Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA jumps to #23 on USN&WR’s best b-school survey

Published: March 11, 2014 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre
Dame MBA
at the Mendoza
College of Business
ranked No. 23 among top U.S. business schools on the
just-released U.S. New & World Report’s “2015
Best Graduate Schools
” survey, rising four spots from the program’s 2013

“We certainly welcome the news that our ranking has improved,”
said Roger D.
, Martin J. Gillen Dean and Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global
Investment Management at the Mendoza College. “But as with all rankings, this serves
as an opportunity to thank our MBA staff, faculty, alumni and students, whose
continued dedication to excellence is responsible for setting our program apart.”

The report also contained MBA program specialty ratings
based on surveys of business school deans and MBA program directors.
 Notre Dame was ranked No. 12 in the accounting specialty.

“During the economic downturn, we had Notre Dame alumni
calling our career services department, asking how they could help,” said Mary Goss, senior
director of the Notre Dame MBA program. “We daily see evidence of the strength
of our alumni network and its commitment to helping students succeed. Rising to
the top 25 schools in the nation is a definite reflection of alumni support, as
well as the efforts of our staff and faculty.”

U.S. News surveyed 453 master’s programs in business
accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
(AACSB); of the 385 responding, 127 provided the data needed to calculate
rankings based on a weighted average of eight indicators. The indicators
included the publication’s survey of b-school deans, MBA directors and
corporate recruiters; starting salaries and bonuses; employment rates at and
three months after graduation; and student selectivity as evidenced by GMAT
scores, undergraduate GPAs and the percentage of applicants who are accepted by
the school.

The top three spots went to Harvard, Stanford and University of Pennsylvania
(Wharton). A full explanation of the methodology can be found here.

The Notre
Dame MBA
, which offers one-year and two-year formats, is noted for its
innovative teaching in the area of problem solving and for its emphasis on
personal and corporate ethics as well as social responsibility. The program
features action-learning and immersions in Asia and Latin America.

The program ranked No. 6 for “potential
to network
” among top business schools worldwide on The Economist’s 2013
“Which MBA?” survey, and ranked No. 20 among U.S. business schools in the
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s biennial survey, “The Best U.S. Business
Schools 2012
“. For more information, visit


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