Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers working professionals an accessible yet rigorous graduate business program that can be completed in 12-30 months. The program teaches students the key concepts and equips them with the analytical and relational skills to make sound recommendations and decisions. The curriculum is designed to strike a balance between theory and practice, combining scholarship with practical experience and actual corporate case studies of business decision making. Students also select an area of concentration based on specific interests and career aspirations.

The program provides the opportunity for students to develop sound analytical abilities, establish collaborative and team-building skills, and become aware of social responsibility as a factor in decision making. The curriculum also allows students to acquire an understanding of the global business environment and how it is affected by cultural and market diversities. Faculty lectures are combined with case studies and discussions, student presentations, and team projects. The accelerated and interactive classroom environment includes applied learning activities, use of new technologies in solving business problems, and independent field research and studies. National and international travel opportunities provide students with intensive boardroom field experience, where students get to dialogue with industry executives and government leaders. 

To accommodate busy schedules, classes are offered during the evening, online, and at select regional campuses, and students may take advantage of the multiple delivery formats to customize their education experience. Students are admitted to and can start the MBA program in any of the six terms during the academic year. 


The MBA program curriculum comprises 42 units: 30 units of core courses and 12 units of concentration courses. Concentration options include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, organizational science, and sport management. Students may request approval to take a second concentration.

Core Courses30
Management Accounting
Quantitative Analysis and Research
Operations Management
Managerial Economics
Corporate Finance
High Performance People Management
Global Business Management
Ethical Leadership
Strategic Management
Marketing Strategy
Concentrations (Choose One)12-13
Accounting 1
Any 12 units of master’s-level accounting courses
Entrepreneurial Decision Making
New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurial Venture Analysis
Experienced-Based Capstone
Choose one of the following:
Business Internship
Global Field Study
Capstone Project
Capital Formation
Advanced Financial Analysis
Experienced-Based Capstone
Choose one of the following:
Business Internship
Global Field Study
Capstone Project
Institutional Research 2
Non-Experimental Research Methods
Program Evaluation
Analysis of Variance
Analysis of Variance Lab
Experienced-Based Capstone
Choose one of the following:
Business Internship
Global Field Study
Capstone Project
International Business 3
Global Field Study
Global Business Economics
International Marketing
Global Strategic Management
Choose three of the following:
Marketing Research
International Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communications
Strategic Digital Marketing
Experienced-Based Capstone
Choose one of the following:
Business Internship
Global Field Study
Capstone Project
Organizational Science 4
Sport Management
Facility and Event Management
Foundations of Sport Management
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management 5
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management 5
Select one of the following:
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Athletics and the Law
Total Units42-43


To ensure that students are adequately prepared for the rigors of MBA-level coursework, they must demonstrate acceptable competency in business at the undergraduate level. Competency may be demonstrated via undergraduate or graduate courses through a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher, or through eligible remedial coursework prescribed by the program director or graduate chair.

Course Attendance and Schedule

The collaborative learning process that characterizes the MBA program requires that students are prepared to contribute value to class discussions and to the broader learning community based on their experiences. As such, class attendance is an important aspect of commitment to the MBA program, and absences from class are not appropriate except in cases of emergency.

Students should make note of the start and end of the term as they determine their schedules. Because program coursework is offered in accelerated seven-week sessions, students generally cannot miss more than one class without retaking the course. Students should notify instructors of planned absences as soon as possible and make arrangements with other students to get notes and assignments. Also, since every instructor considers participation in grading, absences and tardiness may significantly affect final grades.

Academic Honors

Outstanding Graduate

At each commissioning ceremony, graduate faculty may honor a single graduate with the distinction of Outstanding Graduate. The award is primarily based on academic achievement and is secondarily given to the outstanding candidate who contributed most to the APU MBA learning community.

Commissioning Ceremony

Preceding each commencement, the School of Business and Management holds a commissioning ceremony for graduating students and their families. This event includes an achievement awards ceremony, words to live by, student remarks, and a time of prayer and commissioning for each graduate.


In order to graduate, students must complete the required courses with an overall grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 within five years of matriculation. This includes completing every required course with a C- or above. All courses taken within the SBM and applied toward the MBA degree must be taken for a letter grade, except for courses offered only on a pass/fail (P/F) basis.

Field Study Fees

Mandatory and elected international field study, global field study, and field experience trips incur appropriate required fees. Students who switch programs, withdraw, or are otherwise unable to participate in international field study, global field study, or field experience trips that are either required or elected for their program may be responsible for fees up to the full cost of the trip. View the most up-to-date fees.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Cross-Disciplinary Integration: Demonstrate knowledge of multiple business disciplines, including, accounting, finance, marketing, management, and strategic integration.
  2. Global Perspective: Demonstrate the ability to frame management decisions, recommendations, and implementation actions in the context of accurately identified global opportunities and challenges.
  3. Critical Thinking: Quickly and accurately identify and anticipate valid business problems/opportunities using analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills.
  4. Character: Demonstrate the ability to give voice to and defend personal values.
  5. Communication: Create and deliver professional oral business presentations.
  6. Collaboration: Develop the skills necessary to successfully lead and contribute to a team in a dynamic competitive environment.