Applying classroom concepts to real-world problem is the best way to learn and Johnson provides the training ground to its students from the first semester. Students are assigned to teams to participate in a competition allowing them to apply the core learnings to solve a problem/case and present their solution to senior leaders and professors.
As data and operations continue to dominate the business landscape, students are required to take the Data Analytics and Managing Operations courses in conjunction with any one of the 8 immersions during the second semester. Through this Performance learning program students gain the necessary hands-on experience to learn about leadership, team work and strategic thinking and how to use data for decision-making so that they are prepared to hit the ground running for their summer internship.
Leadership is an essential trait that Johnson wants to instill into each of its students through the Leading Teams practicum. During the first semester and through the principled leadership course during the second semester, students are well-prepared to lead large teams and organizations. Students also have the opportunity to get selected to serve as leadership fellows during their second year and advise the first year core team MBA students throughout their core curriculum.
Students get a lot of flexibility on how to custom-tailor their courses according to their career needs, whether it is through the customized immersion or the option to choose from electives from school of engineering, hotel administration, labor relations, law, medicine etc. During the second year, students can also chose to take up to 2 optional concentrations from 5 breadth concentrations (Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Ethics, Global Business Management and Sustainable Global Enterprise) or 7 initial depth concentration (Corporate Finance, Financial Investing, Financial Analysis, Marketing Analytics, Marketing Management, Private Equity, and Strategy).