Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame

Why you should consider this program

Founded in 1954 by Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, to address the business administration needs of the Catholic education and healthcare systems, the program provides an exceptional business education through a nonprofit lens focused on essential issues including the study of philanthropy, making an impact through administrative effectiveness, accountability, and revenue generation, as well as the core disciplines of business. Programs are housed within the Mendoza College of Business, a top business school.

MNA Program

  • Residential, 10 months
  • 36 credit hours     
  • 0-2 years’ experience 
  • Includes a practicum developing additional not for profit (NFP) experience
  • Begins mid-August
  • Commencement mid-May

Executive MNA Program - An accelerated hybrid program 

  • Total of 10 weeks residential over 14-48 months, depending upon course load 
  • 42 credit hours    
  • More than two years nonprofit experience (average, 12 years)
  • Summer residential core courses in two- four- or six-week sessions; elective credits and select core courses offered online in the fall and spring terms     

Candidates are typically from:
K-12 and higher education (33%)
Health and human services (25%)
For-profit with NFP clients (10%)
Other, including government, religious, non-government organizations (NGO), and arts (32%)

Begins Mid-June, residential through mid-July; commencement mid-May

Total Costs MNA:  $37,200; EMNA:  $42,500

Less Fellowship MNA:  $26,700; EMNA: $32,000

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 42,500 $ 10,500 $ 32,000
Out of state $ 42,500 $ 10,500 $ 32,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

$10,500 tuition scholarship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

EMNA candidates may qualify for an additional 3 credit hours of tuition funding based upon successful completion of a Field Project in a high need U.S. community.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 11,500

Application fee waived?



MNA Program

The experiential learning is comprised of two parts:

Fall semester practicum:  Placement of a candidate with a local, regional, national, or international nonprofit and/or social enterprise organization to gain valuable field experience within an agency while having the opportunity to turn theory into practice. Completion of a mutually-agreed upon project at the agency.

Spring semester synthesis:  Candidate and organizations will engage in faculty-led discussions centered on work completed in the fall semester.

EMNA Program

The Field Project is a capstone experience for students emphasizing the practice of nonprofit leadership, sustainability and administration based on EMNA coursework and research and applied to a high need U.S. community nonprofit. Requires approximately 100 hours.  Cost of the tuition reimbursed by Coverdell Fellowship, with successful project completion.

Jobs for program alumni

MNA Program

The first cohort will begin August 2019 and will graduate in May 2020. We anticipate candidates will work across the not for profit sector reflecting their interests and abilities.

EMNA Program

Over 90% of EMNAs are employed full-time while enrolled in the program at organizations including but not limited to:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots (AOPA) Foundation
  • Archdiocese of the Catholic Church
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Chicago History Museum
  • City of Mesquite, TX
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
  • Illinois Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Society
  • Latino Policy Forums
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • North Carolina Golf Association
  • Northwestern Medical Foundation
  • Red Cross
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Salvation Army
  • Springhill Consulting Group
  • The (Chicago) Field Museum
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Department of Defense (DOD)
  • UNI Global Union
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • United States Tennis Association
  • United Way
  • Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Young Life
  • Many K-12 and higher education institutions

Other details

Program length

EMNA hybrid: 14-48 months; MNA residential: 10 months

Application requirements

Admissions process

When submitting your application be sure to include a signed copy of your Description of Service (DOS) to indicate that you are applying for the Coverdell Fellowship.   

Program begins

EMNA Mid-June; MNA Mid-August

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Kim Brumbaugh, Program Manager

Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556