Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA ranks in Bloomberg BW top 20 best b-schools

Published: November 15, 2012 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University
of Notre Dame MBA
ranked No. 20 among U.S. business schools in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine’s
biennial survey, “The
Best U.S. Business Schools 2012
,” released Thursday. The program, located
in the Mendoza
College of Business
, jumped four spots from its 2010 ranking.

continually focus on providing the rigorous, values-based education that Notre
Dame has always stood for,” said Mary Goss, senior
director of the Notre Dame MBA. “But over the past two years, we’ve put a great
deal of effort into enhancing our career development curriculum and engaging in
an aggressive outreach to corporations across the country. We’re very
proud of our students, who have competed well in an incredibly difficult hiring

The program rose significantly in the recruiter
ranking to 18 in 2012 from 33 in 2010. It also earned “A’s” for career services,
teaching quality, critical thinking and leadership skills.

The 24-year-old Bloomberg Businessweek ranking includes
separate rankings for 63 U.S. schools and 18 international schools. The top 30
U.S. schools and top 10 international programs are highlighted in the November
19-25 print issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, and the complete ranking of
full-time MBA programs is featured on at

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business finished
in the top spot, followed by Harvard Business School and the Wharton School at
the University of Pennsylvania.

The Bloomberg
ranking is based on three elements: a survey of newly minted
MBAs, a poll of corporate recruiters, and an evaluation of faculty research
output.  The MBA survey, which measures
satisfaction with all aspects of the b-school experience, is combined with two
previous MBA surveys.  The corporate
poll, which asks recruiters to identify the schools that produce the best
graduates, is also combined with two previous recruiter surveys. 

Bloomberg Businessweek tallies the
number of articles published by each school’s faculty in 20 top journals and
reviews of their books in three national publications.  The total for faculty size is then adjusted
and an intellectual-capital rating is assigned for each school.  The MBA surveys and the recruiter polls each
contribute 45 percent to the final ranking, with the intellectual-capital
ranking contributing the final 10 percent.

The Notre Dame
, which offers one-year and two-year programs, 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. It was ranked
No. 4 in the Aspen Institute’s 2010-2011 “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” a biennial
ranking and survey of top U.S. business schools’ incorporation of social and
environmental stewardship into their curricula and research. For more
information, visit


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