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Master of Business Administration




Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is sought by those who seek graduate level understanding, research and analytical capability, and practical application in the corporate world of the theory and practice of business marketing, management, finance, law, information systems, and strategy. Developed to provide advanced business knowledge and know-how as a foundation for the corporate executive or entrepreneur, the MBA also dovetails with several University specialties so students can specifically concentrate in areas of professional or personal interest including entrepreneurship, global business management, information technology management, accounting, finance, nonprofit management, and homeland security resource allocation.

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.


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


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.

Master of Business Administration

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. In addition, you will need to follow the course requirements listed below.

Course Requirements

If you have a non-business-related bachelor’s degree, or you have a bachelor’s degree in a business program that is NOT accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), your required first courses here will be:

  1. BUSN601 - Global Management Perspective
  2. BUSN602 - Managerial Analysis
  3. BUSN603 - Quantitative Analysis

Note: you may enroll in the other courses only after you have completed these 3 courses.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a business program that is accredited by ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE you are NOT required to take the courses listed above, and instead may take 3 graduate-level elective courses in their place. Your admissions representative will need to review your bachelor’s transcript to verify this information.

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Graduates with business degrees are well prepared to pursue a variety of different careers because of their diversified skill set. Business degrees focus on a broad range of functions such as entrepreneurship, management, human resources, marketing, financial analysis, and basic accounting. Business principles can be applied across industries and can lead to careers in government, healthcare, commerce, information technology, and many others. Graduates with business degrees possess practical knowledge that enhances their ability to advance in business and leadership roles in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. 

Select a program below to learn more about faculty recommended resources for exploring career paths, employment websites, professional affiliations, virtual communities, conferences and much more.

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Useful Skills Within the Business Administration Field

Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

Mathematics - Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.

Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.

Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.

Communication - Concise writing skills and able to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.


Career Options

A business degree is a general foundation rather than a specialized training program. Careers in business administration vary and may involve common functions such as management, finance and marketing. However, there is an increasing need for business majors to apply their skills in government, international commerce, information technology, health care, and non-profit organizations.

Depending on one’s interests, talents, qualifications, and goals, students can refine their skills in other areas such as:

Healthcare Management
Human Resources
International Business
Non-Profit Management
Project Management
Public Relations

General Management
Hospitality Management
Information Systems Management
Operations Management
Public Administration
Sales Management

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the business field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach. 

Translating Your Degree into a Federal Position

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek B.B.A. and M.B.A. candidates. The list below provides an example of federal position titles and agencies that seek business majors. Clicking on the position title will take you to the corresponding position classification guide provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Each position is classified under a series of numbers. For example, the “Business and Industry Group”(PDF) is within the 1100 series. You can narrow down the exact series number based on your interest and search it on across hundreds of federal agencies. Click here to see a list of federal positions by major.

Position Examples
Administrative and Programs Specialists (PDF)
Budget Analysts (PDF)
Human Resources Specialist (PDF)
Internal Revenue Officers (PDF)
Program Analysts (PDF)

Agency Examples
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Highway Administration
Internal Revenue Service
Social Security Administration

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. There are government organized internship programs that provide students or recent graduates the opportunity of gaining real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. Searching or looking at each agencies' career portal are the best ways to identify potential internship opportunities and their requirements.  


The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

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General Total Credits - 39 Hours
Core Requirements
18 Hours
Strategic Management
3 hours

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. Prerequisites: BUSN603

Pre Reqs: Quantitative Analysis(BUSN603)

Legal & Ethical Issues in Management
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

Managerial Economics
3 hours

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.

Corporate Finance
3 hours

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. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Marketing Management
3 hours

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.

Concentration Requirements
9 Hours
Intermediate Accounting I
3 hours

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. This course requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Intermediate Accounting II
3 hours

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. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact (Prerequisite: ACCT600).

Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting I(ACCT600)

Advanced Accounting
3 hours

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. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact (Prerequisite: ACCT601).

Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting II(ACCT601)

Individual Tax Research and Planning
3 hours

A study of income determination and concepts for individuals with emphasis of the impact of taxation on personal and/or business decisions, advances student knowledge of research techniques, and understanding of the IRS tax code. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. Prerequisite: ACCT601

Pre Reqs: Intermediate Accounting II(ACCT601)

Advanced Cost Accounting
3 hours

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)

Forensic Accounting
3 hours

This course is a study of forensic accounting with an emphasis on using accounting techniques in white collar criminal investigations. The course exposes students to criminology topics such as skimming, cash larceny, check tampering, billing schemes, payroll and expense reimbursement irregularities, non-cash misappropriations, corruption, and interviewing witnesses. The course advances student knowledge of auditing, financial statement analysis, and research techniques in the context of fraud. This course requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact Prerequisite: ACCT610

Pre Reqs: Advanced Accounting(ACCT610)

Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
3 hours

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.

3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

Virtual Organizations
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

The Business of Healthcare
3 hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the business side of healthcare. Topics include the regulatory environment, employment law, managing and marketing healthcare services. The course also looks at organized delivery systems including the labs, pharmacies, materials maintenance, and physician practice administration.

