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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 program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The curriculum for this online program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
When enrolling in this MBA program, you will be asked to choose between two different end-of-program options: either a comprehensive final examination (capstone option), or a 120-hour practicum.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.
An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.
Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or email@example.com.
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:
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.
All students are required to take BUSN698 as their final course, even though it does not award credit.
*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.
Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:
Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.
APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.
This program resides in the American Public University School of Business, where 18 of our 26 degree programs have earned specialized accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This distinction does not come easy! To earn ACBSP accreditation, programs need to demonstrate quality in the areas of teaching excellence, student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement. On top of this, our accounting degree programs have also earned the prestigious ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
APU School of Business courses are taught online by real-world practitioners who strive to bring expert knowledge and relevancy to our students. With input from industry advisory councils, the School of Business regularly examines and updates curriculum and introduces new programs such as our in-demand degrees in business analytics and our new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam preparation certificate.
At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners attending school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.
The mission of the APU School of Business is to prepare students to be leaders in the global business community. No matter what your educational and career goals may be. We encourage you to browse the School of Business webpage to learn more about what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you.