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The Rady School of Management has organized a Mini-MBA Course for UCSD PhDs, Postdocs and graduate students. Participants will have a unique opportunity to gain an introduction to business concepts, network with business professionals, and become a part of the entrepreneurial science/tech community at Rady. This program is designed specifically for PhDs, Postdocs and graduate students and applications will only be accepted for those who fit that criteria.


The UCSD Micro-MBA course will be a fast way for you to gain fluency in business concepts from high-caliber Rady School of Management instructors. You will have the chance to network with local business professionals at weekly coffee chats and peers in the course, and learn for yourself if an MBA degree is a good choice for you. Completion of the course will be a valuable addition to your resume or LinkedIn profile. A certificate will be provided at the completion of the course if you attended 10 out of the 12 sessions.


Date Day Time Location Topic Instructor
TBA Tues 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Communicating in the Workplace Ernie Mendes
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Difficult Conversations Ernie Mendes
TBA Tues 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Marketing On Amir
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Marketing On Amir
TBA Tues 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Corporate Finance/ROI Ross Valkanov
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Business Analytics Vincent Nijs
TBA Tues no class
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Financial Decision Analysis David Ravetch
TBA Tues 4:30pm - 7:30pm 1N108 Strategy Dave Newton
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Mindfulness Christy Cassisa
TBA Tues 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Power & Leadership Mary McKay
TBA Thur 4:30pm - 6:00pm 1N108 Intro to Innovation Clark Jordan

Marketing: Learn marketing execution skills and how they can be integrated with R&D to increase profits and growth

Strategy: Acquire practical tools and working knowledge to develop strategic thinking and strategic behavior

Intro to Innovation: Learn how to turn ideas into market opportunities. How do you determine if a business idea is viable? Which products are worth taking to market? Is this idea big enough to drive a company?

Business Analytics: Learn the importance of business analytics and how it influences fact-based decision-making

Communicating in the Workplace: Increase self-awareness and boost interpersonal effectiveness; learn principles and strategies for maximizing communication in a variety of contexts (both in personal and professional life)

Financial Decision Analysis: Class will examine various approaches for using financial analysis to make critical decisions. Subjects include the impact of volume on returns, overhead allocation methods, and statement ratio analysis. 

Difficult Conversations: Understand the importance of team work and acquire team building skills that will give you a competitive edge

Mindfulness: Learn how to build your emotional intelligence which is important for peak performance and successful leadership

Power and Leadership: Learn how to build your power toolbox to become motivated, positive, and effective leaders


All UCSD PhDs, Postdocs and graduate students interested in business are eligible. A selective application process will be used to enroll a cohort of 150 participants.  This course is primarily for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at UCSD and affiliated institutions. Masters students and undergraduate students can still apply but will be considered secondarily.



You will be notified of your application status by June 12, 2017.


In accordance with the school’s mission, the Center for Executive Development educates highly skilled, ethical leaders for innovation-driven organizations. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of course topics by tapping into the entrepreneurial hotbed of Southern California and harnessing the intellectual capital of UC San Diego, a leading research institution. Our popular offerings in the areas of leadership, team building and interpersonal skills refine the soft skills that facilitate both professional and personal success.

For a list of all courses offered by the Center for Executive Development, visit