Professor Steve Gunning Speaks About What Makes the Curry MBA "Distinctly Unique"

 
Associate Professor Steven Gunning, Director of the MBA program, often connects with new students by leading information sessions and speaking about the value of the Curry MBA, and what differentiates it from other programs.

 "Our program brings an efficient option for students because it's done in two years. It's a cohort experience combining both face-to-face classes, held once a week, and online assignments. Then there's the distinctly unique Capstone that really helps with networking and problem solving."

This unique aspect of Curry's MBA program is the 16-week Capstone experience - an applied research project where students, working as a team of consultants, partner with a business to solve specific challenges facing the organization. The project concludes with the cohort providing a compelling business presentation to the sponsoring organization. Past business partners have included Cisco Brewers, Reebok International, Ltd, and Simpson Spring.

 "This program is a real roll up your sleeves effort for our students, working as a team consultants for the business, dealing with the business partner, meeting with them at their offices or here at Curry College, and doing real- life consulting for them."

During the Capstone presentation, students present their business and marketing recommendations to clients-offering analysis on everything from branding to business expansion.

Video: The Curry College MBA Capstone




"Our hope is that the companies implement those recommendations," says Professor Gunning. "In some cases, they have taken small steps but in others, they've advanced huge initiatives. So that's been exciting."

The Curry MBA program operates with a team-based approach that provides students valuable networking connections.

 "Students form business relationships and friendships as a result of the program and the Capstone. Networking is a key functionality," says Gunning. " These connections provide opportunities for the students to enhance and advance their careers."

Student success is everything for Gunning, who explains that his favorite aspect of the program is how it transforms people in a positive way.

"Among the more rewarding experiences is watching people grow over the two years that I've known them," he says, adding that Curry MBA students develop and practice necessary skills such as problem solving and public speaking. "Our program offers everything students need to succeed."



 

 
 
 
 

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