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School of Business and Management

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The SOBM offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA Spanish Version), Master of Health Care Administration (MHCA), Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS), Master of Arts in Management (MAM), Master of Arts in Human Resources Management (MA/HRM), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Science in electronic business, corporate and international finance, taxation, technology management, and organizational leadership (MS). The most popular courses are in human resource management and marketing.

Fourteen courses are required to complete the MBA, including 4 courses or 18 quarter units. Required courses include:

  • Knowledge Management for Business Strategies
  • Theories, Practices, and Ethics of Leadership
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Seminar in Financial Management
  • Statistics for Business
  • Economics for Managerial Decision Making
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • MBA Project
  • Principals of E-business

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring credits from an accredited institution or by waiving relevant coursework completed at another institution.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 7 years.

There are 41 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate; there are 525 part-time faculty, of whom 30% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 8; average business class size is 16.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.0. Most important admissions factors are maturity, a successful interview, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 3070; 3070 were accepted; 2598 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.26. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by advertising in minority-oriented publications, radio, television, and the National University web page.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, a nonrefundable application fee of $60, and an enrollment agreement. The application deadlines are open for fall entry; open, winter; open, spring; open, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 12 months.

Financial Aid

About 15% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $13,552 annually; maximum $34,277. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is June 30 for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $286 per credit, or $18,018 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1314; personal expenses, $3348; and other fees, $60, for an estimated annual total of $22,740. Graduate student housing is not available.


Thirty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 93% have had full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from California (84%). Fifty-two percent are women, 60% are minorities, and 8% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 34; ages range from 21 to 70. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 36%, business; 11%, liberal arts; 11%, social sciences; 9%, engineering; and 9%, math and science. In 2006, 548 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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