2017 UCCS Mini-MBA

2017 UCCS Mini-MBA

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 05:30 PM
Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:30 PM
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus





Program Overview | Program Project  |  Timing & Dates | Who Should Attend

Eligibility Requirements | Cohort Size Pricing | Completion Certificate & CEUs

Program Topics & Schedule | GMAT/GRE Waiver for Grads | The "Fine Print"


"In a changing global world, success depends on business leadership acumen that can navigate entrepreneurially complex challenges." 
-- Forbes, May 2014


Overview -- Develop Business Acumen & Strengthen Decision-Making Skills  

The UCCS Mini-MBA through the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers professionals the opportunity to learn broad business concepts and skills in a relatively short timeframe -- perfect for gaining business essentials while balancing work and personal commitments. This non-degree 13-week program is for working or transitioning professionals who aspire to deliver more value within their career by developing business acumen and immediately applying newly gained knowledge and skills.

In the UCCS Mini-MBA, participants will learn current business theory, research, and best practices within an interactive learning environment. Participants will then immediately apply their new knowledge and skills in an ongoing capstone project. Drawing on evidence-based strategies and faculty expertise, this program provides unparalleled opportunities for growth and transformation.


Program Capstone Project -- $75K in 75 Days

Participants of the UCCS Mini-MBA will individually complete the program capstone project, $75K in 75 Days. The project involves choosing and implementing a business strategy that will have a direct business impact of $75,000 within an organization in a 75 day timeframe. Program staff and faculty mentor participants through the project, ensuring successful outcomes. The project allows participants to implement newly acquired business concepts and skills, resulting in a business impact of at least $75,000. Participants will have 75 days from the last program session to implement the capstone project within their organization.

Organizations who nominate participants to the UCCS Mini-MBA will have capstone projects implemented for their respective organizations, thus quickly realizing the ROI of their investment to the program.  

A final program event will take place after the 75 day timeframe, where each participant will deliver a short briefing on their project and resulting impact. Referring organizations will be invited to the final event, along with key stakeholders from the university and community. Participants will be recognized for successfully completing the program and project, and will be given a Certificate of Completion, signed by the dean of the College of Business and the program $75K Gold Award.

** Note: If a participant is currently in transition of careers, they will choose a local for-profit or non-profit business for the capstone project, in consultation with Program Staff and Faculty.


Timing & Important Dates

- Program sessions are held on a weekly basis, meeting one-time per week for 13 weeks

- Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

- Fall 2017 program dates: September 13 - December 13

- Capstone project implementation timeframe (outside of classroom): December 14, 2017 - March 12, 2018

- Capstone program project due date: March 13, 2018

- Final program event -- Capstone project presentations and graduation: Week of March 18, 2018

Who Should Attend

The UCCS Mini-MBA is intended for individuals who aspire to build a strong foundation in business skills in order to deliver more value within their career. The program is for individuals who do not necessarily have a business background. The UCCS Mini-MBA is recommended for those who are building their professional pathway and/or transitioning into a different career.

Additionally, those who are considering a graduate business degree (MBA) in the future would benefit from the program.


Recommended participants include:

- Manager / Supervisor
- Director
- Business Owner 
- Professional with a non-business degree (i.e. lawyer, physician, nurse, teacher, dentist)
- Business Development
- Sales Professional
- Account Manager
- Military and/or veteran transitioning into a civilian career
- Next generation taking over a family-owned business
- Individuals considering a graduate degree and who desire an overview of business fundamentals


Participant Eligibility Requirements 

- Some college completed and/or equivalent professional training (i.e. technical, clinical, and/or military training)
- Working experience is required (minimum 3 years of experience)
- Bachelor's degree is preferred, but not required
- Record of some supervisory and/or managerial responsibilities
- Aspiration to further build career  


Cohort Size 

- Limited to a cohort of 30 participants



Regular Registration (June 20 - August 30): $3,100 USD
Discounted Registration (CU Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni): $2,800 USD *
Late Registration (after August 30): $3,500 USD

* Alumni from any CU institution and/or OPED executive education program are eligible for the Discounted Registration rates

Price includes:
- Light dinner provided before each session
- All program manuals and course materials
- Program apparel
- Networking with peers in cohort for the opportunity to build lasting relationships beyond program


Certificate of Completion, CEUs, & the $75K Gold Award   

Participants who successfully complete the UCCS Mini-MBA program and capstone project will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, signed by the dean of the UCCS College of Business.

Successful graduates of the program will also receive 3.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through UCCS, and can request a non-credit transcript as proof of completion.

Participants who successfully complete the program and project will also receive the $75K Gold Award.


What you will learn:

Program Schedule, Topics, & Faculty

The UCCS Mini-MBA will cover a broad range of business concepts and skills within the following schedule:

1Wednesday, September 13

Strategy & Value Creation:
Creating Value Through Innovation

2Wednesday, September 20

Strategy & Value Creation:
Building a Business Case

3Wednesday, September 27

Leadership & Working with People:
Developing Personal Leadership Power

4Wednesday, October 4

Leadership & Working with People:
Leading Change Through People

5Wednesday, October 11

Operations & Process Improvement:
Designing Efficient Processes

6Wednesday, October 18

Operations & Process Improvement:
Implementing Effective Workflow

7Wednesday, October 25

Service Marketing & Selling:
Serving Your Customers

8Wednesday, November 1

Service Marketing & Selling:
Selling to Internal & External Customers

9Wednesday, November 8

Accounting & Metrics:
Budgeting & Planning a Project

10Wednesday, November 15

Accounting & Metrics:
Making Decisions from Accounting Data & Reports

NO CLASSWeek of November 23

No class for Thanksgiving holiday

11Wednesday, November 29

Finance & Metrics:
Acquiring & Managing Financial Resources

12Wednesday, December 6

Finance & Metrics:
Tracking & Measuring Project Performance

13Wednesday, December 13

Capstone & Project:
Putting the Pieces Together

PProject Implementation Timeframe

$75k in 75 days: Dec 14, 2017 - Mar 12, 2018
Prepare for final presentation: Mar 13 - 17

GWeek of March 21, 2018

Project Presentations & Graduation
Awards & Certificates/Networking Event


Perks for Graduates -- UCCS MBA Program GMAT/GRE Waiver 

If a program participant decides to continue their education and applies to the UCCS MBA program within 5 years of successfully completing the UCCS Mini-MBA, the College of Business will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement. 
(The UCCS Graduate Programs office normally charges a $100 waiver fee, which will also be waived.)

** Note: Eligible participants must meet other enrollment and acceptance criteria established by the UCCS College of Business, Graduate Programs.

For more information about the UCCS College of Business Graduate Programs, please click here.



- The UCCS Mini-MBA is a non-degree, executive education program.  
- Successful graduates of the program will earn 3.9 CEUs through UCCS. 
- The UCCS Mini-MBA program will provide broad business acumen in a format designed to be immediately applied. 
- The UCCS Mini-MBA does not count towards a college degree program.
- Participants will not receive college credit for the program.
- The UCCS Mini-MBA program is not intended to replace a for-degree MBA program.
- The UCCS Mini-MBA program is not to be considered an equivalent to an undergraduate nor a graduate business degree.

For more information contact:

Shawna Lippert