Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame MBA ranks No. 1 for ethics in Bloomberg Businessweek survey

Published: December 17, 2012 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University
of Notre Dame MBA
program ranked No. 1 for ethics in the Bloomberg
Businessweek MBA Specialty Ranking
announced Monday (Dec. 17). The ethics ranking was released as part of the
publication’s 2012 Best
B-Schools ranking
, where the Notre Dame MBA program landed at No. 20,
improving four slots compared to its 2010 result.

The specialty ethics
ranking is based on responses to an online survey of graduates from the MBA
Class of 2012, who ranked their program’s
ethics offerings from “poor” to “outstanding.” 
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the average
ethics score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.64.
The Notre Dame MBA located at the Mendoza College
of Business
had the top
rank of 5.87, followed by University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Indiana University’s Kelley School of

The editors
noted that ethics as a subject area “has seen a boom on b-school campuses over
the past five years.”

“The ranking is
a wonderful recognition of our values-based approach to business, which is
foundational to the mission of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College,” said Mary
Goss, senior director of the Notre Dame MBA. “It’s not a trend for us, but the
essential core of what we do, who we are, and what kind of business leaders we
hope to develop.”

article quoted Philip Negri, a
member of the Mendoza Class of 2012, as saying the College’s focus on values in
business is the most unique element of the MBA program, and that ethics is
integrated “seamlessly within every course and every lesson.”

Bloomberg Businessweek also listed
several of the ways that ethics is integrated into the program, including the
student-created “MBA Values Statement” that hangs in every classroom; the
daylong community service project students participate in as part of
orientation; and the fact that each of the 20 core courses and 143 electives
that Mendoza offers incorporates social, ethical, or environmental issues
through readings, assignments, and class discussion.

The Bloomberg
Specialty Rankings will rate nine specific areas of the
b-school programs altogether, and will post the remaining eight specialty
rankings online over the next few weeks.

To view the complete specialty ethics ranking, visit MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Ethics

The Notre Dame MBA, 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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