How We Teach

Tuck Classroom Experience Tuck faculty are renowned for their scholarly research and are sought-after consultants for top companies. But they are also engaging and effective teachers. And Tuck's small scale ensures that students and professors get to know each other, with many ways to interact—both in and out of the classroom.
While acknowledging the value of the traditional case study, we feel that different teaching objectives require different approaches. Sometimes the process of investigation and discovery is as important as getting the right answer. 

Chief among teaching methods at Tuck—and consistent with our philosophy of collaboration—are team projects. Many teams are created for a particular project, but many are centered on study groups, through which you and your classmates tackle daily assignments and learn work skills that will serve throughout your careers. Most team projects are low-key, but others, such as the multifaceted First-Year Project represent major accomplishments.

Tuck classrooms are often lively places. Traditional lectures can transform into open discussions. And discussions can lead to face-to-face feedback between professors and peers. Role play and simulations share the spotlight with problem-solving sessions. Or students may be asked to reflect on their life experience and discuss the source of their leadership styles.

Perhaps the most theoretical interchanges with faculty take place in Tuck’s unique Research-to-Practice seminars where a small number of second-year students engage with a professor to dig deep into a management issue and come to understand methods of intellectual inquiry—critical thinking skills that will serve you throughout your career.

Rigorous self-analysis is at the core of Tuck's approach to leadership development. Combining feedback from coworkers and fellow students with instruction and peer coaching, our students gain insights that the traditional case teaching method can't provide.

A significant number of our students also participate in independent study. Under the direction of a faculty member, students explore their own interests, creating new knowledge of particular significance to their own careers.

Whatever the format, teaching and other academic work at Tuck is centered around our faculty of thought leaders. Each teaches in the MBA program, which means you learn directly from the best. Our small class size means they will get to know you as an individual.

Learning also takes place beyond Tuck's campus. Through field study courses, students travel across the globe to work as consultants, or study best practices in a U.S. company, and learn first-hand what makes a business leader successful in a variety of cultures and industries.