The foundation of the Full-Time MBA curriculum is the three-semester Management Practice course sequence, which introduces students to cross-functional learning through design thinking projects, professional consulting engagements, new business designs, and strategic analysis.
Coursework begins with an introduction to the ways in which effective managers add value in their organizations. During the first semester, students build a broad foundation of business knowledge and capabilities. The second semester includes an examination of the complex demands of managing in a changing global environment.
The first year also includes three electives, a project that combines design thinking and corporate social responsibility, and the Consulting Project, in which student teams deliver practical solutions to real-world clients.
The second year of coursework is designed to strengthen students’ essential skills while developing depth in a functional or interdisciplinary specialization. Students take seven electives spread over the two semesters of the second year.
The second year also includes the Business Plan Project. Working in teams, students take an idea for a product or service from concept to the completion of an investment-grade business plan. In addition, many students choose to pursue an academic-year internship.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT
The Carroll School is committed to instilling a strong sense of community service in its students. In an effort to align this commitment with the program, all MBA students must fulfill a requirement of 20 hours of service to others through meaningful work as volunteers.