In the spring semester of your first year, you will apply your academic knowledge to a real-world business challenge in a team consulting project for a company offering a business model or service, or a parallel set of challenges, to that of your identified target employer or industry.
Team Building, Networking
As part of a three- or four-person team, you will work closely with executives from a local, regional, or global company to define the scope, objectives, and deliverables for a 16-week project. Faculty advisors and MBA staff will serve as resources and will check in on a bi-weekly basis throughout the semester.
The Consulting Project will give you consulting experience in a focus area such as product strategy, financial analysis, strategic planning, or operational excellence. It will also enhance your ability to manage team dynamics — communication, organization, planning, leading, outcome — as well as hone your ability to make sound decisions in a time and resource constrained environment.
Advanced Consulting Projects
If you want to build on your initial Consulting Project experience, this 3-credit elective is an opportunity to choose from a series of available projects, then work in a team with graduate students from other disciplines to tackle a complex consulting challenge. Advanced Consulting Projects are designed for students who wish to gain additional industry or skill specific resume-enhancing experience.
Consulting Project topics have included:
- Intellectual property evaluation
- Cost analysis
- Sales forecasting
- Feasibility studies
- New product launch
- Strategic business plan development
- Employee retention analysis
- Affinity plan development
- Strategic marketing plans
- Information systems analysis
- Utility cost analysis
- Product assessment and evaluation
If you have a project you would like us to consider, contact Carolyn M. Duffield at 520.621.9400.