A systematic approach leads to effective teamwork.
The STAR program is designed for MBA and Undergraduate Business students from any concentration and with various career paths — not only those in consulting. We match you based on experience and career aspirations with STAR projects with the goal of creating diverse and productive teams. As an MBA student, you can also indicate your interest in serving as a project leader.
Some corporate partners invite the team to travel to their location in the U.S. at least once. A small number of teams travel to the corporate partner abroad for two weeks in May to conduct research and present their work. You may be selected for this type of STAR experience only if you indicate interest in travel abroad in your application.
Eligibility and prerequisites/corequisites: To participate in STAR you must complete the Consulting Skills and Frameworks (CSF) course (MBA 826 or BUSI 554) before the STAR project. (You may take the CSF course concurrently with STAR, but it is highly recommended to complete it before.) STAR is a competitive program. Students are selected based on their interests and experience and fit with the corporate partner projects.
Time commitment: Projects run for 14-15 weeks from January to late April/early May. Some pre-work also takes place in November/December. The formal project Launch will be all day in mid to late January. STAR projects are demanding learning experiences with deadlines and comprehensive deliverables. As a STAR team member, you spend 10+ hours a week on the project. As a project leader, you spend more than 10 hours a week on STAR.
Cost: STAR is a credit-bearing course, and there is generally no additional expense, except for the following:
- MBA@UNC, Evening Executive MBA and Weekend Executive MBA students pay for their travel expenses to participate in the Launch event (required) in Chapel Hill.
- Students interested and selected for a STAR Global project pay a $1,500 program fee and cover their travel expenses (airfare, visa, vaccinations, etc.). Many in-country expenses are covered by the STAR program office and the corporate partner (not offered in 2020/2021)