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Academic Code

The Dean of the College decides all matters concerning academic regulations and policies. Decisions will be made on the advice and recommendations of the Committee of Academic Performance.

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Honor Code
All MNA students have read and signed the Mendoza College of Business Graduate Academic Code of Honor prior to matriculation. Compliance with this code is required of all students at all times. The University of Notre Dame Graduate Business Programs are a community of students, faculty and administrators committed to learning, working and growing together in moral character. This community holds dear the University of Notre Dame values of honesty, integrity and honor; all members of the community are assumed to possess these values. To affirm our commitment to the values and the community, all students are required, upon admission, to read and sign the University of Notre Dame Graduate Business Honor Code, (herein referred to as the Honor Code).


The Honor Code requires that students take responsibility for establishing norms of ethical behavior. The Honor Code briefly outlines the community’s expectations and the procedures for handling actions that fail to meet those expectations. Many faculty use their syllabi to remind students of the Honor Code and its applicability within their course. If you have any questions regarding appropriate compliance, you are to ask your instructor.

Honor Code Expectation Summary:

The community expects all students to continually conform to standards of conduct and, by signing this document shall, at a minimum, demonstrate:

  • Academic honesty and integrity;
  • Honest disclosure of personal information in the admissions and career development processes;
  • Compliance with faculty requirements regarding course work;
  • Respect for the program and its community of people; and,
  • Respect for academic and administrative professionals.

Please refer to the full Honor Code document.

Learning Objectives

Problem Solving

Competence to analyze and evaluate business problems. Students will recognize business problems, gather and measure relevant evidence and reach and articulate informed solutions.

Appreciation of the multi-functional nature of business and the corresponding need for inter-disciplinary study. Students will integrate, from multiple disciplines, the key concepts that influence business decisions.

Mastery of Fundamentals

Expertise within an academic major. Students will command the concepts, analytical tools, and technical skills that are essential to decision making within a concentration.

Collaboration

Professional and interpersonal communication and collaborative skills. Students will communicate effectively and will work collaboratively in teams, task forces and committees.

Respond to Uncertainty and Ambiguity

Ability to identify and respond to change. Students will recognize and respond to the impact of economic, social, and ecological change on people, organizations, technology and the environment within both domestic and global contexts.

Implementation

Competence to analyze and evaluate business problems. Students will manage projects from concept to successful outcomes.

Ethics

Ability to integrate ethics into decision making. Students will apply ethical frameworks to business problems.

Business Communication

Professional and interpersonal communication and collaborative skills. Students will communicate effectively and will work collaboratively in teams, task forces and committees.

Global/International

Ability to identify and respond to change. Students will recognize and respond to the impact of economic, social, and ecological change on people, organizations, technology and the environment within both domestic and global contexts.

Strategic Thinking

Familiarity with strategy theories and an ability to evaluate and formulate business strategies.

Technology Management

Proficiency to use information technology. Students will utilize current information/communication technology and appreciate the importance of emerging technology.

Grading Guidelines

The Notre Dame MNA program honors a grading policy.  The grade point average for all courses should fall in the established range of 3.3 to 3.6.  

GRADING SYSTEM:

A student's work in each course is graded as follows:

Grade Point Value
A 4.000
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.000
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000
C- 1.667
F 0.000
X 0.000
I 0.000 Incomplete

Honors:

  • 4.0 Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 3.8 High Honors (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 3.6 Honors (Cum Laude)
  • (Note: There is no rounding of GPA in determining honors designations)
  • Due to the short lead time between when final grades are due and graduation, the final honors designations will not be printed on your diploma or in the UND campus-wide Main Commencement program at the MNA diploma ceremony. The final honors status will be announced as your name is called to receive your diploma.
  • If you are affected by these changes, you will receive a corrected diploma and a copy of the final amended program by mail.

Transfer Credits:

The criteria for accepting up to six semester hours of courses taken at other schools as electives for the MNA degree are as follows:

  1. They must be graduate courses;
  2. Taken within the five years prior to or within the time the student is in the MNA Program;
  3. At an accredited educational institution from which the Graduate School at Notre Dame accepts credits;
  4. With a grade of B or higher; and
  5. Approved by the MNA Director as complementing other MNA courses taken consistent with the objectives of the MNA degree.

Deferment Policy:

Candidates are discouraged from applying with the hope of a deferred admission. If an admitted candidate is unable to attend in the current summer, a deferral request may be made. Each deferral request is considered individually and not automatically granted. A detailed letter stating reasons for the request should be submitted to the MNA Director. A nonrefundable confirmation deposit (cost of one semester hour for the summer for which originally admitted) is required at that time to secure a place in the following summer's class.