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Immersive, Hands-On Study


Gain Experiential Knowledge and Skills

In the Full-time MBA program, you’ll experience real-world applications of business concepts through group projects, case studies, labs, simulations, guest speakers, practical exercises and internships.

Put yourself to the test in the Applied Business Research course and the Mayo Innovative Scholars program. Solve actual business challenges for local companies. Build your dynamic, creative problem-solving skills and prepare for your next career challenge.

Our experiential learning model empowers you to: 

  • Develop creative, effective solutions to tough business challenges
  • Balance business knowledge with principled leadership and ethical decision-making
  • Build connections with professionals working in your field
  • Thrive in today’s competitive landscape
accept a job within 3 months of graduation
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Communication Labs

In these labs, develop your ability to communicate skillfully with effective writing, public speaking and successful media management. Lab instructors are professionals who bring their experience coaching corporate leaders into the MBA classroom. Your teachers will evaluate your presentations, and provide invaluable feedback to help you become a more effective leader.
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Applied Business Research (MKTG 652)

In this core course, you’ll use the concepts learned during your first semester to assist a Twin Cities organization with a current business problem, or to assess a current opportunity. In a team of students, you’ll design, implement and report on this business project, and will be evaluated by both the professor(s) and the clients for whom you conduct the project.

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Aristotle Fund

The Aristotle Fund is a student-managed investment fund, and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience managing an investment fund of over $6 million. To help manage the Aristotle Fund, you must submit an application.


Additional Information about the Aristotle Fund

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Companies that Have Worked with Our Students in the Applied Business Research Course:

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Toro
  • JMC Retail
  • Schwan's
  • Schuler Shoes
  • Metro Transit
  • US Bank
  • Parade of Homes

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Project Consultants for Semester

MBA students work with actual Twin Cities companies in a business simulation class.
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From MBA to Company CEO

What really happens when MBA students become CEOs of a fictitious firm.
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Case Competitions

Full-time MBA students are encouraged to participate in a variety of local and global case competitions, including:

This case study competition gives students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience with mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with the chance to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a panel of M&A professionals. Regional winners are awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title and cash awards.
International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC)
The IBECC is a premier international competition where teams from different universities and graduate schools present a case related to ethics in business. IBECC draws competitors from prestigious North American, Asian and British universities.
Fowler Concept Business Challenge
This competition encourages St. Thomas students to explore their potential, generate new opportunities and use the skills and knowledge acquired at our university to make a difference in the world. Scholarships are awarded to the top four finishers and best presenter in each track.