At the David Eccles School of Business, we believe in giving our students a world-class education. While we know the importance of having a strong theoretical foundation, we also know it’s just as important to roll up our sleeves and put our skills to practical use. We also know how important it is to reach out and help our local community. That’s why we created MBA 6800 “Integrative Experience.” In this field study course, students work with various local for-profit and nonprofit firms, aiding them in a variety of consulting projects.

MBA 6800 provides an opportunity for students to review, apply, and integrate major components of the MBA program. The typical format is a field study in which a team of MBA students consults with a local business or nonprofit on a significant issue facing that organization.

Impact on Students

These projects range from creating integrated business plans to putting together ethics criteria to social media strategies to developing pitch presentations. Students are able to interact with local business and community leaders and put the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to the test.

“This class was by far the experience that stretched my mind the most,” said Andrew Cummins, former MBA student and current project manager at inContact. “With most classes you have classwork or a test you take, but with this experience it’s your own skin in the game. It’s your own reputation. You feel the responsibility of representing your school and you want to do your best.”

A big emphasis of the course is teaching students the importance of building relationships with the local community and giving back.

“This field study made me more comfortable when I started my new job,” said Cassi Matthews, marketing analyst at “I learned what these types of relationships should look like. These projects gave me ins