Notre Dame Mendoza 2014 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Notre Dame Mendoza

You need to clearly convey to the Mendoza adcom that you have what it takes to be an effective leader—an integrated mind, a broad perspective, tenacity, and heart. Use your career experiences, your career goals, and your personal values to help you demonstrate these key elements.


Your response to the essay questions is extremely important in the selection process. Create a file for your essay and include your name on each page. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 2 pages.

1. What are your career plans immediately after graduation? Explain how your past experiences have prepared you for your desired position. What are your long-term career aspirations?

Translation: What are you short-term and long-term goals? How have your past experiences prepared you for your short-term, post-MBA goal? Note: This question does not ask “Why Notre Dame?” You do not need to explicitly answer that question, but the excellent response to this question will reflect Notre Dame’s values, specifically its focus on ethical leadership. In addition, the long-term objective will be much more plausible if it flows naturally from the short-term one.

2. Slideshow Presentation

• Effective business communication is a central skill for managers and visual presentations are an important and frequent method of communication. Demonstrate your ability to clearly, concisely and persuasively communicate important information by telling us about yourself using a short slide presentation.

• Please consider the following guidelines when creating your presentation.

• You are free to cover any material about yourself that you think would be of value to the Admissions Committee.

• Please use whatever software programs you like to develop your presentation but note that the only acceptable formats for upload in the online application system is Adobe PDF.

• There is a strict maximum of four slides, though you can provide fewer than four if you choose.

• The slides that you submit will be printed and added to your application file for review by the Admissions Committee. As a result, only text and static images will be seen. Videos, music, hyperlinks, etc will not be conveyed and should not be included. Color may be used.

• Your goal is to clearly, concisely and persuasively convey key information. Slides will be evaluated on these dimensions and not on graphic or presentation elements.

• Notes pages will not be accepted. You should plan to convey your entire message on the actual slides themselves.

• To assist MBA Applicants with the development of their slide presentation, please consult this PowerPoint Guide.

Think strategically here. What do you want the admissions reader to know about you that isn’t found elsewhere in the application and could be presented well visually. Usually hobbies and non-professional experiences are good topics for this kind of question, but the key is that the experience or achievement can be presented graphically in four slides.

3. Supplemental Essay Instructions

The Notre Dame MBA Admissions Committee will accept supplemental essays from applicants who wish to provide additional information that has not been captured within other areas of the application.

For example, applicants with low undergraduate GPA’s may address any circumstances surrounding their performance or applicants who have been dismissed from school may want to consider addressing that issue. Also, if you want to explain your work history in greater detail, please use the Supplemental Essay to provide us with a chronology of your work history. Chronologies should include months and years worked – it is not a resume.

If you are a re-applicant, you must complete a Supplemental Essay outlining your activities since you last applied.

Ultimately, we will accept supplemental essays on any topic that you feel is important to the Committee and not contained or explained fully within other portions of the application.

Please keep all submissions to one page, typed and double-spaced.

Again, the response to this MBA essay should complement the other essays and information found in your application. In my view, this essay is optional in name only. If you are impressive enough to get into Notre Dame, you should have more to say than can be captured in the required goals essay and the slide presentation.

If you are a reapplicant, the key question to address: How has your candidacy improved since you last applied?  An improved GMAT is easy to point to, if you have it, but don’t limit it to that. Be sure to discuss increases in responsibility on and off the job, a sharpened career goal, a community service initiative, or anything else that reflects well on you and hasn’t been discussed in the other essays.

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Notre Dame Mendoza 2014 MBA Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline Decision Notification
Early Admission September 9, 2013 October 25, 2013
Round 1 November 4, 2014 December 20, 2013
Round 2 January 6, 2014 February 28, 2014
Round 3 March 3, 2014 April 25, 2014

Linda Abraham By , president and founder of and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

  • Linda Abraham

    If any readers would like a profile evaluation for Notre Dame Mendoza, please provide the following information:

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Or if you just have a question about MBA admissions, I’ll do my best to answer it.

