Certificate in Management for Technical Professionals

Program Dates


UCI Paul Merage School of Business


$7,500 (inquire for group pricing)

  • 5 Friday Sessions

Essential Business Knowledge for Emerging Leaders

The CMTP is designed to help participants expand their awareness, appreciation, and knowledge for how organizations operate. Bolster skills with essential knowledge and tools in business, leadership, operations, finance, negotiations, and more. Make a greater impact and solve organizational challenges with an enhanced understanding of business.

This prestigious certificate program, offered by UC Irvine's top-ranked Paul Merage School of Business, is specifically designed to provide critical business education for emerging leaders in all technical fields. 


  • Designed for technical professionals
  • High potential individuals across functions

Program Objectives

  • Learn how to view business as an integrated system
  • Expand perspectives and think strategically
  • Prepare to take on more dynamic roles in your organization
  • Broaden business skills to complement a technical background
  • Develop a big picture mindset to understand how your actions impact the whole
  • Learn best practices from distinguished faculty, industry professionals, and peers

Program Structure

  • 5 full days delivered over 10 weeks (every other Friday) 
  • 2 modules per program day, delivered on campus
  • 72 hours of learning, 40 hours of classroom instruction
  • World-class Merage School faculty pair with executive practitioners from global enterprises
  • Interactive program sessions
  • Program specific website resource – web-based platform to enhance learning before, during, and after the program
  • Program cost may be used as financial credit towards a graduate degree program*

Program Content

  • Innovation & Product Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Data Analytics
  • Change Management
  • Leadership & Influence
  • Marketing Management: An Overview
  • Think Like A CFO
  • High Quality Team Decision Making
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making

Program Faculty and Lecturers

Christopher W. Bauman Christopher Bauman
Associate Professor of Organization and Management, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tonya Bradford Tonya Bradford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Consumer Rituals and Marketing

Karla CarichnerKarla Carichner
Consultant and Lecturer; Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department

Tony CrispTony Crisp
CEO, CRISPx Agency

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Professor, Information Systems, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine

Thomas Eppel Thomas Eppel, PhD
Lecturer, Operations and Decisions Technologies

John-Joseph.jpg John Joseph
Associate Professor of Strategy, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
PhD, Northwestern University

Christopher Schwarz Christopher Schwarz
Associate Professor of Finance, The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
PhD, University of Massachusetts

Sasha StraussSasha Strauss
Managing Director

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Dean’s Professor, Strategic Management

Maia-YoungMaia Young, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

"Dedicated Program Website" - Interactive Resource

Students engage materials and each other through a web-based Educational Container that enhances the learning experience before, during, and after each module. Pre-readings, extended reference libraries, videos, and additional materials are available around the clock to students.  Interactions with peers, faculty, executive practitioners, and program staff are enhanced by chat, blog and posting capabilities. During the program, students maximize the value of their learning through interactive dialogue and group activities.

Pre-Work (2-4 hours)
  • Introductory video
  • Learning objectives
  • Pre-module assignments
  • Online quiz
Interactive Classroom Learning (4 hours)
  • Academic faculty and executive practitioners co-design an co-teach module
  • Recorded sessions for review
  • Resources to enable transfer of learning to the workplace
  • Reference Library
  • Topical and timely articles
  • Optional online chats and discussions

The CMTP program introduced me to broad business concepts and helped illuminate the factors that go into business decisions.

Karl R., Senior Engineer

Participating Companies

  • Alcon
  • Broadcom
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Glidewell Laboratories
  • Hireright
  • Kronos
  • Medtronic
  • Parker Aerospace
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Western Digital

More information:

Office of Executive Education

Mollee Elniski