This course not only prepares you for a consulting role, teaching you common consulting processes, templates, and deliverables, it enables you to develop a toolkit of skills and processes to succeed in a corporate environment—no matter what your career goal. Each student team is mentored by a consultant from a national consulting firm to solve a real problem for a client company. You’ll learn what it takes to drive change, advise a client, and interact at senior levels of an organization, as well as acquire the hard and soft skills that companies are looking for when hiring.
This brand new course serves as the capstone to the Georgia MBA’s new FinTech area of focus. With the global FinTech payments industry, one of the fastest-growing, most innovative sectors in today’s economy, headquartered in Atlanta, the Georgia MBA program is sought out by FinTech companies to collaborate with them on cutting-edge projects. Serving last year as the University System of Georgia’s prototype for project-based, distance learning in the cloud, two teams of Georgia MBA students tackled projects for Global Payments, Inc., which estimated that the teams’ solutions would increase revenues by more than $150 million annually. This course serves as a springboard to students wishing to connect with executive management in the FinTech industry.
Creativity and innovation are essential to leading industries and organizations. Students learn the design thinking methodology and apply it to real world business problems in collaborative project teams. Our students have earned kudos from a wide range of companies, from for-profit corporations like Creature Comforts Brewery, Merial, Caterpillar, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola-North America, salesforce.com, and Toyota Motor Sales-North America, to business startups and nonprofits like 1000 Faces Coffee, Athens Farmers Market, the CDC, the Downtown Dalton Issues Work Group, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
Students can earn their Green Belt and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma certifications from a Master Black Belt instructor while tackling a real-world project. Organizations that have sponsored Lean Six projects recently include Arby’s Restaurant Group, Athens Housing Authority, Benson’s Bakery and Hotels Group, Carter’s, Cox Communications, Equifax, Goodwill Industries, Mercy Health Center, PrintPack, Synovus Bank, and United Rentals.
Students earn 3 credit hours and gain invaluable international project experience through this course, which offers a trip to a different destination each spring and team projects for companies in the targeted country. Previous trips include Peru, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Argentina.
Leadership Fellows develop their leadership skills by applying them in a variety of contexts:
This program places first year MBA students on boards of directors of Athens area non-profits through a competitive application process. Students serve as nonvoting, ex officio members through the four semesters of the MBA program (a 20-month term). Participating non-profits benefit from the energy and fresh perspectives of dedicated Fellows, the network of the Georgia MBA community, and help shape the next generation of civic leaders. Students gain valuable governance experience as well as a unique avenue to put their MBA skill set into practice while making a positive impact on their adopted community.
Participating organizations include:
MBA students are encouraged to compete in at least one case competition before graduating. With all travel costs covered by Terry, students are asked only to give their best efforts and time. In return, they receive invaluable experience working with a team and faculty advisors and inspiring each other to give their best. Cash awards go entirely to the team and are split evenly among the students. Recent big wins for Terry MBAs include:
Our students complete 50 hours of volunteer service during their two years in Athens. Each year, our students complete more than 2,000 hours or service. Our students apply what they learn on a wide variety of projects, including one-time events like nonprofit fundraisers, or more extensive projects like developing a business and fundraising plan for Five Freedom Farms, a dog rescue farm and animal sanctuary that provides “deaf space” to the local deaf community.
Members of the Georgia MBA Net Impact Chapter consult with local companies on achieving B-Corp certification, most recently with Terrapin Brewery and Ad Victoriam Solutions. MBA students have also worked on campus-wide projects with the University’s Office of Sustainability.