The Integrative Semester is completed in a student’s last term, for both part-time and full-time students. During this term, students use the foundations they have built in previous terms to demonstrate what they have learned through practical application. Depending on their career goals, students write a Major Research Paper (MRP) and apply their knowledge in a work placement (internship or current place of employment), international exchange, language training (i.e. study abroad).
The MRPs usually focus on the application of theory to practice and the analysis of a particular market, organizational or management issue. Students may also opt to pursue a business plan. A proposal for the MRP must be approved in advance. An oral defense in the form of a poster session is part of the final requirement.