The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, in New York City, is founded on the idea of the “transformative power of knowledge.” It’s an idea that revolves around nearly every aspect of what Zicklin has to offer to MBAs.
The B-school recently underwent a curriculum redesign that includes a new business consulting course that serves as the capstone of the curriculum. The new course is an intensive experience where students spend part of a semester learning the necessary skills to conduct a consulting engagement. Through teams, students apply what they’ve learned to help clients solve actual, real-time problems. The course covers nearly every aspect of consulting from end to end: students define the scope of the project, evaluate the business, explore opportunities, and deliver an actionable plan firms can implement.
Zicklin prides itself on offering a flexible business education that keeps students up to date with the most in-demand knowledge. One example: the school’s recent efforts to infuse the curriculum with an array of data and marketing analytics courses. These functional skills and career-path elective courses are available to MBA students to select from.
“Moreover, through the use of Special Topics courses available in every department, we can rotate the subject matter and offer state-of-the-art topics to deal with the latest developments in a variety of fields of business,” says H. Fenwick Huss, Willem Kooyker dean of the Zicklin School of Business.
The Zicklin MBA is a 48-credit program. In their first year, students take 15 credits of foundational skills courses. Generally, students finish these courses during their second semester, after which they begin taking functional skills courses and career-path electives.
“During the summer between first and second years, many students pursue internships that provide them with valuable professional development opportunities,” Huss says. “Functional skills and elective courses tend to be offered in the evening during the second year, so many students continue to pursue internships during the day or seek other types of employment.”
In their second year, students can take part in the Business Consulting Practicum, where they work in teams to consult clients on solving problems.
Another strength of the Zicklin School of Business is its location. Located in the heart of New York City, the school offers its students access to a number of top business companies.
“Our proximity to major corporations, business innovators, and global concerns means more opportunity for students to gain exposure to and make connections with the leading players in the world of business,” Huss says.
Some of those employers include the Associated Press, Bristol Myers Squibb, CA Technologies, CAPCO, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Grant Thornton, J.P. Morgan, Open Society Foundations, Raytheon, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Students interested in either interning or working at these employers can attend one of the many conferences and events that the Zicklin school hosts. Previous speakers have included former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and William C. Dudley, president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
“These speakers shape the conversation on today’s business and financial issues,” Huss says. “With 98,000 alumni, the school has a huge network of professionals in New York — and across the world — from which students benefit.”
The Zicklin School is home to a variety of centers and institutes, including the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, the Subotnick Financial Services Center, the Weissman Center for International Business, the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.
The centers and institutes “provide opportunities for students to hear from and network with speakers at the forefront of their industries, as well as to participate in case competitions and pitch contests,” Huss says.
Perhaps more importantly, they help Zicklin MBAs gain the knowledge they need to transform the world.
“Knowledge is a powerful tool: it can broaden perspectives, foster change, and expand horizons,” Huss says. “At the Zicklin School of Business, we understand the transformative power of knowledge and the crucial role education plays in shaping the future.”