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Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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).

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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 impacting 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 user interdisciplinary applicability in order to meet current and business needs, and evaluate the need for changes in policies and procedures.
  • Distinguish and implement various analytical financial tools to conduct business analysis and to communicate possible solutions and implementation plans for business decisions.
  • Focus on various business strategies and approaches used by organizations in their mission to sustain and obtain various marketing segments in order to increase their growth potential and integrate business functions into a coherent business strategy.
  • Compare and contrast various market-driven strategies used by organizations to effectively plan for current and future needs of customers.

View learning outcomes assessment results.

Concentrations

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.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Accounting

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.

ACCT620

Forensic Accounting

FINC605

Financial Accounting

ACCT618

Managerial Accounting

ACCT617

Advanced Cost Accounting

ACCT695

Accounting Theory and Concepts

ACCT610

Advanced Accounting

ACCT615

Individual Tax Research and Planning

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Analytics

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.

BUSN660

Advanced Analytics I

BUSN661

Advanced Analytics II

BUSN662

Applied Advanced Analytics

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Entrepreneurship

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.

BUSN621

Entrepreneurship

BUSN635

Business Plan Development

FINC625

Entrepreneurship Finance

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Finance

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.

FINC620

International Finance

FINC610

Financial Institutions

FINC615

Investment Management

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from dozens of different concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

BUSN621

Entrepreneurship

BUSN624

Principles of E Commerce

BUSN630

Virtual Organizations

BUSN631

Technology and Innovation

BUSN635

Business Plan Development

BUSN640

Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics

BUSN643

Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation

ECON610

Global Economics

MKTG601

Strategic Internet Marketing

MKTG602

Global Marketing Strategy

BUSN651

Healthcare Finance

BUSN650

The Business of Healthcare

BUSN652

Operational Quality in Healthcare

FINC620

International Finance

FINC605

Financial Accounting

FINC610

Financial Institutions

FINC625

Entrepreneurship Finance

BUSN641

The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership

BUSN642

Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

HRMT605

Strategic Human Resource Management Practices

MGMT600

Organizational Management

MGMT601

Organizational Behavior

MGMT605

Leadership

MGMT610

Cross-Cultural Management

BUSN660

Advanced Analytics I

BUSN661

Advanced Analytics II

BUSN662

Applied Advanced Analytics

ITMG624

Information Technology Project Management

SPMT607

The Sports Industry

SPMT609

Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations

SPMT610

Sports Finance

SPMT613

Sports Entrepreneurship

ACCT618

Managerial Accounting

LSTD601

Sports Law

ACCT695

Accounting Theory and Concepts

FINC615

Investment Management

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Global Business Management

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.

BUSN630

Virtual Organizations

ECON610

Global Economics

FINC620

International Finance

MGMT610

Cross-Cultural Management

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Government Contracting and Acquisition

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.

DEFM550

Program Manager's Skills

DEFM551

Executive Program Manager's Decision Making Skills

DEFM531

Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support

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Health Care Administration

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.

BUSN651

Healthcare Finance

BUSN650

The Business of Healthcare

BUSN652

Operational Quality in Healthcare

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Homeland Security Resource Allocation

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.

EDMG530

Economics of Disaster

EDMG503

Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

EDMG509

Interagency Disaster Management

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Information Technology Management

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.

BUSN631

Technology and Innovation

ITMG624

Information Technology Project Management

HRMT605

Strategic Human Resource Management Practices

ISSC621

Computer Forensics

ISSC640

Computer Networks and Data Systems

ISSC641

Telecommunications and Network Security

ISSC642

Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling

ISSC660

Information Assurance

ISSC680

Information Security Management

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Marketing

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.

BUSN624

Principles of E Commerce

MKTG601

Strategic Internet Marketing

MKTG602

Global Marketing Strategy

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Nonprofit Management

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.

BUSN640

Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics

BUSN643

Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation

BUSN641

The Nonprofit Organization and Executive Leadership

BUSN642

Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

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Sports Management

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.

SPMT607

The Sports Industry

SPMT609

Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations

LSTD601

Sports Law

SPMT610

Sports Finance

SPMT613

Sports Entrepreneurship

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Cybersecurity

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Develop strategies and plans for security architecture consisting of tools, techniques, and technologies to detect and prevent network penetration, and to design effective cybersecurity countermeasures.
  • Analyze network designs, topologies, architectures, protocols, communications, administration, operations, and resource management for wired, wireless, and satellite networks that affect the security of the telecommunications within a business environment.
  • Compare and contrast various Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning models.
  • Assess vulnerabilities in telephony, short messaging service (SMS), cellular data networks, and in Voice over IP (VoIP).
  • Assess the application of data mining and artificial intelligence techniques in intrusion detection and prevention..

ISSC641

Telecommunications and Network Security

ISSC642

Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling

ISSC680

Information Security Management

SCMT537

Computer Crime

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Healthcare Administration

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Assess strategies for creating efficient and effective organized delivery systems.
  • Create budgets for the purpose of planning.
  • Compute costs, prices, and profit margins.
  • Use proper techniques for gathering and analyzing healthcare performance measurement data.
  • Analyze key metrics to monitor operations.

BUSN651

Healthcare Finance

BUSN650

The Business of Healthcare

BUSN652

Operational Quality in Healthcare

Admission Requirements

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.

Need help?

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 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

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.

All students are required to take BUSN698 as their final course, even though it does not award credit.


Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
 
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

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:

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Transfer Credits 

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.  

Employer Contributions

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.

School of Business


School of Business

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. 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.