Experiential Learning (EL) is a key part of our educational program. Using this “living case” methodology, students are able to gain experience in the workplace and learn how to apply the skills learned through the program. We believe that learning by doing is the most meaningful type of learning experience.
How does it work?

Putting course curricula and student learning to work outside of the classroom fosters the collaboration between student teams and private or public organizations that are facing the challenges of designing and implementing sustainable practices. Additionally, this is an opportunity for students to gain relevant work experience to benefit their careers. Students are paired with an organization and work with them over the course of a semester on a specific project.

In each of our EL courses, student teams partner with external organizations to create a custom-made project based on the unique needs of their partner. This includes extensive work in completing:

  • In-depth research
  • Acute analysis
  • Actionable recommendations

Teams of three-six students work for a semester (16 weeks) on a project that is aligned with curriculum goals for a particular course. Student teams are challenged to apply both traditional management concepts and metrics, such as profitability for an ROI calculation, as well as to integrate sustainability metrics that take into account social and natural capital. Student teams solve problems, create solutions and deliver significant professional value to participating firms and organizations. Courses with an EL component are:

Masters in Business Administration courses with EL projects:
Masters in Public Administration courses with EL projects:


Do you represent a company or organization interested in learning more about becoming an EL Partner? Public, private, and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply or visit our partnership page for more information.