The AACSB-accredited Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame aims to “grow the good in business.” The idea is to see personal growth in every student who can then grow businesses that help impact societal growth. Mendoza desires to develop students into morally excellent, analytical, visionary leaders full of purpose, perseverance, and drive equipped with a solid business foundation and a global perspective. It prepares graduates to succeed, both personally and professionally, in any venture they choose while positively effecting change in the world around them.
Since 1921, expert faculty have been teaching an innovative business curriculum at Notre Dame grounded in the Catholic faith and its values. Undergraduate majors include Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Business Technology, and Management Consulting. Graduate degrees include a Masters in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Nonprofit Administration, Executive Nonprofit Administration, Finance, Management, a one-year or two-year MBA, and Executive MBA. There is also an MBA/Masters in Business Analytics dual degree program.
When students step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves to new adventures in unfamiliar territory, it is a life-altering experience. Mendoza students can take advantage of spending a summer, semester, or year immersed in a different country, learning about their business practices, history, culture, and traditions. This international educational experience encompasses academics, research, and even opportunities to serve the communities. Over 40 different study abroad trips exist for business students to places like Amman, Berlin, Athens, Dublin, China, Brazil, Ethiopia, Jerusalem, Perth, Rome, Tokyo, and Sydney.
The life of a student has to involve joining a student organization. These groups provide camaraderie, experiential learning, and service and growth opportunities. Business organizations include Women in Business Association, Marketing Club, Finance Club, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, Entrepreneurship Society of Notre Dame, The League of Black Business Students, Accounting Association, Student International Business Council, and IT, Analytics, and Operations Club.
A beneficial aspect to the Mendoza education is the plethora of opportunities to hear advice and insights from successful executives and corporate leaders. Students have the privilege of attending different speaker series lectures from prominent business leaders on a wide array of topics such as ethical issues, global trends, and current business practices. The alumni network, consisting of over 144,000 active members all over the world, are ready and willing to mentor, befriend, and connect students with other professionals, internships, and even jobs.
There are several ways for students to blend academic pursuits with helping those in need. One way is through the course, Business on the Frontlines, in which faculty and students partner with humanitarian organizations that are international and help war-torn societies rebuild peacefully and economically. Another way is through participating in programs and services that the five Mendoza research centers have to offer. The centers assist with accounting research & education, ethics & religious values in business, ethical leadership, business communications, and global investing.