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Economist gives ND MBA top ratings for ‘potential to network’

by Carol Elliott

March 6, 2014

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The University of Notre Dame MBA program at the Mendoza College of Business ranks No. 6 for “potential to network” among top global business schools, according to The Economist’s “Which MBA?” survey. The Notre Dame MBA program also earned a ranking of No. 3 among top U.S. schools for “extent/helpfulness of the alumni network” based on student ratings.

The results are part of The Economist’s 2013 “Which MBA?” ranking released in October, which considered a range of criteria such as salary data, opening new career opportunities, quality of education and potential to network. (The full ranking and methodology can be found here.)

The publication subsequently created a sub-ranking of the criteria “potential to network,” which is determined for each school by its scores in three areas: the ratio of registered alumni to current students (the more alumni per student, the better); the number of countries in which a school has an alumni chapter; and students’ own perceptions of the effectiveness of the school’s alumni network.

The Notre Dame alumni network currently has more than 134,000 members in 267 clubs, 40 of which are international.

“We appreciate the survey’s recognition of the Notre Dame alumni network, because the alums’ contributions to our program are truly amazing,” said Mary Goss, senior director of the Notre Dame MBA. “Networking for employment purposes is definitely a part of this, but their passion for Notre Dame, their loyalty and personal dedication to helping those who come after them extends far beyond the job market. There’s a sense of community that is comprehensive and lifelong.”

The Notre Dame MBA—ranked 26th among U.S. schools and 38th globally in the overall “Which MBA?” survey—offers an accelerated one-year program as well as the traditional two-year format. The program 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. Signature offerings include Business on the Frontlines, a course that includes a field study of re-starting economies in post-conflict countries; and Ten Years Hence, a lecture series that brings in top experts from a wide variety of industries to discuss trends in the coming decade.

The program is ranked No. 20 on Bloomberg Businessweek’s “The Best B-Schools MBA Programs (2012)” and No. 27 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 ranking of top U.S. business schools.

For more information, visit mba.nd.edu, email mba.business@nd.edu or call (800) 631-8488.