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.  

Timing & Important Dates

  • Program sessions are held on a weekly basis, meeting one-time per week for 13 weeks
  • Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Fall 2019 program dates: September 10, 2019 - December 17, 2019
  • Capstone project implementation timeframe (outside of classroom): December 10, 2019 - March 11, 2019
  • Capstone program project due date: TBD
  • Final program event -- Capstone project presentations and graduation: TBD


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.

Limited to a cohort of 24 participants. 

Recommended participants include:

  1. Manager or Supervisor
  2. Director
  3. Sales Professional
  4. Account Manager
  5. Business Owner
  6. Military or Veteran
  7. Business Development
  8. Next Generation Taking Over a Family Business
  9. Non-Business Professional
  10. Individuals Considering a Graduate Degree


  • March 1 - August 30, 2019
    $4,000 USD
  • CU Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni
    $3,800 USD

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

  • After August 30
    $4,500 USD 

Price includes:

  1. Light dinner provided before each session
  2. All program manuals and course materials
  3. Program apparel
  4. Networking with peers in cohort for the opportunity to build lasting relationships beyond program

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

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.

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.


What you will learn - Program Schedule 2019

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




 Session Topic

1  Tuesday, September 10

 Strategy & Value Creation:
 Creating Value Through Innovation

2  Tuesday, September 17

 Strategy & Value Creation:
 Building a Business Case

3  Tuesday, September 24

 Leadership & Working with People:
 Developing Personal Leadership Power

4  Tuesday, October 1

 Leadership & Working with People:
 Leading Change Through People

5  Tuesday, October 8

 Operations & Process Improvement:
 Designing Efficient Processes

6  Tuesday, October 15

 Operations & Process Improvement:
 Implementing Effective Workflow

  Tuesday, October 22

 Study Week - No Class

7  Tuesday, October 29

 Service Marketing & Selling: 
 Serving Your Customers

8  Tuesday, November 5

 Service Marketing & Selling: 
 Selling to Internal & External Customers

9  Tuesday, November 12

 Accounting & Metrics:
 Budgeting & Planning a Project

10  Tuesday, November 19

 Accounting & Metrics:
 Making Decisions from Accounting Data & Reports

  Week of November 25

 No class for Thanksgiving holiday

11  Tuesday, December 3

 Finance & Metrics:
 Acquiring & Managing Financial Resources

12  Tuesday, December 10

 Finance & Metrics:
 Tracking & Measuring Project Performance

13  Tuesday, December 17

 Capstone & Project:
 Putting the Pieces Together

P  Project Implementation Timeframe

 $75k in 75 days: December 18, 2019 - March 11, 2020
 10 days for Christmas and New Year not counted

G  March 18, 2020

 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 professional work experience requirement for the GRE/GMAT waiver petition. Eligible participants must meet other enrollment and acceptance criteria established by the UCCS College of Business, Graduate Programs.

(The UCCS Graduate Programs office normally charges a $100 waiver fee, which will also be waived.)


Important Notes - The Fine Print

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