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

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.

Nazarian MBA students are a diverse group of intelligent and accomplished professionals from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County and Ventura County regions. Recently ranked by The Wall Street Journal as 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.

Part-time, flexible MBA. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., and occasional Saturdays. Students typically take two courses per semester. Those with an undergraduate degree in business, or who have earned our one-year Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA), usually complete 33 units of core and elective MBA courses in two years, including summer. Students without an undergraduate degree in business or GCBA typically complete 15 units of foundation-level classes in the prior year. However, completion times range from one to five years, as students reduce or accelerate their academic load commensurate with career and family demands.

GCBA. In the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration program, students who do not have an undergraduate in business master essential business skills in a one year, part-time evening and Saturday cohort program. The GMAT is not required for the GCBA program. About 50% of GCBA students enter the Nazarian MBA program, while the other 50% meet their business-skill goals with the certificate program. As a pre-MBA program, the GCBA may be particularly attractive for those who have been away from academia for a while and want to rev their math skills back up, or for international students who benefit from a year to acclimate.

CSUN. Housed on a beautiful 365-acre campus, CSUN is the fourth-largest university in California. Its 340,000 alumni include prominent business leaders, such as the man for whom the business college was recently named, David Nazarian. The university is home to the award-winning Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts and the LEED Gold-certified Student Recreation Center. CSUN is a place where students rise and take their region with them.

Name of Institution

California State University, Northridge

Name of Business School or Program

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Business School Dean

Chandra Subramaniam, Ph.D.

Year Institution was Founded


Year Business School or Program was Started


Total MBA enrollment (all platforms offered)


MBA Platforms Offered

Part-time evening MBA

MBA Areas of Emphasis Offered

11 Specializations:


Entertainment Industry



Human Resources

Information Systems

International Business




Systems and Operations Management

Length of Programs

Flexible program.

Completion time may vary from 18 months to 2.5 years depending on course load.

Program Campus Options

On-campus at CSUN only.

Program Accreditations



Princeton Review, Best Business Schools 2019

CEO Magazine 2019 Global MBA Rankings – Tier Two

Total Cost of MBA

Total tuition for the MBA program may vary if Foundation courses are needed.

In-state tuition is approximately $26,000-$35,000

Out of state/international:


Required Testing

GMAT or GRE; see program website for waiver policy.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Sessions held bi-monthly. Fall dates to be determined.

Application Deadlines

Fall semesters – May 1st deadline

Spring semesters – October 1st deadline


Sheila M. Brown, Assistant Director


(818) 677-2467

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