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About the course
Gain a solid foundation in business and leadership strategy while learning skills and terminology you can put to work right away. Practice with a business simulation.
In the St. Thomas Mini MBA, you’ll learn how to be a more effective leader and make more informed, strategic business decisions. Prepare to tackle common challenges at work, including how to:
- Approach challenges with an entrepreneurial mindset
- Create strategic plans with all aspects of the business in mind
- Make sound, ethical business decisions
- Lead effectively and motivate while managing
- Manage shifting global business initiatives
- Understand managerial responsibilities as they relate to the entire business enterprise
With the addition of online electives that allow you to customize your learning in various areas of business and a business simulation connected to each learning module in the program, you’ll leave the program ready to apply this information immediately.
Small class sizes foster a collaborative learning environment and help you build your network of other business leaders. Sessions are held on our downtown Minneapolis campus and parking is available within one block. There are no prerequisites for this program.
Benefits of This Program
Gain a Well-rounded Perspective. This program is taught by industry professionals with real-world experience. We balance classroom theory with actual applications, to give you the most holistic education.
Gain Real-world Skills you Can Use on Monday Morning. Our goal is for you to leave every session with tools you can use at work right away, to influence and strengthen your team.
Practice your New Skills in Class. Compete with other teams in a business simulation, making decisions and analyzing their real-world effects on a company. Sharpen your new skills in this simulation, so you’re better prepared to apply them in your workplace.
Become More Versatile and Resilient. Whether you own a business or work for one, the knowledge and tools you gain here will prepare you to handle any business challenge.
Build a New Network of Professional Peers. Turn to these professionals for support and advice long after the program ends.
Be able to build a competitive advantage over other businesses with in-depth strategies. Analyze value sources in products and services and learn how to turn strategic plans into action.
Know your Impact: Leading Self, Others and Organizations
All leaders have different strengths. It’s important to identify yours. Once you understand your own leadership style, you are better able to lead others. This module will show you how to create a positive culture and work environment by being a strong and influential leader.
Finance and Accounting for Decision Making
For a business to be successful and sustainable, it needs to be profitable. Learn how to conduct basic analyses to make informed decisions. Understand ethical dilemmas and how to handle those tough situations.
Context of Business: Economics, Markets and Organizations
Learn what it takes to keep a business running effectively and explore the types of strategic decisions that need to be made. From identifying your market, developing a marketing strategy, building the right team and managing change, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.
Business Law and Ethics
Being able to protect yourself and your organization is a valuable skill. You’ll learn how to minimize risk, approach contracts and navigate ethical dilemmas. Use a business simulation to practice your newfound knowledge and discuss the role of trust in the workplace.
Gain an understanding of core marketing concepts and frameworks and be able to implement them. Discover your market segments and understand consumer behavior to best market to your audience in an effective and efficient way.
Operations Management and Leading Change
Improve your processes from both operational and organizational standpoints to ensure the best results. Understand how to approach change management from an empathetic viewpoint and set an example for the change you want to see.
Not everyone is born to be the leader of Apple, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have some entrepreneurial spirit in you. Discover these tendencies within yourself and be able to assess new opportunities. Learn how to convey your ideas and initiatives in a compelling manner to get others on board.
HR Management: Organizational Behavior and Culture
Make sure your hiring strategy aligns with your organization competencies. Understand what it takes to have a successful Human Resources department and how it should align with both customer and employee strategy. Learn about new tools and technology that are available to help keep and retain top talent.
Case Wrap-up and Presentations
Put everything together and present on what you have learned to the class.
Choosing online elective courses will customize your learning. Each of these topics include 30-45 minutes worth of online content. You can complete as many as you would like but must complete a minimum of three before your program is over. A sample of electives include:
- Agile Project Management
- Polarities: Managing Interdependent Opposites
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Business Analytics
- Strategies for Effective Negotiation
- Salary Negotiation
- Digital Marketing
- Overview of Health Care
- Managing Up
Who should attend
Our Mini MBA Program is ideal for professionals wanting to change or advance their careers, or gain a better understanding of each area in the business ecosystem.
This program is a great way to sample an MBA program at St. Thomas. Complete the Mini MBA and receive a $3,000 discount on your first graduate business program (must apply and be admitted within a year of completion of the Mini MBA).
Common program participant job titles include:
- Operations Manager
- Office Manager
- General Manager
- Sales Manager
- Marketing Director
- Marketing Manager
- Brand Manager
- Project Manager
- Customer Service Manager
- IT Manager
- Business Consultant
- Business Analyst Management Analyst Program Analyst
- Engineering Manager