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Traditional and Online MAM Program Requirements

The traditional MAM program is a 39-unit business leadership and management program consisting of the following courses:

MGMT 510
Current Issues in Business and Management
MGMT 516
Organizational Behavior
MGMT 529
Ethical Decision Making
MGMT 541
Management for the Worldwide Organization
HROD 500
Human Resource Development
MGMT 517
Managing Human Capital
MGMT 515
Applied Research and Analysis
MGMT 521
Organizational Development and Change
MGMT 540
Diversity for Strategic Advantage
MGMT 561
Managing Teams and Conflict
MGMT 570
Organizational Performance Improvement
MGMT 581
Corporate and Organizational Leadership
MGMT 597
Master’s Project in Management
Total39 units

All core courses may be taken in any order except HROD 500 and MGMT 597. Course HROD 500 must be taken near the beginning of the program. Course MGMT 597 must be taken near the end of the program.

Optional Concentration Fields9 units
Students may earn concentrations by taking the equivalent of at least three 3-unit elective courses. Concentrations are currently offered in the following areas:
  • Diversity for Strategic Advantage
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Public Administration
  • Strategic Management

Concentration courses are generally taught using the one-on-one Oxford tutorial model as independent study. Students may consult the MAM enrollment coordinator or the MAM program chair for appropriate faculty to contact regarding the concentration of the student’s choice.


In order to graduate, students must complete the required courses with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher within five years of matriculation. This includes completing every required course with at least a C- or better. All courses taken within the SBM and applied toward the MBA degree must be taken for a letter grade, except for courses offered only on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis.

Academic Honors

Outstanding Graduate – At each Commissioning Ceremony, the graduate faculty may honor a single graduate with the distinction of Outstanding Graduate. The award is primarily based on academic achievement and is secondarily given to the outstanding candidate who contributed most to the APU MBA learning community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?
The 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 semesters (e.g., Fall I and Fall II or Spring I and Spring II). Students can take from one to three classes per quarter.

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 one to two 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 between 1 and 5 years. Most students complete the master's in management program in 18–30 months.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.