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Innovative strategic thinking. Productive collaboration. Moral imagination. These are the skills of legendary leaders, the very skills Notre Dame’s Executive MBA—rated among the top 20 in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report ranking of MBA programs—was designed to hone.

Tailored to the needs of busy executives, the Executive MBA comes in two formats: a 17-month program that meets biweekly in downtown Chicago and a 22-month program that meets once a month at Notre Dame’s Stayer Center in South Bend, Indiana.

Both programs begin with Executive Integral Leadership, an intensive, weeklong exploration of your leadership style that will teach you how to maximize the effectiveness of your particular strengths and skills.

The Executive MBA curriculum integrates six focus areas that together will provide you with new frameworks and strategies for tackling age-old business problems, responding to emerging challenges, and seizing new opportunities.

Typical Student

  • Working professionals with a minimum of five (average 10+) years of significant management experience.

Delivery Formats

  • 17 months in downtown Chicago, on Michigan Avenue. Classes meet every other weekend.
  • 22 months in South Bend, at Notre Dame’s Stayer Center. Classes meet Thursday through Saturday once per month.

Campus Immersions

  • Three weeklong campus immersions at Notre Dame’s Stayer Center in South Bend (both programs).

International Experiences

  • Required international consulting project for 22-month South Bend and 17-month Chicago programs.

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Rankings & Recognition

The world has always noticed Notre Dame’s leadership in business education, as well as the talent, capability, and integrity of the business leaders we graduate. That reputation is our legendary advantage.

  • 1

    The Notre Dame EMBA's rating for helpfulness of alumni by The Economist

  • 10

    Mendoza College of Business named One of 10 "Bschools to Watch in 2016" by Poets & Quants

  • 15

    The Notre Dame EMBA's ranking among top U.S. EMBA programs by Poets & Quants

Who Enrolls in Our Classes

Leaders from this select list of companies have used a Notre Dame Executive MBA to achieve their own legendary advantage:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • Big Ten Network
  • CDW
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • LexisNexis
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Motorola
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • PNC Investments
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • RICOH 
  • Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Unilever
  • United Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • United Bank of Michigan
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • US Army
  • US Navy
  • Verizon
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Wrigley

2017 Class Profile

The Notre Dame Executive MBA attracts deeply experienced leaders from an array of industries and disciplines.

  17-Month Program (Chicago) 22-Month Program (South Bend)
Average Age 36 39
Average Work Experience 14 years 17 years
Female Students 28% 17%
Minority Students 26% 19%
Top Industries Technology (20%)
Financial Services (17%)
Manufacturing (17%)
Financial Services (14%)
Pharma/Biotechnology/Healthcare (14%)
Technology (16%)


Stayer Center for Executive Education

The Stayer Center is the home of Notre Dame Mendoza’s Executive Education department, hosting both degree and non-degree programs. The center offers a focused experience to meet the specific needs of our students and corporate clients, with multiple executive-style classrooms and team spaces with state-of-the art educational technology.

Phone: (574) 631-5285

Executive MBA: Tailored to the needs of busy executives, the Executive MBA comes in two formats: a 17-month program that meets biweekly in downtown Chicago and a 21-month program that meets once a month at Notre Dame's Stayer Center in South Bend, Indiana.

Leadership and Management Courses: Partner with our award-winning business faculty to learn leadership skills and strategies—no matter what your career stage. Programs include both on-campus and online courses, as well as one-on-one executive coaching.

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Custom Corporate Programs: Design a program specific to your company's needs, strengths, and goals with the experts at the Stayer Center for Executive Education.

Online Executive Education: Improve your business skills and accelerate your career—on your own schedule, from anywhere.