Micro-MBA

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

MicroMBA

Details

INTEREST SURVEY - COMPLETE BY MAY 26

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APPLICATION - Due June 24

 

APPLICATION DECISION: JUNE 25 

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

Course Price: $275

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 6 week course with two 1.5 hour lectures each week over the summer. 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. The summer 2020 program is slated to start July 8, 2020.

Attendance Policy & Grades

You must attend 10 of the 12 total lectures 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 2020, 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

(starts on July 8, 2020-final schedule will be sent to you once accepted into the program)

SESSION
TOPIC
INSTRUCTOR
1
Financial Decision Making Part 1
Ross Valkanov
2
Power and Leadership
Mary McKay
3
Business Analytics
Vincent Nijs
4
Financial Decision Making Part 2
Ross Valkanov
5
Leadership and People
Alison Meyer
6
Accounting for Lab Management
Eric Floyd
7
Marketing Part 1
On Amir
8
Marketing Part 2
On Amir
9
Emotional Intelligence
Ernie Mendes
10
Innovation
Vish Krishnan
11
Collaboration and Teamwork
Alison Meyer
12
Operational Strategy
Vish Krishnan

Financial Decision Marketing:  Become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of financial decision models. What drives financial decision making at individual & corporate levels? What are the differences between financial objectives such as NPV, IRR, and ROI? How do we measure risk in asset markets? We will cover these and other important questions in finance.

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

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

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

Collaboration and Teamwork: Modules on trust, listening, and why diversity is a competitive advantage.

Science & Innovation: Learn how to turn scientific ideas into market opportunities, including how scientists & engineers take a role in that process. How do you determine if a research idea is viable as a business? Which products are worth taking to market? Is this idea big enough to drive a company? 

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Learn how to build your emotional intelligence, which is important for peak performance and successful leadership. 

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

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.

APPLICATION

INTEREST SURVEY - COMPLETE BY MAY 26

APPLICATION - Due June 24

APPLICATION DECISION: JUNE 25 

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