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The Butler MBA Program

Hands-On Experience

MBA students travelling to Europe in the Butler MBA Global Business Experience

The Butler MBA curriculum is filled with opportunities for students to experience first-hand how to take classroom material and apply it to the real situations. Some examples include:

Gateway Experience

Butler MBA students kick off their graduate-level coursework by participating in The Gateway Experience, a one-and-a-half day immersion with a local business partner. Students work in competitive teams to develop the best solution to a problem faced by businesses like Rickers, Tom Wood Automotive, and Stacked Pickle.

Business Practicum

The Business Practicum is a two-and-a-half day, field-based course that exposes MBA students to select industrial clusters. The course exposes students to business leaders and industry experts, then challenges students to draw on the skills acquired in previous courses to identify potential paths to industry success.

Global Business Experience

The Global Business Experience is a class that takes students on a weeklong study trip to another country and is open to students of any concentration. Students spend 7–10 days gaining cultural experiences, visiting companies, interacting with business leaders and local governments, and visiting tourist attractions, all while earning class credit.

FirstPerson Board Fellows Program

The FirstPerson Board Fellows program selects up to 15 MBA students each year to sit on the board of directors for local nonprofit organizations. The Fellows get hands-on community leadership experience and the opportunity to impact the nonprofit sector by completing a project for the organization for which they serve. The FirstPerson Board Fellows Program creates great business leaders and outstanding citizens. View last year’s Report to the Community to learn more about the impact the program is making.

Capstone Experience

The curriculum comes full circle when students enroll in their final course, The Capstone Experience. Students engage in a semester-long consulting project spanning multiple functional areas of business with a local partner. Using everything they have learned, students must participate in site visits, conduct research, and analyze data in order to present a solution to the company’s executives.