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Center for Creative Leadership

Master of Business
Administration (MBA)

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Build Next-Level Skills for Future-Focused Leadership

While many business professionals aspire to be managers, some set their sights a little higher. National University’s Center for Creative Leadership MBA program is designed to develop visionary leaders with the knowledge and skills to ignite transformational change in individuals, teams, organizations, and communities.

Today’s complex and demanding economic and social climates need progressive leaders who are not only adept at managing a balance sheet but fluent in leading change and innovation in a post-pandemic business landscape. National University’s groundbreaking CCL MBA was created in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked global provider of leadership development that has worked with two-thirds of the Fortune 500. The result is one of the most unique MBA curriculums for future-focused agents of change.

Our dynamic online curriculum will equip you with both the hard and soft skills to become a visionary and creative leader, whether you’re just starting out on your business career or running a global organization. NU does not require the GMAT or GRE for admission into this program, which can be completed in as few as 12 months.

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Requirements for the Major

  • 15 courses; 45 quarter units

Course Name

This Orientation course is designed specifically to meet the needs of working professionals as they transition into their core MBA coursework. This course also provides students with the opportunity to develop a programmatic, personalized learning plan tailored to help them pursue their educational and personal goals. In this course, students will learn about the courses in the program and explore varying definitions of leadership as they formulate ideas for their own personal definition. They will develop individual, performance-based goals by creating a Personal Success Plan. Students will also evaluate their Microsoft Office skills and remediate any gaps that may exist.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course provides the foundation for the study of the practice of leadership in the MBA. The course starts on the premises that leadership is a social process and that everyone is capable of practicing leadership. The course is built on an ontological consideration of leadership as a practice by introducing participants to various perspectives of leadership and their ontological constructs, culminating with the collaborative framework of the Center for Creative Leadership. Drawing from this exploration, participants will develop a leadership philosophy to inform them about their own practice of leadership.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This is a research course in which students analyze a leadership issue related to the direction, alignment, or commitment of organizational outcomes and then convert that issue into a research question. Students will investigate what is known about the issue (literature review), identify potential findings (theory and hypothesis), and develop a basic design (methodology) to answer the research question. The results will be a written report and presentation with a line of sight regarding how data-informed decision-making supports leaders in their strategic success.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course provides the foundation for the study of the practice of leadership in the MBA. The course starts from the premises that leadership is a social process and that everyone is capable of practicing leadership. The course is built on an ontological consideration of leadership as a practice by introducing participants to several perspectives of leadership and their ontological constructs culminating with the collaborative framework of the Center for Creative Leadership. Drawing from this exploration, participants will develop a leadership philosophy to inform their own practice of leadership.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

In this course, students will learn and apply the four fundamental skills relevant to leadership at all levels and across industries. They will analyze the performance of prominent leaders who practiced particular skills and explore how to apply those skills in their careers.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course delivers practical, hands-on experience with the essential concepts of economics that a business manager or leaders must deploy to be successful. In this course, you will learn what these concepts are, why they are important, how to ask the right questions at the right time, and how to deploy the concepts in a real-world business environment. Topics covered in this course include price systems, market structures, monetary and fiscal policies, consumer theory, inflation rates, interest rates, employment levels, national output. Along the way to developing these practical skills, this course will advance the student’s awareness of and exposure to the advantages of software tools like Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access, and Solver.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course is designed to provide financial information to executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties to make the best decisions toward achieving the goals, and objectives or their organizations. Topics include accounting implications and recognition of business acquisition, cost volume – Profit Analysis, and understanding financial Statements.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course will cover the financial and legal structure of a company. Other topics include working capital management, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, globalization of finance, ethical standards, and financial strategy.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

As communities and organizations become more diverse, whether in culture, race, ethnicity, gender, functional expertise, etc., leaders need to be able to see situations and people for what/who they really are and to lead effectively, creating sustainable and productive workplaces. In this course, students will learn to recognize and acknowledge their own biases and strategies to break their bias habits. As they deal with their own biases, students will learn to lead others to counteract bias and effectively drive change both personally and professionally.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

In this course, students learn through case study, individual and group assignments, as well as the creation of a marketing plan, about the principles of Marketing Management and the impact that marketing has on an organization’s performance in both domestic and global environments. Students gain knowledge on how to develop successful customer-driven marketing strategies as well as the fundamental marketing functions of Product, Price, Place, and Promotion (the 4Ps). Other topics include digital marketing, online marketing (web sites, email marketing, online advertising, and more), social media marketing (content marketing, major Social Media Platforms, social media engagement), and Mobile Marketing (Mobile advertising, mobile apps, texting, mobile web sites).

