REAL-WORLD BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Here is where your skill and learning will culminate. The capstone project is your opportunity to apply the tools from the core curriculum to a real-world business challenge. UCLA Anderson offers a variety of capstone project options to satisfy this requirement.

Applied Management Research (AMR)

In this field study, you’ll work in a team to address a challenge for a client organization. After a deep dive into research, you’ll present key insights and your recommendations.

Business Creation Option (BCO)

BCO gives you the chance to work with a team of classmates to launch your own business.

Student Investment Fund (SIF)

Students who participate in SIF manage a $2 million fund, while visiting leading companies to learn about strategies and philosophies.


Anderson Strategy Group (ASG)

ASG is a capstone project that involves a commitment during your first and second years, and gives students focused on consulting a chance to work on and manage a project with classmates.

NAIOP Real Estate Case Competition

Students who participate in the NAIOP case competition earn capstone project credit through this six-month assessment of a local property.


XPRIZE
Visioneers Program

UCLA Anderson has partnered with XPRIZE to put students on the front line of XPRIZE competition design, addressing the world’s greatest challenges.


 

Applied Management Research

 

We pioneered practical learning with the Applied Management Research program

UCLA Anderson launched the first MBA field study program 50 years ago. The AMR program has worked with over 5,000 clients, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, microfinance institutions and startups. You’ll work with a team of peers on a two-quarter project that will solve an organization’s key business problem, while expanding your professional network and experience working in a new field, and inviting you to explore your career options. The AMR program takes place during fall and winter quarters of the second year.

Kelly Topp (’16) and Li-Yu Mandy Kuo (’16) worked with the Zambian government to increase exports and generate income through trade.

 

Global Reach of AMR Projects in 2016–2017

 

Chile • China • England • Ecuador • Guatemala • Indonesia • Jamaica
Myanmar • Nigeria • Phillipines • South Africa • South Korea • Thailand

2016-2017 AMR Statistics

 

Project Industries

 

Below is a sample of the industries AMR projects encompass:

Health Care
Real Estate
Entertainment and Sports
Hospitality
(Food, Wine and Travel)
Technology
Finance
 

Student Impressions of AMR

 

Assisting the Zambian Government to Increase Trade with the United States

A Strategy to Brand Los Angeles — UCLA Anderson’s Consulting Team

Developing Effective Waste Management Solutions in Bali through Social Enterprise

 

From The Blog

 

Prestigious Awards for UCLA Anderson Class of 2017 Field Study Teams

Will Extracting Crab Meat in Ecuador also Extract a Price Premium? UCLA Anderson MBAs Propose a Sustainable Solution

A Diverse Field Study Team Collaborates in South Africa to Improve Health Outcomes

 

Business Creation Option

 

With BCO, entrepreneurs will launch their companies while still in school. You’ll take two prerequisite courses to prepare your business plans, work with teams made up of fellow students and apply to BCO during your first year. Selected projects will span two academic quarters during the second year (either during fall and winter, or winter and spring). You’ll have the opportunity to formulate strategies for the sales, marketing, operations, finance, accounting and management departments, develop and test hypotheses, and conduct effective research that leads to a strategic business or implementation plan for your startup.

BCO Team KPOP Foods (clockwise from top left): Alex Kim (’17), Ryan Kennelly (’17), Mike Kim (’17), Theo Lee (’17), Erica Suk (’17).

 

BCO Stats

 

AMR

 

BCO Success Stories

 


BodySpec (Class of 2014)

BodySpec provides individualized information to health-conscious individuals. We offer full-body scans utilizing dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanning technology.


smartest k12

SmartestK12 (Class of 2014)

To help teachers better understand their students, SmartestK12 transforms all assignments, assessments or classroom interactions into rich student data that allows teachers, parents and school administrators to track each child’s learning in real time and take actions to ensure academic growth.


sportifiki

Sportifik (Class of 2014)

Sportifik is a web- and mobile-based league management platform that engages college students in recreational activities. Adopted by over 25 universities across the country, including UCLA, Stanford and UC Berkeley, Sportifik empowers university recreation programs with the ability to effectively coordinate sports leagues and tournaments and engage students in healthy and active lifestyles.

 

From The Blog

 

Student entrepreneur taps into UCLA resources to 'grow' his news website

No Guesswork, No Guilt: Goodbye Hangry, Hello officebites

AMR: Business Creation Option (BCO) Spotlight on GOshopping

 

BCO Mentors

 

Jeffrey Cohen

“I truly believe that the Anderson BCO program is a fantastic educational tool that gives students a level of real-world experience typically gained only after years of trial and error. It also serves as an opportunity to obtain a realistic head start on a viable business opportunity with the benefit of unparalleled resources.”

Internet, Business and Intellectual Property Attorney
Cohen Business Law Group

Chang Xu

“We are great supporters of the early-stage tech ecosystem in greater L.A. and I’m always excited to see student startups at UCLA. Our motto: #LongLA.”

Investor
Upfront Ventures

Sarah Ferguson Chambless

"Mentoring BCO teams provides me with an opportunity to pay it forward by helping start-ups proactively address potential legal issues. This is highly rewarding!"

Position
Company