University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)


Round 1 (Early Action)

Application Deadline: September 13, 2010Interviews Begin: September 24, 2010

Decisions Released: October 29, 2010

Round 2

Application Deadline: November 1, 2010

Interviews Begin: November 17, 2010

Decisions Released: December 17, 2010

Round 3

Application Deadline: January 10, 2011

Interviews Begin: January 21, 2011

Decisions Released: February 25, 2011

Round 4 – one-year program

Application Deadline: February 14, 2011

Interviews Begin: February 25, 2011

Decisions Released: April 1, 2011

Round 4 – two-year program

Application Deadline: March 21, 2011

Interviews Begin: April 1, 2011

Decisions Released: May 6, 2011


Please use separate sheets of paper for each essay question and include your name on each sheet. Your essays should be typed and double-spaced. Each essay should be no longer than 2 pages.

Please complete the fellow essay:

1. What are your career plans immediately after graduation? Explain how your past experiences prepare you

for your desired position. What are your long-term career aspirations?

2. Additionally, please complete any one of the following six essay questions.

    • The MBA Values Statement is an important guide for our students and the bedrock of our shared community values. Please review the MBA Values Statement and then choose the one value you believe has had the most impact on your professional career to date. Be sure to give a specific example of how you have lived out that value in your professional experience.

    • What do you view as your greatest professional failure to this point? How do you feel that a Notre Dame MBA would change the outcome of a similar situation in the future?

    • How has trust played a role in your professional experience? Give a specific example of how trust, or a lack of trust, has impacted your professional experience.

    • Describe a time when you were given a project or assignment in an area that was not well defined or where you had little expertise. Please explain exactly what you did and what the result or outcome was.

    • What brand would you most like to manage? Why? How would you improve it?

    • Walter B. Wriston, the storied late CEO of Citibank, wrote a book titled “Risk and Other Four Letter Words” in which he postulated that society’s greatness is commensurate with its ability to take risk and, thus, to reward risk takers. Given the financial crisis of 2008-2009, do you feel that banks took on an acceptable or unacceptable level of risk? Why or why not? In either case, has the financial crisis has changed your view of careers in finance? If so, how?


Two letters of recommendation



University of Notre Dame

MBA Admissions Office

276 Mendoza College of Business

Notre Dame, Indiana 46566-5646

Telephone: (800) 631-8488 (within the US)

Telephone: (574) 631-8488 (outside the US)

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