BUSN699 - Business Administration Practicum and Integration Project
The course requires that the student:
- Identify and obtain approval for an organization or project of interest.
- Select and obtain an approval for a workplace mentor.
- Complete a 120 hour practicum in the approved organization under the guidance of the mentor.
- Keep a log of work completed to be signed by the mentor.
- Submit a 25 page integrative applied research paper using Kolb’s experiential learning cycle as the basis for reflection on that experience.
The experiential or practical component of the class aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentrations of the student’s areas of specialization. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Department Chair and Dean of Graduate Studies. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. This option will act as a capstone of the student’s program and is to be completed in the student’s final semester.
All prospective students wishing to enroll in the MBA program at our university must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
Check below for more detailed enrollment requirements:
If you have a non-business-related Bachelor’s degree, your required first classes are: BUSN601, Global Business Management; BUSN602, Managerial Analysis; and BUSN 603, Quantitative Analysis. You may enroll in the other courses in the MBA after you take these courses which are part of the Core portion of your degree plan.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a business program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), you are not required to take BUSN601, Global Business Management; BUSN602, Managerial Analysis; and BUSN 603, Quantitative Analysis. You may take three graduate-level elective courses in their place. Your Admissions Representative will need to review a Bachelor’s transcript to verify this information.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a business program that is NOT accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), your required first classes are BUSN601, Global Business Management; 602, Managerial Analysis; and 603, Quantitative Analysis. You may enroll in the other courses in the MBA after you take these courses which are part of the Core portion of your degree plan.
Admissions Process for MBA Students
- Apply for admission
- Complete the online orientation
- Contact the institution where you earned your undergraduate degree and have an official copy of your undergraduate transcript sent to us at:
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- An Admissions Representative will be assigned to work with you and will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process.
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Total Credits - 39 Hours
Global Management Perspective
This course examines issues and functions that business managers face within the context of day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the organization. Topics include strategic management, legal issues, marketing, law and ethics, and global dimensions of businesses.
This course introduces fundamental concepts of accounting principles, financial tools, and economic analysis for effective managerial decision-making. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, concepts, and principles underlying financial accounting practices, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and economic analysis for decision makers.
This course explores management problems and the role of decision-making models and tools in resolving business problems. The application and use of information systems in decision-making is assessed. Students apply system and quantitative analysis to an integrated case study.
This course is a culmination of the business functions to incorporate them into a coherent, profitable, sustainable business strategy. This course includes strategy information, decisions, and techniques of industry leaders.
Legal & Ethical Issues in Management
This course examines the area of business law and applies it to the business environment. Traditional topics covered include: the legal environment of business, contract law, property, sales contracts, commercial paper, agency law, ethics and the regulatory environment. The course also examines the issue of the global economy from the view that the largest companies dominate in the creation of jobs and technological innovation.
Applied Decision Making
This is a course in business analysis. This course investigates the advanced analysis methods and techniques used to solve modern business problems. The course emphasizes the most successful methods from business statistics, production and operations management, management science, and operations research fields of study. Students will be required to synthesize material from several major fields of study in order to apply it in this course. The capabilities of Microsoft Office will be used extensively throughout the course to illustrate the application of these methods and techniques to the analysis and solution of modern business problems. The course will first investigate the types of problems faced by businesses in the both the production and service areas. Methods of analysis will be investigated to solve these type problems including probability concepts and their applications, statistical quality control, process design, forecasting, inventory control, waiting line models, transportation and assignment methods, decision analysis, and simulation modeling.
This course is designed to use economic analysis to enhance business decision-making within private businesses, not-for-profit institutions, and public agencies. Economic concepts covered include demand analysis, production and cost analysis, linear programming applications, pricing policies and regulation.
This course is a study of the major corporate finance and financial management theory, strategy, processes, functions, and other issues. Topics include the finance function, concepts of sources and uses of funds, analysis and estimation of need for funds (short- and long-term), short-term sources, working capital management policy, long-term sources, capital structure policy and implementation, capital budgeting and the cost of capital. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
This course is designed to illustrate development, implementation, and reformulation of business strategy, with both domestic and international implications. Emphasis is placed on the need for, awareness of, and accommodation to changes in an organization's internal and external environments. Generic types of business strategies and techniques for analyzing strategies are also covered.
Intermediate Accounting I
A comprehensive study of the financial statements, with special emphasis on valuation of each class of asset. Also reviewed are the concepts and principles underlying accounting and their application in the accounting process.
Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
Intermediate Accounting II
A continuation of Intermediate Accounting I, emphasizing liability and stockholders’ equity accounts, revenue recognition, inflation accounting, statement of cash flows and financial analysis are included. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT600).
Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting I(ACCT600)
A basic analysis of accumulating and reporting of costs of operations, budgets and other tools of management for measuring profitability of a business enterprise are studied. Emphasis is given to the various cost systems —job order, process cost, standard cost and variable costing. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT601).
Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting II(ACCT601)
An advanced analysis of accounting theory and practice designed to prepare the accounting major for complex problems that arise from partnerships, consolidations and mergers, receiverships, and governmental units. Also a study of the theoretical and practical approach of accounting, budgeting, reporting and auditing for governmental units, colleges and universities, hospitals and other not-for-profit organizations. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT601).
Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting II(ACCT601)
Individual Tax Research and Planning
A study of income determination and concepts for individuals with emphasis of the impact of taxation on personal and/or business decisions, elementary research techniques, and an understanding of the IRS tax code. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
A survey of the rapidly developing and increasingly relevant discipline of forensic accounting with emphasis on such topics as identifying fraudulent financial statements, skimming, cash larceny, check tampering, billing schemes, payroll and expense reimbursement irregularities, non-cash misappropriations, corruption, and interviewing witnesses; emphasis on the techniques for detecting, measuring and preventing fraud from an analysis of organizations such as WorldCom, Enron, Cendant, Adelphia, Freddie Mac, Fanny Mae and others. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT610).
Pre Reqs: Advanced Accounting(ACCT610)
Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
This course prepares the graduate student for quantitative and qualitative methods used in business administration. BUSN500 is a methodological foundation from which the student can apply proven statistical and scientific methods in the remainder of the graduate program.
This course will provide an experiential introduction to the creation of a new business enterprise. Topics will include the traits of successful entrepreneurs, generating business opportunities, screening opportunities, "the window of opportunity," the venture team, family businesses, management/marketing/financial skills needed, "entrepreneurship," etc.
Principles of E Commerce
This course introduces the student to the concepts and terminology of modern e-commerce approaches. It includes topics on marketing, web technologies, security, legal issues, imaging, search engines. The emphasis will be to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of e-business.
This course focuses upon the problems and challenges of managing individuals,
groups, and organizations in a virtual or distributed environment. Virtual means that work is accomplished by interdependent people performing at different time or places, or across organizations. This course addresses current topics associated with the new forms of organizing that new technology and accompanying strategic changes promote. The student will examine online business models, sources of competitive advantage in e-commerce, and techniques for evaluating opportunities. In this context, the student will also discuss ways in which e-commerce organizations differ from conventional organizations and how to create e-commerce alliances. Issues include a focus on social interactions; the social, political, economic, and technological contexts of virtual communities and the limits for their sustenance.
Technology and Innovation
This course will investigate and demonstrate the planning and implementation of strategies that help organizations improve productivity, satisfaction, and responsiveness to the environment. The course views management from the perspective of human systems and organizational development, technological innovation, and strategic management.
Business Plan Development
This course is designed to provide the student the skills necessary for developing a comprehensive effective written implementation plan for a new business venture. The key to this class is that a "business plan is more than a strategic plan". The key differences are both implementation and possible review by "outsiders." This course deals with the critical decisions and action steps that entrepreneurs must make in both planning and executing a new venture. The course focuses on "doing" rather than on mere "facts about business development and plan writing." It will concentrate on creative solutions to resource generation and utilization. The business plan is often a selling document to those who may be interested in the business venture for a variety of reasons. Therefore it must reflect the concept's viability and business model, the environment in which the firm operates, and the expertise of the management team to execute the plan.
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
A survey of the legal structure that defines and regulates the nonprofit sector and an examination of fundamental governance issues in nonprofit corporations. The focus of the course is on the board of directors (trustees) and the executive director and their fiduciary responsibilities established both by law and by the moral imperatives from actions on behalf of the public interest.
The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership
A comparative analysis of the various theories, principles, and styles of leadership and how they apply to the management and governance challenges in nonprofits; complex organizations with a wide range of stakeholders and often fragile and fragmented financing.
Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
A comprehensive study of the key financial statements to help monitor the organization’s financial health. An analysis of fund accounting, the importance of quality financial reporting and financial controls to protect and sustain nonprofit organizations, and the budget as a tool to direct the organization are included in this course.
Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
A comprehensive analysis of the dimensions of philanthropy in the United States, the structure of effective fundraising programs, and the competencies needed by successful fundraisers. The course also examines the motivations of donors, impact of tax policy on giving, and resources available for nonprofit fundraisers.
This course is a study of theory and concepts fundamental to understanding the global economy. Students learn to analyze the global business environment of industrialized developing countries, and to think strategically, using micro and macroeconomics principles.
