You will declare a major in February of your sophomore year. A student’s choice is not guaranteed due to the potential for limited enrollment in certain majors. Your GPA and completion of the sophomore sequence of courses are the key factors in determining eligibility for your major selection. Major selections are confirmed prior to Spring Break each year.
No. The college does not have the capacity to offer students two business majors. Business courses outside your major may be taken with departmental approval on a space-available basis. All business students are also eligible for the minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and there are concentrations available to BAN, ITM and MGTC majors which will broaden your background across multiple disciplines. For more information on these options, see the majors page of this website.
The Mendoza College of Business is committed to admit as many students as possible into their chosen majors. For more information, please see the Limited Enrollment Major page.
The short answer is most likely, but timing and prior coursework will factor into the decision. Transfers into limited enrollment majors may be subject to a wait list and are not guaranteed. You must meet with an advisor in 101 Mendoza to discuss the impact of the switch and complete the eform.
In addition to choosing one of the six business majors, Mendoza students may elect to minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. More information on the minor is available here. Students should keep in mind that pursuing this minor may result in coursework beyond the standard graduation requirements due to the rule that 18 of your elective credits must be in non-business courses. For additional clarification, please meet with an advisor to review your plan of study.
Students are encouraged to first research the requirements of such an addition by running a What If? audit on your GPS and meeting with an advisor in the secondary department. If your reason for adding the second credential is job related, you might also wish to speak to a Career Center Counselor about the opportunities available to those majors and strategies to maximize your options. After doing this legwork, we recommend that you sit down with an MCOB advisor to determine how the course requirements will fit into your business curriculum.
See this page for additional guidance on choosing and declaring a second major or minor.
Students majoring in Marketing may elect to pursue one of four specialized tracks: (1) Marketing Decision Analytics to focus on marketing models and data analytics; (2) Brandscaping to focus on marketing communications, creativity and culture; (3) Market Development to focus on consulting, sales, and sales management; and (4) Graduate Study, appropriate for students interested in graduate school (e.g., PhD, JD, MBA). Each track consists of three recommended elective courses for depth, and a fourth elective selected from one of the other tracks for breadth. More detailed information is available here. Students are not required to pursue any of these tracks, and are thus free to choose elective courses consistent with their academic interests.
The Marketing major prepares students for a wide range of opportunities in business. The Marketing Decision Analytics track prepares students for careers in marketing & data analysis, marketing research, and retail consulting. The Brandscaping track prepares students for careers in brand management, advertising media planning, digital marketing analysis, and social media strategy. The Marketing Development track prepares students for careers in retail account management, digital marketing sales, and B2B technical sales. Each of these tracks also prepare you for a career in consulting. The Graduate School track should be self-designed to lead to a targeted graduate or law school. Marketing majors from each of these tracks are also increasingly employed by nonbusiness and nonprofit organizations—educational or art institutions, charitable organizations, and hospitals—as they realize the critical importance of marketing to their success.
FAQ1: Is taking courses within a track mandatory?
No, it is purely voluntary, and you can mix and match elective courses as you please.
FAQ2: Why do we have a track structure?
The track structure allows students to develop expertise and depth in a specific area.
FAQ3: Are tracks mentioned on the transcript?
No, tracks are not reported on the degree transcript in any fashion.
FAQ4: How will the tracks benefit a marketing student?
If you apply for a job that requires you to have depth in, say, Marketing Decision Analytics, and you have taken the electives within the track, you can list the track and the corresponding courses on your resume. You are more likely to be short-listed for job interviews for specific positions and industries (e.g., Marketing Analytics, Brand Management, Consulting etc.) if you show expertise by taking courses within a track. However, we strongly encourage students to take courses across multiple tracks to develop both breadth and depth in marketing.
FAQ5: Will tracks change?
By design, tracks will be configured to reflect the current trends in the marketplace and placement opportunities for our graduates.
PINs will be posted to your personal student dashboard well in advance of registration each semester. Watch the announcements on the website and via email for the specific date. In April, PINs are also posted automatically for rising juniors and seniors. Rising sophomores will only receive their PIN if they have complied with the requirements outlined by our office. These requirements include meeting attendance and submission of a baseline plan of study.
All students must carry 12 credits to maintain full-time student status. The per semester credit max for sophomores is 17 credits; 19 for juniors or seniors. If you wish to take a heavier courseload, you must request and be approved for an overload.
Each department has specific reasons for requiring departmental approval on its courses. You must contatct the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) from that Department to obtain approval. Contact info is always listed on their departmental webpage. Advisors in the Mendoza College of Business can help you understand the restrictions on Class Search but have no jurisdiction over non-business courses.
