MBA, Daytime

Program Overview

Business is about people, progress, and purpose. It’s about being the catalyst for change in your community, country, and the world at large. Earn the business knowledge and experience you need to start achieving your purpose in life.

The 12-month Daytime MBA is for recent college graduates who want an accelerated opportunity to build the four important drivers of initial career success: business knowledge, real-world experience, personal network, and purpose.

Compare Our MBA Programs

With so many MBA programs out there, how can you be sure you choose one that is the best fit for your schedule, learning style, and career goals? Discover the different routes you can take with PLNU towards earning your MBA, and how one of our three distinct styles may be the perfect match you're looking for.
 

 

MBA, Daytime

MBA, Evening

MBA, Online

Who it's for

Recent College Graduates

Working Professionals Working Professionals

Program start

Fall Fall, Spring, Summer Fall, Spring

Program Structure

Face-to-face Face-to-face Online

Length

12 months 24 months 24 months

Schedule

4 mornings a week; Monday-Thursday Classes in the evening 2 days a week Classes available online for convenience around your schedule

ACBSP Accreditation

Yes Yes Yes

Program Highlights

Focus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Field Experience, Mentor Program Focus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Four Concentrations Available Focus on putting your to work, Leading with Integrity, Highly Ethical Approach, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Organizational Leadership Concentration, other three concentrations available F2F

Typical # of Students
in Class

22-28 22-28 15-20

Average Age

24 32 32

Years of Work
Experience

0-3 4-25+ 4-25+

% Female Students

44% 47% 43%

International Trips
Available

Yes Yes Yes

Scholarships
Available

Yes Yes Yes

International Student 
Eligible?

Yes Yes Yes; except F1 student visa not eligible

 

Mentoring Network

Close interaction with PLNU’s experienced faculty and your matched mentor from the business community provides you with rich, guiding relationships as well as valuable network connections.

Business Knowledge

Our classroom experience prepares you for the most important challenges in business, including strategic management, international business, entrepreneurship, financial management, operations, marketing, and more.

Purpose and Experience

Signature learning experience courses, such as Leading with Integrity and Field Experience, will empower you to connect your business career to your bigger purpose in life.

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The Daytime MBA program is designed to better prepare new graduates for the challenges and complexities of the modern business world. This program helps students further develop the ability to think analytically and strategically, as well as improve their quantitative, communicative, and problem-solving skills. These attributes are highly sought after by business, nonprofit, and governmental organizations.  

Program courses offer a balance of qualitative and quantitative skills, while creating an environment that fosters meaningful relationships with peers, faculty, and industry leaders. In the cohort model, students progress through the curriculum together, completing the program in one year.

The 42 units have been selected to effectively prepare recent graduates to successfully launch their professional careers. Students will also complete a Field Experience, giving them the opportunity to work hands-on with local and regional company executives to identify and creatively solve problems. In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in Executive Development Events (EDEs) exclusively designed for our MBA students, as well as business alumni networking events.

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Gain Expertise Through Experience Beyond the Classroom

The Daytime MBA Field Experience

An in-depth look at how four MBA students addressed the real-world business challenge of developing a repositioning strategy for Reflection Bay properties in Lake Las Vegas.

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The Daytime MBA Field Experience

The Field Experience

The Field Experience is a Daytime MBA course that offers the opportunity to gain the real-world business experience that attracts employers. Find out how four former Daytime MBA students set about repositioning Reflection Bay, a high-end residential community nestled against Lake Las Vegas.

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Accreditation

The Fermanian School of Business' MBA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Visit the ACBSP's website for more information.                                           

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Course List

Detailed course information is available on the course catalog: 

Daytime MBA for Recent College Graduates (Scroll to bottom of page)

Department Faculty

Application Information

Program Start Date

  • Fall 2019 – August 2019
  • Fall 2020 – August 2020

Priority Application Date

  • Fall 2019 – July 29, 2019

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission-under-exceptions process.

GMAT waivers may also be available. Please contact a PLNU admissions counselor for more details.

*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

Program Prerequisites

  • A completed application for admission to the program

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as evidenced by official transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Resume

  • A brief description of your recent undergraduate college experience and how you contributed to the classroom (through relationships with peers, teamwork, or other contributions)

  • Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • Interview with the associate dean of Graduate Business Education

  • Evidence of basic knowledge of common professional competencies through transcripts (from regionally accredited institutions, with a GPA of at least 3.0) or completion of appropriate course prerequisites

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
     
  3. Submit personal essay. See the essay prompt for the Daytime MBA program in the essay section of the application.
  4. Submit official GMAT scores electronically to PLNU. The successful completion of a post-baccalaureate professional certificate program (e.g., CPA) or graduate degree program, or scores from another graduate admission test (e.g., GRE) may in certain circumstances replace the GMAT requirement. Please contact PLNU graduate admissions for additional information.
     

