The Notre Dame Executive MBA

FAQs

General Program Questions

Q: What are the locations of the program?
Q: What is the format of the South Bend program and the Chicago program?
Q: How does the EMBA program differ from the traditional full-time MBA program?
Q: What areas does the EMBA curriculum emphasize?
Q: How long does the program take to complete?
Q: How much time should I expect to set aside for homework during the week?
Q: How many students are in each class?
Q: Will I be expected to work alone, or will I be assigned to work with a group of my peers?
Q: Where do I stay during the week residencies on campus?
Q: Will my degree be the same as if I attended the full-time program?
Q: Who are the faculty teaching in the EMBA?

Admissions Questions

Q: What are the Admissions Requirements?
Q: What is needed as part of the Application Process?
Q: Do you need official copies of my international transcripts?
Q: Is there a form for the recommendation letters?
Q: Do you send confirmation of receipt of documents?
Q: How long is the interview, and what types of questions are asked?
Q: Do you hold information sessions?
Q: May I visit class?
Q: When are applications due?
Q: Can applicants pay for the application fee by credit card?
Q: To whom do I make checks payable?
Q: If I paid the application fee with a previous application, do I need to pay again?
Q: When will I be notified of a decision regarding my admission?
Q: Do I have to take the GMAT?
Q: Do international candidates have to take the TOEFL?
Q: Is it possible to be applying without currently being employed?
Q: Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?
Q: Is there additional material that I need to include since I did not graduate from an American university?
Q: What is the program's policy for deferred admissions?

Finances

Q: How much does the program cost?
Q: What is included in the cost of the program?
Q: When are payments due?
Q: Are scholarships and/or loans available?
Q: Is corporate sponsorship required?

GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS

Q: What are the locations of the program?

We offer two Executive MBA programs - one at the main campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and the other in our downtown Chicago classroom at 224 South Michigan Avenue at Jackson Boulevard. 

Q: What is the format of the South Bend program and the Chicago program?

The South Bend EMBA is a concise 21-month program and begins with new student orientation in late July followed by regular class sessions meet once per month Thursday - Saturday.  There are three weeklong immersions on campus during the program and one international immersion.

The Chicago EMBA is a concise 17-month program and begins with new student orientation and classes starting in January.  The regular class sessions meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  There are three weeklong immersions at Notre Dame with an optional international immersion.

Q: How does the EMBA program differ from the traditional full-time MBA program?

The EMBA program is structured to meet the needs of individuals in senior management roles, focusing on leadership skills needed to be successful at the executive level.  The program generally targets participants who have 10-15 years of work experience, with at least five years of significant experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity.  The collective professional experience of EMBA participants enriches the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.

Q: What areas does the EMBA curriculum emphasize?

The Notre Dame Executive MBA program has a general business curriculum with an emphasis on valued-centered leadership and strategy.  The program is academically rigorous covering the different functional areas of business including finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, business planning, human resources, marketing, law and other disciplines.  Students seeking advancement to the highest levels in their organizations need to have a broad-based education in combination with their functional expertise.

Q: How long does the program take to complete?

The South Bend EMBA program is 21 months, beginning every July.  The Chicago EMBA program is 17 months, beginning every January.

Q: How much time should I expect to set aside for homework during the week?

On average, you should anticipate spending 20 hours per week on homework, including team meetings, project and individual work. 

Q: How many students are in each class?

Enrollment is limited to 65 for the South Bend program and 70 for the Chicago program.

Q: Will I be expected to work alone, or will I be assigned to work with a group of my peers?

The work will be approximately 50 percent group work and 50 percent individual work.  You will be assigned to a study team by the EMBA Program Director that will include five or six of your peers.  Study teams are formed with the intention of bringing together a diverse group of individuals across functional areas and industries. 

Q: Where do I stay during the week immersions on campus?

During the week long immersions, the accommodations are provided by the program. Students will be provided rooms in local hotels. 

Q: Will my degree be the same as if I attended the full-time program?

Yes.  There is only one Master of Business Administration degree granted by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.   

Q: Who are the faculty teaching in the EMBA?

Faculty are drawn from the same pool of faculty teaching in the full-time MBA program.  EMBA faculty are more often senior faculty members with professional and consulting experience.

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ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS

Q: What are the Admissions Requirements?