First, it is important to understand that individual professors do not control their section sizes. This is handled at the department level. Please do not waste your time and the professor's by contacting them directly. Typically, departments will authorize an overload into a closed section only if there are no other workable options to get the student a mix of classes that allows them to make adequate progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements. We will not overload sections to accommodate work or volunteer conflicts. Academics must come first. If you wish to discuss your request, the appropriate contact depends on the course:
1) If it is a core sophomore or junior BUSINESS course (i.e. everyone takes it regardless of major), reach out to an advisor in 101 Mendoza.
2) If it is a major level business course, those are handled by the individual departments:
ACCT: Prof. Jamie O'Brien (email@example.com)
FIN: Dr. Jim Leady (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ITAO (BAN & ITM majors): Dr. Jen Waddell (email@example.com)
MARK: Dr. Joseph Cherian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MGTO (MGTC majors & MIEN minors): Prof. Wendy Angst (email@example.com)
3) If it is not a business course, you will need to reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for that department. The contact info is typically listed on their webpage.
A prerequisite is a requirement or prior condition that must be met before taking a course. Only the department offering the course is authorized to override a prerequisite. If you are missing a prerequisite for a business course, see an advisor in 101 Mendoza. Depending on the course, it may be possible to take the prerequisite concurrently with the course in question.
Specific course attributes are codes assigned to courses to flag them as being approved to meet certain University requirements. In Class Search, you can search by course attribute to find classes that will fulfill your requirements such as 2nd THEO, 2nd PHIL or HIST. There are also three business attributes that can make searching easier: BA02 pulls all the courses in the sophomore sequence, BA03 pulls the core junior requirements and BAMC pulls ALL major-level courses in the College. These are helpful because all the courses appear in one listing regardless of discipline.
Courses carrying 3.0 or more credits may not be added after the sixth class day. If you would like to add a 1.0 or 1.5 credit class that has a later start date, you should see an advisor to initiate an eForm. The last day to add for each of these courses will be noted on Class Search. Typically, students may not add these short courses if they will miss more than the first class of the session.
During the first six class days, students may drop a class through NOVO on insideND. After the sixth class day, students must use an eForm to drop a class. EForms are accessed through the new insideND by typing eforms into the search bar. We recommend you favorite the eform link for easy access.
Fill out the eForm with the required information about the class you want to drop. Once the eForm is submitted, it will electronically route to the department offering the class and then onto the student’s academic dean/advising office for approvals. If the drop is approved by all the reviewing offices, it is then routed to the Office of the Registrar to be processed. You will receive emails regarding the status of your form - pay attention as additional action on your part may be required.
The online form is closed to students two days prior to the last drop date of the semester. At this point, students must meet with an advisor to initiate the drop form.
Keep in mind that all students, except those graduating seniors who have been approved as part-time, must carry at least 12 credit hours each semester. We recommend you meet with an advisor to discuss the impact the course drop will have on your current and future semesters.
1.5 credit business classes such as ITAO 30800 and MGTO 30120 must be dropped on or before 60% of the class sessions. Specific drop deadline dates can be found on insideND Class Search by clicking on the Subject/Course or NOVO in the Course Description.
Students can initiate an eForm (from insideND). For second half semester classes, the eForm is not availalbe from the Wednesday after break week and you must see an advisor in 101 Mendoza to initiate the eForm.
No, all business classes, even those beyond the requirements or outside your major, must be taken for a grade.
Juniors and seniors in the Mendoza College of Business may elect to take one elective course per semester on a pass/fail basis.
The following types of courses may NOT be taken pass/fail:
It is also important to note that only the first class toward a minor may be taken pass/fail and students electing a course pass/fail must register for and maintain 12 credit hours for the duration of the semester. Seniors who have declared as part-time students in their final semester may not carry a class pass/fail.
Pass/fail requests must be submitted via the Student Dashboard during the first six class days of the semester. Once processed, the decision to take a course pass/fail is irrevocable. Keep in mind that all students must carry 12 graded credit hours to be eligible for Dean’s List. Student's are advised to check their Detailed Student Schedule through insideND on the 8th class day of the semester to ensure the Grade Mode for that class has been designated as pass/fail. Errors or omissions will not be corrected after the 2nd week of classes.
The instructor of the course will not be informed. The Registrar will interpret the final grades of “A” through “D” as “PASS.” A failed pass/fail course will impact your term and cumulative GPA. Additional details are available on the pass/fail request form and should be read carefully prior to submitting the form.
