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MicroMasters® Program in
MBA Core Curriculum
UMD and USMx

What you will learn

  • Devise the right marketing strategy for your idea or firm
  • Use the vast information available in the world today to gain insight, create a competitive edge, and avoid being tomorrow’s data breach headline
  • Evaluate corporate investment opportunities to drive shareholder value
  • Use the language of business to communicate financial information to investors, shareholders, creditors, and regulators
  • Interact with those in the “C” suite, speaking their language and making your case for your ideas
  • Lead a team of people and use your influence to achieve strategic goals
  • Create the right strategy for your firm to gain a competitive advantage over others in your market space, domestically and globally

Business knowledge is in high demand in every area of work. From high-tech start-ups to non-profits, organizations are looking to leverage best practices from the business world to achieve their objectives. That’s why the MBA is widely recognized as a career accelerator, regardless of the industry you’re in.

With the MicroMasters program in MBA Core Curriculum, you will develop business insights and learn to lead others to achieve strategic goals. You’ll learn the different functional areas of a firm, how each area defines success, and how the functions work together to create success in the marketplace. You will be able to build and lead successful teams, influence others, and deliver high-quality outcomes on time and within budget.

The MicroMasters program in MBA Core Curriculum has also been designed to grow your professional and social networks. We will help you find people like yourself, both in your region and around the world, who are looking to advance their careers. In addition to facilitated discussions in your classes, you will be encouraged to interact with colleagues in real time by forming small study groups, holding virtual coffee hours, and discussing current articles and trends in business.

Are you ready? Turbocharge your career with the MicroMasters program in MBA Core Curriculum from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Expert instruction
7 graduate-level courses
1 year
8 - 10 hours per week
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. UMD and USMx's MBA Core Curriculum MicroMasters® Program

  2. Starts Oct 4, 2021
    8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn key marketing strategies and tactics to help your company develop products that match customers' needs, create awareness and demand for those products, and drive sales.

  3. Started Jul 26, 2021
    8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Develop the skills to motivate and inspire others so you can confidently lead your organization to success.

  4. 8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Financial accounting is the language of business. Learn to effectively interpret financial information to make sound decisions and confidently communicate to other leaders in your firm and with potential investors, shareholders, and creditors.

  5. 8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn about the explosion of technologies that are transforming business and how to strategically leverage technologies to maximize the value--and minimize the risk--to your firm.

  6. Starts Oct 4, 2021
    8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Learn how to capitalize on opportunities, and manage the challenges of the global marketplace, and leverage this dynamic environment for long-term value.

  7. Starts Oct 4, 2021
    8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Use data analysis to gather critical business insights, identify market trends before your competitors, and gain advantages for your business.

  8. Started Jul 26, 2021
    8–10 hours per week, for 7 weeks

    Develop the ability to identify and resource high-value strategic initiatives and ensure a high rate of return for your firm's investments.

  9. What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all seven MicroMasters program courses.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.

    Those who successfully complete the MicroMasters program certificate are eligible to apply for admission to the Online MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Once accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards 25 percent (14 credits) of the coursework required for graduation from the Smith program.

    • Average salary for an MBA alumni: $142,000 USD (source: Financial Times
    • Near-term career prospects include roles such as consultant, product manager, financial analyst, data analyst and others in industries such as management consulting, financial service, consumer product goods, pharma firms, biotech, health care, & energy.
    • Longer term career prospects include all roles in the C-Suite, across all functional areas (CEO, CFO, CIO, CMO).

Meet your instructors
from The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), University System of Maryland (USMx)

Ritu Agarwal
Professor of Information Systems, Distinguished University Professor, Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives, Co-Director of Center for Health Information & Decision Systems
University of Maryland
Kathryn Bartol
Professor of Management & Organization, Management and Organization Department Chair, Co-Director of Center for Innovation, Leadership, and Change
University of Maryland
Progyan Basu
Clinical Professor of Accounting Information Assurance
University of Maryland
Margrét Bjarnadóttir
Professor of Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
University of Maryland
Gilad Chen
Organizational Behavior Department Chair
University of Maryland
Nicole Coomber
Associate Clinical Professor in Management & Organization
University of Maryland
Michael Faulkender
Professor of Finance, Associate Dean of Masters’ Programs
University of Maryland
Trevor Foulk
Assistant Professor of Management & Organization
University of Maryland
Judy Frels
Clinical Professor of Marketing, Assistant Dean of Online Programs
University of Maryland
David Godes
Dean's Professor of Marketing, Marketing Department Chair
University of Maryland
Anandasivam Gopal
Professor of Information Systems, Van Munching Faculty Fellow
University of Maryland
Anil Gupta
Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
University of Maryland
Rebecca Hann
Associate Professor of Accounting, KPMG Term Professor
University of Maryland
P.K. Kannan
Professor of Marketing, Dean’s Chair in Marketing Science, Assoc. Dean
University of Maryland
Michael Kimbrough
Associate Professor of Accounting, LeRoy J. Herbert Fellow
University of Maryland
Henry Lucas
Professor of Information Systems Robert H. Smith Chair of Information Systems
University of Maryland
Wendy Moe
Associate Dean of Master's Programs, Dean's Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Smith Analytics Consortium at Maryland Smith.
University of Maryland
Neta Moye
Clinical Professor of Management
University of Maryland
Myeong-Gu Seo
Associate Professor of Management and Organization
University of Maryland
Nick Seybert
Associate Professor of Accounting
University of Maryland
Subra Tangirala
Associate Professor of Management & Organization
University of Maryland
Susan White
Clinical Professor of Finance
University of Maryland

Experts from UMD, USMx committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

Today’s business environment is full of problems that are complex, ambiguous and fast-moving. The ability to think critically, assess problems and deliver innovative solutions is crucial for managers at Northrop Grumman. It’s exciting to see that University of Maryland is offering a MicroMasters program from the same professors who teach their #9-ranked Online MBA program, to help up-and-coming leaders develop these skills.

Ken Bedingfield , CFO of Northrop Grumman


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