Step 5: Final Assessment
The final assessment is the capstone work of your academic career. It will be the final product of your time in the MBA program. This is your opportunity as a graduate student to apply everything you have studied and leading up to graduate from the school and contribute to the academic and industrial communities. It is the outcome of an independent process of reviewing, questioning and synthesizing existing knowledge, systematically collecting and analyzing data and information, and making appropriate recommendations. It is an independent study, coached by a professional supervisor member.
There are 3 options to complete your graduation mission:
- Academic Research Paper (Master Thesis): The thesis is an empirical study using a theoretical framework and a solid methodology. The thesis must connect with a practical or conceptual topic in an area treated by an MSM specialization course. Alternatively, the thesis may integrate several areas of knowledge dealt with in the MBA courses. It is the outcome of an independent but supervised process of reviewing, questioning and synthesizing existing knowledge; systematically collecting and analyzing data in order to contribute to extant knowledge and draft appropriate recommendations.
- Consultancy Project: The consultancy project gives the opportunity to research real organizational issues with an eye to forming concrete recommendations. These projects typically take a more functional approach, focusing on specific activities within the organization. Conclusions and recommendations are in terms of identifying where problems lie and developing solutions to these problems. It is essential that participants consider at least two functional areas in their study and that (s)he makes a clear link to the organization’s strategy.
- Business Plan: The business plan is aimed at participants who want to set up their own business. The project is a business plan of how to bring a new product to the market. The business plan emphasizes the empirical analysis but also relies upon theoretical concepts. The analysis must reflect an in-depth understanding of the issues related to the project under development. Participants must not only carry out a rigorous market research, they must also consider the market, organizational and financial consequences of the project.