    • Vidhya

      Please evaluate my profile. I would be applying in R2 with my GRE scores to Notre Dame.

      Nationality/Gender/Age: Indian/Female/25

      1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

      4+ years in Information Technology with Accenture and Bosch

      -My job responsibilities were technical – involved mainframe programming and end-to-end testing (non-consulting), but the specific project that I had worked on provided opportunities to participate in managerial role as I worked on it single-handed. Mentored a team of 10 new joiners on various aspects of the project.
      – I worked in this project for 2 years. It involved a lot of crucial decision making from my end and I participated in business requirement discussions with clients. I was involved at all stages of this project from initiation to deployment, had the big picture view, involved in a lot project management activities.
      – My work involved a lot of business-level discussions (on a daily basis) with Business Partners from US.

      – Took up management role in addition to the technical role.
      Responsibilities: Mainframe programming/testing (was a SME for the
      project), Mentored and coordinated a team of 5 members, Coordinated with clients to come up with Business Requirements (bridging technical gaps, providing decisions/suggestions on what might be an optimized solution)
      – Participated in regular business-level discussions with clients from US & Germany.

      2) GMAT/GRE
      I would be applying with my GRE scores. GRE: 322 Quant: 159 (75th
      percentile), Verbal: 163 (91st percentile), AWA 4 (54th percentile)
      Although I intend to focus on the application process without a re-take, please advise if my low quant score could break my application and if I should re-take. I always do very well on quant and can show instances of my above-par quant abilities. I guess it wasn’t my day when I took the
      test. Although I can re-take, I strongly think my time would be better
      spent if I focus on other parts of the app process. Please advise what I
      should do.

      3) College info:
      Major: Bachelors in Engineering (Electronics) University: Anna University (Indian University, non-IIT)
      Grade Avg: 80% (first class with distinction) ; Year of Grad: 2009

      4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

      – Co-founded a non-profit organization to help educate underprivileged
      children with a few colleagues and presently a board member at the
      – I have been teaching English and Math for primary school children through an NGO.
      – I have been a scribe for visually-impaired children and have written
      exams for them. Have done this consistently for over a year now.
      – Have devised and implemented plans for improving the sanitary conditions at a few government schools.
      – State-level Chess player. Placed 5th in state in the junior category
      championships, won the overall championship for 2 years in undergrad

      5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

      6) Your target programs.
      MBA FT
      Kelley, Mendoza, Univ of Washington-Olin, University of Wisconsin, Carroll
      Please suggest any other schools that I can target with my profile/GRE/GPA and also rate my preferred schools based on my profile/scores.

      7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
      R2 2013-14

      8) Your post-MBA goal.
      Product/Brand Management/Marketing Research in a Consumer Products Industry

      • Linda Abraham


        Thanks for your post.

        While I share your concern about your quant score, I think there is enough other evidence of your quant abilities that I wouldn’t recommend a retake for you given your background and the schools you are applying to. Basically I also agree that at this point your time can be better spent on your applications.

        Other than that quant score, which isn’t terrible, you have a competitive profile for Mendoza and your other target schools. And you have chosen them well. You may also want to consider Rotman.


    • Vincen Mathai

      I am a 25 year old Indian citizen currently in India with a work experience of 3.5 years in the IT field. Below are the details:

      Work Exp

      3.5 years of work experience in an IT company Mphasis (subsidiary of HP ) . I have worked for 1.0 years in a Banking project that specifically handles mortgages and loans of an Australian bank.

      I then moved onto another project in a manufacturing vertical where my team , spread across India,Sweden and Brazil, dealt with maintaining the GLOBAL supply chain management application for a Swedish MNC company. As of now I have completed 2.5 years with the project. This work involves communicating with clients and customers around the world (15 countries) and resolving issues related to delays and stoppage in global supply chain . I can arrange for LORs from my Swedish supervisors. I also mentored around 7 people in the project.

