As someone who used to practice law and is now in the Notre Dame MBA program, people frequently ask me to compare my experiences in business school and law school. Rather than continuing to give them my standard reply of, “It’s just…different,” I figured the time had arrived to actually share a few key distinctions.
Teamwork: While you may find study groups to be effective in law school, it is entirely possible to “lone wolf” your way through three years of a legal education. That’s not possible in business school! Once you begin your pursuit of an MBA, you will constantly be called upon to collaborate with classmates to come up with solutions to complex business problems. Continue reading “Business school vs. law school, from someone who’s done both”
One of the most unique aspects of the Notre Dame MBA program is the ability to explore and deepen one’s faith, in addition to searching for a job and studying for classes. Even though Notre Dame is a Catholic university, our MBA student profile consists of diverse faith traditions. As such, the Faith Development Committee (FDC) brings various fun and spiritual experiences that can be enjoyed by all MBA students and their families. Continue reading “Finding faith in the Notre Dame MBA program”
Marketing is one of the major post-MBA career choices at Notre Dame. If you are interested in pursuing a career in marketing, here is a look at the resources and opportunities you will have at your disposal:
In the Classroom
Marketing is available as one of the Notre Dame MBA program’s academic concentrations. Students are able to select up to two concentrations; for example, marketing and business leadership, or marketing and business analytics are common combinations.
Concentrations and courses selected within concentrations vary from student to student and often depend on a number of factors such as the student’s previous work experience, the type of role the student is interested in post-MBA, and the skills on which the student feels they need to build. Continue reading “What is the Notre Dame MBA marketing experience like?”
The dual engineering/MBA program at Notre Dame, in which students like me receive an engineering bachelor’s degree and MBA together in five years, offers a host of unique opportunities to engineers who want to combine their technical knowledge with business and leadership skills. The program has also connected me with close friends and exciting career opportunities. It hasn’t always been easy, but I find now that I feel more business-savvy, creative, and well-rounded as I head into the working world.
This dual-degree program gives you an opportunity to reach outside your comfort zone. Coming from an engineering background, I tended to look at problems in a systematic, black-and-white kind of way, in which a right answer always existed. In my MBA classes, though, the problems were usually far messier. To solve these problems, I needed to make assumptions and to defend them. I had to think in a way that was both creative and practical. Changing the way that I approach problems was difficult and uncomfortable at first, but overall it has been very beneficial. Continue reading “Life as a dual-degree student in the Notre Dame MBA program”
When I was elected as president of the Notre Dame MBA Vet’s Club in December 2015, I had one vision: To make Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business the veteran-friendly business school in America.
With the hard work of my fellow veterans, buy-in from the Notre Dame administration, and the support of generous donors, we have created the best environment for veterans who choose to separate from the military. Each Notre Dame MBA class is made up of about 17 percent veterans, the highest percentage of any B-school in the U.S. Our efforts have raised $400,000 to endow the club, and our goal is for every veteran in the Notre Dame MBA program to attend the program for free.