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Partners and Connections  :  MBA Business Project

MBA Business Project

Through the MBA Business Project of the School of Business Administration (SBA), area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to “hire” MBA students who are in the final stages of their degree program. These students are completing their MBA Business Project, a final hands-on practicum in which skills learned in the classroom are applied to real world situations. The sponsoring companies are considered serious clients and receive all the benefits of professional consultation, without the hefty price tag. Since the students work in teams of three to four students and each student commits 200 or more hours, the sponsoring companies can expect the equivalent of four months work on their particular project. The average estimated value to the client is $76,000.

More than 50 organizations, small and large, have sponsored an MBA Business Project team. Their projects represent the full range of issues and challenges facing today’s business leaders, and students respond with skills honed through hours of analysis and strategic thinking.

Sponsoring organizations are expected to meet several requirements:

  • The proposed project’s length and scope must match the students’ time and resource limitations.
  • A contact person within the organization is assigned to the MBA student team.
  • The organization pays for all agreed upon out-of-pocket expenses associated with the project and makes a contribution to the MBA program. The contribution is waived for not-for-profit or start-up firms.

For more information or to register, please contact Alan Resnik.

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