A general management certificate program inspired by the needs of military veterans and elite athletes.

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Why This Program

The transition from the military or athletics into the civilian world is complex and demands new skills and knowledge. Tuck's Next Step program is your partner to navigate that transition and set your sights on a new horizon: a career in business.

This rigorous hybrid in-person and online certificate program delivers an education experience that is both immersive and impactful. Together with the members of your cohort, you’ll be transformed. 

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About Next Step

Take Your Next Step

Refine what you know, discover what you don't know, and build the right business acumen to help you move forward in your career.

Become a part of a powerful network. Our unparalleled career development resources and wide-ranging industry connections will fuel your transition.

Realize the power of your potential and gain the confidence to enter the competitive business world as a top candidate.

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Key Information

2025 Program Dates 
Dates for the 2025 program will be announced soon.
The program will take place over three modules, with two live-online modules bookending an on-campus experience. 
Please complete our info request to be notified when program dates are announced.

Program Fee
Category 1: $5,000
Category 2: $2,500
The full program price (which includes tuition, materials, accommodations, and meals) is charitably underwritten in part by donors and Tuck; the participant fee covers the balance of tuition.

Application Deadlines
Applications are now being considered on a rolling, space-available basis. For best consideration, please apply by December 29, 2023. Admissions decisions will be communicated after January 12, 2024.

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Proven Success for Elite Athletes and Veterans

Some of Tuck's most esteemed MBA faculty teach in Next Step, so the program is rigorous and intensive, offering veterans and elite athletes the opportunity to build the business know-how needed to excel in the next phase of their careers. Since the program began in 2017, our alumni have gone on to successful careers at major companies like Amazon, Goldman Sachs, and Facebook.

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The Next Step

The Next Step Advantage

  • Foundation in Business Acumen
  • Career Development Skills
  • Professional Exposure
I wanted to see what the real world offered. This program was attractive because it’s not an MBA with a two-year commitment, but an opportunity to get my feet wet and realize what I don’t know. It’s kind of scary but also inspiring.
Amit Patel
Captain, U.S. Army
Every day is filled with extremely dense experiences and skills that add onto each other. I’m drained at the moment, but at the same time stimulated, excited, and full of knowledge I didn’t have before I came.
Caitlin Leverenz Smith
Olympic Bronze Medalist, USA Swimming Team
The initial day, all the military people clustered together and we used jargon and acronyms, but when we started mingling with the athletes, it all clicked. We have a lot in common.
Jan Ingram
Surface Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy
I was amazed by how much I was able to absorb in such a short amount of time. Not only do the professors at Tuck possess this great knowledge of what they're teaching, but they're also passionate about it.
Conlin McCabe
Olympic Silver Medalist, Canada Rowing Team

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