Consulting Specialization

The Consulting specialization prepares students for successful careers in a variety of high-demand areas such as federal consulting, operations consulting, IT consulting, human capital consulting, and management consulting. Courses in this specialization will equip you with the skills you'll need to effectively solve strategic business problems and excel in this sought-after field.

11 credit hours required for specialization

First Year: Spring Semester
BUAD 6521 - Management Consulting (required)

2 Credits

 

This course examines the management consulting process and prepares students for a role as either an internal or external consultant. The course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the art and science of providing management counsel to client organizations in the public and private sectors. The course follows the process of a typical consulting engagement in identifying key project requirements, feasibility and design alternatives.

Second Year: Fall Semester

Choose any CAM (required) - 3 hours count toward specialization

BUAD 598A - Business Analytics and Supply Chain CAM

6 Credits

 

The Business Analytics and Supply Chain Career Acceleration Module combines two major themes: Machine Learning techniques and topics in Supply Chain Management. These themes are complimentary since many of the analytical techniques in Machine Learning that are discussed are readily applicable to the Supply Chain discussion topics. The Machine Learning topics include Cross Validation, Subset Selection, Smoothing Splines, Principal Component Analysis, and Support Vector Machines. The topics in Supply Chain Management include single and multi-echelon Inventory policies in stochastic settings, the Sales and Operations Planning process, Risk Pooling and Postponement, and other elements of supply chain design and operation. Students also visit local port and distribution facilities to obtain real-world exposure to the operational aspects of logistics.

Or

BUAD  598B - Marketing CAM

6 Credits

 

The "Customer-Driven Decision Making" module focuses on preparing students for careers in marketing management, primarily in product and brand management for consumer goods (B2C marketing). The module is organized around the structure and content of a basic marketing plan, with the goal that students will develop a rich understanding of the tools and frameworks of product or brand management as they are applied in the contemporary customer driven organization.

Or

BUAD 598C - Finance CAM

6 Credits

 

The module in Corporate Finance is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate financial decision-making, consulting, and financial analysis. The module aims to develop students' understanding of financial analytical tools and to improve students' ability to interpret and analyze issues typically faced by corporate controllers, treasurers, CFOs, and their staff.

And

BUAD 6571 - Managing Change (required)

3 Credits

 

Examines current issues in leadership and managerial strategies for successfully implementing, institutionalizing and evaluating change initiatives.

Second Year: Spring Semester
Consulting Elective from List Below

Second Year Electives
BUAD 6991 - Field Consultancy

3 Credits

 

Each year, the Mason School's Corporate Field Consultancy Program contracts with major companies across the mid-Atlantic region. Teams of second-year MBA students work as consultants charged with identifying, researching and proposing a solution for a real business problem faced by their client organization. Each project focuses on different issues, based on the needs of our clients. Each project team works under the guidance of a Faculty member and Executive Partners to address management issues, develop a deeper understanding of the interdependence of functional areas, and polish teamwork and communication skills.

BUAD 6501 - Managing Project Teams I

1.5 Credits

 

Working in teams has become the norm in most organizations, yet most people have many misconceptions about what makes groups effective. Groups can be exhilarating or maddening. This course is designed to develop the knowledge that enables you to improve the performance of most teams.

BUAD 6511 - Managing Project Teams II

1.5 Credits

 

Building on the foundation of Managing Project Teams I, this course focuses on developing the skills to design, manage and facilitate project teams. Specific tools for improving team performance will be introduced and applied.

BUAD 6621 - Project Management

3 Credits

 

This course focuses on the management of complex projects and the rules and techniques, which have been developed in the past 25 years to assist managers with such projects. All three phases of project management - Planning, Scheduling, and Control are explored in detail. In addition to studying various scheduling techniques for projects, this course explores issues dealing the project selection methods, project risk assessment, project team dynamics, new product development projects, runaway projects, and monitoring and control of projects.

BUAD 6581 - Human Resources Management I

1.5 Credits

 

This course will provide an overview of human resource management (HRM) and the connection HRM principles and how those play out in organizations. This course focuses on the everyday decision made by all managers (e.g. selection, evaluation, compensation, termination).

BUAD 6591 - Human Resources Management II

1.5 Credits

 

This course will provide an overview of human resource management (HRM) and the connection between HRM principles and how those play out in organizations. The course focuses on a) HRM professionals and their role in working with other organizational managers and leaders to develop and implement effective and efficient HRM practices that support the strategic objectives of their organizations, b) the everyday HRM decisions made by all managers (e.g. selection, evaluation, compensation, termination), and c) puts students in the role of an HRM Director for a growing organization and offers students valuable experience with decisions that affect selection, evaluation, compensation, turnover, productivity, diversity, morale, quality, accident rate, grievances, fringe benefits, absenteeism, termination, and budget utilization.

BUAD 6641 - Lean Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification. 

BUAD 6651 - Six Sigma Toolkit

1.5 Credits

 

In this course, you will learn the Lean methodology, which uses a particular type of business process mapping in order to document and understand business processes (values stream mapping). This course would not qualify a student for Green Belt Certification.

BUAD 6671 - Lean Six Sigma Project

1.5 Credits

 

Students learn Lean and Six Sigma tools in the Lean Toolkit and Six Sigma Toolkit courses for improving the quality and efficiency of business processes. These courses also offer a first exposure to the application of those tools. This course offers additional experience in applying Lean and Six Sigma tools to a project. Analogous with industry standards, a student who completes this course earns a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

BUAD 6149 - Driving Organizational Performance

3 Credits

 

This course will cover managerial accounting topics such as: customer lifetime value estimation, cost of service delays, cost of quality analyses, time-driven Activity-Based-Costing, profit planning along the value chain, financial and operational forecasting, outsourcing, supplier choice and performance measurement, and analyses of profit drivers. This course replaces the Accounting for Business Strategies course, which met the cost credit requirement.