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Management Consulting Concentration

It is anticipated that a student will complete the Management Consulting option in an effort to leverage his or her training in a primary functional option.

Therefore, the option 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. This course 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 this course, a student will select three elective courses that cover process skills required of a management consultant.

Students who are not interested in the full Consulting option, but would like to strengthen particular managerial core competencies, are encouraged to enroll in individual elective courses that provide those specific opportunities for professional development.

Concentration Requirements

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MBA Core - 15 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MBA Core - 10 credits
    • Electives - 3 - 6 credit

Second Year

  • Fall semester
    • Electives* and/or internship – minimum 12 credits
  • Spring semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions - 1 credit
    • MGO 644 Business Practice - 1 credit
    • MGG 650 Consulting Practices - 3 credits
    • Electives* – 9 - 12 credits

*6 elective credits must be selected from the following courses:

MGI 601 Principles of Workforce Engagement
MGB 607 Leadership and Motivation
MGB 620 Special Topics - Team Mentor Program
MGB 666 & 667 Leadership Development I & II count as one elective - for LeaderCORE students only
MGG 633 Modeling Managerial Processes
MGG 636 Communication Skills
MGG 640 Theory and Practice of Negotiations
MGG 643 Team Building in Organizations
MGG 660 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGO 634 Project Management

Management Consulting Career Opportunities
Consulting skills are increasingly in demand as organizations make greater use of both internal and external consultants. 

Internally, MBAs are routinely placed in staff positions where they are assigned to change initiatives requiring these skills. Employees with specific technical specialization (finance, human resources and information technology) are commonly assigned to roles as internal consultants to line managers. 

Externally, employment in the consulting industry continues to grow. The process skills developed in the Management Consulting option provide students with the foundation necessary for success whether you are working for a small boutique firm, or a large international, full service consulting firm.

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 are increasingly looking for people who can apply those skills in an environment that demands flexibility, speed and innovation. This means that you not only must be comfortable in this kind of environment, but are actually able to serve as a change agent yourself.

The ability to play this role has been cited by the senior business leaders on the 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 change agent, whether as an internal consultant within your own organization, 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 ultimately be able to achieve your change goals with the cooperation of other people who may not share the same interests.