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

The objective of this course is to highlight the relationship between organizational strategies, structures, and processes. Strategic implementation often involves changes in organizational design that influence the nature of tasks, patterns of communication, and benchmarks for performance. And both the strategy and the resulting design led to significant adjustments to the human resource management (HRM) mix in terms of staffing, employee development and employee retention. To achieve this objective, this course reviews both theoretical perspectives and opportunities for students to apply their experience to an applied project concerning the organization in which they are currently employed.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

Course topics will focus on the dynamics of change, organizational redesign, and the essential skills necessary for leaders to initiate corporate and organizational transformations. Resistance and acceptance of change initiatives, including the impact of organizational culture will be examined. Students will strengthen their leadership skills and strategies in order to initiate and implement change through problem-solving experiences across a broad range of organizational contexts.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

Drawing on the groundbreaking, global research of the Center for Creative Leadership, this course will consider the critical strategies and tactics leaders use in building new organizational cultures and practices of cooperation. The course will include an exploration of the purpose of boundaries within organizations, the types of boundaries, and the strategies and tactics necessary to work effectively across boundaries. Students will apply the concepts learned to develop an action plan to address a current challenge in an organization of which they are a part.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600

This course emanates from the precept that individuals and teams practice strategic leadership by creating the direction, alignment, and commitment needed to achieve the enduring performance potential of an organization. To do this effectively, leaders must understand how to think, act, and influence strategically. The course topics will focus on helping students understand and begin to develop these three critical competencies of strategic leadership.  Students will be able to challenge current strategies by taking a broader and more robust view of opportunities and threats in their organization’s environment, influence their peers to adopt strategies that are more in keeping with an evolving business environment, and initiate meaningful changes that position the organization to thrive, not simply survive.

PrerequisiteLMBA 600; Recommended: Prior completion ofcore competency courses.

A capstone course requires students to integrate principles, theories, and methods learned in courses required throughout their academic career. This project-based capstone is designed for students to use possibility thinking in order to demonstrate application, learning, and integration of all course material and core content into a business plan or leadership portfolio. Students can select which type of capstone is desired and work as individuals or as a group under the guidance of an assigned faculty advisor. In this course, students have the opportunity to conduct research, gather relevant data, and integrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in preceding courses. Students creatively analyze, synthesize, and evaluate learned knowledge in projects having a professional focus and communicate the results of their projects effectively at a professional level.

*Core Competency Course

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Center for Creative Leadership MBA, students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate credit. A total of 4.5 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.

NU’s visionary CCL MBA program re-imagines the roles and responsibilities required to navigate the interdependent ethical, political, and social issues at stake in the modern workplace. The curriculum blends traditional MBA coursework with leadership skills, such as managing a diverse workforce and applying an ethical lens to business and management decision-making.

By augmenting the best of the MBA experience and challenging you to develop the sort of purpose-driven leadership skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world of business, you’ll be prepared to confidently pursue a broad range of executive positions requiring visionary leadership. A few such possibilities include:

  • Sales Managers (i.e., Directors of Business Development, Regional Sales Managers, VP Sales)
  • Computer and Information Technology Managers (i.e., Directors of Technology, Directors of Information Technology, Technology Leads)
  • General and Operations Managers (i.e., Directors of Operations, Chief Operating Officers, General Managers)
  • Medical and Health Service Managers (i.e., Directors of Surgical Services, Medical Directors, Directors of Nursing)
  • Program Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Managers
  • Purchasing Managers (i.e., Contracts Managers, Strategic Sourcing Managers, Procurement Managers)
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Solutions Architects
  • Cloud Architects
  • Management Analysts (i.e., Business Analysts, Strategy Consultants)
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists (i.e., Product Marketing Analysts, Pricing Analysts, Analytics Consultants)
  • Financial Analysts
  • Accountants
  • Controllers
  • Technology Leads

*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: April 29, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.  Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Designed for working adults to complete in 12 months, NU’s Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) MBA degree program is rooted in evidence-based research on leadership development and curriculum from CCL, a top-ranked global provider of leadership development, which has more than 750,000 alumni and 50 years of experience developing custom training programs.

This leadership-focused MBA combines the best practices of CCL’s leadership development programs with National University’s expertise in delivering multifaceted business content, such as finance, accounting, and economics.

