Our Master of Business Administration (MBA) offers graduate-level theory and research opportunities along with advanced business knowledge and know-how as a foundation for the corporate executive or entrepreneur. This affordable and comprehensive MBA dovetails with several university specialties so you can concentrate in areas of professional or personal interest including entrepreneurship, global business management, information technology management, accounting, finance, nonprofit management, and homeland security. 

This MBA program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Statement of Mission - School of Business

APUS’ School of Business mission is to prepare students to be principled leaders in the global business community through a flexible learning environment that leverages technology and best practices focused on the practical application of knowledge.

Priorities

  • Curriculum: Provide a well-rounded curriculum that blends practical, real-world application and theoretical aspects of business and economics in a global context.
  • Teaching: Foster understanding through strategic goals, quality instruction and continuous evaluation by faculty who are real-world practitioners and scholars.
  • Student Interaction: Encourage students to reach their highest potential through collaborative relationships that motivate and sustain growth individually and organizationally.
  • Learning Outcomes: Build competencies in effective communication, critical thinking, quantitative experience, knowledge-based decision making, and ethical behavior.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Conduct advanced business analysis by incorporating the use of various data tools in the discovery of possible solutions for implementation.
  • Compare and contrast various organizational managerial approaches to analyze their effect on the individual, group, and organization.
  • Analyze the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues affecting managers in today’s market place and emphasize the importance of continuing education for managers for future legal changes.
  • Evaluate and analyze advanced analysis methods and techniques to determine their interdisciplinary applicability to meet current and business needs and evaluate the need for changes in policies and procedures.
  • Distinguish and implement analytical financial tools to conduct business analysis and to communicate possible solutions and implementation plans for business decisions.
  • Focus on business strategies and approaches used by organizations in their mission to sustain and obtain various marketing segments to increase their growth potential and integrate business functions into a coherent business strategy.
  • Compare and contrast market-driven strategies used by organizations to effectively plan for current and future needs of customers.

Degree at a Glance

Institutional Requirements9
Core Requirements18
Select one of the following concentrations:9
Elective Requirements0-3
Final Program Requirements0-3
Total Semester Hours39

Degree Program Requirements

Institutional Requirements (9 semester hours)

BUSN601Global Management Perspective3
BUSN602Managerial Analysis3
BUSN603Quantitative Analysis3
Total Semester Hours9

Students are required to take BUSN601 as the first course and then should take BUSN602 and BUSN603 as the first three Core Requirements.

Students who hold a degree from a School of Business accredited by ACBSP/AACSB (the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, ACBSP, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB) may request a waiver review of these three courses through their Admissions representative.

Core Requirements (18 semester hours)

BUSN623Legal & Ethical Issues in Management3
BUSN625Applied Decision Making3
ECON600Managerial Economics3
FINC600Corporate Finance3
MKTG600Marketing Management3
BUSN620Strategic Management3
Total Semester Hours18

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Accounting, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business Management, Government Contracting and Acquisition, Healthcare Administration, Homeland Security Resource Allocation, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, or Sports Management Concentrations.

General Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from dozens of different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Managerial Accounting
Accounting Theory and Concepts
Entrepreneurship
Principles of E Commerce
Virtual Organizations
Technology and Innovation
Business Plan Development
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership
Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
The Business of Healthcare
Healthcare Finance (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)
Operational Quality in Healthcare (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)
Advanced Analytics I (Prerequisite: BUSN625 - Applied Decision Making)
Advanced Analytics II (Prerequisite: BUSN660 - Advanced Analytics)
Applied Advanced Analytics (Prerequisite: BUSN661 - Advanced Analytics II)
Global Economics
Financial Accounting
Financial Institutions
Investment Management
International Finance
Entrepreneurship Finance
Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
Information Technology Project Management
Sports Law
Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior
Leadership
Cross-Cultural Management
Strategic Internet Marketing
Global Marketing Strategy
The Sports Industry
Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations
Sports Finance
Sports Entrepreneurship
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Accounting (9 semester hours) 

Offers insight into public, corporate, governmental, and nonprofit accounting, as well as accounting principles used in non-accounting careers and personal life. Addresses concepts, standards, and regulations in preparing, auditing, and analyzing financial statements, budgets, and financial plans. Additional topics include fraud detection, check tampering, and the Internal Revenue Service tax code.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply accounting knowledge into any branch of the accounting profession including public, corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit accounting.
  • Identify accounting concepts, standards, and regulations in preparing, auditing, and analyzing financial statements.
  • Analyze financial planning, budgeting, and interpretation of financial results.
  • Apply accounting principles for non-accounting careers and personal life.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Advanced Accounting
Individual Tax Research and Planning
Advanced Cost Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Forensic Accounting
Accounting Theory and Concepts
Financial Accounting
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Analytics (9 semester hours)

