MBA, Evening

MBA, Evening

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.

GMAT Requirements

Eligibility for a GMAT waiver can be discussed in more depth with a PLNU admissions counselor. 

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 two distinct styles may be the perfect match you're looking for.
 

 

MBA, Daytime

MBA, Evening

Who it's for

Recent College Graduates with little to no work experience

Working Professionals

Program start

FallFall, Spring, Summer

Program Structure

Face-to-faceFace-to-face

Length

12 months24 months

Schedule

4 mornings a weekClasses in the evening 2 days a week

ACBSP Accreditation

YesYes

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 ProgramFocus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Three Concentrations Available

Typical # of Students
in Class

20-3020-30

Years of Work
Experience

0-34-25+

% Female Students

44%47%

International Trips
Available?

YesYes

Scholarships
Available?

YesYes

International Student 
Eligible?

YesYes

 

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 three concentrations: organizational leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and project management.

Leadership with Purpose

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

Corporate visits give MBA students a behind-the-scenes experience with local, regional, and international organizations such as the San Diego Zoo, Sharp HealthCare, Taylor Guitars, Qualcomm, and many more. They also give students the opportunity to network with executives and explore a variety of corporate cultures.

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 months.

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 three concentrations:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Project Management

  • Organizational Leadership

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

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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.                                           

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2022 - August 29, 2022
  • Spring 2023 – January 9, 2023

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall 2022 - August 10, 2022

  • Spring 2023 - December 19, 2022

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 Program Director

  • 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.* (If you are a PLNU alumnus, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the PLNU Office of Records.)

    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

    * Please note, official transcripts must be sent directly from the regionally accredited institution.
  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.

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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. 

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Student Profile

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.

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

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • 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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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 Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more details.

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 two distinct styles may be the perfect match you're looking for.
 

 

MBA, Daytime

MBA, Evening

Who it's for

Recent College Graduates with little to no work experience

Working Professionals

Program start

FallFall, Spring, Summer

Program Structure

Face-to-faceFace-to-face

Length

12 months24 months

Schedule

4 mornings a weekClasses in the evening 2 days a week

ACBSP Accreditation

YesYes

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 ProgramFocus on putting your purpose to work, Leading with Integrity signature course, Ethics and Character Emphasis, Small Class Sizes, Collaborative Environment, Three Concentrations Available

Typical # of Students
in Class

20-3020-30

Years of Work
Experience

0-34-25+

% Female Students

44%47%

International Trips
Available

YesYes

Scholarships
Available

YesYes

International Student 
Eligible?

YesYes

 

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
• Professional 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 Admission Test (GMAT)
• Interview with the Program Director
• 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! The Evening MBA program is designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals and their schedules.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options.

Dean’s Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more details.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The expected completion time is 24 months.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Two days a week

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 20 to 30 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.

Course List

For information about the courses required for the MBA, Evening program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

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