One of the clear takeaways from the research used in the recently completed Full-Time MBA redesign is the importance of being able to think cross-functionally when approaching a business decision. To this end, the redesigned MBA program applies a multi-faceted approach to integrate the core coursework and train leaders to successfully and confidently apply this knowledge in their career.

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An Integrated MBA Experience

  • Integrated Core Courses & Friday Sessions

    In the first semester of the curriculum, every Friday will include a 2-hour integration lecture designed to assist students in building a cross-functional approach to business. In each session, two or more core faculty from different disciplines will co-teach a case or activity that highlights the connections and complementarities between core courses.  To facilitate these integrated sessions, the first-semester coursework has been broken into 3 “blocks” so that all core functional courses (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Leadership) overlap for several weeks.  Finally, a core capstone at the end of the first semester will challenge students to apply the core material cross-functionally, and provide students feedback on their professional growth through the program.

  • Real-World Cross-Functional Learning

    Beyond the integration of academic coursework, there are also multiple experiential learning opportunities that allow students to hone their ability to work cross-functionally.  The Business Lab course in the second semester will engage students in solving a real-world problem for a local firm with a cross-functional approach.  The Global Applied Projects course offers a second opportunity to participate in a hands-on business project, working for a firm abroad to gain experience and perspective that comes from working in a foreign country.  In the third semester, students will have the opportunity to work with a local non-profit in identifying, scoping, and completing a business project in the Social Impact Challenge

  • Challenge Your Enhanced Skillset

    Finally, in the last semester, all students will take the Max Problem Solving course.  The purpose of this course is to examine the most challenging problems in society, to understand them through a business lens, and to develop/propose solutions using application of business concepts and knowledge from throughout the FTMBA program.

The Full-Time MBA redesign highlights Fisher’s dedication to providing students with cross-functional expertise and the experience to help them apply it confidently on day one.  Given the importance of this ability to recruiters, we are excited about the integration aspect of the redesign and the value it can provide to our students.

Roger BaileyFull-Time MBA Co-Director, Senior Lecturer
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