Experiential learning is an integral part of the curriculum for students in MBA programs. They provide students with the opportunity for hands-on learning and collaboration, and culminate in projects that result in real-world application where students contribute to initiatives that extend far beyond the classroom.
Please note: Experiential learning offerings vary by semester. Entry to these opportunities depend on program availability and may comprise an application and approval process. Some offerings will require out-of-pocket costs and fees.
Here is a sampling of current and recent offerings:
The International Consulting Project Latin America is a semester-long course open to part-time and full-time MBA and MSA students. With faculty guidance, students enrolled in the project conduct research and analysis for a variety of clients involved in diverse industries in Latin American countries. The project culminates with a presentation of deliverables to clients in their respective countries.
In spring 2019, students in the ICP Latin America project will work with two separate companies: one that specializes in the development of ID verification solutions, and another that focuses on the development of natural extracts created for health-related applications.
The International Project Seminar is a collaborative consulting project taking place in spring 2019. Students from the Boston College MBA program and the Friedrich Alexander University School of Business and Economics in Nuremberg, Germany, will join forces to identity and analyze digital-driven business models for partner company, DATEV eG, a software developer and IT service provider. The final presentation of the project results will take place at Boston College in April.
In spring 2018, students in the seminar worked with Nuremberg-based TeamBank to formulate innovative digital banking solutions for our times. Read more about the project.
In this fall 2017 project, MBA students worked with the patrons of the McMullen Museum at Boston College to develop a long-term strategic plan to help the museum achieve its mission of playing a major role in the cultural and intellectual life of the University. Students worked on project deliverables, including stakeholder interviews, SWOT analysis, comparable institution research, strategic recommendations, and a tactical plan of execution.
Offered in spring 2019, this experiential learning course will have MBA students conducting market research and analysis on a revolutionary and proprietary material and process developed by Dr. Michael J. Naughton of the Naughton Lab at Boston College. The ultimate project will result in a comprehensive business plan including data-supported recommendations for strategies, tactics, and implementation.
MBA students in this fall 2018 directed practicum developed a comprehensive marketing strategy and implementation plan for OR Dx + Rx: Solutions for Surgical Safety, a national healthcare consulting firm. Students on the project workd directly with several nationally recognized healthcare experts to target a diverse client base. Read a feature article about the project.
Several times each year, Boston’s business leaders gather at the Boston College Chief Executives Club, long recognized as one of the country’s premier business forums. The keynote speakers at these events are CEOs drawn from the top echelons of their fields—thought leaders who welcome the opportunity to address an audience of their peers. Among the recent speakers are Disney’s Bob Iger, Nike’s Mark Parker, and IBM's Virginia Rometty.
An elite group of Boston College graduate students are invited to attend CEO Club events throughout the year. Learn more about the CEO Club.
The Carroll School’s CIRM Program is a three-course sequence of electives that examines the disparate functions of successful financial services firms and provides an exceptional opportunity for students to gain investment management experience.
During the course of the project, student advisory teams prepare investment proposals for managing “live money” portfolios as part of the University’s endowment. This hands-on learning builds competency in the areas of investment research, sales and marketing, back-office operations, portfolio accounting systems, custody platforms, trading, and settlement procedures.
Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship
The Shea Center at the Carroll School of Management engages undergraduate and graduate students in the field of entrepreneurship. Through programs like Accelerate@Shea and the Strakosch Venture Competition, the Center provides student startups with expert advice, space, and funding to launch and grow their business. Learn more about entrepreneurship at the Shea Center.
The Graduate Management Association (GMA), which represents the student body of Carroll School Graduate Programs, offers a range of clubs that facilitate applied learning and networking opportunities. Learn more about GMA club activities.
Workshops and Training
In the past, resources for Carroll School graduate students have included ARGUS training, Wall Street Prep, case interview prep, as well as workshops on data analytics software. Students are encouraged to check the Boston College events calendar for available offerings.