Management Consulting Concentration

Increase your marketability and meet industry demand for internal and external management consultants. 

Management consulting is a secondary concentration and should be taken together with a functional concentration such as finance, marketing, HR, information assurance, etc.).

The management consulting concentration is short on required courses and long on flexibility. There are only two required courses, one of which is MGG 650: Consulting Practices, taken in the last semester, which focuses on the nuts and bolts of managing a consulting engagement, the process of organizational change and development, and features a team-based consulting project. The other course is MGI 601: Principles of Workforce Engagement, taken in the second last semester.

In addition to these courses, you will select three elective courses that cover process skills required of a management consultant.

If you are not interested in the full consulting concentration, but would like to strengthen specific managerial skills, you are encouraged to enroll in individual elective courses that provide those specific opportunities for professional development.

Concentration Requirements

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The Management Consulting concentration requires four total courses (12 total credits), MGG 650 and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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MGI 601LEC Workforce Engagement

This course will examine Human Resources from a strategic perspective, emphasizing the contribution of HR decisions to the development of a high performance organization. HRM will be treated as a dynamic system that enables organizations to cope more quickly and effectively with a rapidly changing environment. The course will emphasize those topics, such as reward systems, performance management and the selection and retention of high performance employees that confront managers in a variety of organizational roles. Emphasis will be given to the identification, evaluation and solution of specific HR problems facing managers with these responsibilities.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12472 F1I LEC T 3:45 - 6:25 p.m. Jacobs 112 Argentine, Stephanie L

MGB 607LEC Motivation and Leadership

This course will help students begin developing leadership skills. Various ideas about what leadership is, how it is practiced, and how it can be evaluated will be covered. Students will learn about the relevance of leadership to the work motivation of individuals, to the effectiveness of groups, and to overall performance of firms. Opportunities to assess and explore alternatives to their own leadership characteristics and styles will be provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
24280 F1B LEC UNKWN Online Treadway, Darren

MGB 620SEM Special Topics

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12504 F1B SEM Team Mentoring M 5:30 - 8:20 p.m. Arr Arr Rogers, Mary Ann

MGB 666SEM LeaderCORE Development I

As the first of two required courses of the MBA LeaderCORE program,this course will: a)help students identify areas of improvement (either strengths to be capitalized on or weakness to be mitigated) in selected core competencies,b) provided guidance for improvement,and c) define a development plan. This course offers person-centered learning with the guidance of multiple professionals and serves as the prerequisite to LeaderCORE Development II. Prerequisite:LeaderCORE program acceptance.

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19552 S3B SEM R 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Siaw-Asamoah, Dorothy
11600 S1B SEM T 3:30 - 5:20 p.m. Alfiero 104 Siaw-Asamoah, Dorothy
11500 S2B SEM R 3:30 - 5:20 p.m. Alfiero 104 Siaw-Asamoah, Dorothy

MGB 667SEM LeaderCORE Development II

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite MGB 666


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20008 F2B SEM R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Everest, Nicholas J
12638 F1B SEM R 3:30 - 6:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Everest, Nicholas J

 • MGB 666 and 667 Leadership Development I and II count as one elective - for LeaderCORE students only

MGG 633LEC Model Managerial Process

Historically, managers have considered decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience. This course gives you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how to think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. The main focus of the course will be on modeling decisions in the spreadsheet environment, illustrated by applications from operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. The approaches and techniques for decision-making are useful throughout the firm, both within functional areas and for the essential management challenge of working across functional boundaries.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11536 S1G LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Krzystofiak, Frank J
11513 S2G LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 103 Krzystofiak, Frank J

MGG 643 Team Building in Organizations

MGG 660 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

MGO 634LEC Project Management

This course deals with defining, organizing, and managing activities associated with complex, multidisciplinary projects. Such endeavors are critical to raise the level of performance of the organization and enable it to have a competitive edge. Many areas of MBA education when applied in ¿real world¿ require extraordinary and coordinated effort by various parts of the organization for implementation. In times of rapidly changing technologies and managerial processes, the need for cross-functional teams to achieve long and short term goals is increasingly imperative.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19910 F2O LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Hayden, William M.
12539 F10 LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 104 Hayden, William M.

Management Consulting Profession

Outstanding technical and functional skills are an essential foundation for your professional development. But, they just get you in the game, they don’t separate you from the competition. Organizations need people who can apply those skills in an environment that demands flexibility, speed and innovation. This means that you must be comfortable in this kind of environmentwith the ability to serve as a change agent.

The ability to play this role has been cited by the senior business leaders on the UB School of Management's Dean's Advisory Council as the most critical missing competency in new MBAs.

By offering an option in management consulting, we recognize that as a consultant you often play the role of a change agent, whether as an internal consultant or as member of an external consulting engagement. In either case, you need the process skills to persuasively communicate your ideas, work effectively on team-based projects and achieve your change goals with the cooperation of others who may not share the same interests.