Courses & Curriculum

The courses and curriculm at Tuck are designed to advance the scholarship and understanding of private equity through academic research and thought leadership from professors, practitioners, and students.

Elective Courses

Tuck offers several elective courses in private equity and entrepreneurship. Below are several courses that explore these themes, taught by affiliated faculty.

  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Building Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Field Studies in Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • 15+ additional industry-relevant electives

Ethics and Social Responsibility Requirement

In a competitive and rapidly changing world, effective leaders will have to understand how the success of their organizations is intertwined with broader ethical and social issues. Business leaders must recognize that sustainable economic growth is not possible without considering the needs and demands of broader society. To prepare students for success as principled leaders of business and society, Tuck now requires each student to take at least one mini-course (a minimum of 1.5 credits) that explores the complex ethical and social challenges of business.

Independent Study

In the second year, Tuck students can make use of the independent study option to customize their educational experience. Projects are grounded in the established fields of management but they can cover a remarkable range of topics. Center faculty advise students undertaking independent study projects and provide contacts and information sources.  These projects allow students to investigate a specific aspect of private equity beyond what is covered in the regular curriculum. Recent Independent Study topics include:

  • Evolution of Limited Partners' Approach to Private Equity Investors
  • Investment Perspectives Into Medical Devices Venture Capital
  • Application of the Lean Start-Up Methodology to propel new business ventures
  • Search Fund Acquisition in IT Services Industry
  • Investment Opportunities in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
  • Mezzanine Debt Transactions: Market Activity and Findings
  • Investment Opportunities in the 3D Printing Industry
  • Private Equity in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Entrepreneur Funding Options & The Viability of an Auction-Based Crowdfunding Company
  • Search Fund Investment Opportunities
  • Experiential, independent studies advised by venture and buy-out industry practitioners


Tuck students develop a global mindset through immersion into different cultures. TuckGO (global opportunities) features a set of carefully designed immersive, experiential courses that take place in various countries around the world and to fulfill this requirement, each student must participate in at least one such course in a country that is new to them. Four activities satisfy this requirement: a Global Insight Expedition, a qualifying First-Year Project, an OnSite Global Consulting assignment, or an Exchange Program with one of Tuck's partner institutions. Students can also propose an alternative means of meeting the requirement that must be approved in advance. See Experiential Learning for more information on how students in the past have designed their own pathways as a part of TuckGO.