MBA, Evening

Program Overview

You seek to perform at a higher level — to empower your career by gaining credibility and insight and lead with influence and purpose. With a Master of Business Administration (MBA), you'll be ready to reach that next level and pursue your purpose — in business and beyond.

The PLNU Evening MBA is for experienced working professionals who want to take control of their career by acquiring the four most important drivers of influential leadership: deep qualitative and quantitative business knowledge, wisdom in the face of difficult decisions, a powerful personal network, and inspiration to follow their purpose. You can earn your MBA in 24 months through our convenient schedule designed for working professionals.

Student Profile

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Jasmine Sadler

PLNU Evening MBA student Jasmine Sadler believes so much in combining the arts with the sciences that she started her own business which aims to push science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education to younger generations. Read more

Influential Mentors

A unique opportunity to expand your business network comes from close, one-on-one interactions with PLNU’s collaborative faculty — a balance of scholars and faculty with real-world experience dedicated to preparing executives to excel.

MBA Expertise

Our classroom experience equips you with the skills you need to capitalize on your future, including core courses in Strategic Management, International Business, Financial Management, Operations Management, and Marketing. Choose from four concentrations: organizational leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, project management, and healthcare management.

Leadership with Purpose

PLNU’s signature learning experience course, Leading with Integrity, will challenge you to realize your greater purpose as a leader of others in business and in life.


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The Evening MBA program is designed to meet the needs of working business professionals. Classes are held at the Mission Valley campus Monday through Thursday evenings and the program can be completed in 24 to 28 months. However, students may accelerate their program or extend it over a longer period of time to accommodate their schedules and needs.

The courses offer a balance of advanced qualitative and quantitative skills designed to help students capitalize on their future and directly influence their career advancement.

In the cohort model, students progress through the curriculum together, completing 36 units of core business courses and 6 units of electives, while forming professional relationships with each other, faculty, and other industry leaders. Students may select from four concentrations:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Healthcare Management

  • Project Management

  • Organizational Leadership

In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in Executive Development Events (EDEs) exclusively designed for MBA students and business alumni networking events.


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José Muñoz, DBA

José Muñoz has over 35 years of senior executive management experience in large public corporations, small private start-up companies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and domestic and international businesses. Read more

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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: 

Evening MBA for Working Professionals

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Application Information

Program Start Dates

  • Summer 2018 – May 14, 2018
  • Fall 2018 – August 27, 2018

Priority Application Dates

  • Summer 2018 – April 16, 2018
  • 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.

To be admitted into PLNU's Evening MBA program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.

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

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

*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 professional work experience and how this experience will allow you to contribute to the program

  • Scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). GMAT waivers may be granted to candidates who meet specific criteria that demonstrate readiness for our rigorous MBA program. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information about GMAT waiver eligibility.

  • 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 Evening 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.

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

Dean's Scholarship

Once you have completed the application process for the Evening MBA program, you are eligible to apply for a Dean's Scholarship up to $5,000 for Fall 2018. A scholarship committee, made up of a panel of PLNU faculty and staff, will review the scholarship applications.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship for the summer start date is August 6, 2018. Recipients will be notified shortly after.

The Dean's Scholarship will be applied in three equal installments during the first, fourth, and final semester of the 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 and professional achievements

  • Academic/professional/personal recommendations

  • MBA application essay

  • Resume

  • Interview with the associate dean of Graduate Business Education

Only new students beginning the Evening MBA program during Fall 2018 are eligible for the scholarship for Fall 2018.

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. (500-word maximum)

  • How do you believe an MBA will help you maximize your career potential now and in the future? (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 students in meeting their academic and professional goals. 

Student Profile

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Erik Rindfleisch

The Evening MBA program provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform at a higher level in my career. In addition, it provided me with tools and an ethical foundation to make effective decisions when there is often no clear answer. Read more

As a result, 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