Consulting Projects

Eller MBA students at consultant site
Client Timeline to Engage

  

Deadline to submit for Fall ACP Projects – Mid March

Deadline to submit for Spring Consulting Projects – End of August

If you have questions or a project you would like to consider, please contact: experiential@eller.arizona.edu for more information!

The MBA Consulting Program provides a unique opportunity for student teams to work directly with companies to create high-impact, implementable business solutions.  Each consulting project is specifically tailored to a real-world business challenge in a local, regional, or global company.  Projects are selected based on the applicable skills required and the industry interest of our students. 

The Eller MBA consulting teams are made up of 4-6 graduate students.  Teams are supported by Eller College of Management Faculty who provide subject matter expertise.  The Director and Assistant Director of Experiential Learning provide the students with Project Management support.

There are currently two opportunities to engage with Consulting Project Clients:  

Spring Consulting Projects

Advanced Consulting Projects

Learn more about the process here.

Spring Consulting Projects 

BNAD 597A Consulting Projects is a second-semester core course for first-year, full-time MBA students.  The consulting class provides students with an opportunity to develop and refine their skills in project and client management.   Additional industry or résumé enhancing experience is an added benefit to the course.  Skills practiced in this course translate directly to summer internships and future careers. 

“My career change from food and beverage manufacturing to healthcare consulting was a big one. The experiential learning project helped me develop credibility in healthcare and jump start my healthcare network.” –Jason Marietta Class of 2016

 Beyond the specific skills required to complete the project, students will enhance their abilities in communicating, teaming, adapting to project challenges, and and presenting, in order to navigate ambiguity and solve real-world business problems.   


 

Advanced Consulting Projects

Full-Time MBA Students who successfully complete the spring consulting class are invited to apply for the fall advanced consulting project elective.  This course takes place in the fall semester immediately following student summer internships.  Between the spring consulting course, the summer internship and the fall advanced consulting course, an MBA student has the ability to add up to a year of professional experience to their résumé.   Graduate students from other colleges and programs are invited to apply to the ACP course based on the specific needs of the project.  


 

Student Consulting Process

Plan & Organize:

  • Before the semester begins, the project is initially scoped with the Director of Experiential Learning, the Faculty Advisor, and the client. 
  • Student teams are selected by Eller Faculty and Staff.  A team leader is selected for each project based on the individual’s skills, desire to lead, and a peer assessment that nominates the individual for leadership.  Additional roles within the team are determined by that individual team.
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are signed
  • BNAD 597A – Students attend an all-day seminar at the beginning of the semester

Finalize Project Objectives and Questions:

  • The first opportunity to meet your client in person is at the KickOff meeting.  The KickOff is a student-led meeting designed to give the team the needed information to finalize the scope of the project into the Project Charter.
  • Your team will create a work plan for the semester that lays out a plan for accomplishing the project objectives.  The work plan is your tool to do this.  The more robust the work plan, the more detail that is included, the more successful the project will be. 
  • The Project Charter is created to serve as the bounding document for the project.  Students lay out the milestones, risks to completion, communication strategies, etc. that will enable them to successfully complete their project.  This document is signed and accepted by both the student team and the client.  Once this is complete the real work begins!
  • Begin formulating weekly status reports to your client, distilling information gathered, clearly laying out any requests the client, and alerting the client of any risks or decisions to be made. 

Analysis & Solution Development:

  • During this segment of the semester student teams are actively conducting project specific research and analysis of data.  Should the project require it, this is when interviews and surveys occur as well. 
  • Progress Presentation to client occurs.  The purpose of the Progress Presentation is to obtain your client’s agreement for the direction of the project.  The teams should be confirming that the path they are taking is the correct one. If the direction needs to shift, the student teams needs to secure the client’s agreement to the new path forward. 
  • Perform analysis of data collected through research, interviews, surveys, or other methods to begin formulating recommendations.

Finalize:

  • Finalize recommendations and/or client deliverables
  • Deliver Final Client Presentation to present recommendations and/or deliverables
  • Write an Executive Summary

 

Some Examples

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     

 

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