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MBA Strategic Consulting Program

The Foster MBA Strategic Consulting Program connects teams of MBA students with businesses to deliver creative solutions to critical business challenges.

About the projects

We offer two project options: Field Study and Applied Strategy. Both can be structured to address almost any strategic business issue. We will help you determine which option would be the best fit for your needs based on the timing and nature of your project.

Applied Strategy Projects

This nine week project is offered during winter quarter only. Your company will work with a team of five to six first-year full-time MBA students consultants on a project of your choosing. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017.

Field Study Projects

This 12-15 week project is offered throughout the academic year. Your company will work on an in-depth project of your choosing with a team of three to five 2nd year full time or 2nd/3rd year evening (part-time) MBA students. The deadline to apply is September 1 for fall start and November 1 for winter start.

Why work with Foster MBAs?

Our MBA Strategic Consulting Program has conducted projects for hundreds of companies involving more than one thousand MBA students. Through this program the sponsoring companies gain valuable insights on strategy, marketing, supply chain, finance, and organizational management. Students use their prior experience and new MBA skills to acquire career-building experience, bringing an outside perspective and immediate value to your organization.

28Average age of MBA student
5.7Average years of professional work experience
The projects are a great opportunity to work on a real business case for one of the world-class organizations connected to Foster.
Jeff OldenMBA, 2017

More information about the projects

Applied Strategy Field Study
Project length 9 weeks (Winter academic quarter) 12-15 weeks. Projects span two academic quarters
Project topics Marketing, Strategy, Operations, Finance/Business Planning, HR/Organization Marketing (including market research/surveys), Strategy, Operations, Finance/Business Planning, HR/Organization, Supply Chain
Project topics Marketing, Strategy, Operations, Finance/Business Planning, HR/Organization Marketing (including market research/surveys), Strategy, Operations, Finance/Business Planning, HR/Organization, Supply Chain
Team composition 5-6 First-Year Full Time MBA Students 3-5 2nd year Full Time or 2nd/3rd year Evening (part-time) MBA students
Application deadline September 1, 2017 September 1 for fall start, November 1 for winter start
Present project to students November 16 Sponsor/Student Reception At information sessions
Start date November 16 Sponsor/Student Reception October or February
Project duration January 2018 12-15 weeks. Projects span two academic quarters.
Important dates Reception: November 15
Kick-Off Dinner: January 9
Company Visit: January 12
Weekly Meetings/Calls with Team: Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons
Final Presentations: March 1-9
Dates for Field Study projects are flexible within the academic calendar (October-June).
Client Project Fee $3,450 $8,500
See a select list of past client companies below.

Alaska Airlines
Alliance of Angels
Boys & Girls Club
CDK Digital Marketing
Code Fellows
Dell EMC
Dry Soda Co.
Eddie Bauer
Egencia, an Expedia Company
Evolent Health
Expeditors International
F5 Networks
Foss Maritime
Getty Images
GM Nameplate
Group Health Cooperative
Holland America Line
Isernio’s Sausage
K2 Corporation
La Panzanella
National Park Service
Outdoor Research
Planetary Power
Providence Health & Services
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Opera
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Talking Rain
Volt Athletics
Wells Fargo Bank
West Monroe Partners
The project descriptions are organized by functional area.


  • Customer lifetime value (CLV) analysis and recommendations to increase CLV.
  • Develop market strategy including design, packaging, and distribution channels for new product.
  • Communications and marketing plan for software training and referral program.
  • Customer journey-mapping and recommendations for improving customer experience.
  • Define target customer segments and determine market size for a new product or service offering.
  • Analyze potential channel conflicts for new product or service.
  • Competitor marketing analysis and messaging recommendations.
  • Develop a strategy to launch and open a national franchise store in the Seattle area.
  • Market research and positioning for a product or service.

Finance/Business Planning

  • Benchmarking of industry payment terms and recommendations for optimal policy and practice.
  • Develop a financial model for optimization of asset lifetime value.
  • Conduct a landscape assessment and provide recommendations for how to increase profitability.
  • Develop a strategic growth plan for an organization to expand presence internationally.
  • Design a financial model to optimize cash flow management.
  • Identify carbon offset programs and develop a strategy to stabilize emissions with carbon-neutral growth.

Operations & Supply Chain

  • Develop ways to reduce expenses and improve accountability when using express delivery services.
  • Assess production processes and develop operations improvement plan.
  • Create a strategy to increase vendor options for the company.
  • Conduct an in-depth operations process analysis.


  • Develop recommendations for improving employee satisfaction and long-term retention of part-time employees.
  • Analyze current state and best practices to provide recommendations on improvements in service delivery.
  • Create a career progression guide and training plan for employees.
  • Develop metrics for a team performance dashboard and a toolkit for improving team performance.

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MBA Strategic Consulting Program

Jennifer Bauermeister

Global Consulting Projects

In addition to the applied strategy and field study projects listed above, we also offer consulting for companies looking to expand and/or enhance operations outside of the U.S. Please visit the Global Consulting Projects page for more information.