    Already taken the GMAT? Use this website to send your scores.

  5. Submit a resume/vita.

  6. Submit two professional recommendations. You will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their name, title, and email.

  7. To prepare for the graduate classroom, students with non-business majors may be required to take course prerequisite modules in Excel, accounting, finance, and statistics. Additional prerequisite modules may be recommended based on prior undergraduate coursework.

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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Available Scholarships

Daytime MBA Research Scholarship - up to $7,500

Gain invaluable business and economic consulting experience serving as a research assistant for the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute during your one-year MBA program. The Daytime MBA Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for real-world consulting and research experience in one or more industries that may include banking, hospitality/tourism, real estate, or defense.

Submit Scholarship Essay

Eligibility:

  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Interview with MBA Scholarship Committee
  • Students must be willing to commit to work 60 hours per semester (180 hours total) as research assistants for the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute
  • PLNU employees and currently enrolled MBA students are not eligible

Selection Process and Criteria

The scholarship selection process will include a review of your completed MBA application, with particular attention given but not limited to:

  • Academic achievements
  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations
  • MBA application essay
  • Resume

In addition to the essay you write as part of your MBA application, you must submit responses to the following three essay questions:

  • Describe your experience of working in and leading teams either in your academic or personal life. Include any specific challenges you faced. Given this experience, what leadership role do you think you will play in your MBA program?
  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future?
  • Discuss how you will manage working 60 hours per semester (for each of the three semesters) for the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute while being a full-time student. Include a discussion of any other work or activities you will manage during your time as an MBA student.

Other Information

Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship (students may apply to more than one but will only be selected for one scholarship).

Scholarships are awarded as a reduction in tuition. The scholarships are applied in three equal amounts in the first, middle and last semester of the MBA program.

Scholarship applications are due one week after the priority application deadline.

Women in Business Scholarship - up to $2,500

The Women in Business Scholarship is to recognize and reward women seeking an MBA.

Submit Scholarship Essay

Eligibility

  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Female
  • PLNU employees and currently enrolled MBA students are not eligible

Additional Awards:

  • Matched with an appropriate female mentor

Selection Process and Criteria

The scholarship selection process will include a review of your completed MBA application, with particular attention given but not limited to:

  • Academic achievements
  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations
  • MBA application essay
  • Resume

In addition to the essay you write as part of your MBA application, you must submit responses to the following three essay questions:

  • Why do you believe is it important to have women in leadership positions?
  • What leadership goals are part of your career plan?
  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future?

Other Information

Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship (students may apply to more than one but will only be selected for one scholarship).

Scholarships are awarded as a reduction in tuition. The scholarships are applied in three equal amounts in the first, middle and last semester of the MBA program.

Scholarship applications are due one week after the priority application deadline.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Scholarship - up to $2,500

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Scholarship is for either aspiring entrepreneurs or those striving to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to their workplace.

Submit Scholarship Essay

Eligibility

  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • PLNU employees and currently enrolled MBA students are not eligible

Additional Awards:

  • Includes 5 mentor sessions with a PLNU professor

Selection Process and Criteria

The scholarship selection process will include a review of your completed MBA application, with particular attention given but not limited to:

  • Academic achievements
  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations
  • MBA application essay
  • Resume

In addition to the essay you write as part of your MBA application, you must submit responses to the following three essay questions:

  • At PLNU, we believe it is important to have an entrepreneurial mindset in business. Discuss how you have applied or could apply an entrepreneurial mindset at your workplace or in other circumstances.

  • What is the role of an entrepreneur in society today?

  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future?

Other Information

Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship (students may apply to more than one but will only be selected for one scholarship).

Scholarships are awarded as a reduction in tuition. The scholarships are applied in three equal amounts in the first, middle, and last semester of the MBA program.

Scholarship applications are due one week after the priority application deadline.

International Student Scholarship - up to $2,500

The International Student Scholarship recognizes talented international students who display academic excellence and leadership ability.

Submit Scholarship Essay

Eligibility

  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • F-1 visa
  • PLNU employees and currently enrolled MBA students are not eligible

Additional Awards:

  • Matched with an appropriate mentor

Selection Process and Criteria

The scholarship selection process will include a review of your completed MBA application, with particular attention given but not limited to:

  • Academic achievements
  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations
  • MBA application essay
  • Resume

In addition to the essay you write as part of your MBA application, you must submit responses to the following two essay questions:

  • Discuss how your experience and background will bring value to the PLNU MBA classroom.

