Graduate Business

Faculty

David Chaplin
Peter Crabb
Joshua Jensen (Dean)
Jeffrey Lineman
Kevin Mokhtarian
Fred Sutton
Mollie Sweet
Konya Weber (Associate Dean)

Mission

The mission of the College of Business is altogether aligned with the overall mission of NNU. The mission of Northwest Nazarene University (and the College of Business) is the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind, and strength to enable each student to become God's creative and redemptive agent in the world.

Vision

Northwest Nazarene University's College of Business strives to deliver an exceptional, Christ-centered educational experience that equips students to live out their calling in service to business and community and for the advancement of God's Kingdom.

We offer an array of graduate business programs to meet your professional and personal goals. Graduate degree programs include:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Master of Business Administration degree at NNU focuses on preparing students to lead organizations in our dynamic 21st century global business environment.

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
The Master of Accountancy degree program consists of 30 credit hours of accounting and business courses that provide students with the opportunity to hone their accounting and business management skills to be successful in today's complex business environment.

  • Master of Accountancy - Professional Accounting/CPA Track
  • Master of Accountancy - Management Accounting Track

Graduate Certificates
The College of Business offers graduate certificates in various business disciplines. These graduate certificates include four (4), 3-credit graduate courses in a specific area of concentration aimed at empowering students to be more effective in today’s challenging business landscape. Graduate certificates offer a way to gain knowledge and increase skills in a specific area of business in a very short period of time.

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Accreditation

Admission Requirements

Degree Programs
  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all previous academic coursework. This requirement may be waived for applicants with a graduate certificate from the NNU College of Business.
  3. Evidence of competency in writing.
  4. Official transcript of undergraduate degree and completed graduate work.
  5. Two professional recommendations.   
  6. A favorable recommendation from the College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee.
  7. An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not an applicant's native language. If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived. 
Certificate Programs
  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 in all previous academic coursework strongly recommended.
  3. Evidence of competency in writing.
  4. Official transcript of undergraduate degree and completed graduate work.
  5. Two professional recommendations.   
  6. A favorable recommendation from the College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee.
  7. An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not an applicant's native language. If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived. 

Application materials are valid for one year from the date of acceptance. Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the College of Business Graduate Admissions Committee.

Application Process

Degree and Certificate Programs

The applicant will submit the following forms to the graduate admission office:

  1. Application with nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  2. Personal essay response to the statement provided on the College of Business Graduate Studies admission website.
  3. Official transcript(s) of undergraduate degree and completed graduate work.
  4. Two recommendation forms from professional colleagues familiar with the applicant's ability. 

Application and materials are valid for one year from the date of acceptance.

Transfer of Credits

Degree Programs

A maximum of 25% of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution. All transfer credits must have received at least a B- letter grade and be approved by the program director. Credits must have been earned within five years preceding the date of admission.

Certificate Programs

No transfer credits will be accepted for graduate certificate programs.

Academic Standing and Dismissal

Degree Programs

In order to continue in good standing in the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  2. Earn no more than two course grades below B-.
  3. Earn no grades lower than C-.

Students failing to maintain these standards will be notified and may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Certificate Programs

In order to continue in good standing in the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA.
  2. ​Earn no grades lower than C-.

Students failing to maintain these standards will be notified and may be subject to dismissal from the program. 

Attendance Policy (Degree and Certificate Programs)

Students are expected to attend classes in the courses in which they are enrolled.  For on-campus classes, this includes physical attendance at class sessions. For online classes, this includes regular and consistent participation each week. Unwarranted absences may result in a reduced grade for the course.  Any student who misses 25% of a course's class hours, regardless of cause, will be administratively removed from that course. For purposes of online courses, attendance requires an assignment submission, not merely a login or page view.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Programs

Graduation requirements for the graduate degree in business include: 

  1. Completion of the approved program within 6 years of beginning coursework.
  2. Completion of the required number of credits. 
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 
  4. Earn no more than two course grades below B-. 
  5. Earn no grades lower than C- as they do not count toward the degree. 
  6. For the MBA degree, a final project and the program exit exam done in conjunction with BSNS6902 MBA Capstone: Strategic Management. 
  7. Submission of a graduation application according to the following deadlines: June 1 for graduation after the Fall semester; October 15 for graduation after the Spring semester; and January 15 for graduation after the summer semester.
Certificate Programs

Requirements for awarding a graduate certificate include:

  1. Completion of the approved program within 6 years of beginning coursework.
  2. Completion of the required number of credits. 
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher. 
  4. Earn no grades lower than C- as they do not count toward the certificate. 
  5. Submission of intent to complete certificate to the Program Coordinator at the beginning of the final class or session in the program.

Degrees and Certificates