Master of Business Management (MBM)

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The Master of Business Management (MBM) program offers working professionals an accessible yet rigorous graduate business program that can be completed in 12-30 months. Program coursework provides students with the fundamental tools and functional knowledge necessary for successful business management and leadership, as well as the scholastic and professional applications framework to acquire state-of-the-art global leadership and management perspectives. Focus is placed on creating value within organizations, and making continuous positive contributions in a rapidly changing, highly diversified, and increasingly integrated business environment. Coursework also builds a foundation for successful executive leadership, development of a collaborative work ethic, expansion of management vision with global perspectives, ethical decision-making skills, and the ongoing quest for innovative value creation. 

The 39-unit MBM program develops exceptional business management professionals with outstanding moral character and strong analytical and innovative decision-making skills. The ethical leadership development vision that forms the core of the program is reflected in coursework designs, which combine classroom learning with hands-on experience. Real-life case studies provide students with résumé experience and allow students to build impressive portfolios. Previous real-life cases have included companies such as Pepsi, Target, and Kaiser Permanente, along with numerous nonprofits and startups. International and national travel opportunities give students 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, afternoon, online, and at select regional campuses. Afternoon classes give students the opportunity to participate in real-life business strategy case studies with profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, and students may take advantage of the multiple delivery formats to customize their education experience. Students are admitted to and can start the MBM program in any of the six terms during the academic year. 


The MBM program curriculum comprises 39 units: 30 units of core courses and 9 units of concentration courses. Concentration options include: entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business, marketing, organizational development and change, organizational science, and sport management. Students may request approval to take a second concentration. 

To graduate, students must complete the required 39 units with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 within five years of matriculation. This includes completing all required courses with a C- or above. All courses taken within the SBM and used for a student’s MBM candidacy must be taken for a letter grade, except courses offered only on a pass-fail basis.

HROD 500Foundations of Human Resource Development3
MGMT 510Current Issues in Business and Management3
MGMT 515Applied Research and Analysis3
MGMT 516High Performance People Management3
MGMT 517Managing Human Capital3
MGMT 521Organizational Development and Change3
MGMT 541Global Business Management3
MGMT 561Managing Teams and Conflict3
MGMT 570Organizational Performance Improvement3
MGMT 581Ethical Leadership3
Required Concentration (choose one):9
Entrepreneurial Decision Making
New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurial Venture Analysis
Human Resource Management
Labor Law and Negotiations for Human Resource Professionals
Designing and Managing Compensation and Benefit Systems
Human Resource Law
International Business
Global Field Study 1
Global Strategic Management
International Marketing
Marketing Strategy
Integrated Marketing Communications
Strategic Digital Marketing
Organizational Development and Change
Consulting for Organizations
Employee Development
Instructional Design and Training Methods
Sport Management
Facility and Event Management
Foundations of Sport Management
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management
Field Studies/Internships in Sport Management
Organizational Science 2
Total Units39


Those without a business degree or academic preparation for graduate-level courses may be required by the program director or graduate chair to take one or more of the following to ensure their success in the program:

Course Attendance and Schedule

The collaborative learning process that characterizes the MBM program requires that students be 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 MBM program. 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 the program coursework is offered in accelerated eight-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/assignments. Also, since every instructor considers participation in grading, absences and tardiness may significantly affect final grades.

Academic Honors

Outstanding Graduate

At each commissioning, the graduate faculty may honor a single graduate with the distinction of Outstanding Graduate. The award is primarily based on academic achievement, but when a secondary factor is needed to make a selection, the committee determines which of the outstanding candidates contributed most to the learning community.

Sigma Iota Epsilon National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity

The MBM program holds a prestigious membership in the Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE) National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity. Membership in SIE highlights the academic standards of the program and the qualifications of the faculty. Approval from the national chapter also affirms the contribution and value of scholastic achievement in APU’s management programs.

APU’s MBM fraternity, designated Sigma Iota Epsilon, Theta Kappa Chapter, extends individual membership to students who demonstrate high academic standing in the field of management. The vision of the Theta Kappa Chapter is to connect SIE’s mission with APU’s Four Cornerstones, creating a synergy that helps develop holistic and dynamic professionals in the business world. APU’s programs aim at bridging the gap between theory and practice and helping prepare students to enter the management field and advance as leaders.

Commissioning Ceremony

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

Field Study Fees

Mandatory and elected international field study and field experience trips that are available on a program-by-program basis incur appropriate required fees. Students who switch programs, withdraw, or are otherwise unable to participate in international 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 list of fees.