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10 “crash courses” in business school for busy people

Terms like Mini-MBA and Certificate of Entrepreneurship are gaining traction in the business education world, but they are really the same idea.

These programs are crash course alternatives to a full-blown business education that aim to minimize tuition, minimize time investment, and still deliver valuable business smarts to busy students.

These programs appeal to managers, business owners, and entrepreneurs who need a formal business education to fall back on when passion and dedication is not enough.

Of the top 53 business schools ranked by US New and World Report’s Best Business Schools, ten have a crash course option. Here they are:

  1. Stanford – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate – Website
    • $8,035
    • 64 hours of coursework over 8 courses
    • Selective – Must Apply, Prerequisites
      • Bachelor’s degree required
      • 3.0 GPA
      • 5 years work experience
    • Online
  2. MIT – Sloan Executive Education Certificate Program – Website
    • $11,000+ varies by program
    • Time varies by program
    • Selective – Must Apply
    • On-site in Cambridge, Mass and virtual
  3. UC Berkeley – Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management – Website

    • $4,475
    • 156 hours of instruction
    • Open enrollment
    • On-site in Berkeley, California
  4. Columbia – Essentials of Management – Website

    • $25,350
    • 12 days of programming
    • Selective – Must Apply
    • On-site at 30 minutes outside of New York City
  5. Georgetown – Certificate in Business Administration – Website

    • $5,370
    • 108 hours of coursework
    • Open enrollment
      • Bachelor’s degree required
    • On-site in Washington, DC
  6. Notre Dame – Executive Certificate in Business Adminsitration – Website
    • $5,995
    • 24 weeks of courses
    • Open enrollment
    • Online
  7. University of Minnesota – MBA Essentials – Website
    • $4,200
    • 4o hours of classes, plus homework
    • Open enrollment
    • On-site in Minneapolis, MN
  8. Rutgers – Mini-MBA™: Entrepreneurship – Website
    • $4,995
    • No upcoming sessions at this time.
    • Open enrollment
  9. Southern Methodist University – Starting A Business Certificate Program – Website
    • $625
    • Eight weeks, one night per week
    • Open enrollment
    • On-site in Dallas, TX
  10. University of Georgia / Tarkenton Institute – Certificate in Entreprenuership – Website
    1. $850
    2. 100 hours
    3. Open enrollment
    4. Online

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