Carlson School of Management

MBA Students

What is the Carlson Consulting Enterprise?

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) is a 2.5 semester class in which students work on projects for paying clients to provide solutions to real business issues. The CCE gives you the opportunity to learn how to think like a consultant whether or not you choose to pursue a consulting career. You will develop the critical skill-set of identifying, analyzing and solving complex problems. You will also have the opportunity to participate in projects with premier companies, develop relationships with recognized business leaders, and differentiate yourself from other job candidates from competing top-ranked schools.

The client project work is supplemented by a weekly course which teaches methods for problem identification, issue tree mapping, work plan development, project execution, stakeholder management, and presentation construction. This, coupled with traditional business coursework, creates a more skilled graduate and differentiates Carlson School Enterprise graduates from those of other business schools.

Additionally, CCE students are allowed exclusive networking opportunities and project feedback with the CCE executive advisory board, made up of local business professionals. Other networking opportunities are available through the extensive & engaged CCE alumni network.

Sarah Gisser, Managing Director of the CCE, also takes a personal interest in supporting CCE students in their job and internship search by providing valuable mentoring and advice.


In Class On Projects With a Mentor Through a Network

Focus on critical thinking and fact-based problem solving for use beyond the CCE

Learn tools and methodologies to apply to client work and beyond

In class exercises and speakers

Participate in 3 projects over 2.5 semesters

Address significant business challenges for clients

Opportunity to stretch beyond comfort zone


Hands-on coaching and feedback

Personal and professional development advice

Career and job search support

Present to and network with the CCE's executive advisory board

Opportunities to build professional network

Valuable forums for career advice

All while developing a strong sense of community and lasting friendships with fellow CCE students




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