This minor is designed to provide students with the solid foundation needed to succeed in a consulting-oriented environment, as well as an introduction to a variety of possible contexts for consulting work. Consulting skills are essential work skills for many roles beyond the traditional management consultant.
Many technical positions demand that consultative skills be used within the firm even in early career positions (e.g., business analyst)
-in this respect, a consulting minor can complement a student’s technical training. Required courses cover the fundamentals of both management and strategy consulting, as well as a framework of consulting activities that can be applied to many types of consulting and consultative roles.
Electives provide students an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge in a specific consulting skill and to explore a context in which they could apply their consulting knowledge.
Consulting Minor Curriculum
Below you will find a sample curriculum for the Undergraduate Minor in Consulting. You can find the full set of Consulting Minor requirements in Northeastern’s Course Catalog. Please consult the Course Catalog appropriate to your class year and your academic advisor to ensure your coursework is on track.
Complete one of following:
MGMT 4550. Management Consulting in Organizations. 4 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to gain practical experience in finding appropriate solutions for complex and dynamic client organizational issues using a structured curriculum and frequent in-class coaching sessions. Students work as pro bono consultants both onsite and virtually with organizations to help solve real client challenges in the managing and leading of an organization. Students employ management consulting as a framework in demonstrating proficiency in a wide range of knowledge and skill areas in both management and consulting. Structures course deliverables as challenging goals to be achieved within a set time frame by working with students’ chosen consulting (Pod) group and through individual assignments.
MGMT 3520. Consulting Fundamentals and Frameworks. 4 Hours.
Introduces students to a framework of consulting and to the core managerial skills that are useful in all consultative roles, not only as a consultant. Content includes design of a basic consulting engagement and template for use in future business or consulting ventures. Offers students an opportunity to learn critical and analytical thinking, how to challenge assumptions in an ongoing business, how to gain and exercise influence within both consulting firms and clients, as well as the business rationale for consulting (from a client company perspective).
BUSN 3110. The Consulting Environment. 4 Hours.
Seeks to provide students with a framework and the fundamentals that allow them to understand the field of consulting in addition to a way of thinking for jobs in the consulting and other highly competitive careers. Focuses on the analysis of complex business situations using caselets and cases and provides frameworks as the basis for analysis and critical thinking in pressure situations. In addition, various articles, white papers, business case studies, and other consulting practices are shared with the students enrolled in the course as well as professionals with industry experience providing insights as visiting guest speakers.
Complete one of the following:
|COMM 4533||Consultation Skills|
|ENTR 3220||International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consulting|
|ENTR 3330||Lean Design and Rapid Prototyping|
|MGMT 3302||Negotiating in Business|
|MGMT 3305||Power and Influence|
|MGMT 3315||Managing Organizational Change and Disruption|
|MGMT 3530||Project Management|
|MGMT 4410||Workforce Analytics|
Complete one of the following:
|ACCT 3403||Advisory Services and Emerging Accounting Systems|
|ACCT 3416||Strategic Cost Analysis for Decision Making|
|CS 3200||Database Design|
|CY 2550||Foundations of Cybersecurity|
|DS 3000||Foundations of Data Science|
|EMGT 5220||Engineering Project Management|
|ENTR 3401||Consulting Operations Growth in SMEs|
|ENTR 4510||Management Consulting Abroad|
|FINA 4420||Mergers and Acquisitions|
|FINA 4514||Investment Banking|
|FINA 4602||Turnaround Management|
|IE 3500||Introduction to Healthcare Systems Engineering|
|IE 4525||Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
|IE 4625||Facilities Planning and Material Handling|
|IE 5400||Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis|
|IE 5640||Data Mining for Engineering Applications|
|INTB 2501||Competing to Win in Emerging Markets|
|MGMT 3340||Healthcare Management, Innovation, and Design|
|MGMT 3420||Managing Human Capital|
|MGMT 4310||The Management Practices of Great Organizations|
|MKTG 3301||Marketing Management|
|MKTG 4506||Consumer Behavior|
|PHMD 5575||Pharmaceutical Industry|
|POLS 2340||Business and Government|
|STRT 4301||Strategic Analysis and Decision Making|
Interested? Next Steps
To declare a minor in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, including as part of the BS in Business Administration and the BS in International Business, students should complete the online minor registration form:
Students will be required to log in using their MyNortheastern credentials. Once the form has been submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email to their husky email account and the student record will be updated within 10-14 business days.
To declare a minor, students must have a 2.0 GPA and be a full-time undergraduate student at Northeastern. To graduate with the minor, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the courses taken for the minor. No classes for the minor may be taken for a pass/fail grade. The minor is posted on the official transcript within one month of graduation.
Other Minors at D’Amore-McKim
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Create and manage businesses with a focus on the betterment of society with the Undergraduate Minor in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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