Micro-MBA

An Abbreviated MBA Course Series for UC San Diego Ph.D.s, Postdocs and Graduate Students

MicroMBA

Details

Applications for the summer 2022 program will be open in May 2022.

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The UCSD MicroMBA will prioritize graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, followed by general public applicants.

Course Price: $300

OVERVIEW

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 Ph.D.s, postdocs and graduate students. The UCSD MicroMBA will prioritize graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, followed by general public applicants.

COURSE IMPACT

The UCSD Rady MicroMBA course is a fast and inexpensive way for you to gain fluency in business concepts from high-caliber Rady School of Management faculty and corporate practitioners. You will have the chance to network with local business professionals at weekly coffee chats and peers in the program.  Another advantage participating is to help clarify whether earning an MBA degree is a good choice for you. Finally, completion of the course will be a valuable addition to your resume and LinkedIn profile, along with receiving a certificate of completion.

Program Format

This program is a 7 week course. Each course is a glimpse into the full MBA program at the Rady School of Management. The courses will be held online via ZOOM. There is an application process and if accepted, you will be notified and allowed access to the online sessions, materials and other info. 

Attendance Policy & Grades

You must attend 10 of the 13 total sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. There will be no grades but attendance is tracked and you will be required to show proof that you attended, if asked. Due to the sessions being held online for summer 2021, we will take screen shots for proof of attendance. Sessions may be recorded; details about this to come.

Class Location

Typically held on the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego campus, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the entire program will be online via ZOOM. Each class will have a separate ZOOM link created and sent to you via email 1-week prior to the course date.

Coffee Chats

Arguably the most beneficial element of the program and taking place between all the lectures, we will host virtual networking events called “coffee chats”. These are conducted at different times throughout the program and feature prominent executives, entrepreneurs and other business professionals from the San Diego region who you will be able to connect with directly in an informal setting. You will be notified each week of the upcoming coffee chats and provided all online information at that time. You must attend a minimum of 2 coffee chats but we strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Anticipated 2021 Program Schedule*

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DAY

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

 FACULTY

1

W

7/7

4:30 – 6 pm

Accounting/Accounting for Start-ups

Eric Floyd

2

M

7/12

4:30 – 6 pm

Business Analytics

Vincent Nijs

3

W

7/14

4:30 – 6 pm

Corporate Finance

Ross Valkanov

4

M

7/19

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Power & Leadership

Mary McKay

5

W

7/21

4:30 – 6 pm

Making the Business Case: Leadership Storytelling

Alison Meyer

6

M

7/26

4:30 – 6 pm

Competition and Strategy

Anya Samek

7

W

7/28

4:30 – 6 pm

Financial Decision Making and Investments

Ross Valkanov

8

M

8/2

4:30 – 6 pm

Innovation

Vish Krishnan

9

W

8/4

4:30 – 6 pm

Operational Strategy

Vish Krishnan

10

M

8/9

4:30 – 6 pm

Marketing, part 1

On Amir

11

W

8/11

4:30 – 6 pm

Marketing, part 2

On Amir

12

M

8/16

4:30 – ? or Flexible

Team Meeting to Prepare Case Analysis

No Lecture (Teams Meet on their Own)

13

W

8/18

TBA

Case Analysis Discussion

TBA

Accounting/Accounting for Start-ups: Students will learn how to build a bottoms-up financial model and how to create basic financial statements.

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

Competition and Strategy: Conduct industry analysis and understand the competitive forces shaping strategic decision-making.

Corporate Finance: We take the perspective of a CFO whose job is to decide which projects to invest in, how to finance that investment, and how to manage the cash flows of the firm. We will introduce the financial tools needed to answer these questions. The ultimate objective is to introduce a coherent framework that will lead to value-enhancing business decisions.

Financial Decision Making and Investments: We take the perspective of an investor, who seeks to maximize the value of his investment while being exposed to the least amount of risk. Based on the fundamental concepts of market efficiency and risk-return trade-off, we will tackle important questions such as should investors time the market and how to make optimal investment decisions. Finally, we will introduce new trends in investments, such as socially responsible investing and Fintech.

Innovation: Learn the nuances of innovation for social and economic value creation.

Making the Business Case: Leadership Storytelling: Storytelling is a critical tool in business to help people quickly communicate complex ideas, build connection and shared understanding, and make the case for new ideas and ways of working. This storytelling intro looks at the shape of stories as well as the brain science behind why stories are so effective to connect and communicate, and explores how to craft a story to advance your persuasive business argument.

Marketing: Intro to strategic marketing management: segmentation, targeting, positioning, and branding

Operational Strategy: Acquire practical tools and working knowledge to capture value with efficient and effective strategy.

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

ELIGIBILITY

All UCSD Ph.D.s, Postdocs and graduate students interested in business are eligible. A selective application process will be used to enroll participants.  This course is primarily for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows at UC San Diego and affiliated institutions. Masters students and undergraduate students can still apply but will be considered secondarily.