Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program Objectives:

The objective of the MBA program is to provide aspiring leaders a broad base of field-proven interdisciplinary business concepts in management, marketing, human resources, finance, analytics, and technology that will enable them to launch their professional careers to the next level. Program graduates will have acquired the flexibility of thought to make wise decisions in today's complex, diverse, multicultural, and global business settings.

MBA Program Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with an MBA degree are expected to demostrate the following program learning outcomes -

  • Written Communication - In a contextually appropriate manner, write strategic business plans and tactical implementation plans.
  • Oral Communication - In a business setting, craft and deliver compelling messages, based on logic and variety of supporting materials.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Convert relevant information into insightful mathematical portrayals and apply across a wide range of business situations.
  • Information Literacy - Determine, acquire, and analyze data needed from multiple sources in order to create recommendations for complex business situations.
  • Critical Thinking - Methodically solve multi-criteria business and managerial problems.
  • Speacialized Knowledge - Synthesize concepts in management, finance, accounting, and marketing to resolve complex business challenges.

Background Recommendations

Students admitted into the MBA degree program are required to have proper background for taking graduate level coursework. English proficiency is required. Refer to the section on "English Proficiency Requirement" in the chapter “Admission Policies” for details.

For students who lack college level mathematics, statistics (preferred), business math, or the equivalent it is recommended that they take NPU course BAN460G Introduction to Business Analytics (3 units). BAN460G is considered an elective in the MBA program.

For students who lack professional career experience or a career planning course such as P450 or the equivalent, it is recommended that they take NPU course P450G Career Development (1 unit). P450G is considered an elective in the MBA program.

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: Core Required Courses, Major Required Courses, Elective Courses, and a Capstone Course. A number of areas of interest are shown in the section of Major Requirements; each is listed with a cluster of courses. Students taking courses in an area of interest will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the corresponding business professional field. Additionally, taking courses in an area of interest can be beneficial to the student for career planning. The student must meet prerequisite/corequisite requirements when taking any course.

I. Core Required Courses (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. Major Courses Selectable from a Pool (12 units)

Beyond Core Requirements, the student is required to take at least 12 units of 500 level business coursework. Although not required, the student has the opportunity to select an area of interest and take courses in the chosen area to meet the core requirements. Taking sufficient number of courses in an area of interest is beneficial to the student for entering the corresponding business profession.

III. Electives (12 units)

The student may elect any graduate-level courses (courses numbered 4xxG, 5xx) to meet the Electives requirement. Free electives may include courses from the School of Business, the School of Engineering, CPT, Career Development, and courses transferred in.  

Curricular Practicum: When applicable, the student may take curricular practicum courses (CPT501 or CPT502) 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.

Career Development: P450G Career Development (1 unit) This course is designed for students to take in preparation for becoming working professionals. Topics include effective communication strategies, emotional intelligence, diversity and cultural awareness, professional behavior, and interview skills.

IV. Required Capstone Course (3 units)
(A required subject)

Upon completing most of the 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.

  • BUS595 Business Capstone Course

Areas of Interest

Although not required, the student has the opportunity to select an area of interest and take courses in the chosen area to meet the 500 level core and elective requirements (4xxG). Taking sufficient number of courses in an area of interest is beneficial to the student for entering the corresponding business profession.

Illustrative examples of course clusters related an area of interest are listed below:

Accounting:

ACC450G Managerial Accounting
ACC451G Intermediate Accounting - I
ACC452G Intermediate Accounting – II
ACC490G Introduction to Taxation
ACC501 Advanced Accounting
ACC512 Federal Taxation of Business Enterprises
ACC530 Auditing
BLAW482G Information Policy, Governance, Security, and Compliance

MBA students who are considering a future career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) should; seek additional advising, study the California Board of Accountancy's (CBA – www.dca.ca.gov/cba/) numerous requirements, and from the start of their studies focus where possible all core and elective choices towards meeting the CBA's numerous academic requirements. The CBA requires substantial additional academic education and professional training outside the scope of the MBA program.

Business Analytics:

BAN460G Introduction to Business Analytics
BAN460LG Introduction to Business Analytics Lab
BAN470G Introduction to Machine Learning Based Prediction Modeling and Forecasting
BAN501 Quantitative Methods for Business
IT455G Server-Side Infrastructure Using Python/PHP
IT501 Business Analytics and Applications
MGT451G Agile Project Management
MGT460G Production and Operations Management
MGT460LG Production and Operations Management Lab
BLAW482G Information Policy, Governance, Security, and Compliance

Finance:

FIN501 Financial Management (Required Core Course)
FIN510 Investment Analysis
FIN512 Financial Risk Management
FIN522 International Trade and Investment
FIN568 Corporate Finance
FIN580 Portfolio Management
FIN585 International Finance

Management:

MGT450G Organizational Behavior and Management
MGT451G Agile Project Management
MGT460G Production and Operations Management
MGT460LG Production and Operations Management Lab
MGT480G Entrepreneurship
MGT500 Risk Management
MGT501 Project Management
MGT530 Logistics and Operations Management (Required Core Course)
MGT540 Management of Innovation
MGT542 Technology and Product Management
MGT550 Global Outsourcing Project Management
GBM500 Green Business Management
HRM531 Human Resource Management (Required Core Course)
HRM532 Strategic Workforce Planning

Marketing

MKT450G Market Management
MKT541 Strategic Marketing
MKT542 Global Marketing
MKT545 Global Trade and Operations
IT461G Interaction Design (IxD)
MGT542 Technology and Product Management
SOC450G Emotional Intelligence