New UC Davis MBA Curriculum Prepares Innovative Leaders for Global IMPACT

Dear GSM Community,

I have exciting news to share that is the culmination of more than 10 months of collaborative work by our faculty, alumni, students and business leaders.

This autumn the Graduate School of Management will launch a new, innovative MBA curriculum—the most fundamental renewal in the school’s history—that further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability to better prepare our graduates with the real-world practice, analytical and technical skills, and leadership training they need to succeed.

Coupled with a suite of new advanced leadership-training and career-development programs, the curriculum enhancements reflect emerging trends in the business world and, at the same time, demonstrate our entrepreneurial drive to stay ahead of the curve in business education. Our faculty overwhelmingly approved the changes in January.

The new curriculum reinforces our core strengths of values-based leadership, emphasis on teamwork, and turning ideas into action to solve strategic business issues.

The anchor is a new, two-part capstone course: Integrated Management Project, Articulation and Critical Thinking (IMPACT). The course will sharpen students’ writing, speaking and critical-thinking abilities and then put those collective business skills and knowledge to work on 20-week team projects for client companies.

The corporate offices of multinational Fortune 500 firms and the ultra-fast-paced environments at Silicon Valley start-ups will become classrooms for our students to develop innovative solutions for cutting-edge companies in the world’s leading innovation hub: the Sacramento-San Francisco Bay Area corridor.

The team projects will be organized around industries directly connected to UC Davis’ research strengths and our locations, including clean technology and energy; information technology; healthcare delivery; foods, nutrition and agribusiness; telemedicine; the intersection of human and animal medicine; and service sectors such as finance and consulting.

No other business school in the world offers the breadth of opportunities for MBA students to work on compelling, hands-on projects for top companies in the key growth sectors that intersect with UC Davis’ world-leading research and position as one of the nation’s top-10 public universities

This is a momentous step forward for the School. I encourage you to visit our website to view a short video that highlights the details of our new curriculum.

Best regards,

Steven C. Currall
Dean and Professor of Management