The UC Davis MBA Consulting Center offers high-quality field study experiences to our MBA students who have completed (or nearly completed) the core courses. Students apply the business knowledge acquired in other courses to real-world situations.
Over the course of the project you apply the skills that you’ve learned in finance, accounting, marketing and statistics and then watch as your recommendations are actually implemented.
Bill Farnham, Class of 2006, MBA student consultant for WunderBar
The Center is led by Professor Richard Dorf as director and Assistant Dean James Stevens as administrator. They pre-qualify the most compelling field study opportunities for students each quarter.
Each quarter one or more field study projects are available to teams of students from both the Daytime and Working Professional MBA programs. Students may enroll in a 3-unit class (Management Practicum Course 498 or 499) after they have been approved as a team for a particular field study. No more than 6 units of 299, 498 and/or 499 coursework can be applied toward the MBA degree requirements.
The value of the MBA Consulting Center is hands-on, real-world experience combined with the excellent resources available to students such as the expertise of the field study advisors.
Paige Marino, Class of 2006, MBA student consultant for Genentech
A practicum course is either a professional skills course that provides students with skills that managers might benefit from having (team building, presentations, business writing, etc.), or a project course or applications course that does not follow a traditional academic curriculum or format. Workload expectations for each course will follow the Carnegie formula: at least 30 hours of work for each unit of credit per quarter, per student.