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Real-World Practice
You choose from a wide range of compelling opportunities to put theory into practice—what we call Ideas into Action.

Ideas into Action

As a UC Davis MBA student, you choose from a wide range of compelling opportunities to put theory into practice—what we call Ideas into Action.

The following are a sampling of the many programs and activities that provide you with real-life application of concepts learned in the classroom, helping you become a leader with the toolkit, perspective and experience to have a global impact.

Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

UC Davis’ annual business plan competition, Big Bang!,
is organized by our MBA students and provides a year-round forum for the UC Davis community to develop and test business visions. Sponsored by corporations, angel investors and the venture capital community, the competition opens a network of resources for mentorship, team building and networking for entrepreneurs.

Business Development Clinics

Dedicated to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship through education programs that bridge science, engineering and business, this course series cultivates ground-breaking ideas and builds the networks to literally bring them to life, providing you with a hands-on introduction to business development.

UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center’s Emerging Venture Analysts 

The nation’s first university-based center of its kind to focus on technology transfer, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center offers opportunities to work with industry to commercialize cutting-edge, energy-efficient technologies. The center has strong ties with leading energy and utility companies, policy makers and sponsor firms, including Chevron, Goldman Sachs and Walmart. GSM Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart directs the center.

MBA Consulting Center

This Center of Excellence identifies high-impact projects for you to gain practical experience and apply your knowledge and skills while earning credit toward your MBA degree. You work in a small team with a field advisor on a strategic project to solve a critical business challenge for organizations ranging from Fortune 500s to start-ups.

CalPERS and CalSTRS Fellowships

Offered in partnership with our Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility, this fellowship program gives students valuable finance and investment experience at two of the largest public pension funds in the world:  the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), both headquartered in the nearby Sacramento area. 

UC Davis MBA Sacramento Mayoral Fellows

Modeled after the White House Fellows Program in Washington, D.C., this unique partnership with the city of Sacramento gives UC Davis MBA students hands-on understanding of how business and government intersect.

 Professional Clubs

Diverse student-run groups create opportunities in their fields, from marketing and finance to technology and consulting. By linking students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals, the clubs help grow future leaders, enhance career options and build networks. For example, the student-run Community Consulting Group brings teams together to offer free consulting services to nonprofits.