Enrollment Policy

First-Year Applicants Interested in Majoring in Business

Students at Notre Dame are admitted to the University’s First Year of Studies, not to an individual school or college. However, upon application to Notre Dame, all students are asked to make a non-binding indication of the college or school, and specific major or discipline, in which they intend to major.

Applicants who indicate an intent to enroll into the Mendoza College of Business, will be informed, at the time of admission, whether they are “pre-approved” to do so at the end of their first year. If they are not pre-approved, students will be advised that they will be free to enroll in any other college or school, but that the chances of being approved to major in business after the first year will be extremely limited. If a student who is pre-approved to major in business later decides not to do so, she or he will be free to major in any other college or school at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is the first choice for most of our applicants, and we anticipate that many who indicate business on their application will opt to enroll here without the pre-approved status and seek other majors.

After the first year, a small number of students who were not pre-approved to major in business, will be allowed to do so. This number will include both students currently matriculated at Notre Dame as well as some students applying to Notre Dame as transfer applicants from other universities. The number of openings will be managed to ensure the University achieves the goal of 550 BBA degrees per class for Mendoza.

Among the top most selective universities that offer undergraduate degrees in business, Notre Dame will remain one of the top ranked universities in terms of the percentage of students earning their degrees in business (about 27% of our graduating class).

The management of the size of the business college is important to ensure that our students, faculty, and employers continue to reap the benefits of one of the top business educations worldwide.

Notre Dame offers many programs in the other colleges that link with the Mendoza College of Business. In addition, there are two distinct programs that provide a fifth year option for a dual BS/MBA degree with Mendoza and the Colleges of Engineering or Science as well as a fifth year Master’s Degree in Management offered through Mendoza for non-business undergraduates.

Mendoza College of Business

Master of Science in Management:

The Master of Science in Management (formerly Master of Science in Business) is a 10-month graduate program for non-business undergraduates with little or no work experience. The aim of the program is to bridge a student’s undergraduate work with its application in a business context by providing fundamental business knowledge and skills.

School of Architecture

Architectural Practice and Enterprise (APE)

Allows a small number of architecture students (8) to concentrate in business by taking core classes in accounting, management, statistics, finance, and economics to name a few of the courses.

College of Arts and Letters

Business Economics Minor (MBEC)

Students earn a business economics minor, which allows them to become literate in basic business principles in conjunction with their degree from the College of Arts and Letters.

International Economics Major

Linguistic and cultural fluency is an increasingly important asset in business, and, students in the College of Arts and Letters can achieve both with a major in International Economics.

College of Science

Actuarial Science

The minor in actuarial science is a new course of study tailored to the needs of students interested in actuarial careers, especially in business.

Joint Five-Year MBA/Science Program

This dual-degree five-year program is available to Notre Dame Undergraduates in the College of Science and allows them to simultaneously earn Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Science-Business Administration Program

This course of study incorporates core courses in business along with the four basic areas of science and is sufficient in enabling a graduate to enter the scientific business market immediately after graduation.

Mathematics-Business Administration Program

This course of study is designed to prepare students for a career in business or in the actuarial profession through courses in mathematics, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management.

Chemistry-Business Administration Program

This course of study is designed to prepare students who are interested in combining chemistry with business or with computing, through fundamental business concepts.

College of Engineering

Integrated Engineering and Business Practices Program

This course of study increases the effectiveness of engineering graduates by developing an understanding of the dynamics associated in business operations.

Minor in Engineering Corporate Practice (MECP)

Limited to 50 students per year, this course of study allows engineering student to earn credits in accounting, finance, and economics toward a corporate practice minor.

Joint Five-Year MBA/Engineering Program

This dual-degree five-year program is available to Notre Dame Undergraduates in the College of Engineering and allows them to simultaneously earn Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

ESTEEM Program

This 11-month Professional Master’s Program is designed to surround individuals with STEM background an entrepreneurial ecosystem allowing them to take university technologies from concept to market