Center FAQ

The six Centers at Tuck forge pathways of learning and application for our MBA students. Centers provide a diverse set of experiences, opportunities, engagement, and experiential learning both on and off campus through a suite of courses, programs, and offerings with faculty, staff, practitioners, alumni, and community members. While there are six individual Centers, our cross-center opportunities and collaboration provide even more ways to engage across many of our programs. While at Tuck, you are encouraged to take advantage of any of our individual or cross-Center opportunities to truly customize your learning and experience.

Are Centers the equivalent of a "major" at Tuck?

No, majors aren’t part of the Tuck MBA curriculum, but Centers do offer students a unique opportunity to personalize their Tuck experience and create their own unique career pathway—no previous experience required.

Centers often work in tandem as their fields of focus are multidisciplinary. For example, if you’re interested in autonomous vehicles, becoming involved with both the Revers Center for Energy and the Center for Digital Strategies could be useful. Centers also offer fellowship opportunities for students who wish to work even more closely with a particular Center (or Centers) throughout their second year at Tuck. Involvement with a center usually begins with interest or experience in that topic and flourishes from there.

Do I have to be accepted or choose a Center to work with at Tuck?

The Centers are resources you can consult for industry-specific exploration but you do not have to be accepted or formally enroll with them. Each Center operates independently but they often co-sponsor events and speakers. You can attend a talk by a speaker, join a workshop, or attend an industry trek organized by a Center to tailor your specific pathway without getting formally involved. Many students will self-identify with a Center in one way or another but not always exclusively and through a variety of different opportunities.

How does a Center differ from a student club?

Centers at Tuck serve the entire Tuck community of students, faculty, and alumni. Tuck student clubs are led by students, for students. Their focus ranges from career support clubs to cultural affinity groups to volunteering in the local community. Each student club offers a distinct set of benefits and opportunities to those students who elect to join. Centers partner closely with the clubs to build community and offerings on campus.

Do I need to apply or interview separately for this program?

There are some Center programs, such as the fellows programs, that include an application process for selection. However, every Center offers a range of programming that is non-selective and available to all Tuck students.

What opportunities does the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital offer students to customize their learning experience while at Tuck?

From elective courses and independent study work exploring the themes of PE and VC to the Center’s Fellows program and other co-curricular events and programs, Tuck students can individualize their program of study based on their own interests.
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“The Venture Capital Fellowship with the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital offered a platform for pursuing my interests on campus. When I was discussing potential VC Fellowship projects with Jim Feuille, Executive Director of the CPEVC, he proposed the idea of launching an online, virtual summit focused on agriculture technology. A classmate (who was also my co-lead of the Tuck Food & Ag Club) and I ran with the idea, all with Jim’s support. The summit enabled us to learn more about agtech, bring speakers to a wider audience, and build connections within and beyond Tuck.”

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Student Pathways

Elena Laird T'17

"It is fairly unusual to transition directly from the limited partner side to the general partner side—from wealth management to private equity. I felt that I had many of the necessary soft skills already but needed to go back to school to round out my technical skillset. I also knew an MBA would strengthen my leadership skills and give me the opportunity to take a somewhat unusual jump in my career." Read full pathway

James Goff T'16

"I really wanted to spend two years focusing on my personal and professional development and Tuck just ticked all the boxes that I wanted. Away from the distractions of a big city, I knew I would have access to fantastic career opportunities available here and an incredible level of teaching and camaraderie." Read full pathway