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Master of Business Administration

Lead Faculty: Dr. Kamlesh Mehta

Prospective International Students: Contact an advisor at
or 1-800-NAT-UNIV

Prospective Domestic Students: Contact an advisor at
or 1-800-NAT-UNIV

Current MBA Students: Contact your assigned advisor at
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The mission of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to prepare students for leadership positions in business, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage organizations in an ever-changing business environment. The MBA program imparts the conceptual understanding and application of problem-solving tools contained in basic business disciplines, including accounting, economics, data analysis, finance, management, leadership, and marketing. In addition, students are equipped with the skills needed for effective team-building, quantitative and qualitative decision-making, and creative problem-solving. To ensure that MBA program meets the needs of today's leaders and managers, the program is dedicated to the following 5 themes:

  1. Relevance - The Program has been designed based on the demands in both domestic and global market place.
  2. Accessibility and Support - MBA program is available to students in both online and onsite. Upon admission to the MBA program students will be assigned to a faculty advisor to assist them throughout the program in making appropriate decisions about educational and career-related issues.
  3. Specialization - Students may design their degree as a general business program or may choose to specialize in a particular discipline.
  4. Application - The MBA program imparts the conceptual understanding and application of problem-solving tools contained in basic business disciplines. It also addresses the interests of the stakeholders of an enterprise and of the communities in which the enterprise is operating.
  5. Technology - In order to fulfill the learning outcomes, classes will integrate current technology in traditional onsite classes as well as in web-enhanced online classes.

Contact an Advisor

All students are encouraged to contact an Admissions Advisor (see phone number and email address above) for any information related to the MBA degree program and for the purpose of reviewing the student's career objectives and providing guidance regarding the courses and/or specialization to be selected. For specific information not addressed by the advisor, please contact the Lead Faculty for the MBA Program.

MBA Transition Program

National University students who completed a transition program as part of their undergraduate degree and who satisfy MBA transition program requirements described in the catalog description of various undergraduate programs must complete a minimum of 49.5 quarter units for their MBA degree. The number of units required for the MBA program is dependent on the coursework completed in the Bachelors transition program and the grades earned.

Basic English and Math Skills

It is strongly recommended that students who are unsure about having adequate English writing or math skills take one or both one-hour Accuplacer tests to determine their level of competency. If below the minimum level needed to be comfortable and ensure success in the MBA program, students should seriously consider enrolling in appropriate writing skill courses. If a student has already taken the GRE or GMAT, a score of at least of 480 (verbal) and 570 (quantitative) on the GRE or a score of at least 550 on the GMAT indicates adequate proficiency.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Subject Knowledge - Synthesize information from functional areas within an organization, such as operations, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, as they support decision-making processes throughout an organization.
  2. Strategic Planning - Evaluate the financial position of an enterprise, and plan the use of its financial resources to achieve its objectives.
  3. Problem Solving - Apply the basic theories of leadership, economics, and business statistics to solving business problems and taking advantage of business opportunities
  4. Leadership and Governance - Formulate the appropriate business policies and strategies within an environment of change to meet the objectives of the organization’s stakeholders.
  5. Technology - Utilize current methodologies, systems and technology in order to plan, execute and implement the strategies needed for effective management.
  6. Globalization and Cultural Awareness – Assess the risk and opportunities associated with operating within multi-cultural, global business environment.
  7. Communication and Presentation – Demonstrate effective written communication and oral presentation skills in a collaborative, problem-solving setting.
  8. Diversity and Ethics – Assess and manage ethical issues and multicultural diversity.
  9. Critical Thinking - Examine information, ideas, belief, problems or arguments through an intellectual process that judges relevance, clarity, accuracy, and importance.


(16-19 courses; 63-76.5 quarter units)

To receive an MBA degree, students must complete at least 63 quarter units of graduate credit. A total of 13.5 quarter units of equivalent graduate work may be granted if completed with a grade of “B” or better (3.0 GPA) at another regionally accredited institution as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.  Please refer to the section on graduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application, evaluation, and the course waiver process. 

Self-Paced Foundation Courses (optional)
The following non-credit, self-paced, and self-study courses are offered online, free of charge to registered MBA students.
Two-Week Foundation Courses (Required) (2 courses; 4.5 quarter units—no graduate level credit granted)
Module I – Tools for Problem-Solving* (Core requirements) (8 courses 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Module II – Application and Integration (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
General Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
MBA Specialization Requirements for Specialization (4-7 courses; 18-31.5 quarter units)