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MBA (Master's in Business Administration)

School of Business

When business advances human potential,
the possibilities are endless.

In a world of increasingly interconnected economies, a master’s in business administration gives you a distinct advantage.

At Fresno Pacific, an innovative, practitioner-based business education designed to develop you as a leader with competence, includes a focus on ethical standards, professional integrity and practical skills.

The curriculum integrates technology, hands-on projects, collaborative and critical analysis and feedback, and leadership from a Christian perspective.

Recognizing the opportunities in the Central Valley, you’ll be prepared to advance in your current workplace or launch your entrepreneurial vision through a business of your own with the support of experienced and networked faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Learn to integrate an ethical, Christian perspective into day-to-day business
  • Experience international and national travel
  • Study under experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Progress through coursework in a cohort of up to 20 students
  • Designed to fit your busy schedule
  • Meet for class one evening per week or fully online

Catalog

Program Director: Michelle Bradford, Psy. D.

Overview

In a world of increasingly interconnected economies, a degree with a global perspective gives graduates an extreme advantage. This unique MBA offers an innovative, practitioner-based business education designed to develop leaders with the highest business competencies, strong ethical standards, professional integrity and practical skills.

An MBA degree is a career accelerator, providing graduates greater managerial skills, a better understanding of businesses and organizations and increased salary potential. A hands-on, practical perspective combined with international field experience, the FPU MBA ensures that graduates are able to understand global business issues and how they affect local businesses.

Curriculum focuses on best practices as students build on their own foundational knowledge and benefit from faculty with practical experience. This program is locally focused and globally aware. Recognizing the opportunities in Central California, our graduates will be prepared to advance in their current workplace, or launch their entrepreneurial skills in a business of their own. The curriculum will challenge and inspire, integrating technology, hands-on projects, critical thinking and leadership from a Christian perspective.

International and national travel are part of this program.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Fresno Pacific Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program is based on a review of each applicant’s academic achievements, interview, writing sample, work experience, and personal statement by the School of Business Admissions Committee. The program is prepared to consider nontraditional indicators of academic potential in admission decisions when deemed appropriate.

Application Process

Applicants interested in applying for admission should request application materials by contacting the Regional Enrollment Office or by applying online at fresno.edu. Notification of acceptance will be sent as soon as all necessary documents are on file and have been reviewed by the admissions committee. International students in F-1 status are not permitted to study in unclassified standing unless enrolled in another program full time at Fresno Pacific University or another institution.

Applicants wishing to apply to a graduate program must submit an application with a nonrefundable application fee.

The following documents are required to be considered for admission

  1. Official transcripts—verifying bachelor’s degree and any post baccalaureate work from a regionally accredited institution that is deemed relevant to this application.
  2. Statement of Intent—provide a statement of career goals and a description of how participation in this graduate program will contribute to growth and development towards these goals. This essay should be no longer than two pages.
  3. One current reference form.
  4. A current work experience resume.
  5. GMAT scores are required if the applicant’s undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, unless the applicant has a Master’s degree.
  6. International students must submit official TOEFL scores (minimum of 550 PBT or 79 iBT) or IELTS 6.5, unless applicants have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in an English-speaking country.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Critical Thinking: the students analyze business conditions, evaluate situations, and create comprehensive strategic business solutions relevant to local and global economies.
  2. Faith Integration: the students relate Christian worldviews to support and apply ethical decision making in business leadership.
  3. Global Perspective: the students interpret and prepare for global dynamics that affect business practices.
  4. Communication: the students will produce written and oral communications required of business professionals.

Program Length/Semester Starts

The MBA program starts in the Fall semester and the program may be completed in five semesters. 

Locations Offered

North Fresno and Visalia Campuses, and Online.

Prerequisites

  • Accounting 
  • Statistics 
  • Economics 

Required Courses (41 Units)

  • MBA 700 - Global Economics Credits 3
  • MBA 705 - Global Managerial Accounting Credits 3
  • MBA 710 - Marketing in a Global Economy Credits 3
  • MBA 714 - Entrepreneurial Immersion Credits 3
  • MBA 725 - Strategic Financial Management Credits 3
  • MBA 720 - Management in Global Business Credits 3
  • MBA 730 - Research Methods Credits 3
  • MBA 735 - Regional Business Field Experience: National Travel Credits 2
  • MBA 745 - Operations Management in Global Business Credits 3
  • MBA 750 - International Business Field Experience Credits 3 or
  • MBA 751 - Global Business Perspectives Credits: 3
  • MBA 755 - Strategic Management in Global Business Credits 3
  • MBA 760 - Advanced Finance Credits 3
  • MBA 765 - Law, Ethics and Values in a Global Environment Credits 3
  • MBA 771 - Business Plan Proposal Credits 1
  • MBA 772 - Business Plan Credits 2

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

The decision to embark on graduate studies is a big one. Our 40+ graduate programs will equip you to succeed in your career and in your life. You’ll become part of a small community of learners, thrive in a flexible learning environment  and be challenged by a rigorous curriculum. Learn how much further you can go at FPU!  

For more information, contact the campus nearest you, attend an information meeting or ask about a program.

First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

Program Requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, GMAT/GRE testing requirements and application fees have been temporarily waived for School of Business graduate applicants. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • If GPA is under 3.0, submit GMAT result
    • Letter of petition for students with a GPA under 3.0
  • Resume
  • One current professional reference form
  • Program Interview Verification Form

Prerequisites

  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Statistics

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

View Graduate Private Scholarships

Career Opportunities

An MBA degree is a career accelerator, preparing graduates for advanced managerial positions and increased salary potential. A hands-on, practical perspective combined with international field experience ensures that graduates understand global business issues and how they affect local businesses.

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center