This course examines the nature of accounting theory and practice, procedures, and preparation and interpretation of financial statements. The various uses of accounting information in decision-making, accounting issues concerning income and cash flows, economic resources and capital will be discussed. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
This course provides students with an overview of the basic contributions in the modern theory of corporate finance and financial institutions. The course is methodology oriented in that students are required to master necessary technical tools for each topic. The topics covered may include capital structure, distribution policy, financial intermediation, incomplete financial contracting, initial and seasoned public offerings, market for corporate control, product market corporate finance interactions, corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, financing in imperfect markets, security design under adverse selection and moral hazard, and some selected topics. In-depth analysis of the financial system in which banks, other intermediaries, and non-financial organizations function. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
The Investment Management course is designed to provide students with rigorous preparation in the areas of portfolio management and investment analysis. The course will focus on topics including risk, return and the institutional structure of stock and bond markets, theory of portfolio analysis and performance evaluation. Methods employed in managing portfolio choices and asset allocation will also be presented. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
This course provides an understanding of current academic research in the areas of international finance and international macroeconomics. Students will learn the tools for conducting research in this field. A comprehensive overview of currency, equity, and international bond markets around the world. Institutional, theoretical issues, and current trends will be analyzed. A strong emphasis will be placed on the hedging techniques and tools used to reduce the risks associated with those financial markets. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to analyze the various processes and sources of seed and venture capital for funding a new enterprise – debt and equity. Planning for the funding aspect of a new venture is critical and this course will address the alternative sources of funds for carrying out the mission of the venture. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
The course examines the techniques, policies, processes, strategies, and practices used by companies and managers to effectively and efficiently leverage their human capital. Students will learn how the various “core” areas of human resource management including staffing, performance management, work and job design, training, and compensation are aligned to accomplish business objectives. Additionally, because HRM is becoming less of a functional responsibility and more of manager’s responsibility, the theories and techniques taught in the course are applicable for many positions in a wide variety of organizations. The goal is that by the end of the course, students will have a greater appreciation for the importance of human capital for achieving an organization’s goals.
Information Technology Project Management
This course explores successful project management for information technology projects. The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) models are defined including the waterfall, spiral, incremental release, and prototyping models. Students will differentiate between these models and apply corresponding project management methods to identify critical checkpoints and reviews. Risk management, as applied to technology projects, is examined. Key project indicators are discussed, and students will explore defining measurement criteria for determining critical success factors on a project. The course defines the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities and includes a tutorial for Microsoft Project. Emphasis is placed on the three dimensions of the information technology project constraints: scope, time, and cost. Students are recommended to have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site.
This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The overall course objective is to identify, apply, and evaluate techniques for structuring and resolving managerial problems in public and private organizations. The main educational tool used in the course is the analysis and class discussion of case studies. Readings and lectures are used to supplement the case analyses.
Topics include: culture and change; managing globally and ethically; strategic planning and implementation; organization structure; human resource management; groups, teams and motivation; leadership; and operational management.
This course will provide a framework for understanding individual and group behaviors within dynamic organizations. Topics to be covered will be human behavior principles in individual, groups/teams, and organizational settings. The main emphasis of this course will be on developing effective administrative/managerial skills in improving employee performance.
This course covers the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations and society. The course provides students with a set of leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership that can be tested over time.
This course is an examination of individual dimensions of global executive leadership, organizational behavior, inter-group relations, and strategies for internal corporate communication. Course topics include management and global trade, special aspects of operating successfully in the global environment, the executive's role in solving conflicts and creating corporations in the world marketplace, cultural aspects of international operations management and ethical corporate strategies in an international context.
Strategic Internet Marketing
This course investigates today’s global environment of electronic commerce and that influence on today’s business enterprises. The learning’s in Strategic E-Commerce Marketing spotlight E-Commerce opportunities, issues, options and techniques necessary to create an appropriate ECommerce marketing plan for an enterprise. The course also provides the students with the real world experience of developing a pseudo working website in coincidence and in support of the Marketing plan. Other issues examined include channel structures given an electronic environment and the impact on supply chain management, e-tools, and ECommerce marketing as viewed through the traditional marketing mix. Critical evaluations of web sites, web tools, promotions, advertising, selling and communications are also explored.
Global Marketing Strategy
This course is a study of the elements involved in such key global marketing functions as product, price, place and promotional activities. Students will evaluate global marketing opportunities, develop strategy, and simulate implementation of it as it relates to total organizational strategy.
Business Administration Practicum and Integration Project
The practicum is the culminating experience for the MBA and it is designed to allow students engage in applied learning where knowledge gained throughout the program is applied to real world situations. To qualify, the student must identify and obtain approval for an organization/project of interest and select and obtain approval for a workplace mentor prior to registering for the course. To complete the requirement of this option, the student must complete a 120-hour practicum in the approved organization under the guidance of the mentor, maintain a weekly work log to be signed by the mentor and reviewed by the faculty, and finally, submit a 25-page integrative applied research paper. This supervised practicum requires students also apply for approval to the Faculty member, Program Director and Dean of the School of Business. Capstone courses are NOT included in the university retake policy. All grades for any capstone attempts will appear on transcript and will be calculated in GPA
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