  • At least five years of significant experience in the management of people, projects, or business units. 
  • Active employment is required to be considered for the program
  • An undergraduate degree or GMAT score acceptable to the Admissions Committee
  • An exceptional level of English proficiency is required and will be assessed by the completed application as well as the in-person interview. It may be requested that the candidate take the TOEFL exam.
  • A willingness to take the GMAT, other classes or tests, if requested by the Admissions Committee

Q: What is needed as part of the Application Process?

Application – The application may be submitted via website www.executive.nd.edu or a PDF is available on the website to be printed and mailed. 

Application Fee – The application fee is $100.00.  The application fee is waived if you attend an information session.  Please contact the Admissions Manager for further information.

Official Transcripts – It is a requirement that each applicant submit official transcripts from each College and University attended.  In order for the transcripts to be considered official, they need to be sent directly to the Executive MBA Admissions Manager at the University of Notre Dame in a sealed envelope. 

Letters of Recommendation - Letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals who know the candidate well and can present a balanced evaluation and assessment of the candidate’s capabilities.   Recommenders should comment on the candidate’s specific professional achievements, managerial experience, and his/her ability to contribute to the Executive MBA classroom.  One letter should come from a senior executive within the candidate’s organization, and the second letter should be from the candidate’s immediate supervisor or another individual who has intimate knowledge of his/her work.  If the candidate is self-employed, he/she should ask people who know the candidate well and can present balanced evaluations and assessments of his/her work.  A third letter may be submitted, but is not required.  There is no set format or form to follow except that the letters should be completed on corporate or personal stationery and forwarded directly to the Notre Dame Executive MBA Program via US mail or email to the Executive MBA Admissions Manager. 

Personal Essays - The personal essays are an opportunity for applicants to express their unique qualifications, experiences, and reasons for applying to the Notre Dame Executive MBA Program. The essay questions are listed on the application. Answers should be typed and double-spaced. Please limit responses to 1-2 pages per question.  They may be submitted with the on-line application or sent separately in a Word or PDF document.

Resume – Applicants must include a resume to provide the Admissions Committee that reflects most recent professional experience and accomplishments.  This may be sent via US mail or email to the EMBA Admissions Manager.

Admissions Interview - Once completed application materials are received, the file is reviewed.  Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview with a member of the Executive MBA admissions staff or a college designee.

Committee Process - After the admissions file is complete, the file will be forwarded to the Mendoza College of Business Admissions Committee.  Members of the committee will review the candidate’s qualifications separately and submit their recommendations.  The timeline from the admission interview to the admissions decision is approximately two to three weeks. 

Q: Do you need official copies of my international transcripts?

Yes, it is a requirement that each applicant submit official transcripts from each college and university attended, both in the United States and abroad. In order for international transcripts to be considered official, they need to be translated, evaluated, and sent directly to the Executive MBA Admissions Team at the University of Notre Dame directly from the translating agency. Please visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm for approved agencies.

Q: Is there a form for the recommendation letters?

No.  We do not have a form for recommendation letters.  Please reference the additional information in the application process question above.

Q: Do you send confirmation of receipt of documents?

No.  Due to time constraints with the processing of application materials, we simply are not able to send confirmation of receipt of materials. If you need to verify your documentation has been delivered to the Admissions Manager, we recommend you submit your materials by certified mail or another service that allows shipment tracking and receipt confirmation.

Q: How long is the interview, and what types of questions are asked?

The interview usually lasts approximately one hour.  The dress is business attire.  The interview questions will center on your work experience, desire to pursue the MBA and expectations. There is no specific preparation required for the interview. All interviews are conducted in South Bend or Chicago.

Q: Do you hold information sessions?

Yes. Multiple sessions are scheduled each year.  For the latest schedule for South Bend or Chicago, please visit http://emba.nd.edu. As a thank you for attending the reception, you will receive an application fee waiver worth $100.00.  If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled sessions, we would be happy to meet with you on an individual basis either in person or over the phone. Please contact the Admissions Manager for additional information.

Q: May I visit class?

Yes. There are opportunities for prospective students to visit a class either in Chicago or South Bend.  This will provide you an opportunity to see a class in session, meet the faculty and speak with current students about the program.  Please click here for more information.

Q: When are applications due?

