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Master of Arts

The Masters of Arts in Management seeks to prepare students to become authentic, transformational leaders capable of managing organizational change. Through this online master’s program, you will examine the theories, concepts, and practices necessary to become an effective visionary capable of developing and leading strategic workplace initiatives. Successful completion of this degree prepares you for the demands and responsibilities of mid- to senior-level managerial positions in corporate, nonprofit, government, or military sectors.

This program’s curriculum is in alignment with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and 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. Additionally, all of the courses in this program use Open Educational Resources (OER), meaning that there is no cost for course materials to complete this program. View all courses.

Note: When enrolling in this  program, you will be asked to choose between two different end-of-program course options: either a comprehensive final examination or an on-site management practicum. Some residency conditions may apply to the practicum option.

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 business problem focused management research, including collection and analysis of data, and communication of findings by using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
  • Develop an analytical framework using a variety of approaches to apply leadership and management theory and practice to address the challenges of global organizations in this century.
  • Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives.
  • Evaluate management issues in the context of ethical, technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.

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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.


Human Resource Management

Compares various managerial approaches to employment law. Discusses rewards systems, measurement of employee performance, and other compensation packages. Probes policies and procedures involving legislative, regulatory, and organizational issues affecting human resource management in a global workforce. Topics include workplace safety and the recruitment, development, and training of human capital.


Employment Law and Labor Relations


Human Resource Policy


Strategic Human Resource Management Practices


Organizational Development



This general concentration allows you to select from other concentration courses offered in this program.


Marketing Management


Social and Cultural Diversity Counseling


Organizational Development


Organizational Crisis Management




Management Information Systems


Information Technology Project Management


IT Project Management: Integration, Scope and Time


IT Project Management: Cost and Communications


IT Project Management: HR and Procurement


Independent Study: Management Department


History, Culture, and Social Contexts of Sport


The Sports Industry


Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations


Sports Event Management


Sports Entrepreneurship


Sales and Promotions in Sport


Coaching Groups and Teams


Assets Protection & Loss Prevention Management


Security Program Administration


Information Security Management


Technology Applications in Health Information Management


Healthcare Vocabulary and Clinical Terminologies


Clinical Workflow and Process Redesign


Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry


Emotional Intelligence and Coaching Assessments


Organizational Leadership

Examines various leadership theories and models used by contemporary leaders in management. Looks at the effective leader’s role in the workplace as it relates to decision making, conflict resolution, motivation, and risk taking. Addresses contemporary leadership theories and models to develop and nurture followership, workplace diversity, ethics, motivation, and knowledge management.


Strategic Human Resource Management Practices


Organizational Development


Organizational Crisis Management




Public Administration

Addresses the management of public organizations and interpersonal relationships at the federal, state, and local levels. Various positions and issues involving politics, policy, economics, administration, and management in the public sector are covered. Topics include human resource strategy and the role of federal, state, and local public health agencies.


Public Administration in Society


Public Policy




Administrative Theory


Law and Public Policy


Public Health in America


Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law


Human Resource Policy



Focuses on key concepts and principles of being a successful entrepreneur/intrapreneur or small business owner. You will examine leadership practices, feasibility of ideas, funding, and customer service specific to a small business.




Venture Capital


Legal Practices for Small Business


Small Business Funding


Entrepreneurial Marketing


Small Business Operations


Legal Practices for Entrepreneurs


International Entrepreneurship


Strategic Consulting

This concentration focuses on developing a business plan for a strategic consulting practice, assessing organization and business consulting models, and presenting recommendations on improving an organization’s practices and processes. Topics include interpersonal relations, group behavior, and managing individuals and groups in a virtual environment.


Virtual Organizations


Strategic Human Resource Management Practices


Organizational Development


Information Technology Project Management

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

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:

Ways to Save

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.