Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Mini-MBA Certificate Program

"Every session provided at least one takeaway that could immediately be adaptable to my company. I want to send all of my management staff through this program.
— COO/General Counsel, Alper Service LLC, December 2015

Upcoming Sessions and Fees

  • March 20–May 22, 2017 ($3,700) Registration Closed
  • September 11-November 13, 2017 ($3,700)

Due to high demand for this program, seats often sell out many weeks in advance. We encourage you to submit your application early.

Class Times: Mondays from 6–9 p.m. (The first and last sessions begin early; a detailed schedule will be sent to all participants prior to the program.) All sessions are held on ten consecutive Monday evenings (excluding national holidays).

Program Fee: The fee listed above includes tuition, all program materials (course packet, books), assessments, and a one-on-one coaching session.

Location: Loyola's Water Tower Campus, 16 E. Pearson, Chicago, Illinois 60611, conveniently located just off of Michigan Avenue. This program also can be conducted on site and designed around the needs of a group of managers from your organization.


The Loyola mini-MBA is a comprehensive management development program that provides cutting-edge business skills, coaching and leadership training to help propel your organization and your career forward.

To succeed in business, individuals must be able to see beyond their own functional area and understand how the organization operates as a whole. During this 10-week program, expert faculty expose participants to the key management levers that drive organizational success. The program begins by exploring how organizations develop and implement strategy. Then, core functional areas of business are explored—from marketing to finance to accounting—to provide participants with a solid understanding of each function and how it contributes to organizational success.

We also recognize that in order to succeed, individuals must understand how their own individual leadership and management styles impact their performance. This program includes a series of assessment tools designed to evaluate participants’ unique motivations, work styles, and conflict-management approaches. Each participant will have the opportunity to review their results in a one-on-one coaching session with a leadership development expert. The program concludes with a leadership simulation exercise and an interactive session on the balanced scorecard approach to management, in which participants develop a strategy map for an organization in order to integrate the key takeaways from throughout the program.

Program benefits

  • Strengthen overall business acumen and gain a better understanding of the key functional areas of business, including the frameworks, models and levers that drive organizational success
  • Develop the skills needed to think strategically and cross-functionally
  • Gain experience in problem-solving and in applying new techniques, strategies and skills under expert guidance
  • Complete a series of assessments that will provide insight into leadership and conflict-management styles and meet one-on-one with a leadership development expert
  • Improve negotiating skills through exercises and real-time feedback
  • Explore the integration of functions with a strategic alignment mapping process
  • Grow personal and professional network

Who Should Attend

The mini-MBA program is designed for professionals who wish to improve their general business acumen, leadership skills, and career potential. Individuals with previous business training who want a refresher on the latest business practices will also benefit from this program. Program participants generally have substantial experience in one or more key functional areas of business. To benefit most from this program and to foster a rich exchange of ideas among a diverse group of peers, participants are required to have 10 or more years of full-time work experience (individuals with fewer years of work experience click here).

Experienced professionals who are currently in transition will also find this program valuable. The mini-MBA offers these individuals an opportunity to update skills, stay abreast of current trends in business, and demonstrate to hiring managers a dedication to professional development.

Participants represent a wide variety of industries and organizations, including medium- to large-sized corporations, non-profits, government agencies, and small businesses.

View a list of recent participant titles and organizations.

Read what past participants have said about the program.


Our programs are taught by leading faculty from Loyola's Quinlan School of Business, home of the nationally-ranked part-time MBA program as reported by BusinessWeek and U.S. News and World Report. Quinlan Executive Education faculty are in great demand as consultants to corporations, non-profits, and government agencies throughout the region and around the world. The faculty are skilled in making business concepts and skills readily understandable and immediately useful to you. To do this, they engage you in dialogue about your experiences and how what you are learning can be applied on the job. This makes the program personally relevant and focused on real-world results. For more information, visit the Quinlan School of Business Faculty & Staff page.

Program Content

Strategy Alignment Map

Successful businesses have long recognized that aligning focused, discipline-based strategies enables concentration of energies on plans that mutually support and further their overall business strategy. Loyola Executive Education has developed the Strategic Alignment Map (SAM) process to apply this principle to improve the educational experience of individuals and organizations by:

  • Producing a document for participants that summarizes their purpose or strategic goal for attending the program
  • Identifying specific learning outcomes and how those outcomes align with their overall purpose for attending
  • Identifying action steps or a plan for implementing the learning
  • Providing a feedback mechanism to faculty regarding specific participant needs beyond the theoretical subject matter alone

Loyola Mini-MBA Certificate

Awarded to participants who fulfill the program’s attendance requirements.

MBA course waiver option

For those individuals considering the Loyola MBA program: Participants who complete the mini-MBA program, and are accepted into Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, may receive one elective course waiver for the Loyola MBA program. The course waiver requires the completion of an additional paper/project during the course of the MBA program. Current Quinlan School of Business students are not eligible.

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For a course consultation, please contact us at: 312.915.6781 or executive-ed@luc.edu.