  • How do you believe a PLNU MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future?

Other Information

Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship (students may apply to more than one but will only be selected for one scholarship).

Scholarships are awarded as a reduction in tuition. The scholarships are applied in three equal amounts in the first, middle and last semester of the MBA program.

Scholarship applications are due one week after the priority application deadline.

Dean’s Scholarship - up to $2,500

The Dean’s Scholarship recognizes outstanding students who will make a contribution to the PLNU MBA program.

Submit Scholarship Essay

Eligibility

  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • PLNU employees and currently enrolled MBA students are not eligible

Selection Process and Criteria

The scholarship selection process will include a review of your completed MBA application, with particular attention given but not limited to:

  • Academic achievements
  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations
  • MBA application essay
  • Resume

In addition to the essay you write as part of your MBA application, you must submit responses to the following two essay questions:

  • Discuss an example of a situation when you displayed selfless leadership.

  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future?

Other Information

Applicants are eligible for only one scholarship (students may apply to more than one but will only be selected for one scholarship).

Scholarships are awarded as a reduction in tuition. The scholarships are applied in three equal amounts in the first, middle and last semester of the MBA program.

Scholarship applications are due one week after the priority application deadline.

Career Opportunities

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

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Student Profile

Derek DeShaw

The Daytime MBA program equipped me with a unique balance of both qualitative and quantitative skills. That balance, between practice and theory, really prepared me for entering the marketplace. I feel I am now positioned in my career to move ahead quickly, backed up by the strong foundation of an MBA education.

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PLNU MBA alumni are working in a wide range of prominent companies throughout San Diego, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Sempra Energy

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Pacifica Companies

  • Merrill Lynch

  • Bank of the West

  • Scripps Health

  • Electronic Arts

  • Northrop Grumman

  • Fastenal

  • Cyber

  • Wells Fargo

  • General Atomics

  • San Diego Zoo

  • Sharp Healthcare

  • Quidel Corporation

  • SAIC

  • Biota

  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals

  • Qualcomm

  • BioNano Genomics

  • Clearfield Sports

  • MedImpact

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which MBA program will best fit my need?

With so many MBA programs out there, how can you be sure you choose one that is the best fit for your schedule, learning style, and career goals? Discover the different routes you can take with PLNU towards earning your MBA, and how one of our three distinct styles may be the perfect match you're looking for.
 

 

MBA, Daytime

MBA, Evening

MBA, Online

Who it's for

Recent College Graduates

Working Professionals Working Professionals

Program start

Fall Fall, Spring, Summer Fall, Spring

Program Structure

Face-to-face Face-to-face Online

Length

12 months 24 months 24 months

Schedule

4 mornings a week; Monday-Thursday Classes in the evening 2 days a week Classes available online for convenience around your schedule

ACBSP Accreditation

Yes Yes Yes

Program Highlights

Focus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Field Experience, Mentor Program Focus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Four Concentrations Available Focus on putting your to work, Leading with Integrity, Highly Ethical Approach, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Organizational Leadership Concentration, other three concentrations available F2F

Typical # of Students
in Class

22-28 22-28 15-20

Average Age

24 32 32

Years of Work
Experience

0-3 4-25+ 4-25+

% Female Students

44% 47% 43%

International Trips
Available

Yes Yes Yes

Scholarships
Available

Yes Yes Yes

International Student 
Eligible?

Yes Yes Yes; except F1 student visa not eligible

 

What is required to be admitted into this program?

• A completed application for admission to the program
• Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as evidenced by official transcripts
• Two letters of recommendation
• A professional resume
• A brief description of your recent undergraduate college experience and how you contributed to the classroom (through relationships with peers, teamwork, or other contributions)
• Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
• Interview with the associate dean of Graduate Business Education
• Evidence of basic knowledge of common professional competencies through transcripts (from regionally accredited institutions, with a GPA of at least 3.0) or completion of appropriate course prerequisites

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes, but we strongly advise no more than 20 hours a week or less.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through both Student Financial Services and the Fermanian School of Business. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The expected completion time is 12 months.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Four days a week; Monday through Thursday.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 20 to 25 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes! As an international student, you can apply as a senior in university or any time after you obtain your bachelor’s degree. If you earned your baccalaureate degree outside of the United States, all documents must be translated into English and evaluated by members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must also submit official proof of English proficiency (TOEFL). Please contact Graduate Financial Aid and Student Support Services for more information.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.