Master of Business Administration

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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 MBA program has been designed based on the demands in both domestic and global market place.

2. Accessibility and Support
The 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 the Faculty Advisor
All students are encouraged to contact an Admissions Advisor (see contact information listed below) 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

  • Value Creation- Evaluate the systems and processes used throughout an organization including the planning, decision-making, group dynamics, innovation, production, supply chain, operations, technologies, marketing and distribution, and management.
  • Leadership and Governance – Demonstrate leadership ability and management skills within an environment of change to meet the objectives of the stakeholders of the organization.
  • Global Awareness & Citizenship – Evaluate the forces in the global business environment, including social responsibility, sustainability, ethics, and the risk and opportunities associated with operating within a multi-cultural, business environment.
  • Quantitative Analysis – Apply economic models, accounting principles, statistical techniques, and financial theories, analysis, and reporting in business decision-making.
  • Communication and Presentation – Demonstrate effective business communication skills through written reports, presentations, and working in a collaborative, team setting.
  • Critical thinking, Analysis and Problem Solving – Design alternatives to solve business problems utilizing quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and sound ethical decision-making.
  • Strategic Planning – Formulate strategies and policies utilizing environmental and resources assessment, and integrating various functions to achieve the mission and objectives of the organization.


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)
The following two foundation courses are required for all MBA students, but may be waived if a score of 80 percent or above is achieved on a challenge exam. Rather than being self-study and self-paced, these courses are scheduled in normal fashion with qualified instructors. Each course 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.
Module I – Tools for Problem-Solving* (Core requirements) (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
*Up to three of the eight Module I courses may be waived by a student who has taken an undergraduate course in a similar subject and can demonstrate sufficient knowledge retention by achieving a score of 84 percent or above on a graduate level challenge exam.
Students may then make up the quarter units needed to meet the 63 quarter units required for the degree by taking an additional graduate level course offered by the School of Business and Management. The fifth course of a five-course specialization would also provide the required quarter units.
** It is strongly recommended that students take BUS500A.
*** Students who successfully complete both ACC630M and ACC631M are waived of ACC604 but must replace the quarter units by taking a graduate level course offered by the School of Business and Management. This course has a $75 non-refundable technology fee.
Module II – Application and Integration (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Prerequisites: All Module I courses must be completed before taking either of the Module II courses.
Core Requisite(s):
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 MGT695C 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.
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 MGT685C in the Module II.