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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

Core Courses

At the Carroll School, experiential learning is a critical component of the core curriculum for students in both the Full-Time and Evening MBA programs.

For Full-Time students, applied learning begins during the first year of classes. In the first semester, student teams learn the methods of design thinking and apply them to real-world corporate citizenship programs. Each team works with a major corporation to design a social or environmental program that the corporation wishes to pursue.

During the second semester, Full-Time MBA students team up again for the Consulting Project, in which they provide consulting services to real-world clients ranging from startup businesses to major multinational corporations and governmental agencies. The project culminates in the prestigious Diane Weiss Consulting Competition, in which teams are chosen to make formal presentations before a panel of CEOs and senior managers from leading companies.

For the Business Plan Project, students work in teams to plan and develop a business of their own. Teams take an idea for a product or service from concept to the completion of an investment-grade business plan. The project culminates in formal presentations in a competitive format to faculty, peers, and executives in the business community. Some teams even go on to launch successful businesses based on their work in this class.