Students in the Mendoza College of Business are not restricted to a particular advisor. Students may meet with any available advisor or choose to work only with the advisor of his or her choice.
Beginning with the Class of 2018, students are assigned an Advisor of Record who is listed in their student academic file and on GPS. The Advisor of Record is largely an internal organizational structure and students are not restricted to seeing this advisor. To learn more about the staff in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, click here. While walk-in advising is available, it is recommended that you call 574-631-6602 to make an appointment.
We recommend you meet with your advisor on a regular basis – at least once per semester, based on your personal and academic goals. As those goals change, it is important that you have support and guidance to understand your options and make the best decisions. Key touch points include when planning for study abroad, major declaration and graduation checks.
The Registrar’s Office created a number of eForms which are housed on your Student Academic tab on insideND and are used University-wide. These include forms to add/drop a class after the 6th class day, obtain pre-approval for a summer transfer course and a Curriculum Change form to add or drop a major or minor. Not all forms can be initiated directly by a student depending on the timing. Contact an advisor if you have any questions.
These forms differ from the forms built into your Student Dashboard which are specifically for business students.
Currently, students in Mendoza must have at least 126 credit hours to earn their BBA degree. Beginning with the Class of 2019, that number jumps to 128 to accommodate the Moreau First Year Experience. Use the Graduation Progress System on insideND and the plan of study saved to your ePortfolio to track your requirements each semester. Keep in mind that only three credits deemed activity or experiential learning will be counted as degree seeking credits. See a complete list of courses subject to this limit here.
Yes. All Notre Dame students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 in order to graduate. Additionally, business majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.0 within their selected major (this refers to the 18-21 credits specifically in your major and does not include College requirements). Both GPAs are calculated automatically on your GPS so be sure to check it regularly. Advisors regularly reach out to students who are in danger of not meeting these two requirements to discuss resources and strategies to help ensure you meet these requirements.
Available on insideND, the Graduation Progress System (or GPS as it’s more commonly known) tracks all your graduation requirements including University, College, Major and 2nd major or minor, if officially declared. It offers a What If? feature that helps you explore majors and minors you’re considering declaring and calculates your major GPA. We recommend you refer to it before registering to make sure you’re clear on your outstanding requirements and after registration to ensure your courses were properly categorized. Any discrepancies should be brought to the attention of an advisor for clarification and correction.
There are five key things to know about your elective requirements:
Exam conflicts include the following:
If your final exam schedule fits any of these scenarios, complete the Final Exam Conflict eform found on insideND, which opens after midterm break. This form must be submitted one full week prior to start of exams. The form will confirm that you do indeed have a legitimate conflict by highlighting the affected courses in red (no red = no conflict). An advisor will determine which class is required to provide a make up exam and email the impacted professor and student. Upon receipt of that email, it is the student's responsibility to make contact with the professor to schedule the date and time of the make up exam. If the eform does not indicate a conflict but you believe it is in error, you must meet with an advisor to discuss your situation.
Students who would like to transfer a course from another university must receive pre-approval from appropriate academic department before doing so. A maximum of two courses (up to eight credits) may be taken at another school each summer. A grade of B or better must be earned in order to receive transfer credit for the course. The transfer course pre-approval form is available on the eForm link on your Student Academic Tab on insideND Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary approvals prior to leaving for the summer. Please note that all business courses must be taken at Notre Dame. It is also important to note that only the credits will transfer. The grade earned in a summer course does not get factored into your Notre Dame GPA.
Transcripts should be sent to:
Asst. Dean Dale Nees
101 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556
You will receive an email confirming that the transfer credit has been added to your official Notre Dame record.
Yes, students may earn 1.0 degree seeking credit for summer internships. Please refer to the detailed explanation regarding internship credit which can be found here.
You may attend Notre Dame as a part-time student in your final semester only. Part-time is defined as less than than 12 credits being taken at the main campus. Make an appointment to see an advisor to discuss this option and its consequences. If you don’t feel you can successfully carry 12 credit hours and are ineligible to be part-time, please meet with an advisor to discuss a health withdrawal.
Dr. Gina Shropshire is the international student liaison for our office. Please refer all OPT/CPT questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what the Academic Code says about interviews:
For all other absences to be excused under sections 18.104.22.168 through 22.214.171.124, the student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor to substantiate the reason for missing class according to the following guidelines:
126.96.36.199 Seniors with mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school, or post-graduate employment interviews that cannot be rescheduled. Instructors must be notified at least one week in advance of the absence, and the student must provide proof that the interview cannot be rescheduled. No more than two interviews per semester can qualify as an excused absence. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to manage scheduling of such interviews to minimize class absences, and to use fall, Christmas and spring breaks for scheduling such interviews whenever possible.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies conducts an informational meeting early in September for all business sophomores interested in studying abroad. As part of the application process, students are required to update their Plan of Study for one international location and meet with an advisor prior to Fall break. We also encourage you to attend a several NDI location-specific info sessions offered throughout the fall and read about the locations on their website before finalizing your decision as to where to apply. More specific directions can be found on the International Study page.
