The Notre Dame MBA course Business on the Frontlines launched in 2008 rooted in the belief that there is dignity in work and all people can be empowered to contribute to society.
BOTFL teams have worked on more than 60 projects in 25-plus countries, utilizing the dynamic skills of business to address issues including post-conflict rehabilitation, poverty, illicit economies, isolation and prejudice.
In 2020, thanks to philanthropy including a $15 million gift from Ken and Susan Meyer, the course expanded to become the Meyer Business on the Frontlines Program with several significant developments:
Business on the Frontlines is often described as a “journey of discovery” for the students. In addition to gaining practical and extensive real-world experience in problem solving and consulting, they encounter people, places and circumstances that often change their life perspectives. In fact, a stated objective of the course is for students to gain a visceral sense that the imagination and creation of common ground — finding solutions to arrive at a common goal among parties with divergent ideologies — is both possible and worthy of the effort.
A one-year Master of Science in Finance (MSF) begins in June 2021 with a seven-week business fundamentals module. The full-time, 38-credit-hour residential program is aimed at early-career professionals with a quant-focused background who want to enter the financial services sector. The College also offers a part-time MSF for working professionals at its Chicago campus.
Mendoza also partnered with Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs to begin offering a dual master’s degree program in global affairs and business administration. The MGA/MBA program enables students to complete two two-year degree programs within three years.
For details, go to mendoza.nd.edu/graduate-programs.
The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing pivoted to assist students whose summer internships and career discernment opportunities were disrupted by the pandemic. It rolled out two opportunities, the Virtual Internship Program (VIP) and the Virtual Investing Bootcamp Experience (VIBE). Both programs included access to Wall Street Prep, a rigorous online program used in the financial services industry, guest speaker sessions twice a week. VIP also required a capstone project provided by an industry partner.
Read more at ndigi.nd.edu.
Five STEM-focused concentrations are now available in the Notre Dame MBA program. Starting with graduates in May 2021, students who complete a concentration in business analytics, corporate finance, investments, supply chain management or a new STEM-focused marketing concentration receive a STEM-designated MBA degree.
Tom Mendoza, retired vice chairman of NetApp, hosted an engaging webinar speaker series with top business executives, including: tech investment expert Carl M. Eschenbach, partner at Sequoia Capital; Silicon Valley growth leader Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO of Arista; and technology industry leader Guy Chiarello, head of technology and innovation, CAO at Fiserv.
Mendoza began accepting applications for its new Business Honors Program and Research Honors Program in Business. With an emphasis on the importance of scholarly research and the development of the whole person, the competitive programs prepare undergraduate students for corporate leadership roles or to enter a doctoral program.
For details, go to mendoza.nd.edu/undergraduate.
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