Master of Business Administration
Dr. Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani
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 todays 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.
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 the Faculty Advisor
All students are advised to contact the Faculty Advisor (see name, phone number and email address above) for a brief visit by phone or personal visit for the purpose of reviewing the students career objectives and providing guidance regarding the courses and/or specialization to be selected.
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.
BBA Transition Information
Students in the BBA transition program may take up to three MBA classes as electives during the BBA. Students may choose from the following courses: MKT 602, MKT 605, ECO 602. The number of courses required to earn an MBA degree for transition program students is reduced from 14 to as few as 11 courses, depending on classes selected and grades earned.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- Strategic Planning - Evaluate the financial position of an enterprise, and plan the use of its financial resources to achieve its objectives.
- Problem Solving - Apply the basic theories of leadership, economics, and business statistics to solving business problems and taking advantage of business opportunities
- Leadership and Governance - Formulate the appropriate business policies and strategies within an environment of change to meet the objectives of the organization’s stakeholders.
- Technology - Utilize current methodologies, systems and technology in order to plan, execute and implement the strategies needed for effective management.
- Globalization and Cultural Awareness – Assess the risk and opportunities associated with operating within multi-cultural, global business environment.
- Communication and Presentation – Demonstrate effective written communication and oral presentation skills in a collaborative, problem-solving setting.
- Diversity and Ethics – Assess and manage ethical issues and multicultural diversity.
- 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.
- BUS 500A Intermediate Algebra
Two-Week Foundation Courses (Required) (2 courses; 4.5 quarter units—no graduate level credit granted)
The following two foundation courses are required for all MBA students, but may be waived if a score of 80 percent or above are achieved on a challenge exam. Rather than being self-study and self-paced, these courses are scheduled in normal fashion with qualified instructors. Each is two weeks long: ACC 501 is offered in the first two weeks of an academic month, and FIN 501 is offered in the second two weeks. The two courses are offered online and at certain onsite campus locations. Grading is “S” for Satisfactory, or “U” for Unsatisfactory. Although these courses are prerequisites for certain core courses and, do not provide academic credit, they have substantial content that is not covered in the related core courses and therefore must be successfully completed or waived by achieving a score of 80% on a challenge exam.
- ACC 501 Accounting Fundamentals
- FIN 501 Finance Fundamentals
Module I – Tools for Problem-Solving* (Core requirements) (8 courses 36 quarter units)
Module II – Application and Integration (2 courses; 9.0 quarter units)
General Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Students may select any graduate courses offered by the School of Business and Management, including BUS 691 Internship Project. As an alternative, students may enroll in an Area of Specialization (see below). Some of the specializations require five rather than four courses. The fifth course is the capstone for the area of specialization that can be used to replace BUS 652 in the Module II. Also, if a student can successfully challenge one of the Module I courses (with approval of the Lead Faculty), the fifth specialization course can be used to replace the quarter units of the waived course.
- MGT 601M Principles of Management
- LED 601 Ethics and Classic Theories
- BKM 600 Knowledge Mgmt for Bus Strateg
- IBU 540 International Experience
- MGT 625 Managerial Communication
MBA Specialization Requirements for Specialization (4-7 courses; 18-31.5 quarter units)
In lieu of general electives, students can choose an Area of Specialization. In order to graduate with a specialization, students must complete all courses specified in the desired area in addition to all Module I and Module II requirements except the area of specializations that have capstone course. In that case students are required to take only MGT602 in the Module II.