Eastside Mini-MBA Executive Certificate

A focus on business value for the busy leader

The Eastside Mini-MBA is a pioneering executive certificate program that enables leaders, managers and professionals to grow their fundamental business acumen, manage people and projects, and deliver sustainable business value. Offered in collaboration with the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, this program is focused on developing the next generation of inspirational business leaders in the Eastside community.

Key Program Features

  • Essential MBA learning
  • Flexible schedule
  • Affordable cost
  • Networking with local business leaders
  • Live online instruction and engagement

Key dates

  • Winter Cohort: February 2024 – April 2024
  • Spring Cohort: April 2024 – July 2024
  • Fall Cohort: September 2024 – December 2024

Learning with a purpose

This learning experience is unprecedented in the Pacific Northwest. It has been specifically designed for experienced, active professionals that have not completed an MBA or those that would like to refresh their business-centric mindfulness and strategic capabilities. Through this program, and using their existing institutional knowledge, participants will gain valuable insight to become part of existing solutions and to drive growth and innovation in their organization.

12 core areas of Mini-MBA learning

Participants experience a broad study across 12 courses designed specifically for this program:

Business Strategy
Learn how to identify and make meaningful decisions that deal with complex business challenges.
Learn key principles and methods in leading yourself, your team, and your organization.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Learn to lead people effectively with an inclusive mindset as the approach and priority.
Digital Transformation
Learn how to prepare your organization for implementation of technology and analytics.
Financial Analysis and Reporting
Learn how to extract, analyze, and report on financial data and statements.
Global Business
Learn how to think in a global context for conducting business.
Business Ethics
Learn essential elements of rights, justice, and virtue in ethical decision making.
Learn key aspects persuasion, positioning, and growth.
Technology Management
Learn key aspects of managing technological innovation, information, and technical teams.
Operations Management
Learn key aspects of managing the supply chain, inventory, facilities, quality control, and training.
Project Management
Learn essentials in managing scope and schedule, mitigating risk, and planning communications.
Learn to build trust, bargain, and resolve issues with key negotiating skills.

Capstone Project

Apply what you learn from this program in a community centered capstone project.

Designed for the active professional

If you are an executive, manager, or professional that has not completed an MBA or wants to gain a fresh perspective on finding and creating business value, this program is for you. Board members, employees seeking leadership roles, and consultants are also encouraged to join, as this program provides essential key learning across a spectrum of business skills and challenges.

This executive certificate program caters to the working professional with online-only instruction, a flexible schedule, and a variety of learning techniques that engage participants to apply real-world experience.


This 10-week program hosts live, online classes every Monday and Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00pm Pacific Time (exceptions for holidays). There are few requirements outside of class time.

Your total time commitment is about 50 of instruction time and about 10 hours of outside-class work.

100% Online

This program features entirely online live instruction with a commitment to educational excellence.

Live sessions

This program is provided with live online instruction and engagement with faculty, so participation in the scheduled sessions in vital for success. Sessions will be recorded for make-up in rare situations.

Learning tools

Case studies, mini-projects, panel discussions, interactive tool introductions, mentoring, and a capstone project.


Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive an Eastside Mini-MBA executive certificate from the University of Washington Bothell School of Business, co-signed by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.


Participants join a community of transformational excellence and gain opportunity to network with local leaders.

Transferable credit

Graduates may use learning and capstone project to help fulfill requirements of self-study credits when entering the UW Bothell MBA program. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to MBA program.

Admission details

Application Deadline: March 31

Registration and payment: April 8- 19

Admission fees


Application fee: NONE
Program fee: $5,000
Non-refundable registration fee: $55
TOTAL COST: $5,055


If your employer is an active member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, you qualify for a special member rate.

Application fee: NONE
Program fee: $4,500
Non-refundable registration fee: $55
TOTAL COST: $4,555

Understanding the fees

Applying to the program is free.

The program fee covers all tuition and materials within this program. The registration fee covers registration processing, as well as UW student access and resources, including a UW NetID.

Payment is due in full by at the time of registration prior to each program start date.


You may withdraw from the program and receive a refund up to one day prior to the third class session. The refund will consist of the program fee minus a $500 withdrawal fee. The registration fee is non-refundable. Refunds will not be granted after the third class session.

Class Schedule

  • Winter: February: April 2024
  • Spring: April: July 2024
  • Fall: September: December 2024
  • March 31, 2024: Application deadline
  • April 19, 2024: Registration and payment due
  • April 25, 2024: Onboarding & Orientation
  • April 29, 2024: First day of instruction
  • July 1, 2024: Program completion


Professional work experience

Required: A working knowledge of your business and industry.

Recommended: We recommend at least two years of professional work experience to benefit fully from the experience.


Required: All education levels are welcome.

Recommended: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is recommended.

Admission acceptance

Applicants that are accepted to the program will receive additional program details and instructions to register, as well as notification of admissions decision, via email.

Contact us for assistance or more information

If you would like more information before applying or need assistance with your application, please email us at uwbexec@uw.edu.