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The Master's Experience Program

The Master’s Experience is a CSUSM signature program that connects business organizations with graduate students to perform consulting projects. Sponsoring organizations propose real world project opportunities and students deliver real world solutions. The projects represent the capstone experience required of all graduating students earning an MBA in at CSUSM. The MBA project provides an exceptional applied learning opportunity, as well as contributes positively to the economic region.

Projects may range from single student consultants from the Specialized MBA Program, to collaborative teams of up to five Fully Employed MBA consulting students. Sponsoring organizations may choose from multiple project options depending on their research requirements and budget. 

Project Scope

Previous MBA consulting projects have been comprised of the following analyses. This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive.

  • Predictive Modeling
  • Data Mining
  • Dashboard Development
  • Profitability Optimization
  • Pricing Optimization
  • Industry Landscape
  • Competitor Analyses
  • New Product Launch Strategies
  • Growth Planning
  • Market Entry or Expansion
  • Merger/Acquisition/Joint Venture
  • Start-Up/Early-Stage Venture
  • Market Research
  • Economic Impact Research

Each project is tailored to the sponsor’s specific needs.  Some sponsors come with a specific initiative in mind.  Others have less clear goals and rely on the team and faculty advisor to help them pinpoint focus, direction, and goals.  Sponsors can choose to be as involved as they like with each project.  Some choose to become closely involved while others take a more hands-off approach. Read what our past project sponsors have to say about the program.

Recent Project Sponsors 2020 

  • ATS Wealth Management
  • Best Buy Health, Inc. 
  • BMS-Inc
  • Calsense
  • Cart Mart
  • City of Menifee
  • City of San Marcos
  • Intuit, Inc.
  • The Jocelyn Approach
  • Lazy Acres Natural Market
  • Metal-Era, Inc.
  • Mission Control Systems
  • New Village Arts, Inc.
  • OneSource Distributors
  • Rainbow Municipal Water District
  • Rech Engineering
  • Solutions Farms, LLC. 

 Masters Experience Brochure

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