For Companies

Anderson’s Strategic Management Research (SMR) program gives organizations in the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to engage a consulting team of five to six experienced professionals in their final year of study for the Executive MBA. SMR is led and administered by individuals who have extensive experience managing field study programs in both academic and professional settings.

The EMBA team represents a cross-section of business functions and specialties, such as marketing, finance, technology and operations. EMBA students have an average of 14 years of professional experience and collectively contribute an estimated 2,000 hours to the strategic plan for each company.

The UCLA Anderson Strategic Management Research (SMR) program is no longer accepting applications for the 2018–2019 program. If you are interested in submitting your organization as a potential SMR client for the 2019–2020 program (for projects beginning in December 2019), please complete the online application.


Past Companies



Company Application


Thank you for your interest in the SMR program. UCLA Anderson is accepting applications for 2020, with the following company selection criteria and investment requirements:

  • An identified need by the company or a division of the company
  • Participation by senior company executives with extensive business experience
  • Management commitment of personal time to enable successful program
  • Product/service currently generating revenue
  • Customer validation of products or services
  • Full access to strategic and financial data
  • Significant positive cash flow to enable continuing operations for 1–2 years
  • Top management participation in program launch and final presentations
  • Interview with SMR director to define preliminary project scope
  • $15,000 program fee
  • Additional fees that may be incurred if your project requires international travel