Master of Science in Business

academic policies

Academic Policies

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.DOWNLOAD THE ACADEMIC CODE HERE.

Compliance with the Mendoza College of Business Graduate Academic Code of Honor 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 Mendoza College of Business Graduate Academic Code of Honor, (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 document here: Honor Code

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 interdisciplinary 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 MSB 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

W Discontinued with permission (excluded from academic average)

Academic Semester GPA Forumla

  • Determine quality points for each course by taking point value of each grade received × credit hour earned. (example: a grade of ‘A-‘ in a 2.0 credit hour course earns 7.334 quality points, 3.667 × 2.0 = 7.334 quality points)
  • Repeat step #1 for each course enrolled
  • Add total quality points
  • Take total quality points ÷ total number of credit hours earned in the academic semester

Cumulative GPA Formula

  • Add total number of quality points for each academic semester ÷ total number of credit hours earned toward degree.

Good Standing Status

All matters concerning academic regulations and policies are decided by the dean of the Mendoza College of Business. Decisions will be made on the advice and recommendations of the Committee on Academic Performance.

A review of all students’ grades will be conducted by the Committee on Academic Performance at the end of each academic semester. A cumulative grade point average of 2.999 or below at the end of any academic semester will cause a student to be placed on academic probation for the following semester. The Committee on Academic Performance may recommend dismissal of the student if it is judged that a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 cannot be reasonably attained in the following academic semester. All fellowships will be suspended for any semester in which a student is placed on academic probation. Fellowships will be considered for reinstatement at the end of every semester upon a student’s return to good standing. Students must successfully complete all course requirements and carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their graduation semester to graduate from the MSB program.

Honors Designations

  • Beta Gamma Sigma - MSB students who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class are eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma induction. The ranking is based on a student’s cumulative GPA after Spring (graduation) semester to determine eligibility.
  • All students are eligible to receive honors status in the MSB program. Honors status is based on a student’s cumulative GPA at graduation and are as follows.
  • 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 MSB 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.

 

Full-time Student Status

All MSB students are required to maintain full-time student status within each academic semester enrolled. The MSB Program consists of three academic semesters including a 9 week summer semester and two additional semesters.

Class Attendance Guidelines

The MSB Program assumes that students will attend all sessions of all classes for which they are registered. All faculty believe that class attendance is beneficial in student learning and failure to attend can be detrimental to the learning process. We do understand certain circumstances arise where students may need to miss a class for legitimate reasons including, medical emergency, family emergency, and/or job interviews. MSB faculty reserve the right to determine class attendance policy in their respective course. Class absences that involve exam periods are acceptable only in extreme and unforeseen circumstances such as medical and family emergencies. Furthermore, students are expected to be on campus and attending classes from the first through the last day of the scheduled semester class date.

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