Graduate Learning

In addition to the student programs we offer, MBA students can opt for our Family Entrepreneurship Intensity Track. Graduate students can also take the individual Family Entrepreneurship courses listed below, whether or not they're taking the Intensity Track.

MBA Family Entrepreneurship Intensity Track

The Intensity Track is designed for MBA students from entrepreneurial families to have a structured pathway, combining academic and co-curricular programming, that enables them to leverage their family entrepreneurship legacy to chart their own path.

*Students can participate in any of the classes/programs listed below, whether or not they are part of the Intensity Track.

(1) Required: EPS7556-E01 Foundations of Family Entrepreneurship Class (Professor Bill Gartner | 3 credits | Spring Semester)

The Foundations of Family Entrepreneurship Course provides a broad overview of topics that are relevant to understanding the nature and dynamics of entrepreneurial families. It covers such topics as; defining family entrepreneurship versus family business, identifying the pervasiveness of family entrepreneurship and its economic and social contributions, governance and succession in entrepreneurial families, the management of change and transgenerational value creation, conflict management, and the development and allocation of financial and human assets.

(2) Required: Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

The Family Entrepreneurial Leadership program (formerly the "Peer Forum") — one of our most impactful programs -- is a student's lifetime confidential personal board of advisors. Students meet with a group of 8 peers and a Babson mentor/advisor once a month to share and learn from one another — and ultimately develop social-emotional skills to succeed in the zone of person-family-business.

(3) Required: Attend at least 1 activity/event that is relevant to your family entrepreneurship journey at the Babson Centers & Institutes

  • Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (BIFE): E.g., Family Entrepreneurship Journey, Family Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series; Global Mentoring (You can find more information on the BIFE Events page.)
  • Institute for Social Innovation: E.g., UnCommon Tables; FoodSol
  • Blank Center for Entrepreneurship: E.g., How 2 Tuesdays; LaunchPad
  • Center for Women’s Leadership (CWEL): E.g., Disruption Dinner; WIN Workshops; Mentoring

(4) Required: End of Year Reflection

Students will submit a written piece to reflect on their journey over the past year, with a focus on how it has shaped their thinking and actions around family entrepreneurship.