MBA, Online

Program Overview

Now is the perfect time to bring power to your purpose.

PLNU’s Online MBA is offered 100% online, giving you the accessibility and format you need as a working professional no matter where you are in the world.

This program 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.

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Flexibility for the Working Professional

Create future opportunities and further your career through a program designed to meet the needs of working business professionals — no matter their location.

Learning that Results in Greater Influence

Accomplished faculty members combine real-world experience and expert knowledge to help you develop the ability to spur individual and organizational growth, as well as hone the decision-making skills needed to thrive in a global environment.

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 Online MBA program is designed to meet the needs of working business professionals. You will receive the same quality instruction and cohort model as students in our Evening MBA program, but in a 100% online format.  

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, forming professional relationships with each other, faculty, and other industry leaders. The core curriculum includes courses such as Strategic Management, International Business, Financial Management, Operations Management, and Marketing, with an additional concentration in organizational leadership.

Organizational Leadership Concentration

The organizational leadership concentration is designed for students to take a leadership role within an organization. The value of this concentration lies in the opportunity provided to explore knowledge, skills, and attitudes that move organizations forward and add value. This field acknowledges the absolute necessity of hard skills in business organizations and life, while providing a window into the world of the soft skills that are necessary to move a unit or organization forward. The concentration is comprised of two courses: Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in Executive Development Events (EDEs) exclusively designed for our 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.                                           

Course List

Detailed course information is available on the course catalog: 

Online MBA for Working Professionals

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Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Spring 2019 – January 14, 2019

Application Date(s):

  • Spring 2019 – December 17, 2018

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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 Online 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

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by official transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • A 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 a $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 Records
    4007 Camino Del Rio South
    San Diego, CA 92108

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
  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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Admission into a distance education program offered by Point Loma Nazarene University is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on authorized program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to another state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on whether Point Loma Nazarene University is authorized to offer distance education courses in that state and/or whether Point Loma Nazarene University meets the professional licensure requirements for a specific program in that state. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in his or her physical presence.

State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination by a state that PLNU is approved to conduct activities regulated by that state. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in some states. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, which means residents of these states cannot enroll in any PLNU online program or course. For more information refer to our disclosures page.

Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends individuals contact PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.

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

Women in Business Scholarship - up to $2,500

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

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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 established for either aspiring entrepreneurs or those striving to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to their workplace.

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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.

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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 experienced business professionals with the best value in quality, academic rigor, professional support services, and individual attention to support students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

“As a business owner, having flexibility to complete assignments versus trying to schedule my work hours around an MBA program makes it easier to accomplish and stay on top of things without negatively affecting my business.”

Chad Bennett, Class of 2018
Online MBA 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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! The Online MBA program's all-online format 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 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 24 months.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 15 to 25 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply for our 100% online programs at this time. We offer both a Daytime MBA and Evening MBA as alternative options for international applicants.

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.