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

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 Preparation

Students admitted into the MBA degree program are required to have proper business background preparation for taking the graduate level coursework. Background deficiencies in mathematics (3 units) or career development (1 unit) are identified in the admission evaluation report received by each School of Business applicant.

Students must jointly develop with university officials a study plan to clear the 3 unit college level mathematics and/or 1 unit career development deficiencies. Such a study plan may involve taking additional courses. Students are required to clear the mathematics deficiency as early as possible in his/her graduate study at NPU. Students who lack college level mathematics, statistics (preferred), business math, or the equivalent may clear the mathematics requirement by taking MATH208 Probability and Statistics (3 units), MATH201 Calculus I (3 units), or BUS460G Introduction to Business Analytics (3 units). BUS460G is classified as a mezzanine course, with graduate level credit. BUS460G is considered an elective in the MBA program. The course P450 Career Development (1 unit) should be taken as early as possible.

In addition, English proficiency is also required. Refer to the section on “English Proficiency Requirement” in the chapter “Admission Policies” for details.

 

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/corequisite  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 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, and higher level courses) to meet the Electives requirement. 

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.

IV. 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.

  • MBA595 Business Administration 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:

BUS460G Introduction to Business Analytics
BUS460LG Introduction to Business Analytics Lab
BAN470G Introduction to Machine Learning Based Prediction Modeling and Forecasting
BUS501 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)
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)
MGT540 Management of Innovation
MGT542 Technology and Product Management
MGT550 Global Outsourcing Project Management
GBM500 Green Business Management
HRM531 Human Resource Management (Required)
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