Mendoza School of Business

Veterans at Notre Dame

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God, Country, Notre Dame

Since the early days of the University, Notre Dame has had close ties to the armed forces. Students and alumni of the University have served in every US military branch and every major conflict since the Civil War. From iconic moments such as Fr. Corby’s blessing of the Irish Brigade before the Battle of Gettysburg to the training of Naval officers during WWII to the continued support of returning veterans, Notre Dame has embraced this community whose values align with and reflect those of Our Lady’s University.

Why get an MBA?

Leadership. Discipline. Integrity. Critical thinking under pressure. These skills have been crucial to your successful military career. These same traits paired with a quantitative business skillset opens the door to a new world of possibilities as you transition from the military to civilian life or continue on your path to command.

Career Development

Veterans with MBAs are among the most sought-after hires by leading recruiters.

The Graduate Business Career Development office provides the tools and support you need to reach your professional goals. With access to dedicated professionals, a robust career-mapping process (involving both formal coursework and tailored 1:1 coaching), and a powerful suite of tools and resources, you’ll emerge ready to take on your best-fit role.

Many Notre Dame MBA students pursue roles in financeconsultingtechnology or marketing. At every step, you’ll have the support you need as you prepare for a dynamic career and develop the skills needed to excel in today’s complex business world.

MBA Military Veterans Club

The Notre Dame MBA Veteran’s Club is one of the largest and most active clubs of its kind in the country. The club’s mission is to serve as a professional and personal networking resource for potential, current, and former Mendoza MBA Military Veteran students and to exemplify the tenets of servant-leadership within Notre Dame and the local community. The club’s vision is to help veterans and current military members transition to business school and prepare them for success in the next stage of their professional journey.

To learn more about the MBA Military Veteran’s Club, visit the club website.

Veteran Benefits

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 $16,000 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.

The University of Notre Dame also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

Learn more about the University support resources through the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.

What Recent Students Say:

 John Chao

U.S. Marine Corp
Gunnery Sergeant
13 years active duty
MBA Class of 2020

“I chose to pursue my MBA at Notre Dame not only because of the legendary alumni network but also the collaborative and supportive MBA Mil Vets club. I distinctly remember the warm feeling I felt as a prospective student from an early call with a second year student who left me with a feeling of ‘yeah that’s where I want to be’. I was not only impressed with their career advancement but also their assistance helping me transition out of the military mindset. My final decision was made much simpler after attending Welcome Weekend where I was able to personally observe and experience the MBA Mil Vets club. They were immediately helpful and welcomed me with open arms and I knew I wanted to stay in the family.”


Dan Noonan

U.S. Navy
6 years served
MBA Class of 2020

“An MBA is a great opportunity to leverage prior military experience into a new role in business. What sets the Notre Dame MBA apart is the fact that the values of the University – those rooted in service and based in ethics – align with the values found in the military. The Notre Dame MBA Military Veterans Club is one of the most active clubs in the MBA program, and provides great support for its members in navigating the transition from a career in the military to one in a business setting.”


Dan Weissenhofer

U.S. Air Force
4.5 years served
MBA Class of 2020

“The values at Mendoza are very similar to the military in a way that fosters positive change in anything and everything we do on a daily basis. It shows me how the civilian side solves complex problems and manages teams, giving me another tool to provide positive change in the military. Not only does an MBA from Notre Dame help me develop the hard skills to enhance my knowledge in an ever-changing economic environment, but the relationships you build here are true friends that will last a lifetime.”