The Mini-MBA Series

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  June 20, 2023
  12:00 pm ET

The McGill Mini-MBA Series

The mini program with a big impact

Taking your career to the next level requires significant time and investment—which you may simply not have right now. That’s what makes McGill’s Mini-MBA Series the ideal stepping stone for the next phase of your professional development.

Online from the comfort of your home or in person at McGill University’s Montreal downtown campus, we want to help you reach your peak of excellence and accelerate your career goals.

In just a few days, you’ll gain the insight you need to speak about key MBA concepts with confidence, expertly interact with high-level executives and make daily decisions that will positively impact your career.

You’ll gain career confidence, a greater understanding of the business world and a Mini-MBA certificate that attests to your achievement and commitment to your ongoing development.

Why a Mini-MBA?

Our Mini-MBA is a quick and cost-effective way to reach your next career goal and boost your employment profile. It’s a unique opportunity to equip yourself with practical management skills that you can put to work immediately.

You’ll learn the key business insights, comprehensive management practices, benchmarks, and business strategies taught in our full MBA program—at a fraction of the time and cost—from outstanding professors with real-life experience. Our focus on the latest ideas in strategy, marketing, finance, and human resources will also give you a clear advantage in today’s ever-evolving business world.

Delivered online or in person, you can complete the full series or we can help you choose the cycle that best meet your needs.

Mini-MBA – Understanding the full picture of business

This flagship program condenses key MBA topics into two different learning formats that fit the work schedules of busy professionals. Discover how to boost your career thanks to an in-depth understanding of the pillars of business: strategy, marketing, finance, negotiation, and people skills. Participate in case studies and work as a team to produce a final project that reflects your learning.

Offered in:     Montreal     Toronto     Ottawa     Online

Mini-MBA – Managing your organization effectively and efficiently

Designed for more experienced managers and professionals, this is a highly interactive program with 10 days of learning condensed into formats ideal for working professionals. Here, we’ll look at management disciplines in greater depth and provide you with a holistic view of key ideas. Deepen your knowledge of business practices and learn to implement strategies, manage change, interpret numbers, and more—all while putting your new knowledge to use through a realistic business simulation with your class peers.

Offered in:     Montreal     Toronto     Online

Is a Mini-MBA for you?

Whether you’ve been recently promoted to a management position and want to brush up on your knowledge, or you want to take your career to the next level, these learning experiences will give you the tools and confidence to stand out. We’ve designed this program specifically for all managers and professionals in corporate, government and nonprofit roles who are looking for immediate results and don’t wish to invest time and money on a full MBA.

Think a Mini-MBA is for you? Then it probably is! We can help you decide which cycle is right for you.

Speak with a Mini-MBA Learning Advisor

Mini-MBA Certificates

Following the completion of each cycle, you will receive a prestigious Certificate of Completion stating that you’ve successfully completed one cycle of the Mini-MBA Program.

The McGill Executive Institute offers special recognition in the form of an additional Mini-MBA Series Certificate when you complete all three cycles of the Mini-MBA Series (in any order). This attests that you have fulfilled the entire McGill Mini-MBA Program—an important distinction and impressive addition to your CV, LinkedIn profile and more.

Discover the key benefits of a Mini-MBA

Increase the value of your CV, LinkedIn profile and more
Get key industry info at a fraction of the time and cost
Use new tools and processes to immediately impact your career
Connect with a network of peers from diverse industries
Benefit from practical exercises and group projects
Broaden your horizons and become more business savvy
Learn industry best practices and insights
Discover proven best-practice strategies
Hone your decision-making skills for the business world
Gain access to our professional faculty’s advice—even after the course

Success Stories

The Mini-MBA Program: at the heart of professional development

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Most participants have at least 5 years of work experience and tend to be mid- to upper-level managers and professionals from every type and size of organization. Note that you will be assigned to a group of peers with different experiences in order to make the most of your learning opportunities.

The Executive Development Course (EDC) is open to managers of all experience levels, and each class includes participants from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including engineering, project management, human resources, operations, sales, and more.

If you’d like to enroll in the Advanced Management Course (AMC), we suggest you complete Cycle I or have a minimum of 5 years of managerial working experience and an intermediate level of financial literacy.

Before taking the Integrated Management Thinking Course (IMT), you will ideally have completed Cycle II or have at least 15 years of management experience. There’s no need to have a business degree to enroll, and many participants find our Mini-MBA programs are excellent refresher courses to take several years after earning their degree.

  • Flexible Format; (84 net learning hours divided across modules); content is time released and stretched out over time to allow for application and transfer of new skills, tools and frameworks for the best outcome.
  • Action-Learning Approach; Content, activities and experiences are relevant and immediately applicable to your day-to-day back at work.
  • Enriched Curriculum; new multimedia content created and curated to align with different learning styles.
  • Access to Alumni Network; Upon completing a cycle either online or on-site, participants will be invited to join the Mini-MBA Series Alumni Network (MMSAN). The program fosters connection and engagement with a global peer community and program alumni.

You can expect about 2-4 hours of additional work per week outside class for group and individual preparation, or about 3-6 hours per day in the condensed, in-person, version of 2 modules of 4 days.

Emphasis is placed on helping you reach your peak of excellence, gain confidence and accelerate your career goals. That’s why even MBA grads take the program to refresh and update their knowledge base, and specialized managers take it to broaden their expertise. Executives use our programs to develop strategic management skills and network with exceptional peers from a variety of industries.

You’ll be provided with a selection of cases to read before each course, and you are encouraged to think about and bring along any personal goals, questions, challenges, and objectives you may have. Remember: this is your learning experience and our goal is to ensure it’s relevant to your career.

Yes! Our programs often fill up one or more months in advance, so it’s in your best interest to register early. Please ensure full payment is made to secure your place in the program and receive your reading material, which is generally sent 2 weeks before the class begins.

This program does not include exams. Instead, you will complete the program with a group presentation to the faculty panel, after which you will receive your Certificate of Completion from the McGill Executive Institute.

Note that our programs are management development courses and not government-accredited ones, and we do not issue personal tax receipts.

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