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Micro-MBA

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 UC San Diego Micro-MBA will prioritize UC San Diego graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, followed by general public applicants.

COURSE IMPACT

The UC San Diego Rady Micro-MBA 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 in participating is to help you 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.

Applications for the 2023 MicroMBA will open May 2023.

The program will run in a hybrid fashion from July 13 – August 24, 2022 (see below for more details).

Course Price: $300

 

Program Format

This is a seven-week program. Each course is a glimpse into the full MBA program at the Rady School of Management. The courses will be held online via ZOOM with optional in-person sessions for select lectures/coffee chats. 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 2022, we will take screen shots for proof of attendance. Sessions may be recorded; details about this to come.

Class Location

All classes will be available via Zoom. Certain classes will also be held in person for those who wish to attend a live session. Each class will have a separate ZOOM link created and sent to you via email one week prior to the course date. For those classes with an in-person option, the room information (on campus at the Rady School of Management) will also be sent in that same email.

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 two coffee chats but we strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can.

Anticipated 2022 Program Schedule*

#

DAY

DATE

TIME

TOPIC

 FACULTY

1

W

7/13

4:30pm-6:30pm

Accounting/Accounting for Startups

Eric Floyd

2

M

7/18

4:30 – 6 pm

Business Analytics

Vincent Nijs

3

W

7/20

4:30 – 6 pm

Strategy 101: Industry Analysis

Anya Samek

4

M

7/25

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Power and Leadership

Mary McKay

5

W

7/27

4:30 – 6 pm

Innovation

Vish Krishnan

6

M

8/1

4:30 – 6 pm

Operational Strategy

Vish Krishnan

7

W

8/3

4:30 – 6 pm

Personality and Skills – Knowing Yourself and your Team

Chris Oveis

8

M

8/8

4:30 – 6 pm

Corporate Finance

Ross Valkanov

9

W

8/10

4:30 – 6 pm

Financial Decision Making and Investments

Ross Valkanov

10

M

8/15

4:30 – 6 pm

Marketing Part 1

On Amir

11

W

8/17

4:30 – 6 pm

Marketing Part 2 (+ How to Prepare a Case)

On Amir

12

M

8/22

4:30 – 6 pm

Team Meeting to Prepare Case Analysis

Zoom TA

13

W

8/24

4:30 – 6 pm

Case Discussion with Faculty

Ross Valkanov

14

 W

8/24

6 pm

Networking Session (Optional)

In-person

*Class offerings may change based on instructor availability.

 

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.

Strategy 101: Industry Analysis: Conduct industry analysis and understand the competitive forces shaping strategic decision-making.

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

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

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

Personality and Skills — Knowing Yourself and your Team: Understand the personality traits you bring into the work environment and how they may influence the group dynamic and team projects.

Corporate Finance & 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.

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