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Lacy School of Business
The Butler MBA Program

Hands-On Experience

Straight Out of the Gates

We don’t wait long to get our students involved in hands-on experiences. On the first day, 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 Steak 'n Shake, Old National Bank, and Finish Line. After several hours of onsite data collection, teams develop recommendations before finding themselves face-to-face with company executives.

Dive into an Industry

We recognize the importance of allowing our students to deeply engage. 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 and submit their final recommendations to industry leaders. In past years, students have worked with the sporting and craft beer industries.

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

Experience Around the Globe

There’s no better way to gain international business experience than to take your learning outside of classroom walls and national borders. 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. The course’s location changes each year. Past destinations have included Argentina, Chile, China, Germany, and Singapore.

Get on Board

Community is important, and we’re all a part of it. The FirstPerson Board Fellows program selects 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.

To Cap it Off

Our MBA experience wouldn’t be complete without the final challenge. 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 such as Roche Diagnostics, Dow Agrisciences, and Rolls-Royce. 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.