Finance at Notre Dame
Build Your Finance Career At Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College of Business have a long history of preparing students for successful careers in finance. Nearly a quarter of the Notre Dame MBA Class of 2020 accepted a job in financial services with companies such as Bank of America, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase and UBS.
Whether you choose the accelerated One-Year MBA or the traditional Two-Year MBA program, the Notre Dame MBA will help you advance your career in finance. With access to a broad range of courses, experiential learning and extracurricular opportunities, you can fine-tune your finance acumen while rounding out your potential to enter today’s complex business world.
Your Future in Finance
Mendoza MBAs can choose to specialize in up to two majors from nine available options. For students pursuing a future in finance, majors include corporate finance and investments.
Designed for students interested in taking on internal roles aimed at helping companies find money to run and grow a business, make acquisitions, plan for their financial futures and manage cash on hand.
Prepare for: Financial Management, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions
Designed for students interested in working with external clients (companies, governments and individuals) to issue, purchase, and trade securities; manage financial assets; and represent institutional clients on the buy-side of Wall Street.
Prepare for: Investment Banking, Investment Management
First-Hand Finance Experiences
At Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, your finance education extends beyond the classroom with experiential learning and extracurricular opportunities including:
Each fall, interested students have the opportunity to travel to New York City to network with top firms and alumni in the financial services space.
The student-run MBA Finance & Investments Club gives members an inside view of the corporate and high finance sectors through case competitions, professional development opportunities and connections with alumni and guest speakers.
Applied Investment Management (AIM) is a hands-on course providing students the opportunity to develop their financial analysis skills as they conduct rigorous fundamental equity research to manage a live portfolio of approximately $13 million. During the semester-long course, students will make a trip to a financial hub like Boston, Chicago or New York to meet with industry professionals.
The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing (NDIGI) supports Mendoza’s finance curriculum by working to expand internship and career placement opportunities, bringing in speakers to discuss critical industry topics and organizing events including the annual Women’s Investing Summit.
Finance Career Opportunities
The field of finance has a wealth of career opportunities. Find the path that’s right for you:
Corporate finance is the division of finance that deals with how corporations approach funding sources, capital structuring, and investment decisions. Corporate finance is primarily concerned with maximizing shareholder value through long and short-term financial planning and the implementation of various strategies. Activities range from capital investment decisions to investment banking.
Companies hiring corporate finance professionals include Amazon, American Airlines, EcoLab, McDonald’s, P&G and USAA.
Commercial banking focuses on providing clients with credit products: term loans, revolving lines of credit, syndicated facilities, cash management services and other fixed-income products. Credit analysts or account managers deliver financial advice and solutions tailored to clients’ needs to help them grow their business, buy new equipment, secure working capital, and navigate day-to-day banking.
Companies hiring for commercial banking professionals include Bank of America, Capital One Financial, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.
The investment banking division (IBD) of an investment bank helps governments, corporations, and institutions raise capital and complete mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The IBD is further divided into industry groups such as TMT (technology, media, and telecommunications), enabling analysts to become experts within a field.
Companies hiring investment bankers include Guggenheim Partners, Lazard Middle Market, Morgan Stanely, RW Baird and UBS.
An investment portfolio manager (PM) oversees the management of investment portfolios for their clients. Clients include pension funds, banks, hedge funds, wealth management firms, insurance companies, charitable foundations, and family offices. The PM is responsible for maintaining the proper asset mix and investment strategy that suits the client’s needs.
Companies hiring investment managers include Allen Mooney & Barnes, Blue Point Capital Partners, BNY Mellon, Boyne Capital Partners, Capital Markets Trading, Citadel LLC and CJS Securities.
In Their Own Words
Richmond Ayirebide MBA/MSBA '21, Finance Manager, Microsoft "The alumni network is wide, responsive, and supportive. Everyone I connected with shared a sense of responsibility to coach and assist me with my job search."
Eilish Bennett One-Year MBA '21, Associate, JPMorgan Chase "I was fortunate enough to participate in Business on the Front Lines… getting the chance to put what I was learning in the classroom directly to work for a real company and actually seeing the impact of my new skills gave me the confidence I needed to jump into a full-time finance role post-graduation."
Kyle Grba MBA '22, Investment Banking Summer Associate, Robert W. Baird "The Mendoza network was invaluable throughout my internship recruitment. The level of support I received from alumni from day one ultimately enabled me to achieve my desired career outcome in investment banking."