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Juan F. Cabrera, Ph.D., CFA®

MBA Program Director
Associate Professor of Finance

P: 201-684-7354

Arrlette Espinal

MBA Graduate Program Coordinator

Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430

P: (201) 684-7719

Gain Real World Experience

mba program njThe Consulting Elective is the culmination of the students’ learning experience at Ramapo College, one that relies on students’ professional knowledge as well as the MBA curriculum. This course requires the application of classroom theories to real-world corporate assignments. Each year, small teams consisting of 5-6 students spend an entire semester working with our local corporate partners. Throughout the 15-week assignment, the teams conduct in-depth corporate and industry assessments, analyze primary and secondary research, and formulate specific actions to enlighten the executive team’s thinking.

Apply What You’ve Learned

Over the last eight years, Ramapo is proud to have partnered with over two-dozen for profit and nonprofit companies, ranging from small family-owned businesses to large Fortune 500 companies.  Past partners include BMW, Becton Dickinson, Braen Stone, BVMI, Coty Inc., Stryker, Hackensack Hospital, Home Depot, Nickelodeon, New York Blood Bank, Pearson Education, Tiffany, Valley Hospital, Verizon, Volvo, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, and the Wycoff WMCA.

Develop Your Portfolio

Projects are broad-based but often encompass strategic and financial challenges, market assessment, product positioning, and change management. The typical assignment forces students out of the comfort of the classroom and into a corporate environment.  The project begins and ends with presentations at the partners’ corporate headquarters, where it is not uncommon for the entire executive team and corporate board to be in attendance. 

Learn To Work With A Team

The Consulting Project provides an opportunity to experience working with a professional team and having to collaborate and consider the ideas of others. Students elect a team leader and establish a division of labor to optimize their output.  Maximizing the team’s production is no easy task while working fulltime and carrying a full course load.  Learning to work together is a critical professional skill, one that will help you become a valuable team leader.