2012-13 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 09, 2021  
2012-13 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.


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Program Description


The Master of Business Administration degree is an advanced academic degree that builds on the student’s undergraduate program and professional experience. The M.B.A. degree requires a total of 42 units including business basics, core, and elective courses suited to the student’s professional needs. There are four areas of concentration: Healthcare, Sustainability, Organizational Leadership, Not-for-Profit.

The Fermanian School of Business is committed to serving the San Diego business professional with the best value in quality, academic rigor, professional support services, and individual attention to support students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

The program is designed to be completed in two years. However, for professionals who are able to commit more time to the M.B.A. program, they may accelerate their program or extend it over a longer period of time to accommodate their schedules.

Program Learning Outcomes


Candidates who complete the Master of Business Administration program will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate understanding of definitions and terms in business;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual frameworks in business;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multiple perspectives in business;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply the concepts of business;
  • Solve problems in business using their knowledge;
  • Communicate in various mediums the essentials of business;
  • Demonstrate professional presentations of work in business;
  • Articulate how to integrate their faith into business;
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in work and life interactions; and
  • Demonstrate citizenship by consistently meeting obligations in business.

Program Eligibility for the Master of Business Administration


  • A completed application for admission to the program;
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by official transcripts from accredited institutions, one of which must indicate the completion of an undergraduate degree;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Resume;
  • A personal essay that describes why the applicant desires to participate in the M.B.A. program and a description of the applicant’s future goals;
  • The successful completion of a post-baccalaureate professional certificate program (e.g., CPA) or graduate degree program, or scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT);
  • Interview with the Director of Graduate Programs and/or a member of the Fermanian School of Business faculty regarding the applicant’s professional development goals and graduate degree courses;
  • Evidence of basic knowledge of common professional competencies (i.e., economics, finance, business math, and accounting) through transcripts (from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.000 GPA or better), or enroll in PLNU’s M.B.A. Business Basics courses.

Graduation Requirements


  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (on-line or in the Office of Records, Point Loma campus);
  2. Successful completion of all core requirements;
  3. Completion of a minimum of 42 units (including the project/thesis);
  4. Achievement of a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher. A student may earn a maximum of six units of “C” grades in the program; and
  5. All accounts paid in full.
  6. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Business Basics


Business Basics courses are designed for students entering the program who do not have prior business courses on their transcripts (3.000 or B grade or better in the respective courses), or who desire a refresher course in the basic principles of the Common Professional Competencies (CPC).

Finance, Economics, Accounting and Business Math
M.B.A. applicants may enter the program without one or more of these courses on their transcripts (3.000 or B grade or better for the respective course). Students in this category may begin core courses that do not require these prerequisites, and may enroll in other core courses once they have successfully completed the appropriate prerequisites through the Business Basics Course(s).

M.B.A. Program Options


Option 1 (with no prior business courses):


Business Basics (depending on individual needs) 3.0-9.0 units
Core Courses 27 units
Elective Courses (from all electives offered) 6.0-12.0 units

Total (required total Basics/Core/Electives): 42 units


Option 2 (prior business courses on transcripts at time of application with 3.000 GPA)


Core Courses 27 units
Elective and/or Business Basics Courses (from all offered) 15 units

Total (required total Basics/Core/Electives): 42 units


Business Basics (3 units)

Concentrations (6 units)


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