Teaching Class

MBA Essentials

Five days of in-depth work to polish your approach to critical business operations, enhance your understanding of data-driven decision-making, and refine your communication and leadership strategies.

Program Details

In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About This Program

This course provides an introduction to the critical business disciplines housed within an MBA.  Participants will learn key concepts and terminology from Strategy, HR, Leadership, Analytics, Supply Chain, Finance, Accounting, and International Management.  The course is structured to broaden your perspective on your organization and to elevate your ability to influence and make more informed business decisions.     

You will learn to build and lead teams, get a better grasp on finance and accounting, as well as develop business strategies. You’ll be engaged in discussions that tackle the practical issues and challenges associated with each functional business area and apply them to issues of strategy and competitiveness. Upon completion of this non-credit course, you’ll receive an MBA Essentials Certificate.

This program is valid for 36 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Tuition Reimbursement
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.


  • Directors and managers who seek to refine their business acumen
  • Professionals in transition who wish to enhance their skills
  • Technically-trained leaders who seek to enhance their business knowledge
  • Potential MBA students

Key Benefits

  • Become more effective in day-to-day operations
  • Make better informed decisions
  • Broaden your understanding of business beyond your specific area of expertise
  • Learn language and best-practices for business areas including marketing, operations, supply chain, finance, and leadership
  • Communicate more effectively with colleagues and senior management

After taking this course, I feel confident in my ability to translate my learnings immediately in my career and armed with additional resources to continue my learnings independently. This course is perfect for those who are interested in pursuing an MBA in the future, as well as, for those interested in a week of exploring the general scope of business with other brilliant business minds in the Twin Cities and beyond.


Hear from Past Participants

In this five day course you’ll be engaged in discussions that tackle the practical issues and challenges associated with each functional business area and apply them to issues of firm strategy and competitiveness. There are no graded assignments or exams, but readings, case studies, and simulations, to make this an immersive, learning experience.

Additional Course Details

Day 1
Business Strategy
Building and Leading Teams
Day 2
Talent Management
Data Mining for Business Decisions
Day 3
Supply Chain and Operations
International Business
Day 4
Marketing Management
Day 5
Measuring Value Added: Why Financial Markets Matter
Strategy Execution & Conclusion

Additional Details

Ravi Bapna
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems; Associate Dean for Executive Education, Academic Director, Carlson Analytics Lab
Joe Redden
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Marketing Analytics
Raj Singh
Associate Dean (With Faculty Rank)
Myles Shaver
Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship & Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Corporate Strategy

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