The MBA dissertation (or thesis in some universities) will, in general, comprise the following in some combination:  a discussion of the literature , providing a critical review and structuring of what is known on a given topic, with a view to addressing a specific problem; a case study that goes beyond simple description, containing the analysis of hitherto unpublished material; a test of the application or limitations of some known principle or technique in a particular situation, and / or suggested modifications. As an alternative to the dissertation, some programs instead allow for a major project.  Here (part-time) students will address a problem current in their organization; particularly in programs with an action learning orientation, these may be practically oriented.  Most MBA programs require additional course work in research methodology, preceding the dissertation or project. Some programs allow that the research component as a whole may be substituted with additional elective coursework.
New to our South Florida program is an international study tour. Students will take a week-long trip to another country to tour factories and meet with business leaders. The trip is a two credit class led by a faculty member and offers a unique experience that would be difficult to create on your own. Places visited include multinational corporations that have operations in that country (. Exxon Mobil, Coach, Lockheed Martin), multinational corporations founded and/or headquartered in that country (. avast! in Prague, Essilor in Paris), local businesses and government entities. Additionally, there is a cultural day for students to tour and experience the unique location being visited. The costs associated with the trip are included in the program cost, with the exception of airfare and some meals.