For the South Bend EMBA program, final applications are due on June 1st.  Please click here for current application deadline information. For the Chicago EMBA program, final applications are due on November 1st. Because a rolling admissions process is used, we encourage you to apply early.

Q: Can applicants pay for the application fee by credit card?

Yes. Credit card payment for the application fee is available for all applications submitted through the on-line application process.

Q: To whom do I make checks payable?

Please make checks payable to the University of Notre Dame.

Q: If I paid the application fee with a previous application, do I need to pay again?

No additional application fee is required, provided you paid the fee with your first application.

Q: When will I be notified of a decision regarding my admission?

Applications are considered on a rolling admissions basis. All complete applications will be reviewed as they are received, and decisions will be communicated within 2-3 weeks after the interview is complete and file is reviewed by the admissions committee.

Q: Do I have to take the GMAT?

It is not a required component of the application process but may be an outcome contingency from the Admissions Committee after reviewing your file.  The Admissions Committee may require the GMAT depending on the candidate’s educational background and if they have earned an undergraduate degree. 

Q: Do international candidates have to take the TOEFL?

An exceptional level of English proficiency is required and will be assessed by the completed application as well as the in-person interview. It may be requested that the candidate take the TOEFL exam. Please contact the Admissions Manager for more information.

Q: Is it possible to apply without currently being employed?

No. Active employment is required to be considered for admission. 

Q: Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?

The formal admissions requirements call for a university degree. However, exceptions have been made for applicants who have displayed an impressive professional and/or personal track record.  In this case, the applicant would need to take the GMAT.

Q: Is there additional material that I need to include since I did not graduate from an American university?

Applicants who received a degree from a university outside of the U.S. must submit a certified copy of the diploma/certificate as well as an official transcript (list of courses and the qualification received) of the diploma. These documents also must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

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 Q: What is the program's policy for deferred admissions?

A: The EMBA Program's offer of admission is for a specific student cohort and start date. The Executive MBA Program Admissions Committee provides an option for select candidates to defer their admission to the EMBA Program by one academic year. The program's policy is to review such requests on a case-by-case basis. Typically, deferrals are granted to candidates who encounter unforeseen opportunities or circumstances, but a deferral is not guaranteed.  

Admitted candidates who wish to have admission deferred should submit a written request outlining the reason(s) for the request and submit this to the Executive MBA Program Director of Degree Programs. In most instances, the program office will respond with a decision within three weeks of receiving the deferral request. Should the program grant the request, the admitted candidate has the assurance that a seat is being reserved for the following academic year and she or he is exempted from the burden of submitting all the paperwork that is required of the first-time applicant.

If a candidate requests a deferral after Orientation but before classes begin there will be a $400 confirmation fee in order to reserve a seat in the next year’s entering class. This deferral fee is in addition to the initial enrollment deposit fee, and covers program costs for a second Orientation. Additionally, deferred candidates are required to report to the Executive MBA Program any significant changes in their work, academic or criminal record, as initially reported in their application. In the event such changes are negative and significant, the program reserves the right to revoke a deferred candidate’s offer of admission.

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Finances

Q: How much does the program cost?

For current tuition information on the South Bend EMBA program, please click here.  For current tuition information on the Chicago EMBA program, please click here.

Q: What is included in the cost of the program?

The cost of tuition includes lodging and most meals during required residency weeks in South Bend, continental breakfast and lunch on class days, textbooks, cases, reprints, software, etc. Tuition does not include incidentals and travel expenses. *Additional technology fee may apply.

Q: When are payments due?

For the South Bend & Chicago EMBA, the full tuition for the program is divided by the total number of progressions.  South Bend has four and Chicago has three.  The payments are due in full at the beginning of each progression. For information on the South Bend EMBA payment schedule, please click here.  For information on the Chicago EMBA payment schedule, please click here.

Q: Are fellowships and/or loans available?

Fellowships are offered for the Executive MBA Program based on merit. Please click here for more information on fellowships.  Loans are available through the Student Financial Aid office.  Please contact Financial Aid at 574-631-6436 or visit our website at http://nd.edu/~finaid/ for further information. 

Q: Is corporate sponsorship required?

Corporate financial sponsorship is not required to apply to the program, although it is important for the organization to be aware of your participation and support your time away from the office.

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