Lays the groundwork to define problems, requirements, stakeholders, and resources used to round up information and break it down to reach a variety of business goals. Explores tools used to process data in various fields, including operation, finance, marketing, and management, as well as complex data models built through compiling a portfolio of templates.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Define problems, requirements, stakeholders, and resources.
  • Use tools to process data in various fields such as operations, finance, marketing, and management.
  • Build complex data models through the compilation of a portfolio of templates.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

BUSN660Advanced Analytics I (Prerequisite: BUSN625 - Applied Decision Making)3
BUSN661Advanced Analytics II (Prerequisite: BUSN660 - Advanced Analytics)3
BUSN662Applied Advanced Analytics (Prerequisite: BUSN661 - Advanced Analytics II)3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Entrepreneurship (9 semester hours)

Provides a foundation for analyzing business opportunities and formulating business strategies. Topics include articulating, executing, and managing budgets and financing, developing a comprehensive business plan, analyzing marketing strategies, and creating product and pricing strategies.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze business opportunities and formulate business strategies.
  • Analyze marketing strategies and develop product and pricing strategies.
  • Develop business plans for successful entry to business areas.
  • Formulate, execute, and manage business budgets and finances.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

BUSN621Entrepreneurship3
BUSN635Business Plan Development3
FINC625Entrepreneurship Finance3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Finance (9 semester hours)

Covers a variety of financial subjects relevant to business management, commercial and investment banking, and government finance. Topics include: security markets; commercial bank management; investment valuations; portfolio management; capital budgets; and the finance theory and analytical tools used to resolve financial problems and make effective judgments.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply both finance theory and analytical tools to make effective judgments in resolution of financial problems.
  • Differentiate financial topics including business finance, security markets, commercial bank management, investment valuations, portfolio management, and capital budgets.
  • Develop skills for careers in business financial management, commercial and investment banking, investments, and government finance.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

FINC610Financial Institutions3
FINC615Investment Management3
FINC620International Finance3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Global Business Management (9 semester hours)

Explores policies, practices, communications, and conflict resolution in the context of a cross-cultural, international workforce, as well as interaction between world economies and techniques used to mitigate financial risk in conducting international business. Evaluates virtual organizations and the business models and tools used to manage individuals and groups in a virtual environment.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Examine the policies, practices, communications, and conflict resolution in the context of a cross-cultural, international workforce.
  • Analyze the interactions and trends between the world economies.
  • Assess the tools and techniques used to mitigate financial risk in conducting international business.
  • Evaluate the challenges of virtual organizations; also appraise the business models and tools used to manage virtual teams distributed in time and space.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Virtual Organizations
Global Economics
International Finance
Cross-Cultural Management
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Government Contracting and Acquisition (9 semester hours)

Addresses the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be successful in today’s contract management industry, including government contracting within federal agencies or military and civilian defense establishments. Topics include FAR requirements, unallowable costs, new acquisition regulations, contract reforms, project management, and risk management.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain the elements of cost in overhead.
  • Explain the FAR requirements.
  • Explain the general treatment of unallowable costs.
  • Analyze the fundamentals of defense systems acquisition management.
  • Identify the provision of the New Acquisition Regulations.
  • Debate whether contract reforms have increase competition.
  • Interpret the nature of and justification for the professional military ethic.
  • Investigate the basic ethical problems that defense contract managers must solve.
  • Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be a successful executive in today's government contracting and acquisition organizations.
  • Create an Executive level action plans for practical and measurable government contracting and acquisition policy and procedures changes.
  • Demonstrate how executive decision making is conducted for complex major military equipment developments.
  • Define the role of projects and project management.
  • Assess major schedule, cost, and performance risk elements for managing risks.
  • Create a project charter, a scope statement, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM).

