UCSC SV Business Students Gain New Path to NDNU MBA

Transfer up to 6 semester units. Earn a Business Certificate with UCSC Extension.

Articulation Agreement Allows Transferable Units

Business students at UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education have an expanded opportunity to grow their career, thanks to a new partnership agreement that invites them to transfer credits toward a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Technology Management degree at Notre Dame de Namur University.

“Education is a never-ending process for staying competitive,” said James Fogal, dean of the School of Business and Management at NDNU. “With the partnership between NDNU and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, we now can provide a pathway for students who have earned a Business Administration certificate to transfer into NDNU’s MBA program.” 

The new articulation partnership bridges two institutions with rich legacies of professional learning in  Silicon Valley.

A Tailored Business Administration Program

The UCSC Silicon Valley Business Administration certificate program provides professionals with practical skills to handle the day-to-day aspects of running a business and master evidence-based methods to maximize company performance. Students personalize their program by choosing from four tracks of study:

  • Business Essentials
  • Financial Analysis/Accounting
  • Management Development
  • Marketing Business Development

Once they’ve successfully completed the 19-quarter-unit program, earned their professional certificate and a digital badge, and met the grade requisites for NDNU, students may transfer up to six semester credits to the 36-semester-unit MBA program.*

Balancing Theory and Experience

Students in NDNU’s MBA program learn to interpret finances, crank out cost-benefit analyses, and increase operational efficiencies in a 12-course program that balances theory with experiential practice. 

Students can complete the UCSC SV certificate in six to 12 months, then go on to complete the NDNU MBA in fewer than 18 months.

Both programs are designed for the working professional, offering short intensive courses primarily on weeknights and weekends in in-person, and live-online modalities.

“We’re excited about providing Silicon Valley professionals multiple pathways to get competencies and credentials,” said P.K. Agarwal, dean, UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education. “Both of our institutions have long histories of educating Silicon Valley professionals. This is the way of the future, institutions collaborating to serve the best interest of the student.”

This is the second articulation agreement between the two institutions. UCSC Silicon Valley students completing the TESOL certificate program can transfer into the Master of Arts TESOL program at Notre Dame de Namur University.

About UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education

UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education, founded as the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in 1966, is a leading workforce educator in Silicon Valley. As the professional development arm of UC Santa Cruz, we provide high-demand, practical skills in six key areas: Technology, Business, Diversity Equity Inclusion, Design, Bioscience, and Education, We offer professional certificates and specializations through more than 40 programs, focusing on developing marketable job skills for people at every stage of their career. Students may earn UC credit, professional development units, or other credit toward professional licensure. We are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 

About Notre Dame de Namur University

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers master’s degree programs in business, education, and psychology, as well as teaching credential programs. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.


* Transferable Credit

The partnership allows students with bachelor’s degrees to transfer up to six semester units ( nine quarter units) from these four UCSC Silicon Valley courses: 

For more information about this articulation agreement, please visit the Business Administration certificate program page and read the “Professional Development” section.

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