U.Buffalo Mini MBA

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  1. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Yeah, that's it!
     
  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The title of "master" ought to mean something. I didn't know that one could "master" business administration in 8 1/2 hours.
     
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Yeah, bring on the mini-docs! :D
     
  4. RobbCD

    RobbCD New Member

    The Tulane program is 105 hours. I don't know what 8 1/2 hours your talking about. The Baker MBA I have was 54 quarter hours.

    If you are talking about the Buffalo program, "master" isn't in the title.
     
  5. RobbCD

    RobbCD New Member

    I second that!
     
  6. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Not technically but they do claim it's a mini-MBA which does imply they are using MBA to mean Master's of Business Administration.
     
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  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The first post indicates that we are talking about the U Buffalo mini-MBA. The second post claims that the U Buffalo mini-MBA can be done in 8 1/2 hours. My City U MBA was 49 quarter hours.
     
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Hell! Degree mills sell well too!
     
  9. RobbCD

    RobbCD New Member

    If the posters here are seriously equating professional development programs from reputable business schools with diploma mills, then the wheels have come off the wagon.

    A mini-MBA isn't a degree and can't be held to the same standards. So too all of the programs discussed so far on this thread. They also can do no harm.

    Take a breath, seek perspective.

    Good Luck.
     
  10. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Here is the Buffalo Mini MBA - 17 courses that can be completed in 30 minutes = 8-1/2 hours.
    http://mgt.buffalo.edu/executive/ommba
    This page does not use the word 'master' but it implies it via the term Mini MBA.
     
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  11. xecuter

    xecuter New Member

    It would be really great if Harvard Univ offers mini "anything"! I will be one of the first students to enroll:)

    Come on guys, if you put a mini MBA on your resume and apply for any job, what do you think the recruiter will think of you? I mean where does this mini MBA thing stand on a resume? like under education? achievements? hobbies? references?

    I think that if you enroll in this mini MBA thingie, you will be wasting your time and money. I would rather spend the $800 buying some Harvard's real MBA textbooks to educate myself!
     
  12. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Ah, we've come back to the topic at hand! I agree 100%. Maybe this information will help the OP if he's still even reading this topic. :)
     
  13. Woho

    Woho New Member

    I would like to know how "big" the "mini" is written on the certificate/transcript. The 17 courses sound impressive, esp if they don't list how long it takes to finish a course.
    Btw just found this:
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kyle-rasbach-phd-pharmd-mba/1/52a/aa6
    "I currently serve as VP of Business Knowledge Development for the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club. In this role, I have developed and teach a 10-week Mini-MBA course to Harvard and MIT affiliated students and postdocs."

    Not really Harvard but close ;)
     
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  14. Pilot

    Pilot Member

    First I'd like to thank everyone for their input.
    Again I would like to reiterate that my original question was.
    What is the value of a "mini-mba" in the business world?
    Many companies are actually paying for these trainings, mine did.
    They never thought for one second that this was in any way a graduate level education, however they saw it as an opportunity to brush off on some skills and learn some new ones in the process.
    I understand that some of you are turned off by the name because it might be misleading. However this is what is called......
    That being said I am not trying to list it as a graduate degree but wanted to know what would be the best way to list it on my resume...Continuing education, management / businesstraining...etc...'
    I hope this clarifies the issue..
    Please keep it coming, This is becoming a great thread..
    One last question; what is everyone's opinion on certificates offered by reputable institutions as resume boosters..
    Thanks
     
  15. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I am a big fan of certificate programs. Probably my all-time favorite is the project mgmt cert offered by pmi

    http://www.pmi.org/Pages/default.aspx

    Then I'd probably bump down to the six-sigma certifications. I've got the general idea that each field has it's own bunch of places that offer cert programs. Maybe someday someone will start a thread to list these quality offerings (that's a really heavy-handed hint).
     
  16. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    I would list it under continuing education.
     
  17. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

    I use the following:

    TECHNICAL/PROFESSIONAL/CONTINUING TRAINING

    The reason I use this heading is because I want my formal academic Education to stand out from the above. In addition I often leave this section off my resume or edit the information to tailor it for a specific position.

    If you have limited degrees for your Education section of a resume or if the degrees are not specific to the position you are seeking then I would find a way to include the competencies acquired/enhanced in the certificate program in your Experience section AND list the certificate under a similar heading to the one above so that you can maximize the benefit.
     
  18. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    Agreed. Resumes should be tailored for the jobs you are applying for. If you are applying for a job that required project management experience, highlight your experience in that including any coursework you might have taken. If you are applying for another job that is more IT oriented, change a few things on your resume to highlight those skills.

    There is nothing unethical about leaving off certain certificates or skills if they have no bearing on the job applied for, especially if you have numerous certificates. The important one for the job at hand will get lost in all the noise.
     
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The only justification you could come up with for the use of the term "mini-MBA" was "it sells!" That, equally, is the only justification for degree mills. Case closed.
     
  20. Pilot

    Pilot Member

    The fact you can't get past the term mini MBA and it's succesful marketing is your opinion/right, But this is not what we are discussing here...
     

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