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

DEFM531Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support3
DEFM550Program Manager's Skills3
DEFM551Executive Program Manager's Decision Making Skills3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Healthcare Administration (9 semester hours)

Discusses strategies for creating efficient and effective organized delivery systems, key metrics to monitor operations, and proper techniques for gathering and analyzing health care performance measurement data. Takes an in-depth look at the financial side of healthcare, including budgets, costs, prices, and profit margins.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Assess strategies for creating efficient and effective organized delivery systems.
  • Create budgets for the purpose of planning.
  • Compute costs, prices, and profit margins.
  • Use proper techniques for gathering and analyzing healthcare performance measurement data.
  • Analyze key metrics to monitor operations.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

BUSN650The Business of Healthcare3
BUSN651Healthcare Finance (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)3
BUSN652Operational Quality in Healthcare (Prerequisite: BUSN650 - The Business of Healthcare)3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Homeland Security Resource Allocation (9 semester hours) 

Evaluates direct and indirect economic losses due to disaster, as well as various functions critical to emergency management and disaster relief systems. Includes current interagency cooperation policy, shortfalls in interagency and intergovernmental efforts, effective interorganizational principles, and critical pre-emergency functions.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze and conduct research on the direct and indirect economic losses associated with disaster.
  • Apply pre-emergency functions that are critical in emergency management and disaster relief systems including mitigation, risk management, planning, and process.
  • Assess current policy and plans associated with interagency cooperation, shortfalls in interagency and intergovernmental efforts, principles for effective inter-organizational behavior, and concepts for closer inter-organizational action.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

EDMG503Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management3
EDMG509Interagency Disaster Management3
EDMG530Economics of Disaster3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Information Technology Management (9 semester hours)

Delves into successful project management for information technology (IT) projects, including evaluation of various system development life cycle (SDLC) models (waterfall, spiral, incremental release, and prototyping) and application of corresponding methods to identify critical checkpoints and reviews. Examines technologies, policies, and practices to ensure security in information systems.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Evaluate various System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) models.
  • Examine strategies to apply technology to enhance productivity in organizations.
  • Assess and mitigate risk in Information Technology initiatives.
  • Appraise technologies, policies, and practices to assure security in information systems.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

ITMG624Information Technology Project Management3
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Technology and Innovation
Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
Computer Forensics
Computer Networks and Data Systems
Telecommunications and Network Security
Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling
Information Assurance
Information Security Management
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Marketing (9 semester hours)

Analyzes supply chain management, global and electronic marketing strategies, and ecommerce business opportunities. Probes the development of business, product, and pricing strategies, as well as the creation, execution, and management of business plans for successful entry into business areas. Critical evaluations of websites, web tools, promotions, advertising, selling, and communications are also explored.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze e-commerce business opportunities and formulate business strategies.
  • Analyze global and electronic marketing strategies.
  • Develop product and pricing strategies.
  • Analyze supply chain management.
  • Develop business plans for successful entry to business areas.
  • Formulate, execute, and manage global business plans.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours) 

BUSN624Principles of E Commerce3
MKTG601Strategic Internet Marketing3
MKTG602Global Marketing Strategy3
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Nonprofit Management (9 semester hours)

Provides a foundation in the legal, financial, and governance structures of nonprofit organizations, the key management issues these organizations encounter, and their methods of delivering service, raising money, and promoting their missions. Topics include philanthropy and the motivations of donors, financial controls, and law and ethics.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ legal, financing, and governance structures and the key management issues nonprofit organizations encounter.
  • Analyze the context in which nonprofits deliver services, raise money, and promote their missions.
  • Apply management skills to the operations of nonprofits and achieve success in leadership roles within their nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership
Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
Total Semester Hours9

Concentration in Sports Management (9 semester hours)

Illustrates managerial leadership theories and practical concepts utilized by sports industry professionals in leadership positions. Critiques sport marketing strategies and finance theory and concepts relevant to the sports, fitness, health, and wellness operations. Looks at promotions, public relations, and communications involved in the sports industry.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Illustrate managerial leadership theories and practical concepts utilized by sports industry professionals in leadership positions.
  • Critique sport marketing strategies, economic decision making, and finance theory and concepts relevant to the sport industry.
  • Analyze ethical and legal practices in today’s global sports industry.

Concentration Requirements (9 semester hours)

SPMT607The Sports Industry3
SPMT609Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Sports Law
Sports Finance
Sports Entrepreneurship
Total Semester Hours9

Elective Requirements (0 or 3 semester hours)

Select from other graduate courses not taken to meet core or concentration requirements.

Final Program Requirements (0 or 3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:0-3
Comprehensive Examination for MBA (0 semester hours) 1
Business Administration Practicum and Integration Project (3 semester hours) 1, 2
Total Semester Hours0-3
1

Taken once all other requirements have been met.

2

 The Practicum Version Option will satisfy 3 semester hours of an elective requirement.