To compete in today’s fast-paced, challenging workplace, you need solid business skills. The business perspective that you will get from the MBA Essentials program will enable you to be more effective at working across organization functions, communicating with senior management, and developing relationships with clients, customers, and suppliers.
(Max 30 people per class)
Mon. & Wed. Evenings
April 21-May 21
Sept. 8-Oct. 8
The MBA Essentials program provides an overview of key subject areas found in the Carlson School’s nationally ranked MBA program. It is taught by many of the same outstanding Carlson School of Management faculty members who teach in the MBA program. You will experience classroom sessions with award-winning teachers—many of whom are also accomplished scholars and understand how to transform the latest academic insights into practical application.
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How it Works
MBA Essentials is an evening program that meets twice a week for five weeks in the spring or during the day for one week straight in the fall. The program sets the stage by building an understanding of the nature of business strategy and the foundations of competitive advantage. Next, participants are introduced to the core perspectives of the basic business functions and how they each contribute to the organization. Throughout the program, participants are engaged in discussions to understand the practical issues and challenges associated with each functional area. The program concludes by coming full-circle and relating the concepts covered in the program back to the issues of firm strategy and competitiveness.
There are no graded assignments or exams in the program, but participants are expected to complete and discuss readings, case studies, exercises, and related homework. Upon completion of this non credit program, you’ll receive an MBA Essentials Certificate.
The program is designed for:
Examples of past participant titles include:
|Business strategy||Building & leading teams|
|Marketing management||Operations management|
|Financial accounting||International business|
|Financial statement analysis & corporate finance||Leadership|
|Human resources management|
Thinking about applying for a Carlson School MBA Program?
Attendees who apply for and are accepted into a Carlson MBA program within one year of completing the MBA Essentials course will be eligible to apply up to 50% of the MBA Essentials course fee toward their MBA tuition. (The actual dollar amount to be applied toward MBA tuition will be calculated as 50% of the course fee actually paid.) Tuition credit will be applied evenly over the first two semesters of enrollment in the Carlson MBA program. Completion of the MBA Essentials program does not ensure admission to the MBA program, nor does it provide any academic credit toward the requirements of the MBA degree.
Fee: The program fee includes tuition, program materials, and evening refreshments.
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
|Mark Bergen, the Carolyn I. Anderson Professor of Business Education Excellence and Professor of Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Art Hill, Associate Dean for MBA Programs and the John and Nancy Lindahl Professor for Excellence in Business Education in the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota|
|Ed Joyce, Professor of Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
|Peter Krembs, Carlson Executive Education Fellow|
Svjetlana Madzar Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
|Richard Nelson, Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs, Department of Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Myles Shaver, Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles, and Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Connie Wanberg, Professor and Director Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Aks Zaheer, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management and Director of the Strategic Management Research Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.|
"Great course for the time-constrained professional buried in a task oriented world. Will reawaken your interest in reconnecting with learning and challenging yourself to learn more. It gives you real-life skills that are immediately applicable to your work life and career."
"I joined the MBA Essentials class to gain a macro view of MBA principles and best practices. The materials of this class not only gave a clear macro view of all the topics covered, but also provided a wealth of micro-level details. The faculty's ability to teach these topics are exemplary. If it becomes strategically important for me to join an MBA program, it will surely be at Carlson."
Sr. Software Engineer
TE Connectivity LTD.
"I had been thinking about going back to school for my MBA and this was a great way to test the waters first. It is taught by world class professors and has confirmed my interest in pursuing an MBA and continuing to build on my leadership skills. I also found it has given me leadership, strategy, and business skills to apply to my current role.”
The Toro Company
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"This course was incredibly informative and beneficial. The professors were world class, their knowledge deep, and the topics applicable to whatever sector you work in. I am headed back to my company with a toolbox of ideas to implement to help us in a plethora of ways."
Jessie Houlihan Bingen
MBA Essentials, Sept, 2013
Attendees who apply for and are accepted into a Carlson MBA program within one year of completing the MBA Essentials course will be eligible to apply up to 50% of the MBA Essentials course fee toward their MBA tuition.