Courses in the program emphasize practical, hands-on experience in targeting real-world challenges and leading the way to solutions. These courses also utilize a strategy of assessing, learning, practicing, and applying to engage and motivate you through a series of experiential exercises, pushing you to grow as a leader, and becoming someone who will be able to navigate the current economic and social climate of business in a meaningful and authentic way.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn to prepare for the alignment of knowledge, skills, and abilities to set organizational and individual direction; assure the commitment of internal stakeholders; and achieve the outcomes of direction, alignment, and commitment through integration and implementation of a strategic plan.

All courses are taught by expert faculty from their respective institutions. CCL believes that leadership development ignites transformational change in individuals, teams, organizations, and communities.

Perhaps best of all, NU’s CCL MBA program can be completed in one year with 100% online, four-week courses. With competitive tuition rates and no GMAT required for admission, your MBA is accessible, affordable, and achievable.

The NU CCL MBA program is designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals and working adults who are looking to build additional leadership and management skills in pursuit of a career change or internal promotion. The curriculum blends traditional MBA coursework with leadership skills, such as managing a diverse workforce and applying an ethical lens to business and management decision-making. In addition to the MBA degree, graduates will receive a series of microcredentials for the practice and theory of leadership and management.

National University and the Center for Creative Leadership are committed to developing visionary leaders with the capacity to see beyond what many others see. By integrating the traditional hard skills of an MBA program with soft skills, our curriculum creates opportunities for you to add value to your company and society in this constantly changing world.

With this combination of hard and soft skills, you’ll find yourself highly marketable as a creative leader who can advocate change and exude leadership qualities within your organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in management occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations, and will result in about 906,800 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations.

Top executives are tasked with greater responsibility, requiring visionary leaders who have adapted to the changing landscape of the business world and possess a keen understanding of how to plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals.

With these credentials, today’s business leaders can expect to be well compensated. The BLS states that top executives are among the highest paid workers in the United States. The median annual wage for chief executives was $179,520 in May 2021, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.


  • Month 1 (4 weeks) LMBA 600: Orientation course (Prerequisite for all other courses)
  • Month 2 (4 weeks) LMBA 601: Introduction to Leadership
  • Month 2 (4 weeks) LMBA 602: Data-Informed Decision Making (Research)
  • Month 3 (4 weeks) LMBA 603: Emerging Issues in Management and Leadership
  • Month 3 (4 weeks) LMBA 604: Practice of Leadership
  • Month 4 (4 weeks) LMBA 605: Fundamental of Economics
  • Month 5 (4 weeks) LMBA 606: Financial Statements and Managerial Accounting
  • Month 6 (4 weeks) LMBA 607: Corporate Finance and Financial Structure of an Enterprise
  • Month 6 (4 weeks) LMBA 608: Leading in a Diverse Community
  • Month 7 (4 weeks) LMBA 609: Marketing in an Information Age
  • Month 8 (4 weeks) LMBA 610: Organizational Design and HRM
  • Month 9 (4 weeks) LMBA 611: Leading Change
  • Month 10 (4 weeks) LMBA 612: Leading Across Boundaries
  • Month 11 (4 weeks) LMBA 613: Strategic Leadership
  • Month 12 (4 weeks) LMBA 614: Capstone: Strategy

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of NU’s online MBA program, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze the impact of organizational decisions on stakeholders through financial and economic analysis and risk assessment, and create an alternative course of action
  • Utilize critical thinking in communication efforts, and communicate with clarity and efficacy in a variety of formats
  • Implement quantitative analysis methods against relevant information and data trends in relation to operations and decision-making
  • Apply the ethical responsibilities of an organization and evaluate the ethical, legal, and political implications of business practices
  • Illustrate leadership theories to diagnose the effects of leadership behaviors on organizational performance, and change management plans that result in increased potential for individuals and the organization to achieve desired outcomes
  • Critique one’s leadership skills and continuously adapt to a variety of complex, multicultural team and organizational settings

Hear From Our Faculty

Watch our video to learn more about the CCL MBA program from Dr. Gangaram Singh, Executive Vice President and Provost at National University, and Todd Deal, Senior Faculty and Director, Higher Ed Practice, at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Headshot of Dr. Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani, Professor of Finance and CCL MBA Director. He is wearing a dark suit and a red plaid tie and glasses..

“The speed of change in practically all industries and markets makes it necessary for everyone to be aware of what is happening and be prepared to deal with change. Our program is designed in a way that helps students to assess business needs and meet those ever-changing needs.”

-Dr. Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani, Professor of Finance and CCL MBA Director


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