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Center for Creative Leadership Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Become an Innovative Leader in Your Field

Take your business and executive leadership skills to the next level with National University’s Center for Creative Leadership Master of Business Administration program. NU and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are partnering to offer the Center for Creative Leadership MBA, drawing strengths from both institutions to create one of the most unique MBA leadership development programs.

CCL believes that leadership development ignites transformational change in individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. This leadership-focused MBA combines the best practices of CCL’s leadership development programs with NU’s expertise in delivering multifaceted business content, such as finance, accounting, and economics. The CCL faculty bring their methodology, passion, and 50-year heritage, so your leadership training can be well-respected and help give you an edge in the job marketplace.

All courses in the MBA leadership online program are taught by skilled faculty from their respective institutions. Courses emphasize practical, hands-on experience in targeting real-world challenges and leading the way to solutions. Throughout the program, you will grow as a leader and learn how to navigate the current economic and social climate of business in a meaningful and authentic way.

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12 Months to Your CCL MBA

CCL MBA can be completed in as quickly as 12 months (15 classes).

100% Online Classes

GMAT not required for admission.

Year-round Enrollment

Our admissions team reviews applications year-round.

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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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MBA leadership online program, you will 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

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National University’s CCL MBA is a fully online program. Class sizes are small, so you can interact directly with your classmates and MBA program faculty, who will coach and mentor you every step of the way.

The CCL MBA courses utilize a strategy of “assess, learn, practice, and apply” to engage and motivate you through a series of experiential exercises. Throughout the program, you will workshop challenges that you and your peers have experienced in your careers, allowing you to problem-solve real-world issues in real time.

The CCL MBA leadership online program, built to develop visionary leaders, will teach you to see beyond what many others see. Integrating the traditional hard skills of an MBA program with soft skills creates greater opportunity for you to add value to your company and society in this constantly changing world. With this combination of hard and soft skills you can develop into a creative leader who can advocate change and exude leadership qualities within your organization.

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.

Scheduling Duration (weeks) Course Course Descriptions
Month 1 4 weeks LMBA 600 Orientation course (Prerequisite for all other courses)
Month 2 4 weeks LMBA 601 Introduction to Leadership
4 weeks LMBA 602 Data-Informed Decision Making (Research)
Month 3 4 weeks LMBA 603 Emerging Issues in Management and Leadership
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
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
4 weeks LMBA 613 Strategic Leadership
Month 11-12 8 weeks LMBA 614 Capstone: Strategy (2 months) 

Program Requirements

  • 15 courses; 45 quarter units
  • *Core Competency Course
Course Description
LMBA 600* Orientation Course (1 quarter unit) – Prerequisite for all
LMBA 601 Introduction to Leadership (2 quarter units)
LMBA 602* Data-Informed Decision Making (4 quarter units)
LMBA 603* Emerging Issues in Management and Leadership (3 quarter units)
LMBA 604 Practice of Leadership (2 quarter units)
LMBA 605* Fundamentals of Economics (4 quarter units)
LMBA 606* Financial Statements and Managerial Accounting (4 quarter units)
LMBA 607* Corporate Finance and Financial Structure of an Enterprise (4 quarter units)
LMBA 608 Leading in a Diverse Community (2 quarter units)
LMBA 609* Marketing in an Information Age (4 quarter units)
LMBA 610* Organizational Design and HRM (3 quarter units)
LMBA 611 Leading Change (4 quarter units)
LMBA 612 Leading Across Boundaries (2 quarter units)
LMBA 613 Strategic Leadership (2 quarter units)
LMBA 614* Capstone: Strategy (4 quarter units)

Dr. Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani

Dr. Farhang Mossavar-Rahmani

Professor of Finance and CCL MBA Director

“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.”

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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