Mendoza School of Business

One-Year MBA Application

Get in. Get out. Get back to work.

The One-Year MBA program is an accelerated program for those already building a career in business. It’s an engaging and intense year at Notre Dame that builds upon your education and prepares you to grow the good in business.

Most students who enroll in the One-Year MBA come to us with a business background and are looking to accelerate a career already in progress. They bring around five years of experience and unique perspectives that enrich your classroom experience — men and women from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Pushing pause on a young career could be the most strategic move you make to set an ethical foundation for business decision-making and enhance your long-term prospects.

The One-Year Notre Dame MBA program is offering a GMAT/GRE test waiver for the 2021-2022 recruiting cycle. Prospective students can find answers to questions in this FAQ.

To start or complete your application:

Mendoza School of Business

Student Life at Notre Dame

A key part of the MBA program is the campus experience and creating bonds with your fellow classmates. Learning extends beyond the classroom with visits to companies, speaker series and case competitions. The tight-knit community at Mendoza provides all students with a support system and helps students to reach their full potential.

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Playing a key role in these activities are the MBA Association and various Clubs and Committees that Notre Dame students can join.

The MBA Association

The Notre Dame MBA Association (MBAA) serves as a faithful steward of the academic, professional, and interpersonal potential of Notre Dame MBA students. It is committed to maximizing opportunities for growth by fostering community, professionalism, scholarship, and personal integrity among students, and by serving as a student advocate and liaison to MBA program administrators.

In all of its actions the MBAA strives to uphold the values and interests of the MBA Program, its alumni, the surrounding community, and the University of Notre Dame as a whole, and to strengthen the name and good standing of the Notre Dame MBA as a premiere Catholic business school and home to the ideals of community, human development and individual integrity.

To this end, the MBAA will engage in activities that:

  • Foster interaction and fellowship among MBA students and families, faculty, and administrators
  • Shape and hone the academic experience
  • Promote relationships with business leaders
  • Avail resources and opportunities for scholarship and professional studies
  • Further engage Notre Dame with the South Bend community
  • Embrace technological trends and leverage them to the benefit MBA students

The MBA Association is responsible for acting as a liaison and a representative of all Notre Dame traditional MBA students and alumni. The MBAA is responsible for activities, programs, and initiatives for the entire MBA community, including students, their families, faculty, and administration.

Last year, the MBAA planned several events, including:

  • Winter Formal
  • Lunches with the Dean
  • Chicago Networking Event
  • Official MBA Tailgates

Clubs and Committees

Clubs and Committees play an integral part in the MBA experience. Club events are held weekly or bi-weekly where clubs invite professional speakers, hold interview prep sessions, organize career networking events, and more. Committees work hard to do things such as bringing case competitions to Mendoza, engage MBA students’ spouses and families in events, and hold faith-based events.

For more in-depth information on the MBAA, clubs, committees, and events, click here.

South Bend and Beyond

Taking advantage of all that the surrounding areas have to offer rounds out the student experience. The city of South Bend blends the best of big city living with the midwest lifestyle. Students and visitors will find a thriving downtown district offering up diverse experiences for all types. Catch a South Bend Cubs game at Four Winds Field, see a show at the Morris Performing Arts Center, visit a county fair in the surrounding areas, or even go white water rafting on the East Race Waterway. The Bend (as its affectionately known by residents) also boasts numerous breweries and extensive restaurants. Discover new flavors by participating in one of two restaurant weeks.


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The University of Notre Dame is also conveniently situated to be able to access beautiful country scenery or visit a bustling city for the day, or weekend. Nearby attractions include Indiana Dunes beaches, stunning Michigan wine country trails and tours, and of course, Chicago is just a short drive away.

The possibilities for fun, relaxation, and exploration are endless when you come to The University of Notre Dame in South Bend.


An Investment in Yourself

The Notre Dame MBA offers one of the best returns on investment of any top-ranked MBA program, aided by the merit based fellowships and the low cost of living for our beautiful suburban campus.

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Merit Based Fellowships

The Notre Dame network is not only a benefit for building relationships and exploring career opportunities, it is a powerful resource for providing financial support to current students. More than 90% of MBA students are awarded a fellowship. Recipients are selected for these fellowships based on academic performance, prior work experience, GMAT or GRE scores, leadership potential, letters of recommendation, and each applicant’s personal statement. Applicants can indicate their desire to be considered for a fellowship on their application.

All that is expected of fellowship recipients is to be active and engaged members of the Notre Dame community.

Meyer Fellows

Kenneth R. Meyer ’66, retired Chairman and CEO of Lincoln Capital Management Co., has generously endowed our most prestigious fellowship. Members of the incoming class who demonstrate the most outstanding academic performance and leadership potential will be invited to join this select group of distinct students.

Meyer Fellows receive full tuition fellowship and an additional award for non-tuition expenses.

Forté Fellows

As a sponsor school for the Forte Foundation, Notre Dame is committed to launching women into successful business careers. Forte Fellows are recognized for their academic aptitude, leadership, and future potential. Forte Fellows are granted special access to the Forte community, including leadership conference access, mentoring and career development opportunities, and network development.

Yellow Ribbon

Notre Dame is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers significant benefits to qualifying veterans. For veterans who are 100% eligible, the University will contribute $17,500 to be matched by the VA. This total amount can exceed full tuition and can also include other benefits such as books and additional stipends.