Full-time MBA: the NEXT approach

a jhu carey business school student discussing her classes with two of hero mentors through the NEXT approach


Reach your full leadership potential and make the most of your MBA experience by working with industry experts who are dedicated to your professional growth.

At Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, we know that no one makes it to the top alone. That’s why we carefully match our full-time MBA students with an industry professional to work with in their MBA program. The NEXT approach empowers you to uncover your unique strengths, develop your leadership style, and make the most of your MBA experience.

The NEXT approach

The NEXT approach carefully matches an industry professional (IP) to work one-on-one with our full-time MBA students. Engage in conversations that encourage reflection upon your personal and professional narratives and MBA experiences to build your skills and fully understand yourself as a leader. Leverage wisdom and feedback from your one-on-one meetings to develop self-awareness and build confidence in your ability to think like a business leader.

Leadership Development Opportunities

The NEXT approach has three signature leadership experiences – a leadership retreat, internship, and a storytelling capstone. Each student will partake in the leadership opportunities to complete their full-time MBA journey and graduate with a new professional narrative as a confident leader.

Explore and grow

Your MBA is a time for self- and career-exploration. Gain a holistic understanding of who you are as a leader and define your areas of strength and improvement to challenge your assumptions and explore the possibilities to graduate confident in a career that inspires you.

We hand-select your industry professional to complement your industry, interests, and career aspirations. Whether you have a set career trajectory, are unsure of your next career move, or lie somewhere in between, the one-on-one meetings will help you plan for and achieve your leadership goals.

As your reflection process digs deep into your experiences, you will build resilience as you find what works and doesn’t work in your own approach to leadership. Take these skills with you to continue extracting insights, refining, and growing throughout your career.

Forge your professional narrative

In an increasingly competitive job market, you may only have a few minutes with a future employer to set yourself apart. Your one-on-one meetings will help you connect your experiences inside and outside the classroom, so you graduate with a compelling, coherent professional identity. Walk into your next interview ready to communicate your professional narrative, the value of your MBA, and what distinguishes you as a confident leader.

Structured for you

NEXT grows with you. Meet with your IP twice per academic year at key points in your MBA journey, with the option to decide whether to engage more often. Partake in optional growth opportunities offered in partnership with the Office of Integrated Learning to confidently build your skills that top businesses look for. Graduate with a network of mentors, the skills to turn leadership experiences into insights, and the polished professional narrative to lead in your career post-Carey