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Management Consulting and Analytics (MCA)

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This option prepares students for careers in a wide range of management consulting and business analytics disciplines, as well as general management. Students learn how to apply their broad business acumen to develop insight, a point of view supported by data, and drive managerial action to improve an organization’s performance.

Students develop knowledge and analytical skills to break down complex strategic problems and develop robust and innovative solutions, successfully combining the analytical, data-driven and consulting tool-supported approach with the relationship and emotional intelligence side of successful consulting engagements. An important part of the students’ development is focused on the practical application of skills in strategy, management analysis, and cross-functional and holistic approaches to create value for real-world customers through semester-long team-driven consulting projects.

Student Competencies

  • Consulting process & tools
  • Data analytics and use of technology
  • Client interaction, communication and relationship management
  • Translating data and insight into value-adding managerial recommendations
  • Effective teamwork & project management
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving

Experiential Learning

  • Practical workshops with industry-leading consulting firms
  • Semester-long consulting projects with external clients from various industries and regions supported by industry practitioners
  • Specific application of concepts in cases studies and capstone consulting project
  • Potential engagement with VT Consulting Group 

Targeted Skill-sets:

The option targets the development of the following skills among  our students:

Targeting Management Consulting Skills:

  • Ability to Multi-Task
  • Collaborative Team Player
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Business and Industry Knowledge
  • Quantitative and Analytical Skills
  • Researching and Data Collection Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills and Humility

Example Career Positions

Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Strategy Consultant, Business Intelligence Specialist, Project Leader, Client Manager, Consulting Manager, Change Management Consultant

Towards Business Analytics Applications:

  • Management of customer relationships
  • Financial and marketing activities
  • Supply chain management
  • Human resource planning
  • Pricing decisions
  • Sports team game strategies