Mendoza School of Business

Wall Street Journal ranks Notre Dame EMBA No. 6

Published: September 30, 2010 / Author: Carol Elliott

The Notre Dame Executive MBA program at the Mendoza College of Business earned the No. 6 ranking in The Wall Street Journal’s just released “Best Executive MBA Programs 2010.” The ranking recognizes the top EMBA programs in the world as rated by graduates and companies.

The Mendoza College received especially high marks for its teaching of critical management skills and mentions by graduates for its emphasis on business ethics.

“We’re very pleased to be ranked No. 6, and especially humbled by the comments of our graduates who clearly recognize that the heart of our program is values-driven leadership,” said Carolyn Y. Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College. “The ranking reminds us of our responsibility to provide excellent executive education that also is in keeping with the Notre Dame mission.

The ranking was based on responses from 3,060 of the most recent graduates of 87 EMBA programs at 64 business schools with campuses in 18 countries; responses from 189 corporate human-resources and executive-development managers; and a measurement of how well students say their schools enhanced the skills that companies said were most important.

“Our EMBA students come to us as accomplished individuals who want to do more in their careers,” said Sharon E. Keane, director of Notre Dame Executive Education. “The ranking is a wonderful acknowledgement that our program provides the high level of leadership education they demand.”
The Mendoza College ranked 7th in its alumni score, 12th by corporations, and 6th in management skills. The EMBA program also scored in the top one-third of the schools for the overall quality of its program, classmates and faculty, and for immediately applicable coursework.

The College was unranked in the WSJ’s inaugural executive ranking in 2008.

Student comments included in the survey mention the Mendoza College’s emphasis on ethics, innovative coursework and long-term leadership focus. “Notre Dame attracted me because of the total emphasis on the ethical dimension of business and leadership,” wrote one graduate. “I contacted several other programs and sat in on classes at two others. None of them had the experience and emphasis in those areas that Notre Dame had.”

“The cohort style of this program enabled our class of 65 people to become 65 great friends,” responded another, who attended Notre Dame’s EMBA program in Chicago. “The diversity of the class really enriched my learning experience.”

Founded in 1980, Notre Dame Executive Education provides leaders in the executive and management ranks the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills through both degree and non-degree programs. The Notre Dame EMBA offers a 17-month program in Chicago, as well as a 21-month program in South Bend, with an off-site classroom in Cincinnati. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the program emphasizes values-based leadership in addition to academic rigor.

For more information about the Notre Dame Executive MBA , contact Paul Velasco, director of Degree Programs, at (574) 631-8876 or, or visit 


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