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Next Step — Transition to Business

Next Step: Transition to Business
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Next Step: Transition to Business is a new executive education program inspired by the needs of U.S. military veterans and Olympic and national team athletes who are ready to take the next step in their careers in business. Next Step is the only program that is customized to leverage the leadership, discipline, problem-solving, team-building, and operational skills of military veterans and elite athletes who represent our country.

The 2.5-week certificate program is built around three main themes — professional acumen, business leadership, and career development — utilizing a combination of classes, workshops, and experiential learning exercises on the Tuck School and Dartmouth College campuses.

Next Step will help you:

  • develop a solid foundation of essential business skills and management training and explore real-life applications
  • apply your emerging expertise in real-life applications
  • translate your military or athletic experience and leadership lessons into professional competencies
  • take advantage of entrepreneurship resources, including the opportunities to meet with successful entrepreneurs
  • identify potential careers and prepare you to pursue them

Whether your professional experience is in the armed forces, sports, government, education, health care, or the nonprofit arena, Next Step: Transition to Business will enable you to leverage your background to transition to a successful new career in the world of business.


From your first day in Next Step, you'll be actively engaged in classes taught by some of Tuck's best faculty. You'll be challenged to make decisions, not merely memorize facts. Material across different courses is integrated (your professors actually talk to each other) so that everything you learn and do in class directly supports your Next Step project work and your personal career development.

What You Will Learn

Next Step: Transition to Business provides you with a tightly integrated on-campus experience at one of the world’s leading business schools. Our program is specifically designed to leverage your own real-world experiences in ways that will accelerate a successful transition into a rewarding and meaningful career in business. Each day, you’ll be challenged by faculty and your peers—individuals singularly devoted to excellence, whether in service to their country or on the field of play. You'll be immersed in professional development and business leadership activities, building new competencies with every new experience.

One to two days during the program are reserved for company visits and career-building events and during Next Step, you will:

Build a business toolkit Next Step examines a wide range of business disciplines and topics to give you the tools to apply to a variety of business sectors and functions, as well as to entrepreneurial pursuits.

Translate experience into business competency Through assessments, experiential learning activities, and workshops, Next Step helps you translate your non-business experience into competencies for the business world. You’ll also learn how to identify the personal leadership characteristics that will be useful in your future career and the leadership traits that you should focus on developing.

Strengthen your career development skills Whether you have a specific career in mind or are looking to explore different fields, during Next Step you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your career options using many of the same tools taught in Tuck’s renowned MBA program.

Additionally, career-development activities in the program, including career assessments, group and one-on-one workshops, career panels, company visits, and presentations, ensure that you’ll have the skills and knowledge to develop and manage your career once you leave campus.

Participating Organizations

  • BlackRock, Inc.
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • COMMIT Foundation
  • Gold Medal Strategies
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Initiatives Group, LLC
  • JetBlue
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
  • McChrystal Group
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PowerAdvocate, Inc.
  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Visa, Inc.
  • Women's Sports Foundation

Who should attend

Is this program right for me? This program is designed for individuals with professional experience in the armed forces, government, education, health-care, non-profit or with backgrounds in the liberal arts and sciences who possess a strong desire to succeed in a business career.

Qualified candidates are those who have at least three years of experience in any of these other fields and who hold a four-year degree. These candidates will benefit immensely from Next Step: Transition to Business, obtaining the edge they desire to transition successfully into a career in business.

In support of its longstanding commitment to quality business education and supporting underserved communities, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth underwrites part of the cost of the program, making it affordable for more qualified applicants. Dartmouth believes in developing well-rounded citizens of the world who make a difference. We hope you’ll join us on your professional development journey.

The Next Step: Transition to Business program is approved for VA benefits and participants who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill™ and any other GI Bill™ program can use their benefits towards the program tuition and fees.


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