the Mendoza College offers non-degree and
custom programs in both its Executive Education and Nonprofit Professional Development departments. The College’s undergraduate business program has an
enrollment of 1,958 students and is ranked No. 1 by Bloomberg Businessweek for
the third consecutive year.