At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

18-30 months

Cost per unit


Base cost


Areas of Study

  • Diversity for Strategic Advantage
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Public Administration
  • Strategic Management



*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Management Program

APU’s Master of Business Management program (MBM) teaches organizational development leaders how to effectively motivate employees to exceed market expectations. Students learn to improve competency levels and job performance, guide their organizations to invest in their workforce, and recruit, hire, and train the right individuals. Program graduates become experts in positively steering organizational change and creating a culture of teamwork, through a degree program that is designed for the working professional. Students also have the option to pursue elective courses in one or more areas of concentration based on specific interests and career aspirations (not available in the online option).

Program Highlights

  • Expand your leadership capabilities through a qualitative program designed for working professionals.
  • Cultivate a reputation as your organization’s expert for recruiting and developing critical talent.
  • Develop managerial skills within an ethics-based framework.
  • Transform new learning into a higher earning potential.
  • Gain incomparable networking opportunities.

The program exposes students to realistic organizational management situations through service-learning projects for profit and not-for-profit companies in the local community. Students are able to put theory and methodology into practice as they collaborate to implement management and leadership principles in the modern workplace.

Whether developing human resources, enhancing organizational effectiveness, increasing productivity, or overseeing dynamic growth, this program equips students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to face the challenges common in leadership positions and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Learn more about our faculty. For students interested in earning their management degree online, Azusa Pacific also offers an online option.

Convenient Scheduling for Working Professionals

Azusa Pacific’s School of Business and Management conducts a year-round schedule, with the academic year divided into nine-week terms. Business management program students can opt for a 12-month, full-time, concentrated program, or an extended program of 18-30 months. Fewer units in each semester are permissible, though the school requires completion of a graduate degree within five years of initial enrollment.

Classes are held one evening per week, from 5:55-10 p.m., to accommodate working professionals. The average class size is 20. Students benefit from personal attention and opportunities to build meaningful relationships with professors and peers from diverse backgrounds.

The application deadline is approximately four weeks before the start of any session. For more information, call (626) 815-3835. International applicants may obtain international application deadlines from APU’s International Center.

Academic Advising

MBM students meet with the program coordinator to discuss scheduling classes and selecting electives based on personal interests and circumstances. Academic advising provides an opportunity to continuously monitor students’ progress and individualize their programs of study. All graduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.

This program can also be delivered on-site within an organization’s executive training and development program. Such programs have been delivered to leading public and private-sector organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?
School of Business and Management graduate programs run on nine-week terms.

How many units do I take each term?
To be classified as a full-time graduate student, one must be enrolled in at least nine units during each of the two nine-week sessions (e.g., Fall I and Fall II or Spring I and Spring II). Students can take 1-3 classes per session. New students are accepted each nine-week session.

How many hours does each class session require?
Fall and spring classes meet once a week for 4 hours and 5 minutes (including a break). Summer classes meet twice a week for 4 hours.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students generally attend class 1-2 nights per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in 1-5 years. Most students complete it in 18-30 months.

School of Business and Management Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Business and Management receives accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and is a candidate school in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Outcomes Assessment Results

Read IACBE’s Outcomes Assessment Results (PDF) to learn how we’re doing.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.