Mission & Strategy

Tuck’s mission is to provide the world’s best educational preparation for a career of business leadership and to have a faculty of acknowledged thought leaders who are outstanding teachers.

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is organized around the deeply held belief that giving students access to a leading faculty of gifted communicators skilled in discovering new knowledge is essential to providing the highest level of graduate education.

Tuck achieves its unique level of student learning by putting outstanding students and a great faculty of thought leaders in close proximity. This way, cutting-edge knowledge can be shared freely and fully. Faculty are chosen for their scholarly excellence and their dedication to student learning. Students are carefully screened for leadership potential, knowledge, education, and diversity of life and business experiences. Tuck provides a setting that maximizes the access its students have to faculty and to each other.

The following is a statement of Tuck’s mission, guiding principles, and the educational philosophy that guides our strategic choices. Taken as a whole, this strategy provides a thorough overview of how and why Tuck operates as it does and how we intend to lead the world in the provision of transformational educational experiences for future business leaders.

General Principles

Throughout its long history, which began in 1900, Tuck has built on the traditions and strengths of Dartmouth College, one of the world’s leading academic institutions. Everything Tuck does is guided by general principles and values it shares with Dartmouth College relating to integrity, excellence, community, individuality, diversity, and inclusiveness.

  • Integrity - Personal integrity and accepting responsibility for one’s actions are the cornerstones of leadership. Through our policies, actions, and teaching, we foster a high level of integrity among all our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Excellence - By setting high standards for our programs, ourselves as individuals, and for our organization, we strive for excellence in all our endeavors.
  • Community - People work and learn most effectively through teamwork and within a supportive community. Tuck strives to foster a sense of community among all our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
  • Individuality - We honor and value each person in our community as an individual, a commitment that is supported by our small scale.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness - Everyone in our community benefits from diversity of cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities, and we believe that this diversity is essential to our overall mission of educating future business leaders. We work to create an environment in which the value of diversity and inclusiveness is understood and celebrated, and we do not tolerate discrimination.

Educational Philosophy

Tuck’s strategic choices are guided by the above-stated general principles and a deeply held educational philosophy.

Faculty Scholarship and Teaching

  • Philosophy: Business students learn most effectively from scholar-educators who combine leading-edge research and inspirational teaching.
  • Strategy: Tuck has a full-time faculty who excel in both research and teaching, whose teaching is informed by their research-based expertise, and whose academic rigor edifies their students. These same full-time faculty members teach the large majority of courses in the MBA program and other Tuck offerings.

Student Access to Faculty Expertise

  • Philosophy: Students’ business knowledge, analytical skills, and decision making abilities are enhanced by exposure and access to professors’ expertise and methods of knowledge discovery.
  • Strategy: Tuck’s favorable ratio of students to research-active professors provides an exceptional degree of access to expertise, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to a comprehensive set of core and elective courses, Tuck offers unique, small-scale seminars designed to give students in-depth access to our faculty’s expertise and critical thinking.

Student Achievement and Diversity

  • Philosophy: Students learn a great deal from the experiences of their peers and are motivated by belonging to a cooperative community of brilliant colleagues from diverse backgrounds who share a common goal of being leaders.
  • Strategy: Tuck requires that its enrollees have a record of high academic achievement and substantive work experience. Tuck ensures that each entering class encompasses a diverse set of personal, cultural, and business experiences and perspectives.

Scale and Focus

  • Philosophy: Limiting the size of the student body and focusing on specific programs enhances student interaction and allows faculty and staff to concentrate on the quality of the educational experience.
  • Strategy: Tuck confers only one degree, offers a limited number of innovative nondegree programs, and limits the number of students in each of its programs to foster intense and personal interactions. Tuck’s size allows it to offer unprecedented access to faculty expertise through specialized and small classes.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Philosophy: Business leaders need functional knowledge, practical management skills, and the ability to identify and analyze problems from multiple perspectives by using a variety of approaches.
  • Strategy: Tuck’s MBA program has an integrated core curriculum with rigorous coverage of key functional areas and disciplines. The curriculum provides strong functional expertise and develops practical management skills through active learning, group projects, and simulations. The depth and breadth of our elective offerings allow students to focus on specific areas of study within the context of the broad perspective and cross-functional knowledge required in top management positions.

Learning Environment

  • Philosophy: Students learn the most when they fully immerse themselves in their studies and concentrate on learning from professors and fellow students. The physical setting and intensity of learning experiences are key factors in the effectiveness of a program.
  • Strategy: Tuck MBAs study full-time in a residential environment with a close-knit community, providing abundant opportunities for personal and professional development. Our living and learning facilities are designed to encourage complete immersion in learning with a full exchange of ideas and viewpoints.

Leadership Development

  • Philosophy: A student’s leadership skills and potential can be enhanced in an academic setting. Innate leadership abilities can be honed by increasing self-awareness through examining informed feedback, observing role models, and experiencing leadership roles.
  • Strategy: Tuck provides a comprehensive leadership development program, including leadership coverage in core and elective courses, comprehensive feedback mechanisms, personalized coaching, multiple leadership opportunities, and a broad array of visiting executives to serve as role models.

Cooperation and Teamwork

  • Philosophy: The abilities to participate in and lead an effective team, to balance competition with collaboration, and to successfully mentor others are essential elements of leadership that can be enhanced in an academic setting.
  • Strategy: Tuck emphasizes teamwork and collaboration through a comprehensive study-group system and through required group assignments and projects. Tuck admits students who will thrive in a supportive learning environment where helping others to achieve their best is the norm.

Global Perspective

  • Philosophy: A global perspective and mindset are increasingly important to leadership in today’s business environment.
  • Strategy: Tuck’s internationally diverse community of students and faculty ensures that students have the opportunity to develop a global perspective both inside and outside the classroom. Tuck requires a core course on global economics, incorporates international content throughout the curriculum, and offers a variety of electives focused on global issues. The school also provides numerous opportunities for students to develop global mindset outside of the classroom—both on campus and around the world.

Corporate Citizenship and Business Ethics

  • Philosophy: Integrity and an understanding of the complex interactions of business and society are essential to business leadership. Students can enhance their ability to make principled decisions when they are placed in an ethical environment, exposed to ethical frameworks, given the responsibility to enforce ethical standards, and provided with multiple opportunities to recognize the broad social and environmental impact of business decisions.
  • Strategy: Tuck has a student-administered honor code that emphasizes each student’s personal responsibility for maintaining community standards. Each student is required to take a course focusing on ethics or, more broadly, on the relationship between business and society.

Lifelong Relationships

  • Philosophy: Personal and professional networking is important to career success, and a well-managed and supportive alumni network is an invaluable resource to students and alumni.
  • Strategy: Tuck’s intense educational experience creates a strong bond among classmates that carries over to the alumni network. Tuck encourages extensive student-alumni interaction and maintains an accessible and extraordinarily supportive alumni network.