The Capstone Project
The Capstone Project is a substantial part of your learning experience – it serves as the culmination of your work in the program and allows you to integrate your best insights and ideas in a project significant to you. The Capstone Project is designed to enhance your employability by giving you the opportunity to practice specific skills in line with your strengths and interests.
Option 1: Applied Business Project
The Applied Business Project (ABP) requires you to develop a trusting relationship with a business or an organization and acquire specific familiarity with its business challenges and opportunities.
Part 1 – During the first 10 weeks, you will develop a business plan to address one or more issues within your chosen business/organization and find opportunities to introduce innovative and sustainable change. The process involves close collaboration with the leaders in your target organization under the guidance of an appointed BSL supervisor. The output is a written report that includes the organization’s background, reasons for the innovation change, the implementation process, expected outcomes and results, and measurement of success. You will need to obtain feedback from the organization and your supervisor(s) and make sure that any required amendments are integrated in the report and carried forward to the implementation stage.
Part 2 – Under faculty supervision, you will work either on your own or in pairs with the material and the reports you have created in Case Study I. Here you will refine your research, organize and analyze the data and turn the information into a case study. You will need to choose your target audience - either business practitioners or academic readers (faculty and students) - and design your structure and narrative accordingly. The aim is to produce a high-quality case study that could be handed to the BSL Case Study Center for publication. The authorship will remain with the students involved in researching and writing the case.
Your Applied Business Project (ABP) will provide you with the exciting opportunity to conduct business transformation in a real-world setting, affording you crucial implementation experience and application of business processes and theories. This also serves as a business startup opportunity and way for you to begin the development of your own professional network development.
Option 4: CFA® Level I Preparation (for MIB Finance concentration only)
The course is formatted to cover the entire Level I CFA® curriculum and is structured in accordance with the Learning Outcome Statements (LOS). It offers comprehensive and detailed coverage of the exam material and helps you to adopt a disciplined and focused learning approach. The knowledge required to pass the exam is explained and applied to practical examples. It focuses on reviewing critical exam topics using a question-based format. A specialized team of BSL faculty members mentors every student individually and guides the learning process with a personalized plan.
You will receive a recognized professional qualification through rigorous development of your knowledge and skills through a guided study by expert BSL facilitators. This also includes industry recognition which yields greater employment possibilities.
Option 5: Internship
A supervised academic internship in your area of interest, specialization, or emphasis. Your internship may be with an international organization, a business, a non-profit or a humanitarian organization. Appropriate placement will enable you to achieve your learning objectives. You will be required to maintain a regular schedule of hours at your placement site, work with your site supervisor, read assigned texts, keep an experiential learning journal and complete an achievement log, and meet with your internship supervisor as per your agreed schedule. The internship work must be related to the Master program and must be aligned to one or more Master program Learning outcomes.
Your internship will provide you with a highly rewarding, full practical immersion in a real team within an existing company. This will grant you access to working opportunities in Switzerland and abroad, and will allow you to begin the development of your own professional network.
Option 6: Master Thesis (also with China Exchange Option)
The purpose of your Master's Thesis is twofold: it allows you to show your acquired knowledge and analytical skills (the most important requirements to graduate), as well as to examine a specific issue in your professional area of interest by which you can demonstrate your expertise.
Beyond fulfilling the academic requirements of your studies, your Master's Thesis should be seen as your ‘passport for your future’. You should choose a topic which you will examine in depth and which will propel you in the direction you wish to take after the completion of your studies at Business School Lausanne.
You can choose to do your Master’s Thesis at Renmin University in Beijing, China under supervision from the BSL faculty.
Your capstone will afford you the opportunity of an in-depth study and testing of your chosen specific business topic. Through this, you will develop crucial research and writing skills, the opportunity for literature review, and exploration of business processes and theories. In addition, you will be able to make a valuable contribution to your chosen field of study through hypothesis testing.