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Consulting is a vast field with many subsets, varied working environments, and diverse opportunities. Consultants can advise on subjects ranging from management and strategies to sector-specific topics such as IT, finance, marketing, HR, and operations. In their advisory capacity, consultants are charged with identifying and analyzing problems, as well as recommending solutions and assisting with implementation as necessary.

You may have the opportunity to work as an internal or external consultant. External consultants are often utilized to give advice to senior management on new business strategies or challenges. Internal consultants, with a deep understanding of the organization’s business and culture, usually advise on long-term initiatives and sensitive change-management transitions. Consultants often work with national clients, whose locations may vary. As a result, many consultants spend a fair amount of time traveling so they can be on site to meet the needs of their clients or employers.

Most external consultants are affiliated with general consulting or boutique firms. General consulting firms are often large, and consequently, well-known firms that offer a wide variety of services. For their first few years post-MBA, associates are likely to work on a wide range of projects, before specializing once they become experienced.

In contrast, boutique consulting firms focus on offering clients highly specialized expertise. Instead of developing a large portfolio of services, they tend to deep-dive into a small number of industries or concentrate on a key set of business challenges. Boutique firm associates will be expected to have industry experience and specialized skill sets.



Consulting at a Glance

  • 9.4 percent of Simon MBA Class of 2018 graduates were hired into consulting functions. Our students have had strong career placement success in the following areas:
  • The base salary range for Simon MBAs hired within the consulting field was $77,000 to $160,000, with a mean of $105,000, in 2018.
  • Get to know the experts who drive our Consulting program. Meet our esteemed faculty.
  • There may be limited consulting internship opportunities. However, we recommend that students complete an internship, even if it is not in the consulting field, to gain hands-on experience in preparation for consulting careers. MBAs benefit from not only real-world experience, but also expanded professional networks obtained through internships. For information on employers who have hired Simon interns and our placement data, please refer to our detailed employment report.

Career Placement

Simon’s specialized approach to Career Services includes dedicated professionals covering major industries and job functions that target graduate students.

The following companies have recruited Simon MBA talent for IT, management, or strategy consulting positions:

  • Deloitte
  • Gartner
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Cognizant
  • Accenture
  • Bain & Company
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • AT Kearney
  • Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company)

Please see our Employment Summary for additional career data and information.

Course Highlights

Position yourself to be competitive in the global marketplace. As you plan your academic path, consider the following courses. You will gain invaluable insights, experiences, and skill sets to help you excel in your career.

  • Strategy and Business Systems Consulting Practicum (OMG 461/CIS 461/STR 461)
  • Competitive Strategy (STR 421)
  • Advanced Business Modeling (CIS 418)

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