“Experiential learning is the process of learning through reflection on doing.”
The University of North Dakota MBA Program is proud to offer all MBA students several experiential learning opportunities.
Government & Business
ECON 503 (MBA) or POLS 503 (MPA)
The course is designed to make students aware of the interrelationship of business and government in our society. It discusses ways that business can and does influence government decisions.
A key component of the course involves gaining first-hand experience by travelling to Washington, D.C. While in D.C., students have the exciting opportunity to engage and network with notable UND alumni and leaders in both government and business arenas. Some of the agenda includes meeting political officials (e.g. Senator Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate), government regulatory agencies (e.g. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark), and national business representatives (e.g. Caitlin Brosseau at eBay).
"The class trip was a memorable university experience that far exceeded my all of my expectations. The class provided unique insight about differing political and ideological perspectives of public and private sector interactions. Furthermore, students are able to compare theoretical in-class lessons to what actually transpires behind the scenes on the hill. ECON/POLS 503 is an excellent opportunity no to be missed!”
UND JD/ MBA Student, Class of Spring 2016
Student Managed Investment Fund
The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), provides students with hands-on experience in the field of finance by allowing them to manage a $1,000,000+ portfolio of equity and bonds.
The benefits to being a member are enormous. In addition to improving quantitative and qualitative research skills, students gain experience that will be a valuable tool in advancing career opportunities and employment options in the investments field.
Three MBA students have been officers in SMIF this year and the College is proud of their accomplishments. One MBA student pioneered a project to build an excel model that measures “Value at Risk” for all our portfolios. This model updates itself every week and SMIF uses it when evaluating weekly performance.
An MBA student is also taking an active role in assessing SMIF’s asset allocation practices for the last 5 years. If the research results show inefficient asset allocations, SMIF officers will be building a new simplified model that will provide optimal returns.
The MBA program is proud of SMIF’s successes and the group has also been garnering external recognition. As depicted below, SMIF was recently awarded the Best Fixed Income Portfolio at the Quinnipiac GAME V Forum in New York City.
“SMIF has provided me with a unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience. The benefits have far-exceeded my expectations. Not only are we introduced to different research methods but we are given the opportunity to work with high quality tools such as Bloomberg terminals. I am excited to apply these quantitative and qualitative research skills in my future career.”
UND MBA Student, Class of Spring 2015