DEFINITION of Mendoza College of Business

Mendoza College of Business is the school of business at the University of Notre Dame. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of business disciplines, including accounting, economics, international business, human resources, marketing, management and finance.

BREAKING DOWN Mendoza College of Business

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the Mendoza College of Business was established in 1921. Its name reflects a gifting donation from Tom Mendoza, who, as President of NetApp, got the company ranked as the #1 place to work in the U.S. in 2009. Mendoza is an alumnus of Notre Dame and continues to guest lecture at the university and cheer for their Fighting Irish.

Degrees Offered by Mendoza College of Business

Undergraduates are able to major in one of six disciplines: information technology management, marketing, accounting, finance, business analytics or management consulting. They can further narrow their focus with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. This program was ranked as the second best undergraduate program in 2016 by Bloomberg.

Masters of business administration (MBA) candidates can earn this degree in one of several ways at Mendoza. The one-year program is for individuals already in their desired career wanting to increase their education without leaving the workforce. The executive MBA is offered both in North Bend and in Chicago on the weekends and takes 17 or 21 months to complete. Those wanting to include another discipline can combine a traditional MBA with a degree in law, science, engineering, or business analytics. The traditional two-year MBA is also available.

Mendoza also offers numerous specialized masters programs and executive learning opportunities.


Mendoza College of Business has been highly ranked for programs other than its undergraduate studies. In 2018 its MBA program was ranked 31st in the U.S. by U.S News & World Report and 39th by the Financial Times. The Economist ranked this same program 47th worldwide in 2017. The executive MBA was recently ranked 20th in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and 23rd worldwide by The Economist.

Graduate Tuition and Enrollment

For the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition at Mendoza was $52,188 per year for full-time graduate students and the executive MBA program cost $129,000. Less than 50% of graduate applicants are accepted into Mendoza each year and half of those accepted end up enrolling. As with most graduate business programs, the men outnumber the women, with 76% of the students being male and 24% being female.