Notre Dame guarantees Saint Mary’s students four seats in master of science in management program

Author: Gwen O'Brien

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The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College have announced a new partnership that offers Saint Mary’s non-business majors the opportunity to be admitted into the University’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in the Mendoza College of Business. According to an articulation agreement reached between the institutions, Notre Dame will guarantee seats each academic year to four qualified Saint Mary’s students. The agreement, signed by Saint Mary’s College Provost Patricia Fleming and University of Notre Dame Provost Thomas Burish, is valid through June 1, 2018.

“President Carol Ann Mooney and I had the opportunity to meet with administrators and faculty in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. I want to thank Dean Roger Huang for his help to kick-start this process. This collaboration will be been beneficial to both our fine institutions,” Fleming said. She noted that Saint Mary’s alumnae often pursue graduate degrees at Notre Dame and elsewhere. According to surveys of Saint Mary’s alumnae, within five years of graduating, about half have enrolled in or completed graduate school.

To be eligible for one of the guaranteed seats in Notre Dame’s MSM program, Saint Mary’s non-business majors must submit their completed admission applications to Notre Dame for early decision consideration by Nov. 15 and meet the following criteria:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents;
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.40 or above;
  • Have a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score of 620 or above;
  • Submit a written recommendation from the dean or department chair at Saint Mary’s.

Those candidates who fall short of the above criteria may still apply through the normal process during the academic year. Notre Dame will give full consideration to all Saint Mary’s students who have completed, or are on track to complete, their undergraduate degree with a strong record of academic achievement and submit a completed application for admission along with two letters of recommendation, official GMAT or GRE (Graduate Records Examination) scores and official transcripts.

Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame have a long history as partner Holy Cross institutions. Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame jointly offer a five-year engineering dual degree program through which students earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s in four years, often in math or science, and a second bachelor of science in engineering degree from Notre Dame following a fifth year of study. In addition, Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students may take classes at the other’s campus through the Saint Mary’s/Notre Dame Co-Exchange Program. Also, undergraduate Notre Dame students may take classes from Saint Mary’s education faculty in order to complete teaching licensure requirements in approved content areas. Saint Mary’s students can also participate in Notre Dame clubs and extracurricular activities, such as the marching band.

The master of science in management is a 10-month graduate program for non-business (major or minor) 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, all within Mendoza’s ethics-based approach to business education. The MSM program takes place over three semesters — summer, fall and spring — and provides students with a thorough grounding in business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance, business ethics, marketing and management principles as well as an optional international study trip to China.

Contact: Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations, Saint Mary’s College, 574-284-4579,