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Business Leaders Program (BLP)

This program is for high achieving business majors who aspire to be entrepreneurs or top executives in established organizations in business, government, or nonprofit sectors.

The students in the BLP program will receive a College of Business Leaders award (certificate) at our graduation ceremony.

Students in the BLP program partner with a corporate sponsor to design an experiential program for their senior year that promotes the synergies of what they learn at the COB with the notion of applying these lessons in the context of the corporation they are working with. This capstone requires a well thought out project/plan with a reflection piece that is shared with the employer and the COB. Another option allows for students to complete a business plan working with a faculty member on an innovation or social entrepreneurship project. Creating a project that entails leadership on the Stony Brook University Campus requires the use of planning, organizing and orchestrating an idea from conception to a measurable end result. Therefore, this capstone will require a written implementation of a proposal incorporating research, analysis and an implementation plan.

Students in the program will be mentored by the director of the BLP program who will track their progress and arrange for group activities, including guest speakers, visits to organizations, and social action initiatives that represent leadership development opportunities. 

Eligible Students

This program requires an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and students must have successfully completed BUS 115: Introduction to Business and WRT 102: Intermediate Writing Workshop (each with a grade of B or higher). Students entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the program.

Required Courses (each 3 credits):

  • BUS 495 
  • BUS 496 

Acceptance

Applicants must complete the BLP application which includes a 500-750 word essay. The deadline is March 15, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply at any time prior to March 15. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at COBadvising@stonybrook.edu or Professor Margot Palermo at margot.palermo@stonybrook.edu

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