MBA FAQs

Welcome to the MBA FAQ, We believe a little Q&A goes a long way whether you're considering pursuing an MBA degree, researching schools, getting an edge in the admissions game, or exploring career opportunities.

This space is regularly visited by NCalU's admission representatives ready to give you customized advice. Enter and you'll also find current and former students of NCalU programs - people who've been there, done that, and who can give you firsthand info on what to expect. And of course, you'll find plenty of young professionals just like yourself. With all of these resources only a click away, consider The MBA FAQ your first seminar in Knowledge Management.

Questions

  1. What is an MBA?
  2. What will I gain from doing an MBA?
  3. What skills will I pick up from doing an MBA?
  4. Will and MBA improve my career prospects?
  5. How many hours are in the MBA program?
  6. How do I get admitted to the MBA program?
  7. What are the deadlines for the admission to the MBA program?
  8. What grades are required in the MBA program?
  9. You say this program is for “growth-oriented, high potential individuals…who aspire to greater influence and impact.” How do I know if this is right for me?
  10. Who is in this program?
  11. How do MBA students manage their time to meet the time commitment expected by the program?
  12. What is the MBA tuition?
  13. How long does it take to complete the MBA program?
  14. Are there any areas of specialization for the MBA at NCalU?
  15. Can life or work experience be used toward the MBA degree?
  16. I completed my bachelor's degree at an institution outside of the US. Can I apply for the Northern California University MBA?
  17. What if I come up with more questions?

1. An MBA is a post graduate degree in business communication. MBA stands for Masters of Business Administration and is a very popular course for business students the world over. The MBA program is recognized worldwide and is considered as a major step towards a successful business management career.

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2. An MBA program strives to equip its students with all the necessary knowledge, theoretical as well as practical, which can benefit them tremendously in managerial and administrative jobs. This does not apply only to business, as is usually understood by most people, but can also benefit people to get into executive positions in the public sector and government jobs as well.

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3. You will learn a range of valuable skills from the MBA program, such as:

  • Business Knowledge: The MBA program and business schools give you valuable knowledge about business and all its related aspects. You learn about business strategies and concepts, not just on paper, but the training and internship required in an MBA course, teaches you how to use these skills in practical life and in day to day business operations.
  • Leadership Abilities: An MBA degree involves rigorous training, assignments, reports, presentations, and group projects, all of which give you the necessary abilities to handle real-life business situations. This helps to set you apart from those who do not have such expertise and can make you a leader in your chosen field.
  • Networking: The alliances that you form with your classmates and the network that you create is deemed as one of the most important and valuable things that an MBA program can give you. MBA graduates have often felt that the associations formed during the MBA course are resources that are invaluable and can be drawn upon for years after the MBA degree has been achieved.

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4. An MBA degree provides you with innumerable career opportunities in various fields. It is especially beneficial to get jobs in high level positions such as managerial and executive level jobs. Whether you are looking to further your career in your existing job or are looking to change your job and start your career afresh, an MBA degree can be very valuable in either scenario. With an MBA degree under their belt, employees have a whole new world opened up to them and are elevated to managerial positions on the strength of the additional abilities and knowledge gained through the MBA program. If you are looking for a change in careers, an MBA degree can be invaluable in careers such as:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Government positions
  • Ability to improve your own business

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5. There are 46 graduate hours - twelve required core courses and four selected major courses. Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in Business or a unrelated field may need to take undergraduate courses to lay the foundation for the M.B.A. coursework. These undergraduate courses may have been taken at any appropriately approved or accredited college or university.

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6. To be formally admitted, you must complete the M.B.A. application and packet (available through the Office of Admission). The packet requires an application plus all transcripts and the admissions fee (if applicable). International students may complete additional forms .You must be admitted to the M.B.A. program in order to take the 500-level courses.

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7. Applications and packets are taken throughout the year. Applying as early as possible to be able to start within a selected quarter is advised. The Academic Calendar holds all University important dates.

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8. You must maintain a 2.0 (C average) GPA.

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9. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you determine whether this MBA program is the right one for you. Do you want to…

  • Learn to ask the right questions?
  • Engage in a transformative experience?
  • Continually learn from faculty, colleagues, and personal feedback?
  • Develop your business acumen?
  • Develop personal leadership?
  • Execute with excellence?

If your answer to these questions is a resounding “yes,” then there is a good fit between your goals and the design of this MBA program.

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10. Northern California University Business School - MBA targets a mix of students with relevant business experience who can share their work experiences with faculty and students and apply their learning immediately in the workplace. This is the foundation for our student-faculty learning community and provides the opportunity to develop lasting personal and professional networks. Students represent a cross-section of business functions and industries and have varied academic and business backgrounds.

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11. Our MBA students generally have demanding fulltime jobs and many also have other professional, family, and social obligations that place demands on their time. Here are some of the strategies students use to ensure they devote quality time to their studies:

  • Set aside a period, say 2 hours, each day to read, reflect, and work on assignments. This might be “quiet” early morning time for early risers or late evening time for “night owls.”
  • Allocate large blocks of weekend time to study.
  • Develop a hybrid approach (some evening and some weekend time) that adjusts to work and family schedules. The important point is to systematically plan for the time and calendar it.

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12. Tuition is $168 per credit hour. For further information on graduate program tuition see Tuition & Fees

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13. The accelerated MBA program can be completed in 5 terms and the 48 credit hour MBA can be completed in 8 terms. NCalU's Business School is on the quarter system but awards semester hour credits, therefore students can easily complete the MBA program quickly.

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14. Yes. Northern California University, School of Business - MBA includes optional Certificates of Advanced Studies. Up to 12 graduate credits from the selected major courses may be substituted toward the certificate requirement. See Certificate of Advanced Studies on Course Finder.

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15. Currently, we do not accept portfolio credits at the graduate-level. Students can complete degree requirements through Northern California University, School of Business online courses.

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16. Students who completed an undergraduate degree program outside of the US will need to have our foreign credential evaluation through NCalU. Study abroad courses must be equivalent to US courses.

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17. We welcome any questions you may have. Please contact our Office of Admission by calling 415-324-8504 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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