Courses & Curriculum

The courses and curriculm curriculum at Tuck are designed to advance the scholarship and understanding of private equity and venture capital through academic research and thought leadership from professors, practitioners, and students.

Elective Courses

Tuck offers several elective courses in private equity and venture capital. Below are several courses that explore these themes, taught by affiliated faculty.

  • Field Studies in Venture Capital
  • Investing and Deal Making in Health Care: The Practitioners’ Perspectives
  • Managing Stakeholder Issues in Private Equity
  • Private Equity Practicum
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Basics
  • 15+ additional industry-relevant electives

Independent Study

In the second year, Tuck students can make use of the independent study option to customize their educational experience. Projects are grounded in the established fields of management but they can cover a remarkable range of topics. Center faculty advise students undertaking independent study projects and provide contacts and information sources.  These projects allow students to investigate a specific aspect of private equity or venture capital beyond what is covered in the regular curriculum. Recent Independent Study topics include:

  • Evolution of Limited Partners' Approach to Private Equity Investors
  • Investment Perspectives Into Medical Devices Venture Capital
  • Search Fund Acquisition in IT Services Industry
  • Investment Opportunities in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
  • Mezzanine Debt Transactions: Market Activity and Findings
  • Investment Opportunities in the 3D Printing Industry
  • Private Equity in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Experiential, independent studies advised by venture and buy-out industry practitioners
  • Search Fund Investment Opportunities
  • Application of the Lean Start-Up Methodology to propel new business ventures


Tuck students develop a global mindset through immersion into different cultures. TuckGO (global opportunities) features a set of carefully designed immersive, experiential courses that take place in various countries around the world and to fulfill this requirement, each student must participate in at least one such course in a country that is new to them. Four activities satisfy this requirement: a Global Insight Expedition, a qualifying First-Year Project, an OnSite Global Consulting assignment, or an Exchange Program with one of Tuck's partner institutions. Students can also propose an alternative means of meeting the requirement that must be approved in advance. See Experiential Learning for more information on how students in the past have designed their own pathways as a part of TuckGO.