Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies

The MBA Capstone is a semester-long project where you'll expand your professional skills and business knowledge while serving a real-world client.

The MBA Capstone is a semester-long project experience for students to synthesize knowledge about business and global issues and further their professional skills while serving a real-world client. Students earn six academic credits upon successful completion of the project. Leveraging the institutional partnerships, the projects fall under the following three categories:

International Business Plan

The International Business Plan capstone organizes teams of students to develop a business plan for a start-up seeking venture capital, a small business scaling operations, or an established business expanding to new markets or pivoting in a new direction.

The Fisher MBA Program has managed the signature capstone International Business Plan for decades. Students from different countries and cultural backgrounds form teams that identify and evaluate business opportunities and recommend strategic plans to client companies. You'll offer hundreds of hours of value-added service to a client while gaining career-enhancing skills and real-world experience. The International Business Plan is a principal reason that the Fisher MBA Program has been ranked as a Top 15 Graduate Program for Entrepreneurship out of 700 schools worldwide by the Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review.

Under guidance of experienced faculty and representatives of the sponsoring company, your team will identify resources and opportunities, integrate your understanding of business principles, and confront a variety of practical problems. The business plan includes components such as:

  • International market evaluation
  • Foreign market entry strategy and implementation
  • Analysis of sustainable business practices
  • Value chain management analysis
  • Investment analysis
  • Globalization and localization strategies
  • Product modification

By the end of the semester, your student consulting team will produce a detailed written business plan and multimedia presentation. The final oral presentation to the sponsoring company management team and program faculty synthesizes the results of teamwork, communication and innovative thinking.

Participants for Summer 2015, please complete the Student Participation Agreement and Student Information Form.

Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program

Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program selects and trains professionals who seek a career in social venture management and impact investing. It consists of a two-week training program and a semester-long fieldwork assignment. If you choose the fellowship program to fulfill your capstone requirement, you must first apply for admission to the program and then complete the fieldwork with the accompanying impact research report.

Recipient of the 2013 Ashoka-Cordes Innovation Award in Social Entrepreneurship Education, the Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program is a marquee program of the Center for Social Impact Learning at the Institute. The program attracts hundreds of applications every year from students and young professionals from all over the world. It has graduated to-date more than 250 fellows, placing more than a half of them in over 80 social enterprises and impact investment firms across 28 countries in five continents.

Impact Management Consulting

The Impact Management Consulting capstone organizes a team of students to provide consultancy services to a client organization seeking resilient business solutions to manage its social and environmental responsibility, the risks associated with the emerging global problems, or both.

Nestled in an interdisciplinary and collaborative graduate school of policy and management, the Fisher MBA program is distinctly advantageous in leveraging the core competencies of its sister programs in environmental policy, trade and economic diplomacy, international development, and international security. The Impact Management Consulting capstone gives you the opportunity to integrate non-conventional business knowledge and tools with the business fundamentals to deliver high-value consulting services to client organizations.