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Experiential Learning Management Consulting MBA Programs

Experiential learning through consulting projects has been an integral part of the Babson experience for more than four decades and is built upon deep relationships with leading companies and organizations in the Boston region and around the world. By participating in one of these four consulting programs, managed by the Office of Experiential Learning, you will gain practical, hands-on experience to build and test your leadership, teamwork, and client project management skills in a real world environment.

Four Consulting Programs

Under the direction of a Babson faculty advisor, teams of three to seven s​t​udents use Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills to tackle ​​​an organization’s challenges in real tim​e while creating innovative solutions.

A signature learning experience for all MBA formats, the Babson Consulting Experience (BCE) gives students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of conceptual and developmental tools learned in the classroom through hands-on applications in real-world contexts. BCE brings together and underscores Babson’s unique approach to Entrepreneurial Thought & Action.®


students per team


partner organizations per academic year

7 and 14-week

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The Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) is an elective course open to students in the MBA program. The structure of the course allows students to work in a team outside of the classroom on real-world challenges. Partner organizations submit an organizational challenge, and are selected by students based on their matching interests.


students per team


partner organizations per academic year

7 and 14-week

project timelines

This nine-week project offering is specific to our Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) core curriculum. While engaged in the spring semester Strategy course, student teams will work in collaboration with a partner organization and an assigned faculty advisor to analyze a real-time organizational opportunity and create value-added solutions.​


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partner organizations per academic year


project timeline

A graduate elective course that offers the unique opportunity to manage and coach a team consisting of four to six undergraduate students who are working on an undergraduate Managing the Consulting Experience (MCFE) consulting project. The program is designed for MBA students to obtain tangible management and leadership experience as a project leader while providing the tools to assist in the development of that process.

Please contact Arline MacCormack for additional informationat 781-239-4003 or​.

What to Expect: Academic Year 2023-2024

Experiential Learning Project Timeline Application Due Date
September 2023 Projects (7 or 14 Weeks) June 15, 2023
January 2024 Projects (7 or 14 Weeks) November 1, 2023
March 2024 Projects (7 Weeks) December 15, 2023
May 2024 Projects (7 Weeks) February 15, 2024

See Babson Graduate Students in Action

Babson graduate students have made substantial contributions to partner company growth and innovation. Here’s a sample of recent work.

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The Real World Benefit of a Babson Consulting Experience (BCE) Project

In the wake of the pandemic, a five-person MBA team worked with the C-suite at Shipt, a Target-owned delivery service, to help advance its focus on long-term strategy while day-to-day efforts took overwhelming priority for the company.

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Companies Value Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) Work

Nonprofit and for-profit companies also are clamoring to work with MCFE students, proposing way more projects than the College can possibly accommodate. Recent companies involved with MCFE include Dunkin’ Brands, Puma, NESN, and the Boston Red Sox.

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One of the most valuable parts was the time (our client) gave us, to pinpoint ideas and work through them together. They were just as engaged and open to sharing insights into their corporate strategy, which helped us structure the project.
Andrea Roig MBA’21

Analog Devices



Cengage Learning

Consigli Construction Company

Dow Chemical

Endurance International Group

Essex Investments

Fidelity Investments

Grupo Bancolombia


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Johnson & Johnson

Liberty Mutual


Sallie Mae



State Street Corporation

The Red Sox



Meet the Team

The Office of Experiential Learning is ready to connect you with the consulting experience that’s right for you.

John Rehm Director of Experiential Learning


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