Sophomores applying to study abroad may meet with any of the advisors to review their plan of study and discuss their options. Both DUS and Dean's approvals are issued from the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 101 Mendoza. MCoB students do not have to make a separate appointment for Dean's approval.
Juniors who have been accepted into a program and are looking to have their courses pre-approved prior to departure should meet with the advisor aligned with their program. The listing can be found here.
Business students may apply to most of the International Study programs depending on particular requirements of each location which are explained in detail on the Notre Dame International (NDI) website. There are no preferred business locations; our students have been approved to study in nearly every program available to business majors. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of study abroad locations based on their personal interests and goals.
Business students have participated in international year-long programs, however, it usually requires very stringent scheduling and possibly summer school to complete all requirements and graduate on time in 4 years. You will need to work closely with Dr. Gina Shropshire in the Office of Undergraduate Studies if you choose to apply for a full academic year.
First Year Business Intents may apply for the Global Business Scholars Program which allows study for one semester in Italy and another semester in Singapore. More information is available on the NDI website.
You may apply for up to three international programs, however, you will only receive one acceptance. After you have submitted all of your Study Abroad applications and the online application system closes, NDI will have you rank order your locations. Applications to summer programs are counted separately.
Each program has different requirements and restrictions. This information is available on the NDI website. Regardless of the program requirements, students in the Mendoza College of Business must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above to receive Academic Advisor and Dean’s approvals. Fall grades will be factored into your CUM GPA when making these determinations.
This listing shows courses that have been approved in the past in each of the Notre Dame Study Abroad locations.
These lists are representative of available courses but are neither guaranteed nor exhaustive. You may revise your Plan of Study using these lists but understand that the courses are subject to change. Keep in mind that you do not need to list specific courses on your plan of study. It is sufficient to indicate that you will complete your 2nd THEO requirement, for instance. We do not need you to indicate the specific Theology course.
In terms of business courses, students may find FIN 30210 or FIN 30220 equivalents in a variety of locations. Required major-level business courses are not typically available. However, juniors majoring in FIN or MARK may take one major elective in their international semester if the course has been pre-approved and assigned an ND course number. For example, in Dublin there are several FIN major courses listed. Students may list one FIN major elective in their plans. International courses are listed with a “4” in the second digit, thus FIN 34220 is the equivalent of FIN 30220 (Macroeconomic Analysis).
Courses listed must show the appropriate attribute to be counted as a University requirement: FA=Fine Arts; H=History; L=Literature; S=Social Science; 2P=2nd Philosophy; 2T=2nd Theology. Students with 2nd majors or minors should contact their departments to verify how many courses might count in any study abroad location.
Working with the plan that was reviewed by an advisor this summer and posted to your eportfolio, you will move most courses out of the semester you plan to study abroad. The Plan is an Excel document and courses can be cut and pasted into other semesters. The courses in your semester abroad may include University Requirements, business courses (where available), courses for your second major or minor, and electives. You do not have to list specific course titles or numbers unless there is a required course for that location. Sample plans are available on the International Study page to give you a better idea of what a revised plan looks like.
Students should attend the NDI Information Sessions for the various locations so that you have a clear idea of what courses might be offered in your preferred location. Courses are not guaranteed. Therefore you will work with your Academic Advisor to develop the safest plan – one that allows you to take courses abroad and still graduate on time in 8 semesters.
Decisions are usually sent out by early February from Notre Dame International. Please direct all questions regarding international study decisions to NDI at 574-631-1138.
Yes, you may apply to both semester and summer programs. These decisions are made independently of each other.
Notre Dame offers a variety of international study opportunities. If your initial application was not accepted and you are still interested in international study, you should contact Notre Dame International to learn about any additional international study programs that are still accepting applications.
Students have 2 options to apply to non-Notre Dame Study abroad programs.
No, all international classes must be taken for a grade.
Students are able to study abroad through another university during the summer. These courses are treated as transfer courses and students may receive academic credit for their courses as long as they meet our contact hour requirements and have been pre-approved by the relevant department. Students interested in this option should speak with an advisor to plan which courses to take and to begin the transfer course approval process via eforms.