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David Nazarian College of Business and Economics – California State University, Northridge - Part-Time MBA

Program Structure

The Nazarian MBA program offers classes Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and occasional Saturdays. The MBA program is flexible as students typically take two courses per semester, but may reduce or accelerate their academic load commensurate with career and family demands. The program does not offer hybrid or online courses; all courses require in-person class meetings.


Core MBA Curriculum 24 units
Elective Courses    6 units
Culminating Experience: MBA Consulting Project    3 units
MBA Program Total 33 units

*For non-business undergraduates, an additional 15 units of coursework may be required in Foundation Courses. These courses may be waived if the student has completed equivalent coursework with grades of “C“ or better at a regionally accredited university.

Class Profile

There are currently 103 students enrolled in the Nazarian MBA program. Those students are, on average, 29-years old. About 45 percent of the class is comprised of female students, with 55 percent male students. About 15 percent of the class is made up of international and minority-status students.

The average GMAT of enrolled MBA students is 600, and the undergraduate GPA is 3.16. Students in the program have an average of five years of professional work experience.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total cost of the MBA program is dependent on the number of units a student needs in order to complete the degree. Domestic students who hold a bachelor’s degree in business may be waived of the five foundation courses and may only have 11 courses to earn the degree, thus the estimated cost of tuition would be $25,000.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than business may be required to take up to five foundation courses before proceeding to the core and elective courses for a total of 16 courses. In such cases, the cost of tuition is estimated to be $35,000.

Additionally, non-resident or international students are assessed an additional $396 per unit in addition to the aforementioned tuition. A non-resident or international students who holds a bachelor’s degree in business has an estimated tuition of $38,000 while the non-business degree holder has an estimated tuition of $54,000.

Scholarship opportunities are offered through the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Students may also apply for scholarships made available to them by the Nazarian College of Business and Economics.


Applying to the MBA program is a two-step process. Applicants must first submit a University application on Cal State Apply before they proceed to the MBA Program application.

Step 1: Application to the university

1. Online application and the $55 (U.S.) application fee
2. Official transcript(s)
3. International students from non-English speaking countries only must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson English Test scores

Step 2: Application to the program

1. A professional résumé
2. Official GMAT/GRE score report (taken within the past 5 years)
3. Statement of Purpose
4. One to three Letters of Reference

GMAT/GRE waivers available. Please contact or (818) 677-2467 for more information.

Admissions Deadlines are as Follows:


Applications Open: October 1
Applications Close: May 1


Applications Open: August 1
Applications Close: October 1

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