UNI MBA students take on consulting projects this spring

Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Sara Kies, marketing and communication manager, UNI College of Business Administration,


Dale Cyphert, associate professor of management, 319-273-6150,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Teams of UNIBusiness MBA students at the University of Northern Iowa will work with area organizations during the spring 2016 semester as part of the Capstone Experience, a final consulting project required to complete UNI's MBA program.

The teams will undertake strategic management projects with three area organizations:

- Kryton Engineered Metals, a Cedar Falls precision metal fabricator

- Precision Metal Works (PMW), a Maquoketa manufacturer of heavy-duty parts washers.

- Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, with locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Oelwein.

The MBA Capstone Experience is a consulting project that requires students in the program to integrate and apply the principles and skills from the entire MBA curriculum. Each small team of students works with a faculty mentor and is expected to develop practical responses to real business situations. Projects typically involve a strategic analysis supported by research to address a question posed by the company.

Each year, the MBA program identifies potential clients for its Capstone Experience from businesses and nonprofit organizations in northeast Iowa. Projects are conducted during the first half of each year and developed to meet the specific needs of the client.

Last November, a total of 11 businesses, community groups and agencies were introduced to faculty and professional staff from the Business and Community Services division of the college. Some of the organizations will work with students enrolled in senior-level or MBA courses or with programs in the college's outreach division of Business and Community Services.

Organizations that would benefit from a consulting team to address strategic planning, marketing, operations or feasibility questions are encouraged to contact Dale Cyphert at 319-273-6150 or for information about becoming a Capstone client.