Growth. Transformation. Confidence.

Develop Business Acumen & Strengthen Decision-Making Skills

The UCCS Mini-MBA through the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers professionals the opportunity to learn broad business concepts and skills in a relatively short timeframe - perfect for gaining business essentials while balancing work and personal commitments. This non-degree 13-week program is for working or transitioning professionals who aspire to deliver more value within their career by developing business acumen and immediately applying newly gained knowledge and skills.



What is the UCCS Mini-MBA?

In the UCCS Mini-MBA, participants will learn current business theory, research, and best practices within an interactive learning environment.  Participants will then immediately apply their new knowledge and skills in an ongoing capstone project.  Drawing on evidence-based strategies and faculty expertise, this program provides unparalleled opportunities for growth and transformation.  

How will the UCCS Mini-MBA benefit you?

  • Gain broad business knowledge.
  • Apply new business acumen and skills through a capstone project. 
  • Personal & professional transformation. 
  • Build lasting connections with cohort peers. 
  • Learn from top UCCS business professors. 

Want to Learn More about the Mini-MBA?

Program Capstone Project
$75K in 75 Days
Participants of the UCCS Mini-MBA will individually complete the program capstone project, $75K in 75 Days. The project involves choosing and implementing a business strategy that will have a direct business impact of $75,000 within an organization in a 75 day timeframe.  Program staff and faculty mentor participants through the project, ensuring successful outcomes.  The project allows participants to implement newly acquired business concepts and skills, resulting in a business impact of at least $75,000.  Participants will have 75 days from the last program session to implement the capstone project within their organization.

Organizations who nominate participants to the UCCS Mini-MBA will have capstone projects implemented for their respective organizations, thus quickly realizing the ROI of their investment to the program.  
What will you receive upon completion of the UCCS Mini-MBA program?
75K Gold Award & Certificate of Completion
A final program event will take place after the 75 day timeframe, where each participant will deliver a short briefing on their project and resulting impact. Referring organizations will be invited to the final event, along with key stakeholders from the university and community. Participants will be recognized for successfully completing the program and project and will be given a Certificate of Completion, signed by the dean of the College of Business and the program $75K Gold Award.

This is the moment you've work hard for, this is deserved and earned because you've grown, transformed gained and confidence in your business abilities. Your hard work has proved to you that YOU are a successful working professional-- no matter the challenge-- you are prepared.

Who Should Attend

The UCCS Mini-MBA is intended for individuals who aspire to build a strong foundation in business skills in order to deliver more value within their career. The program is for individuals who do not necessarily have a business background.  The UCCS Mini-MBA is recommended for those who are building their professional pathway and/or transitioning into a different career. Additionally, those who are considering a graduate business degree (MBA) in the future would benefit from the program.

Limited to a cohort of 24 participants. 

Recommended participants include:

  1. Manager or Supervisor
  2. Director
  3. Sales Professional
  4. Account Manager
  5. Business Owner
  6. Military or Veteran
  7. Business Development
  8. Next Generation Taking Over a Family Business
  9. Non-Business Professional
  10. Individuals Considering a Graduate Degree


  • December 20, 2020 - March 31, 2021
    $4,000 USD

    * No additional discounts apply to early bird registration

  • April 1 - August 30, 2021
    $4,500 USD
  • After August 30, 2021
    $4,700 USD 
  • CU Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni & Military
    *Alumni from any CU institution and/or OPED executive education programs are eligible for discounted registration rates off of regular registration fees. Volume and Military discounts are also available.

    For registration discount code, please contact the OPED office at oped@uccs.edu. 


Price Includes


Light dinner provided before each session


All books, program manuals and course materials


All program apparel 


Networking with peers in cohort for the opportunity to build lasting relationship beyond the program



Ongoing business faculty support at no charge throughout and beyond the Mini-MBA program.

Professional Headshots

You will receive professional headshot photos upon completion of the program. 