      Despite my CGPA I got hired with a salary package that is way above average in my university as the recruiters were more impressed by my leadership and extra curricular skills (detail below) .

      I was elevated by 1 grade to Senior delivery engineer after 2 years .


      Electronics engineering from NIT Warangal India (Consistently ranked in in Top 10) with a CGPA of 6.3 / 10 .

      The college has a very tough curriculum and especially the coursework in Electronic engineering is the toughest one among all the majors in my university .


      680 (Q 47 V 35)

      Extracurricular activities

      Voulnteered in National Service scheme, which is a student social volunteer organsiation .

      Quizzing – Appeared on premier national TV channel twice in a hotly contested International Inter school quiz contest . I have also Represented my school in many country level quizzing events and won those events as well.

      I am into public speaking and debating right from my high school days. This interest in debating led me to participate in Model United nations events (Most famous MUN attended is Georgetown University MUN -Middle East) . This love for MUN took a different turn as I became more interested in running MUNs rather than participating in MUNs as a delegate. I got that opportunity to co-found and manage the first MUN society in my college making our society the first MUN related club in all IITs and NITs in India. MUNs are never usually held in engineering colleges unlike how MUNs are held in Law and Humanities universities. . By the time I graduated attendances for the MUN conference grew by almost 120%. We were able to get endorsed by the UN Information centre of India and Bhutan and this allowed our MUN event to get the support we could need from the UN .

      I led a team and won the ‘IMPROV AD ‘making competition

      Leadership skills

      I was elected the Headboy (Student president) of my school , which had around 10000 students at the time of my graduation. Also I was the first headboy to be elected to that position as earlier the head boy selection was completely under the hands of School administration. As the headboy I was in charge of a student body consisting of 8 secretaries and another 20 prefects . It was the job of my team to maintain discipline and run various school events. I was the face of the students whenever different dignitaries visited my school.

      I ran the Model United Nations event and managed it with my colleague. We were able to kickstart an interest in an event that is not considered important in engineering colleges.

      Other details

      I belong to the Syrian christian community , which is a religious minority in India .

      I was brought up in Qatar , Middle east till the age of 18. In Qatar I was able to learn about people and cultures from different parts of the world. I have good knowledge of different aspects of life and in the Middle East because of this . As soon as I graduated school, I went to study in India .Thus the two different experiences I had till now taught me many things about life and business that I am applying in my life currently.

      I do not know if these matters or not but would like to use these as a differentiating factor in the Indian male IT group.

      Short term goal: Always had a passion for marketing and was following the rends of tech insutry as a hobby for the past 5 years. I want to become a product manager for A B2C/B2B product or service in a High Tech company .

      • Linda Abraham


        You have a competitive profile for Notre Dame. You may also want to consider UNC, Duke, Rotman, HEC (if you would consider Europe) INSEAD, CMU Tepper, and Cornell Tech. For a couple of stretches, consider Kellogg and Haas.


  • DR

    Hi, and thanks for the tips in your article. Could you please evaluate my profile?
    1) 6 years as a military Financial Management Officer
    2) Current GMAT 35 verbal (74%), 44 quant (66%) overall 650 (79%) Currently studying for the GRE to improve those scores. Family emergency around the time of my GMAT brought my scores down.
    3) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 3.97/4.0, BS in Finance, 2008
    4) Soccer team Captain of local soccer club. Foster parent to local cat shelter, taking care of sick animals.
    5) Completed CFA program (do not hold charter because military work experience does not qualify)
    6) Work in private wealth management or investment banking

    • Linda Abraham

      You’re most welcome.

      Obviously your GMAT is at the low end for Mendoza, but given your grades, work experience, and leadership, I still think you have a competitive profile for Mendoza.

      You may also want to consider Rochester Simon, Baruch Zicklin, Georgetown, or UNC.

      Linda Abraham