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Master's Experience

MBa students

The Program

The Master's Experience is an MBA Consulting Project required for every graduating CSUSM MBA student.  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 one of CSUSM’s graduate programs. 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 5 Fully Employed MBA Program students.  Each student provides a minimum of 200 project hours over the duration of their final course. 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.

  • Profitability Optimization
  • Pricing Optimization
  • Industry Landscape & Competitor Analysis
  • New Product Launch Strategies
  • Growth Planning
  • Market Entry or Expansion
  • Merger/Acquisition/Joint Venture
  • Start-Up/Early-Stage Venture
  • Market Research
  • Economic Impact

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. 

Past Corporate Partners

  • Aqua Lung
  • Aqua Sphere
  • Bella Vado
  • CofinPro
  • Daystar Brewing Company
  • Decision Logic
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • INI-Power
  • Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg (DHBW)
  • Eotron
  • RAR Hospitality
  • FiduciaGAD
  • Fit Navigator
  • Forward Slope, Inc.’s (FSI)
  • Grenke
  • Ground2Table  
  • Harrah’s Resort and Casino
  • Hawthorne Caterpillar
  • Hilton Garden Inn and the Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar
  • Hofstede Centre
  • Qualcomm
  • Intrepid Theatre
  • ItsPayd
  • Kelar Pacific Company  
  • Latice Board Game
  • Lazy Acres
  • Manifolde Real Estate Development
  • Nicholas Law Group  
  • RedBox
  • San Diego Craft Brewers Guild
  • Sanctuary Cigar Lounge
  • Solutions for Change/Solutions Farm
  • South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
  • Stone Brewing
  • TERI life Coaching
  • Tri- City Medical Center
  • Truax Management Group
  • UA Sciences 

Interest Form   Submit a Project Proposal