From the day you arrive on Tuck's beautiful campus, you'll be immersed and challenged.

Our program is designed to be intensive and transformational. Each day, you’ll be challenged by faculty and your peers—individuals singularly devoted to excellence, whether in service to their country or on the field of play. You'll be immersed in professional development and business leadership activities, building new competencies with every new experience. By the end of the program, you will have widened your aperture to the multitude of career options available to you. And you'll be taught by the same faculty who teach in the MBA program at Tuck, rated one of the best business schools in the country.

The Next Step program promotes three essential building blocks designed to help you take your next step.


Develop a strong foundation in business.

Through coursework taught by Tuck's leading faculty, Next Step provides you with the modern day business acumen needed to land your first civilian job or start your own business. And through one-on-one coaching, experiential learning activities, and workshops, you'll be able to translate your military or athletic experience into competencies that are relevant to the business world. You’ll also learn how to identify the personal leadership characteristics that will be useful in your future career and the leadership traits that you should focus on developing.


Strengthen your career development skills.

Whether you have a specific career in mind or are looking to explore different fields, during Next Step you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about your career options using many of the same tools taught in Tuck’s renowned MBA program. Tuck's career development coaches are here to help empower you to identify and reach your career goals. They will guide you through building your resume, networking resources, interviews, and conducting your job search. 


Receive professional exposure and make life-long connections.

Next Step brings professionals from some of the top firms in the country right to you on campus—no travel necessary. You'll have the opportunity to network with your peers, current MBA students and fellows, recruiting managers, and top executives who have a vested interest in your success. And networking doesn't end when you leave campus. As a Next Step alum, you'll have access to one of the most powerful and loyal alumni networks in the world.

Next Step is a transformative experience that builds your business acumen and polishes your leadership skills. The courses below are designed to kick start your career.


Business Toolkit

Introduction to Spreadsheet Modeling

Overview of Financial Statements

Financial Analysis

Projected Statements & Financing Your Business

Entrepreneurial Thinking

Consumer Demand and Pricing

Building a Spreadsheet

Testing a Spreadsheet

The Changing Context of Business


Developing a Strategic Mindset

The Strategic Communication Imperative

Implementing Strategy  

Building an Operations Strategy

Process Analysis

Dealing with Buyers & Sellers

Business Strategy for Growth



Marketing & Communications

Understanding Branding

Designing Strong, Competitive Brand Positions

Competitive Markets

Making a Business Presentation

Negotiation Approaches

Creating Value in Negotiation




Getting to Insight

Leadership, Change & Influence

Influence Principles and Applications

Communication in a Business Setting

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