Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Objectives:

The primary objectives of the MBA degree program are: (1) to provide a knowledge base of interdisciplinary business theories and techniques to the students, (2) to train and to develop students’ practical skills for career development, and (3) to develop the students’ decision-making and leadership capabilities to face the challenges of a dynamic business world staged with diverse, multicultural, and global business settings. The emphases are in the fields of modern global business management and digital enterprise system management. Specific studies cover the fields of accounting, financial management, project management, modern information management systems, and business marketing.

Background Preparation

Students admitted into the MBA degree program are required to have proper business background preparation for taking the graduate level coursework. A student with any background deficiency is required to take the specifically designed business preparatory model course to clear it. With advance approval by the Academic Review Committee, the student may be allowed to clear the deficiency by taking a proficiency exam. The student must clear prerequisites before taking the degree required courses. In addition, English proficiency is also required. Refer to the section on “English Proficiency Requirement” in the chapter “Admission Policies” for details.

The following are the business preparatory module courses covering the required background subjects:

PBUS05: Essentials of U.S. Corporate Business Management
PBUS06: Essentials of U.S. Corporate Accounting and Finance

Upon clearing background preparation work, the student starts to take courses to meet the degree requirements.

Mezzanine Courses: A number of mezzanine courses are also required for background preparation. These mezzanine courses are designed for the MBA students to receive hands-on training using popular business tools as well as gain understanding of US corporate culture and professionalism. Credits earned from these mezzanine courses taken at NPU meet the Electives requirement in the MBA program. Students who have earned a business degree from an accredited US university/college may request for a waiver of subjects having been taken at the other university/college. The mezzanine courses are: BUS460G, BUS460LG, FIN450LG, MGT460LG, and P450G.

MBA Curriculum

A minimum of 36 trimester units of graduate study are required for the MBA program. The MBA curriculum includes coursework in the following categories: Foundation Requirements, Core Requirements, Electives, and a Capstone Course. A number of concentration areas are shown in the section of Core Requirements; each is listed with a cluster of courses. Students taking courses in a concentration area will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the corresponding business professional field. Additionally, taking courses in a concentration area can be beneficial to the student for career planning. The student must meet prerequisite requirements when taking any course.

I. Foundation Requirements (9 units)

The following required courses provide a knowledge base of interdisciplinary business theories and techniques.

FIN501 Financial Management
HRM531 Human Resource Management
MGT530 Logistics and Operations Management

II. Core Requirements (12 units)

Beyond Foundation Requirements, the student is required to take at least 12 units of business administration coursework. Although not required, the student has the opportunity to select a concentration area and take courses in the chosen area to meet the core requirements. Taking sufficient number of courses in a concentration area is beneficial to the student for entering the corresponding business profession.

Examples of cluster courses in each concentration area are listed below:

  • Accounting: ACC501, ACC512, ACC530, ACC540
  • Finance: FIN510, FIN512, FIN522, FIN568, FIN580, FIN585
  • Information Management: IT510, IT553, IT560, IT589
  • Project Management: MGT500, MGT501, MGT505, MGT542, MGT550
  • Marketing: MKT541, MKT542, MKT545, GBM510

Notices:

  • Prerequisites for the Accounting concentration are: ACC202, ACC202L, ACC451G.
  • Prerequisite for the Information Management concentration is IT450G, IT453G.
  • Prerequisite for the Marketing concentration is MKT450G.

III. Electives (12 units)

The student may elect any graduate-level courses (courses numbered 4xxG, 5xx, and higher level courses) to meet the Electives requirement. Required mezzanine courses taken at NPU satisfy the Electives requirement in this program. Credits earned from taking courses ACC451G, ACC452G, IT450G, IT453G, or MKT450G at NPU to meet the prerequisite requirements for core courses listed above also meet the Electives requirement.

Curricular Practicum: When applicable, the student may take curricular practicum courses and engage in practical training to work on company projects that are directly related to the student’s course of study. The student must observe the rules required for taking the practicum courses. No more than 6 units of practicum coursework may be counted towards graduation.

IV. Capstone Course (3 units)

(A required subject)

Upon completing all or most coursework for this program, the student is required to take the capstone course and, under the guidance of the course instructor, integrate the knowledge and skills learned from all of the courses taken during the program.

  • MBA595 Business Administration Capstone Course