You will receive discounts on all future executive education programs through the UCCS College of Business. 

Timing & Important Dates

  1. Program sessions are held on a weekly basis, meeting on-time per week for 13-weeks
  2. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Fall 2020 program dates: September 15, 2020 - December 15, 2020
  4. Capstone project implementation timeframe (outside of classroom): December 15, 2019 - March 11, 2021
  5. Capstone program project due date: March 2021
  6. Final program event | Capstone project presentations and graduation: March 2021

Program Schedule & Session Topics

The UCCS Mini-MBA will cover a broad range of business concepts and skills within the following schedule:




 Session Topic

1  Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 Strategy & Value Creation:
 Creating Value Through Innovation

2 Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 Strategy & Value Creation:
 Building a Business Case

3 Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 Leadership & Working with People:
 Developing Personal Leadership Power

4 Tuesday, October 6, 2020

 Leadership & Working with People:
 Leading Change Through People

5 Tuesday, October 13, 2020

 Operations & Process Improvement:
 Designing Efficient Processes

6 Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 Operations & Process Improvement:
 Implementing Effective Workflow

7 Tuesday, October 27, 2020

 Service Marketing & Selling: 
 Serving Your Customers

8 Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 Service Marketing & Selling: 
 Selling to Internal & External Customers

9 Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 Accounting & Metrics:
 Budgeting & Planning a Project

10 Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 Accounting & Metrics:
 Making Decisions from Accounting Data & Reports


  No class for Thanksgiving holiday

11 Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 Finance & Metrics:
 Acquiring & Managing Financial Resources

12 Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 Finance & Metrics:
 Tracking & Measuring Project Performance

13 Tuesday, December 15, 2020

 Capstone & Project:
 Putting the Pieces Together

P  Project Implementation Timeframe

 $75k in 75 days: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
 10 days for Christmas and New Year not counted

G  Date Coming Soon

 Project Presentations & Graduation
 Awards & Certificates/Networking Event



Perks for Graduates - UCCS MBA Program GMAT/GRE Waiver

If a program participant decides to continue their education and applies to the UCCS MBA program within 5 years of successfully completing the UCCS Mini-MBA, the College of Business will waive the professional work experience requirement for the GRE/GMAT waiver petition. Eligible participants must meet other enrollment and acceptance criteria established by the UCCS College of Business, Graduate Programs.

(The UCCS Graduate Programs office normally charges a $100 waiver fee, which will also be waived.)



This professional development program consists of the following elements to create a strong learning environment:

  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Interactive exercises
  • Real-world examples
  • Hands-on learning
  • Real-time implementation of tools and strategies 

We understand that professionals occasionally have changes in plans or schedules that will result in their not being able to attend the program as planned. If you wish to cancel and receive a full refund, you must submit your request in writing via email to OPED@uccs.edu at least 5 business days prior to the program start date.


The UCCS Mini-MBA does not count towards a college degree program (undergraduate or graduate) and is not intended to replace a for-degree MBA program. 

For information on a MBA/MSA graduate program. Please click here


The UCCS Mini-MBA program will provide broad business acumen in a format designed to be immediately applied. Participants will not receive college credit for the program. 

Meet the UCCS Mini-MBA Faculty

Image of Tom Duening, PhD
Tom Duening, Ph.D.
Management Department Chair; Associate Professor, Management; Director, Center for Entrepreneurship; El Pomar Chair of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Business
Image of Lisa Stein, MA & CPA
Lisa Stein, M.A. & C.P.A.
Business Lecturer for Accounting & Internal Audits
Jeffery M. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Jeffery M. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Professor of Service Management and Marketing, College of Business
Scott Van Ness, ABD
Scott Van Ness, ABD
Instructor of Operations Management, College of Business
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Shane Sherman, MBA
Instructor of Leadership and Management
Image of Tom Zwirlein, PhD
Tom Zwirlein, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Finance


Reach Out To The Program

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