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Notre Dame Mendoza MSBA Sample Essays


One essay 
Statement of Purpose (100 words or less)
One slide presentation (four slides)
Video assessment/Personal Statements

Statement of Purpose-
Please share your short term professional goals. How does the Notre Dame Master of Science in Business Analytics help achieve your career goals?

Your statement of purpose should be 100 words or less.


The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842, by Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C, with a mission to become “one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country”. In 1879, Father Sorin’s vision for Notre Dame seemingly came to an abrupt end when a massive fire destroyed the main building that housed the entire university.

Instead of giving up, Father Sorin interpreted the fire as a sign that his dream was too small. He then decided to rebuild, bigger and better. The now iconic main building still stands today, topped by the gleaming Golden Dome, as an ongoing symbol of perseverance and vision.

Tell us about a time, in your personal or professional experience, when you persevered and overcame obstacles or you had to start over and rebuild. What did you learn most about yourself, and how has that influenced how you show up in the world?

Please follow these guidelines:
Size 12 font
Double-spaced with paragraphs
500 words or less

Slide Presentation-

The holistic nature of the application evaluation process takes into account multiple aspects of one’s profile. In addition to a resume and transcripts, this slide presentation allows you to show aspects of yourself that cannot be seen elsewhere. Tell us about yourself and your unique qualities outside of your academic and professional experience.

Please consider the following guidelines when creating your presentation:
Please submit four (4) slides.

You may create your slides in any software that works for you, but you must save and upload as a PDF document.Do not use audio or video files.
You are free to share anything about yourself that you think would be of value to the Admissions Committee. You can have some fun and be a bit more lighthearted in this portion of your application. Your tone should reflect your personality.

Please be assured that the Admissions Committee will read your essay, your resume, and your transcripts in detail. Your slides are an opportunity to go beyond your academic and work history and show the Committee who you are as a person.

Please note that some applicants experience a short delay in uploading their slide presentation. If your application checklist does not initially reflect receipt of this item, there is no need to resubmit this document.

Supplemental Essay (optional)-

If there is information that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that does not appear elsewhere in your application, you may choose to submit a supplemental essay. For example, if your undergraduate GPA does not represent your true capabilities, a supplemental essay is your opportunity to address any relevant circumstances that impacted your performance.

Please follow these guidelines:
Size 12 font
Double-spaced with paragraphs
Limit to one page

Notre Dame Mendoza MSBA Recommendation Letters

You must add two recommenders to the field below. At least one letter of recommendation MUST be from an academic source (professor, academic advisor, etc.). Recommendations from friends and family are not accepted. Please tell your recommender to expect an email from the Mendoza College of Business. Many institutions have strict firewalls and the email may be directed to a spam folder.

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