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.

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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Randal Schober, Ed.D.

With more than 20 years of combined experience in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and organizational leadership, Randal Schober brings a wealth of knowledge to graduate and undergraduate students of PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business. Read more

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.


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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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.                                           

Course List

Detailed course information is available on the course catalog: 

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

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Application Information

Program Start Date

Fall 2018 – August 27, 2018

Priority Application Date

Fall 2018 – July 30, 2018

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:
  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

Research Scholarship

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.

Once you have a completed the application process for the Daytime MBA program, you are eligible to apply for the Daytime MBA Research Scholarship of up to $10,000 for the 2018–19 academic year. A scholarship committee, made up of a panel of faculty and staff, will review the scholarship applications. Finalists will be invited to interview with the scholarship committee.

During the one-year program, scholarship recipients will work 60 hours per semester (180 hours total) as research assistants.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 1, 2018. Recipients will be notified shortly after.

The Daytime MBA Research Scholarship will be applied in three equal installments during each semester of the Daytime MBA Program beginning Fall 2018.

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

All scholarship applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

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? (500-word maximum)

  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future? (500-word maximum)

  • 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. (500-word maximum)

PLNU employees and currently enrolled and re-admitted students are not eligible.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Kait Vogel at or (619) 563-2856.

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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.

Student Profile

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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. Read more


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