Who can apply to Next Step?

Veterans or elite athletes with at least three years of experience in the military or athletics who are recently separated/retired or are close to doing so.

How does Next Step define “elite athlete”?

In order to be considered for Next Step, athletes should have at least three years of training and competitive experience after college at the national team level. For example, athletes who have competed in or trained for the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, Parapan American Games, or World Championships in their respective sport.

What if I’m not a military veteran or elite athlete?

The content and themes of Next Step are created specifically for this target audience. We encourage any other interested parties to consider Tuck’s portfolio of Executive Education programs, which can be found here.

Are international applicants considered?


Is there an educational requirement?

No, applicants do not need to have achieved a specific level of education to be considered. The program curriculum is designed for participants with no educational background in business, finance, economics, accounting, etc.

What will make my application stand out?

The goal of Next Step is to accelerate and support your transition from military or athletics into the business world. The successful applicant should be able to articulate how they will use this opportunity to drive their transition. We would like to hear how you plan to use the tools you gain in Next Step in the immediate future.

What is the cost of the program? What does the fee include?

The program fee for Next Step is $1,500. $500 is due as a deposit at the time of enrollment and the remaining $1,000 is due before the program begins. The fee includes tuition, program materials, most meals, and accommodations on the Dartmouth College campus. Travel to/from Hanover, NH, non-program meals, and incidentals are at the participant’s expense.

How is Next Step funded?

Next Step is made possible through the generosity of Tuck and Dartmouth alumni and other private donors. It is only with their support that the program can be offered at a price point that is affordable for our target audience and we are incredibly grateful for their patronage. For this reason it is especially important that applicants demonstrate their readiness for a career in business and that they are committed to maximizing their experience at Tuck.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, some need based financial aid is available. Please indicate your interest in financial aid on your application.

Can G.I. Bill benefits be used for Next Step?

Yes, Next Step is eligible for post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and Yellow Ribbon funding.

When do classes take place? What if I have a conflict during the program?

Next Step is a two-week intensive program on Tuck’s campus in Hanover, NH. Classes, speakers, and other activities are scheduled each day of the program, including evenings and weekends. All applicants must commit to attending the entire duration of the program in order to be considered.

Program dates

April 7-19, 2019

Application Deadline

First round: October 15, 2018
Space permitting, rolling admissions will be made from November 1, 2018 onward

Program fee

$1500 - includes tuition, program materials, most meals, and accommodation on the Dartmouth College campus.

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