Platforms are designed to help MBA students align their coursework, career search, and co-curricular activities in an effort to derive maximum value from their time at Olin. 

How to Complete a Career Platform

  • Receive a passing grade in the corresponding Platform Industry Seminar.
  • Complete all required “Foundation” courses listed on the corresponding Platform Guide
  • Complete at least one of the concentrations listed on the corresponding Platform Guide.

If these requirements are met, the Platform will be listed on the student’s WUSTL transcript.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

What’s dropped on a consumer’s doorstep by an Amazon drone usually starts in a factory in a far-off land. Managing the process from sourcing to delivery is complex, sophisticated, and demanding. It’s a global, multi-dimensional challenge to meet rapidly changing consumer demand in a world changing even faster.

The MBA supply chain management platform gives you the knowledge, understanding, and analytical skills required to address these modern challenges. And take advantage of opportunities. Your increased knowledge, in areas like information technology and risk management, puts you in a position to be a modern innovator. To develop new strategies to help employers remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Concentrations within this platform include:

  • Operations/Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Consulting

Upon completion of this platform, you’ll be prepared for careers in consulting and strategy, as well as for positions such as product/process/project manager, consulting/engagement manager, or COO.

Platform Director: Sergio Chayet, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Manufacturing Management
Club/Organization: Olin Supply Chain and Operations Association
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (6.5 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 6 concentration credits). 

Operations and Supply Chain Management Platform Guide

Consulting

Gain in-depth insight into how consultants solve problems. Learn how to look for solutions across a range of functional areas. How to dig deep, learn quickly, and formulate solutions with buy-in from a wide and varied constituency. The MBA in consulting platform prepares you for a range of careers in consulting and management.

Specific concentrations within the MBA consulting platform include:

  • General Management and Internal Consulting
  • Business of Healthcare
  • International Management
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Human Capital Consulting

Platform Director: Daniel Elfenbein, Associate Professor of Strategy
Club/Organization: Olin Strategy and Consulting Association (OSCA)
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (5 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 7.5 concentration credits).

Consulting Platform Guide

Corporate Finance and Investments

This is where imagination meets the spreadsheet. Want to know how to move the wheels of capitalism? Stop right here. Get in deep as a specialist in an institution or firm that acts as a provider of capital or as a user of capital. Discover the options the MBA finance platform offers and learn how money moves markets, and the world.

Concentrations within the Corporate Finance & Investments platform include:

  • Financial Management
  • Investment Banking – Corporate Finance
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Investment Banking – Capital Markets and Trading
  • Asset Management

The foundational MBA finance courses prepare you for careers in any one of the above areas. Other, more focused courses delve deeper into each concentration. Enhance your career development by taking several recommended electives outside of finance.

Platform Director: Timothy Solberg, Professor of Practice in Finance
Club/Organization: Olin Finance Club
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (8 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 4.5 concentration credits).

Corporate Finance and Investments Platform Guide

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is about vision, risk, and passion. It’s the spirit that permeates the entire school. The entire WashU campus. Which makes it the ideal place to launch an entrepreneurial career. The ideal place to get the confidence, contacts, and know-how to start your own venture or take on a leadership role in a startup.

You’ll be prepared to work in both commercial and social ventures. In small businesses, family businesses, nonprofit management, or consulting. Your skills even scale to corporations, as well as venture capital or private equity firms.

Concentrations within the MBA entrepreneurship platform include:

  • Commercial Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Platform Director: Doug Villhard, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship
Club/Organization: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (9.5 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 3 concentration credits).

Entrepreneurship Platform Guide

Marketing

Here’s where you discover it’s all about the brand—and why it’s important.

Learn how to craft programs that make consumers want to buy. How to direct consumer marketing efforts, and how to coordinate sales, advertising, design, operations, market research, and business analysis to get your product or service to market. You’ll discover the true meaning of the term “brand advocate” as you develop your skills in all areas of marketing.

Choose MBA marketing concentrations based on your interests:

  • Brand Management
  • Product Management
  • Customer Analytics

Platform Director: Michael Wall, Professor of Practice in Marketing
Club/Organization: Olin Marketing Association
Credit Requirements: 15.5 credits (5 foundation credits, 3 experiential learning credits, and 7.5 concentration credits). 

Marketing Platform Guide


Enrolling in a Career Platform

  • Just prior to the course registration period for Spring Semester Year 1 (in November), students are asked to indicate to which Platform they intend to commit. The corresponding Industry Seminar course is then added to each student’s Fall Year 1 registration and a passing grade is entered for those who completed Industry Seminar’s requirements. If necessary, course registration priority is given for Platform courses. Students are responsible for registering themselves for all courses – both Platform and non-Platform – via Webstac. 
  • Just prior to the course registration period for Fall Semester Year 2 (in April), students are asked to officially declare the Platform to which they are committing (in some cases, this may be a change from the prior indication.) Taking this step represents a formal commitment to the platform and anticipated completion of its requirements.
  • In almost all cases, students commit to just one Platform. However, on very rare occasions, it may be appropriate for a student to complete two platforms. Students pursuing this exception to normal policy must complete a petition and have it signed/approved by both Platform Directors. The student is responsible for submitting the approved petition form to the MBA Office.

Petition to Withdraw from a Career Platform

  • Declaring a Career Platform represents a commitment to fulfill all of its requirements, and confers the right to receive, if needed, priority access to platform specific courses and experiential learning opportunities. It also invokes an obligation to complete it. Completion of the MBA graduation requirements, therefore, includes completing all the requirements of a student’s declared Career Platform. If a student decides to withdraw from a Platform, he/she must submit a formal request to withdraw to the Platform Director, clearly explaining the reasons for requesting the withdrawal. Withdrawal requests are not automatically approved. 
  • If the request is granted, the student must notify the MBA office to have the Platform officially removed from the student’s transcript.