Business Leadership Program

Why BLP?

Program benefits

  • $3,000 scholarship: $2,000 awarded for the first year and $1,000 for the second
  • Invitation to apply to join a short-term international program in the summer following freshmen year. Previous trips have included visits to Panama and Slovenia. The program is open only to BLP students and students in the SELF program in the School of Engineering. (Note: As with all study abroad programs, the availability of our study abroad component may be affected by the pandemic. Our ability to go forward with the trip depends on safe travel conditions to and within our planned destinations.)
  • Academic advising from the assistant dean of academic programs
  • Career services from the Business Career Services director
  • One-on-one leadership development with the BLP director
  • Immediate network of talented, determined future business leaders

Program curriculum

Our curriculum allows students to grow their personal, professional and career leadership skills from the onset of their academic careers though a four-semester, cohort-based series of one-credit-hour seminars. The program culminates in teams of BLP students proposing, creating and implementing projects designed to elevate the school, campus or Lawrence community. Students spend their remaining semesters implementing their projects and fulfilling their leadership goals.

  • First year-specific
    • Enrollment in BUS 200 – a four-semester seminar course with the director of the BLP exclusively for BLP participants. The first year of the seminar focuses on active career and major exploration, leadership skills growth and creating connections with fellow BLP members and mentors on campus. 
    • Guidance from a peer mentor, a third-year BLP who acts as a guide for the freshman class, providing coaching on everything from weekly writing assignments to navigating your first year of life as a student.
    • Enrollment in common ACCT 200 lab section (required course for business degree)
    • Enrollment in common BUS 150 section (required course for business degree)
    • Collaborative project with SELF Fellows of the School of Engineering
    • Creation of a personal four-year leadership plan
    • Etiquette dinner
    • Participation in campus events such as the Global KEY Symposium
  • Second year-specific
    • Enrollment in BUS 200 for sophomores: The second year of the seminar focuses on creating, pitching and implementing group projects that will improve the experience of others in the school, campus or larger community. Sophomores also work to broaden their understanding of how leadership functions in the broader business world and its interdisciplinary influences. 
    • Mentorship of a freshman BLP
    • Case competition
    • Revision and continued implementation of personal leadership plan
  • Throughout the program
    • Apply to become a member of BLP’s Student Executive Board or to serve as a peer mentor guiding the freshman or sophomore BLP cohort
    • Meet each semester with the BLP director to develop and implement your leadership plan
    • Meet with the assistant dean of academic programs as needed to develop and implement your academic course schedule
    • Meet with the director of Business Career Services as needed to develop and implement your career search plans
    • Receive invitations to participate in events with representatives from top companies recruiting at KU and hear lectures from top scholars
    • Participate in mentoring programs
  • After the program: Once a BLP, always a BLP! Share your skills with the next generation of BLP students through mentoring and guest speaking.

Requirements as a BLP student

  • Successful completion of BUS 200 in the fall and spring semesters of freshman and sophomore years with a grade of “B” or better each semester
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher KU and KU Professional (business and micro- & macro-economic) GPA
  • Maintenance of good standing within the University of Kansas School of Business

The school and accounting program are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Our Finance Scholars travel to Wall Street every year
Students in Applied Portfolio Management class manage a fund valued at $1 million
Business students get hands-on experience valuing and analyzing investments
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