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Notre Dame de Namur University

School of Business and Management

Belmont , CA


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Notre Dame de Namur University


Graduate Degrees in Business and Management at Notre Dame de Namur

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not for profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of programs for working adults to complete their bachelor's, master's, or credentials in the evening, during the weekend or online.

As a Master's University dedicated to higher learning, NDNU is proud to deliver good value, innovative faculty mentorship, extensive professional networks, and a diverse population. The San Francisco Bay Area's successful business leaders, educators, artists, and community organizers choose to build their professional skills and develop their careers through NDNU.

School of Business and Management (SBM) Graduate Degree Overview

The School of Business and Management's mission is to provide a learning environment utilizing classroom, practicum, and applied research experiences that demonstrate practicality to the real world where students are able to develop values, ethics, integrity, entrepreneurial attitude, knowledge, competencies, skills, abilities, and confidence congruent with the needs of the global community.

Programs offered in the SBM include Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and are also offered fully online. The MBA is program is also available on their Tracy campus.

NDNU's professional business programs mirror the fast pace and global reach of today's corporate environment. Business faculty members from diverse backgrounds encourage students to explore innovations in business, public administration, and technology. Each of these educational degree programs encourages professional, social, and personal breakthroughs in new ways of thinking. Students quickly absorb the lessons and tools needed for success.

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program offered at NDNU is distinctive because it offers students an environment where they focus on fostering innovation, leadership competencies, and global business skills needed in today's world.

The curriculum combines advanced knowledge with fundamental practical skills of leadership, quantitative analysis, and theory with the aim of giving students the widest range of opportunities to apply them to real business situations. The MBA emphasizes on broad study in functional areas of business administration and concentrated study in the fields of finance, marketing, human resources, technology and operations management, entrepreneurship, and media and promotion.

Courses examine interpersonal communication, critical decision making, ethical business practices, knowledge management, group organization and development, global business management, and leadership. Students in the MBA program may also take courses in other NDNU graduate programs and customize interdisciplinary coursework to their desired business specialties.

The MBA curriculum leverages case studies and learning laboratory processes and methodologies, giving students opportunities to assess environmental issues, formulate strategy, and build programs that add value to organizations.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at NDNU gives students access to an impressive network of professionals and an academic community that actively collaborates with innovations in business, human resources, and the interface between business and technology.

Students gain a unique blend of business, management, and human resource skills to work effectively in management positions within public, non-profit, and services-related organizations.

Coursework emphasizes broad study in functional areas of public administration and concentrated study in the fields of public affairs administration, human resources management, and social enterprise. Students gain thorough understandings of the impact of social and political factors on today's global business environment.

In addition, they develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: interpersonal communications, organizational leadership and team building, assessment and analysis of quantitative information, strategic thinking, and working in diverse cultures. The curriculum is flexible, allowing students to take courses in other NDNU graduate programs and customize interdisciplinary programs of study as areas of emphasis.

Notable Faculty

NDNU's Silicon Valley location serves as an educational convergence of current and future business practices in the Bay Area, enabling the program to attract high-caliber, experienced faculty members who work closely with graduate students as educators, advisers, and mentors for the duration of their studies. Students get an opportunity to work closely with talented faculty from diverse backgrounds and extensive industry experiences.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loan opportunities are available to graduate students of Notre Dame de Namur University who establish financial need by completing the financial aid process and meeting all program eligibility criteria. Other payment plans are also available.

Campus and Surroundings

The historic 50-acre campus is located 30 minutes south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley. The area is the heart of one of the country's most exciting areas for professional growth and personal enrichment with some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a world leader for innovation in technology, social change, culture, and cuisine. The university is ideally situated for students to enjoy the career, cultural, outdoor and recreational opportunities of the region.

NDNU is conveniently located within one mile of bus, train and major freeways, and 30 minutes from three international airports. Their location is ideal for easy access for students residing on campus or commuting to class -- day or night.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Optional



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline August 1st Not reported No
Spring deadline December 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 2.5

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Male (29%)
Female (70%)

Location & Contact

Address 1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA  94002-1908
United States
Contact Greg White
Associate Provost
Phone: 650-508-3494