Micro MBA Certificate Program

Get the Most Up-to-Date Business Education

The business environment is changing at digital speed, and if you are in or want to understand business, you need to know how it works today and will work tomorrow. Entrepreneurs, those looking to advance their skills, and lifelong learners all would benefit from understanding what is new and innovative and how it all fits together.

The Skills to Make Better Decisions

The Micro MBA at Providence College does more than just present the basics; it helps people synthesize and integrate ideas and information across the latest important business concepts from accounting to finance to information technology to marketing. The program breaks down all the key areas of business and builds a robust, usable framework to provide the skills and confidence necessary to make effective decisions. This certificate program was developed for individuals who want or need a rapid foundational education in the principles of today’s business, or professionals looking for an excellent refresher in updating their business skills or considering pursuing a part-time MBA program in the future.

Learn from the Best

Unlike some certificate programs, the Micro MBA at PC is taught exclusively by faculty selected based on their extensive academic and real-world experience. These award-winning faculty, combined with the resources of a Bloomberg Businessweek-ranked business school, provides students with a varied and incredibly informative experience

Learn the Fundamental Principles of:

Accounting • Economics • Finance

Sales • Business Strategy

Managing Information Systems

Leadership • Marketing
Business Law • Organizational Behavior

Meet your MicroMBA team

Ainslie Schultz (PhD, University of Arizona)

Assistant Professor of Marketing.

The goal of Ainslie’s research is to investigate questions that have implications for consumers’ well-being and to use that knowledge to advise organizations about responding to consumer needs, re-engaging consumers with existing products and services, or nudging consumers toward better decisions. Her work has been published in the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Consumer Research.

Matt Callahan (ALM, Harvard University)

Assistant Chair of the Finance Department

He runs Ash Creek Capital Management, an opportunistic investment fund located in Madison, CT. The fund invests in a variety of sectors including fixed income, venture capital, entertainment and hospitality, and commercial real estate. Prior to starting Ash Creek in 1998, he spent over a decade at Bear Stearns where he served as a Senior Managing Director.

Christine Earley (PhD, University of Pittsburgh)

Ruane Professor and Chair of Accountancy

Christine’s research utilizes experimental methods to study auditor learning and expertise, as well as the impact of information provided by management on auditors' judgments regarding fair value, business process performance, and internal control classifications. She serves as an Editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and as Associate Editor of Accounting and the Public Interest.

Brian Lamoureux (JD, Syracuse University)

Practioner Faculty

Brian J. Lamoureux is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and a member of the Employment, Litigation, Cyber Law, and Corporate & Business Teams. He is a national authority on the legal issues associated with social and digital media.

Adam Villa (PhD, University of New Hampshire)

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Adam pursues research in data analytics and big data management. He also studies computer security and storage/networking infrastructures. He has taught courses on database management systems, computer security, software development, computer architecture, and data analytics.

Matthew Eriksen (PhD, University of Rhode Island)

Professor and Chair of the Department of Management

His research interests are in the areas of leadership, leadership development, and management education. He consults with profit and nonprofit organizations and athletic departments and teams in such areas as leadership and team development, storytelling, personal performance management, and wellbeing.

Deirdre Snyder (PhD, University of North Carolina)

Assistant Professor of Management

Deirdre teaches Organizational Behavior at PC. She also leads executive education programs for major regional organizations. Her research centers on the impact of emotion in the workplace and ethical decision making.

Ron Jelinek (Ph.D. University of Connecticut)

Professor of Marketing

Prior to entering academia, Ron worked for KPMG and was a member of several client engagement teams overseeing relationships with global companies like Voxx International, ITT (formerly EDO) and Entenmann's, among many others. Ron's work is in the area of business-to-business relationships, with a focus on the buyer-seller exchange. He served as Chair of the Marketing Department from 2013-2016. This fall will be Ron's second time teaching in the Micro MBA.

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Who should enroll?

  • High-performing employees who have been promoted to administrative or management positions
  • Those who wish to update their business skills, or even already have an MBA or similar experience (an excellent refresher!)
  • Anyone considering pursuing a part-time or full-time MBA program in the future

Program Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to the Micro MBA & Organizational Behavior

  • Overview of the course and management decision making
  • How to get the most out of your organization

Week 2: Organizational Leadership

  • Leading organizations and leading change
  • What every manager needs to know about how to bring out their leadership skills

Week 3: Accounting

  • Budgeting: A primer
  • The income statement

Week 4: Economics and Finance

  • What to watch in the economy
  • Key concepts in financial management

Week 5: Marketing Including Introduction to Digital Marketing & Social Media

  • The customer as central
  • Understanding an effective marketing mix
  • Staying current in digital

Week 6: Business Law

  • Overview of the current legal environment
  • Where ethics and law collide

Week 7: Everything is Sales

  • Looking at the world through the customer’s eyes
  • Communication is the key to results

Week 8: Managing Information Technology

  • Survey of techniques and tools
  • Bringing it all together and completion celebration


What do I get for attending the MicroMBA at PC?

First and foremost, you receive a great education, taught by Providence College faculty who are excited to teach professionals. Second, you receive a working understanding of most aspects of business administration and insight into emerging business trends. Students who complete the course will also receive a certificate from the School of Business at Providence College indicating their completion of the MicroMBA.

Do I have to attend all class sessions to receive my certificate?

You’ll get the most out of your MicroMBA program if you attend all the sessions. However, in extenuating circumstances, we can provide a video recording of the missed session.

What are the logistics?

Classes are in the Ryan Center for Business Studies on the PC campus. Parking is free and generally available close to the Business School.

How much homework is involved?

Most of the faculty will send you important reading materials before their class to give you a basic foundation on which they build. This reading generally takes less than an hour.

Am I graded?

As a community of professionals, we come together for personal development and grades have a tendency to get in the way in this kind of setting. If a grade is necessary for reimbursement, please contact us and we can discuss some options.

How can I get more information?

We are always happy to explore whether the MicroMBA at PC is right for you. Click the button above or feel free to call Associate Dean Dan Horne at 401-865- 2722.

What does the program cost?

Take advantage of special pricing of $1,499 for the entire 8-week program and register now! The program price is $1,749.


Contact us to micromba@providence.edu for registration information or if you have any questions about our MicroMBA program, or call Associate Dean Dan Horne at 401-865.2772 for more information.