Eller Business Consulting Project teams are made up of four to six graduate students. Teams are supported by Eller College faculty, who provide subject matter expertise. Eller staff provide students with project management support.
There are currently two course opportunities to engage with clients: Consulting Projects (spring semester) and Advanced Consulting Projects (fall semester). Scroll down to learn more, including the student consulting process, course descriptions, and student benefits.
The student consulting process involves several steps and deliverables, and is divided into four distinct components:
The Consulting Projects class is offered in the spring semester to first-year Eller graduate students. It is a required part of the core curriculum for MBA and MIS students.
Advanced Consulting Projects is offered in the fall following BNAD 597A. The class is available to second-year MBA, MS MIS, and select interdisciplinary graduate students via a competitive application process.
BNAD 597A Consulting Projects is a first-year graduate core course. Occurring in the second semester of the first year, the consulting class provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine their skills in project and client management.
Additional industry or skill-specific, résumé-enhancing experience is an added benefit to the course. Skills practiced in this course translate directly to future success in summer internships and eventual 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, MBA Class of 2016
More than the specific skills required to complete the project, students are able to enhance their communication abilities, teaming, adaptability to project challenges, presentation skills, and their ability to handle real-world ambiguity to solve problems.