Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Executive MBA jumps to No. 15 in Bloomberg Businessweek ranking

Published: November 7, 2013 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame Executive MBA program
vaulted 12 slots to No. 15 in the just-released Bloomberg
’s biennial ranking
of the best executive MBA programs in the nation.

The article
accompanying the ranking noted that the program was “the biggest mover” of the
42 programs included in this year’s ranking, primarily due to a strong showing
in student satisfaction. “Students in Mendoza’s Chicago-based program laud the
school’s strong alumni network and the close-knit, community atmosphere it is
able to build among EMBA participants,” according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Notre Dame EMBA is offered through the Stayer Center for
Executive Education
the Mendoza College of Business,
which opened a state-of-the-art, 54,000-square-foot building in March 2013 to
house the executive education program. The ranking included the Notre Dame
EMBA’s 17-month program on the Michigan
Avenue Campus in Chicago
. The program offers a 21-month
program on the Notre Dame campus in South
as well.

“Our students and
graduates enjoy a collegial bond that is uniquely Notre Dame, while developing
their leadership and strategic skills through an innovative and rigorous new
curriculum that focuses on the needs of an executive clientele,” said Paul C. Velasco, director of the Stayer Center for Executive Education. “Throughout the
program, and for a lifetime as alumni, our students’ opportunities grow through
their relationship with Notre Dame.”

The publication
uses two measures to rank executive programs: a survey of graduating EMBA students that covers their
entire MBA experience, from admission to graduation, and a poll of EMBA
directors that asks for feedback on which programs they view as the best. The
student survey calculation includes three years of data, encompassing the last
three ranking cycles (2009, 2011, and 2013).

“We are so proud of
the wonderful work our graduates do—from health-care delivery to innovation in
manufacturing,” said Suzanne Thoren Waller, director of Degree Programs at the Stayer Center for
Executive Education. “Their talents are brought to the senior management level
through the business acumen they have gained from the Notre Dame Executive MBA.” 

The Notre Dame EMBA also was ranked No. 15 in the
world in July 2013 on The Economist’s “Which
MBA? Executive MBA Ranking
,” the international news
publication’s inaugural ranking of executive graduate business degree programs.

Founded in 1980, the Stayer Center for Executive
 provides leaders in
the executive and management ranks the opportunity to develop and strengthen
their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. Today, Stayer Center
offers non-degree as well as degree programs—including open-enrollment, custom and online – awarding
about 120 degrees annually and delivering programs in 10 countries.

In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the program
emphasizes values-centered leadership in addition to academic rigor.

Every Notre Dame Executive MBA student, as well as more
than 1,900 company presidents, executives and directors, have participated in
the Stayer Center for Executive Education’s signature Executive
Integral Leadership
program, which incorporates spiritual and ethical
strengths, as well as other personal dimensions into
leadership development.

For more information about the Notre Dame Executive MBA, contact
Thoren Waller
, director of Degree Programs at the Stayer Center for
Executive Education, at (574) 631-2717 or, or visit


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