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Mini MBA, Mini Masters & Certificate Series

Concentrated business education essentials

These series of programs, all leading to certificates,  provide broad overviews of topics highly relevant to the modern businessperson.

Mini MBA Series

The Mini MBA Series offers a broad overview in contemporary studies of management and organizational leadership without requiring an extended leave for study. In each series, you will explore the topics most critical to your understanding of the subject and to your personal and organizational success. Certificates are awarded at the completion of each series.

Mini MBA Program

The Mini MBA Program is now offered in an online format. 

Online Mini MBA Program

For more information visit the pages for specific Mini MBA programs:

Mini MBA in Health Care Management 
Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations

Mini Master Series

The Mini Master Series allows you to explore further the specific topics covered in the Mini MBA Series and drills deeper into that particular subject. Certificates are awarded at the completion of each series.

Mini Master of Financial Management
Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise
Mini Master of Marketing Management
Mini Master of Project Management
Mini Master of Supply Chain Management

Programs offered in conjunction with the School of Engineering 

Mini Master of Big Data
Mini Master of Business Analysis
Mini Master of Information Technology
Mini Master of Mobile Technology

Certificate Series

Certificate Series programs provide you with in-depth skill development in a specific topic area. While the majority of the programs in each series may be taken separately, you will benefit the most by completing the entire series and taking advantage of the interactive nature of the programs. Certificates are awarded at the completion of each series.

Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment
Fundraising/Fund Development Certificate Series
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training 
Six Sigma Green Belt Training 

Registration Policies

How to Register:

To register online, click on the Register button next to the session you would like to attend. This will take you to the online registration page for that particular session. Once you've filled out the registration page, you'll be directed to online payment.

  1. Register and pay online, OR
  2. Register online and pay with a check or P.O. by mail.

Payment Options for Your Education

We are flexible when working with individuals to ensure ease of payment in a variety of situations. The most common methods of payment are described below.

Employer Reimbursement 

If your company will pay for your continuing education, get approval from them for the specific program(s) you want to attend. You can register for the program and either pay for the program on your company card, with a PO request and check from your company, or pay with your own funds and file for reimbursement. Those are the most common methods of company payment, but be sure to talk to your supervisor or HR department to find out the specifics in your company.

Tax benefit:* If you receive educational benefits from your employer, you can exclude up to $5,250 each year from your taxes. Schooling that is job related does not count against the $5,250 cap. Educational assistance of less than this amount should not be included in your compensation statement received from your employer (IRS, p970/ch11).

Personal Investment 

In order to move ahead in your career you may need to invest in professional development. Think of this as an investment because it will open up new opportunities for you now and in the future.

Tax benefit:* The IRS offers a Lifetime learning credit which covers continuing education courses taken by employees for a 20% credit on up to $10,000 of tuition in one year [Subject to certain limits.] (IRS, p970/ch03).

Workforce Development Centers

Layoffs and cut-backs in companies across the country can be disheartening. However, people can take advantage of government funded programs through Workforce Development Centers to enroll in professional development programs. Some job transitioners use this opportunity to refine their skills in a familiar area, while others choose to learn a new skill set that can make them more marketable to potential employers.

We have experience working with these centers and try to make the process as easy as possible for you. First, meet with a counselor in a workforce development center to determine what will be of the most benefit to you and your professional development and get their approval to take a program. Next, call us and let us know you are working with one of these centers. Your counselor will then send us their official authorization and payment directly.

* Examples provided here are for informational purposes only. The tax benefits mentioned here might not apply to your situation. The University of St Thomas does not provide legal, tax, accounting or other advice. Please consult with an appropriate professional to discuss how this applies to you.

Payment and Cancellation Policies

The full fee or approved purchase order is due at the time of registration. Registration cannot be processed if payment is not enclosed. Call (651) 962-4600 for information. Substitutions or transfers can be made up to the day of the program.

If you need to cancel, please call our office at least five working days before the beginning of the program to avoid a 10 percent processing fee.

Cancellations made after the program begins are subject to the full fee. Additional registration materials, maps to the location, etc. will be sent to you after we receive your registration.

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