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

The full price of a two-week Tuck Executive Education program is approximately $24,000. For Next Step, this price is underwritten by donors and Tuck in order to keep the program accessible. Participants are asked to pay a fee based on their AGI (adjusted gross income) which covers the balance of tuition, materials, accommodations, and most meals.  

  • Group 1 (participant AGI of $70,000 or more): $5,000 
  • Group 2 (participant AGI below $70,000): $2,500 

$1,000 is due as a deposit at the time of enrollment and the balance is due before the program begins.  

For more details about the Next Step fee, payment options, and related policies, please visit our policies page.

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.

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

Yes, Next Step is eligible for post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. Next Step utilizes one month of benefits.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, some need-based financial aid is available. Priority is given to participants who do not qualify for other sources of aid, such as government benefits or a scholarship program from a sponsoring organization, and based on order of application. 

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 at the senior national team or professional 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, or played in a professional league at any level.

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?


What is on the application?

The application consists of five short-answer questions, your resume, and one letter of recommendation. The letter can be from anyone who knows you in a professional context; it does not necessarily need to be from a boss or your commanding officer.  

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.

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.

Are applicants with an MBA degree considered?

Generally, applicants who already have an MBA degree or are currently enrolled in an MBA program are not considered. The Next Step curriculum is entirely repeated in an MBA program and we want to ensure that spots in Next Step are offered to applicants who will find the experience transformational.  

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

Next Step is an intensive program, which takes place over 10 weeks and includes a digital and a residential phase. Admitted students should plan on spending three to four hours per week on Next Step work for the two months leading up to the 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. 

How much work goes into the online learning phase?

The online learning phase consists of more than 15 hours of asynchronous class sessions. Shorter live sessions are also required throughout this phase, though whenever possible, we will offer two sessions to help accommodate participants' schedules. Additionally, there will be assignments and required reading leading up to the residential phase. Admitted students should plan on spending three to four hours per week on Next Step work for the two months leading up to the program. 

Program dates

Spring 2021
--Online: begins February 8
--Residential: April 11-21

Application Deadline

Applications are now closed.

Program fee

Category 1: $5,000
Category 2: $2,500
This fee includes tuition, program materials, most meals, and accommodation on the Dartmouth College campus.

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