UCCS to launch mini-MBA; return on investment promised

Shawna Lippert, (719) 255-5215, slippert@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu
Tom Duening, El Pomar Chair of Business and Entrepreneurship, will help teach the UCCS Mini-MBA.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Busy professionals who want to further their business skills in a relatively short timeframe have a new option through the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business.

The UCCS Mini-MBA, an executive education program offered through the college’s Office of Professional and Executive Development, allows students to attend classes one night per week for 13 weeks. Classes are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

The new UCCS Mini-MBA will teach students to develop and deliver a project that will provide at least $75,000 in value to their employer or a sponsoring organization. Billed as “$75K in 75 Days” and modeled on Lean Six Sigma certification principles, this unique component of the Mini-MBA returns 25 times the price of the program from either new revenue streams or cost savings through efficient processes or a mix of both.

Tom Duening, El Pomar Chair of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Business, is one of six faculty who teach the program.

“Six Sigma certification requires participants to deliver projects valued at $1 million to their organization,” Duening said. “We wanted to emulate that type of impact to provide participants in the mini-MBA program with real-world application of the knowledge gained in the program.”

The $3,100 program includes all program manuals, materials, and 3.9 Continuing Education Units through UCCS. All University of Colorado alumni, and those who have previously enrolled in Office of Professional and Executive Development courses, are eligible for a discount. Successful graduates of the UCCS Mini-MBA who choose to pursue a master’s degree in business are not required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test. The new program will begin Sept. 13 and continue through Dec. 13.  A free mini-MBA information session and open house is scheduled for 4:30 pm Aug. 17 in Dwire Hall on the UCCS campus.

For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business/OPED or call Lippert, (719) 255-5215.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and online MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree and the Master of Science in Accounting. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.