Mid-career professionals improve management and leadership skills, enjoy professional advancement and have more fulfilling careers when they earn an MBA from the part-time evening program at California State University, Northridge’s AACSB-accredited David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.

The rigorous program’s excellent reputation is recognized as a 2019 U.S. News and World Report “Best Part-time MBA Program,” a Princeton Review 2018 “Best Business School” and a 2018 “Tier One” MBA Program by CEO Magazine. It offers outstanding value to students in a time of increasing tuition and student debt. As noted by Princeton Review, it “comes with a ‘reasonable’ price tag which ensures that graduate school is actually ‘financially feasible’.”

Students develop business acumen in finance, strategy, marketing, operations, economics, human resources and entrepreneurship. Better decision-making results from training in data literacy, analytical reasoning and critical thinking. The program cultivates communication and teamwork skills, along with a commitment to ethical, legal and social responsibility – all within the context of global and multicultural awareness.

Graduates describe their highly qualified professors as a highlight of the program, noting their ability to combine academics with real-life applications. Faculty, who are handpicked for excellent teaching, research and business credentials, facilitate active learning by integrating and applying rigorous academic and theoretical training to practical situations. Professors leverage students’ business experience, lead their analysis of data and situations in the business world, run business simulations, and engage them in client-based projects. Small class sizes allow each student to engage fully in this process.

A cornerstone of the active-learning approach in the students’ last semester is a feasibility study or business plan for a local organization. Students’ knowledge, skills and hard work, combined with a commitment of college resources, generate high-quality outcomes in this integrative learning experience that also builds economic prosperity and societal well-being in the community. Each team has its own faculty advisor. Workshops guide their progress and a dedicated business librarian supports them. CSUN Nazarian MBA teams have gone on to compete in the annual Small Business Institute’s (SBI) national competition and have won three first-place awards and one second place award since 2010.

Nazarian MBA students are a diverse group of intelligent and accomplished professionals from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County and Ventura County regions. The Wall Street Journal recently ranked CSUN among the top three universities nationwide for diversity. Few MBA programs can equal CSUN’s in graduating MBAs prepared to work and lead in a diverse and global business environment.

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