Healthcare Finance
3 hours

This course is designed to give the future healthcare administrator a foundation in financial concepts as they relate to the healthcare industry. Topics will include analyzing the administration of clinical services, estimating profit margins, planning and budgeting, analyzing project acceptability, using metrics to monitor various operations, and working with financial statements. Prerequisite: BUSN650

Pre Reqs: The Business of Healthcare(BUSN650)

Operational Quality in Healthcare
3 hours

This course is designed to develop the skills that will allow students to create safe and efficient quality healthcare systems through an understanding of the quality management cycle, goal-setting, and goal obtainment metrics. Topics include creating satisfied patients, high quality service, efficient processes, and examining tools used within the field. Prerequisite: BUSN650

Pre Reqs: The Business of Healthcare(BUSN650)

Advanced Analytics I
3 hours

This course is designed to lay the groundwork for solution generation and software analysis tools at the intermediate level. Topics to be covered are various business problem solution models, the importance of high-level analysis in the business environment within the context of these models, and a detailed analysis and introduction to the various software tools available to managers. Prerequisite: BUSN625

Pre Reqs: Applied Decision Making(BUSN625)

Advanced Analytics II
3 hours

This course is designed to continue the examination of data and its use in the problem-solving process. In this course, students will integrate advanced skills in Microsoft Excel 2010 with data analysis techniques, including an introduction to big data add-ins such as PowerPivot and the use of Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) to create queries in the PowerPivot tool. Prerequisite: BUSN660

Pre Reqs: Advanced Analytics I(BUSN660)

Applied Advanced Analytics
3 hours

This course provides four case scenario exercises in which students will use the tools learned to create viable case summaries and data-supported solutions. Exercises will range from intermediate to advanced levels of analytical ability and will allow students to create a portfolio demonstrating skills in various business functions and analytical tools. Prerequisite: BUSN661

Pre Reqs: Advanced Analytics II(BUSN661)

Global Economics
3 hours

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.

Financial Accounting
3 hours

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 requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Financial Institutions
3 hours

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.Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Investment Management
3 hours

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 requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

International Finance
3 hours

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.

Entrepreneurship Finance
3 hours

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. This course requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

Sports Law
3 hours

This course is an introduction to sports-related legal issues and concepts. Its focus is on providing an overview of the major legal issues associated with sports, sports management, and the sports industry. Students will conduct research, read, and write on issues associated with the sports legal industry. Topics include but are not limited to discrimination, legislation, regulation and rights, competition, contract, labor, tort and trademark law, and administrative, antitrust and constitutional law.

Organizational Management
3 hours

MGMT600 is a course that is divided into 8 weeks and 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 managerial/educational tool used in the course is the business model canvas, which is a contemporary approach to identifying and/or creating a functional business/management plan in an organizational context. Topics include an examination of organizational theories, organizational framing, metaphorical analysis, systems theory, and organizational diagnosis. Course activities will include textbook readings, online library research, practical exercises, regular assignments, and online interaction and inquiry through the extensive use of discussion forum participation.

Organizational Behavior
3 hours

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.

3 hours

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.

Cross-Cultural Management
3 hours

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
3 hours

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
3 hours

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.

The Sports Industry
3 hours

This course is a study of the sports industry across all of its disciplines, functions, economics, leaders, and organizations. It is a macro view of sports as a major component of the modern corporate, social, economic, and recreation world. The industry is studied in detail in many different aspects as it exists in society. Key aspects of the sports industry history, contemporary situation, and future outlook are addressed.

Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations
3 hours

This course focuses on the marketing, promotions, public relations, and communications involved in the multi-billion dollar sports industry. The course provides research, case analysis, and other opportunities to learn of the effective principles, theories, practices, and methods involved with all aspects of sports communications.

Sports Finance
3 hours

The main thrust of this course is the application of principles and practices of financial management, as it applies to organizations in the sport industry. This course seeks to develop the financial skills necessary to gain an understanding of an array of financial concepts that impact sport managers. Students will examine financial strategies related to sport entities and organizations and will be introduced to current economic and financial issues that impact the sport industry. Included in the course are the basics of accounting, budgets and budgeting systems, performance measures creation, and financial statement evaluation for the purpose of cost analysis and planning. Other topics include budget development, funding, capital projects, economic impact, and supply and demand in the sport industry.

Sports Entrepreneurship
3 hours

This course focuses on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the sports industry, to include sports management, sports franchise, sports agency, and small sports business management professions and programs. The course focuses heavily on the business plan, financial, and planning issues associated with entrepreneurial and small business ventures. Students will develop their own entrepreneurial sports plan as an independent research project for this course.

Institutional Requirements
9 Hours
Global Management Perspective
3 hours

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.

Managerial Analysis
3 hours

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.

Quantitative Analysis
3 hours

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.

Final Program Requirement
0 Hours
Comprehensive Examination for MBA
0 hours

Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Business Administration program. IMPORTANT: You must have COMPLETED all other courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. As an MBA student, you must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have your degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. If you fail your first course attempt to pass the comprehensive exam, you will need to get approval to register for a second attempt of the course and BOTH final course grades will show in your transcript.

Graduate Electives
3 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

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