What You’ll Learn

The Online Master of Arts in Management (MAM) program offers students an integrated learning environment in which to put theory and methodology into practice as they learn to implement management and leadership principles in the modern workplace.

Whether developing human resources, enhancing organizational effectiveness, increasing productivity, or overseeing dynamic growth, the online business management degree equips students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to face the demands involved in leadership positions and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Designed for the Working Professional

At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple so you can reach your educational goals.

Flexible Format

The dynamic online format of the Master of Arts in Management offers students the flexibility of taking courses wherever and whenever is most convenient for them. Students benefit from courses designed to maximize their interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community. For many, the online format is the easiest, most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.

Convenient Schedule

APU’s School of Business and Management operates on a year-round schedule, with each academic year divided into nine-week terms (see academic calendar for dates). Most students take one to two classes per term, completing their degree in 18–30 months. While students can choose to extend the length of their program past the average completion time by taking fewer units per term, the School of Business and Management requires completion of a graduate degree within five years of initial enrollment.

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, students must be enrolled in at least nine units during each of the two nine-week sessions (e.g., Fall I and Fall II). New students are accepted each nine-week semester. The application deadline is approximately four weeks before the start of any session. For more information or to get started, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (626) 815-4570.

Time Commitment

While your classes do not require you to be online during a specific timeframe, you should plan to be online 6–10 hours per week per unit to successfully complete assignments and participate in discussions.

All online programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. This offers you a chance to become familiar with the online format as you engage with helpful tutorials.

Graduate online programs follow APU's Graduate Academic Calendar with most courses offered in nine-week terms.

Committed to Your Success

We want you to feel confident as you earn your degree online. That's why all of our online programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. Students in the Online MAM program also have access to the program coordinator to discuss scheduling classes. Academic advising provides an opportunity to continuously monitor your progress and individualize your programs of study. Keep in mind that all graduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.


To graduate, online business management degree students must complete the required units with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 within five years of matriculation. This includes completing all required courses with a C- or above. All courses taken within SBM and used for a student’s MAM candidacy must be taken for a letter grade, except courses offered only on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis.

The responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests upon the individual student. Failure to meet deadlines will result in delayed posting of degree.

Intent to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic upon completion of all coursework. Students who intend to graduate must complete the Intent to Commence and/or Graduate form at least 60 days prior to commencement.

Academic and Financial Clearance

All degree requirements must be met before academic clearance will be granted to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Financial responsibilities to the university must be satisfied before academic clearance will be granted.

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall semester, the end of the spring semester, and the end of the summer session. The university president, by the authority of the trustees and on recommendation of the faculty, awards the degrees. Details regarding the exercises are mailed to prospective participants. In order to participate in the commencement exercises, all financial obligations to the university must be met.

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Academic Honors

Preceding each commencement, the School of Business and Management holds a commissioning ceremony for the graduating students and their families. At each commissioning, the graduate faculty may honor a single graduate with the distinction of Outstanding Graduate. The award is primarily based on academic achievement, but when a secondary factor is needed to make a selection, the committee determines which of the outstanding candidates contributed most to the APU School of Business and Management learning community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to be online for this program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time or designated time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each nine-week course.

Will I have to complete any part of my Online MAM program at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your online business management degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.

How do I get started?
Online programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university's more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, please contact one of our admissions counselors in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (626) 815-4570 or at

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

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 terms (e.g., Fall I and Fall II or Spring I and Spring II). Students can take one to two classes per term.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed between 1 1/2 and 5 years. Most students complete the Online MAM program in 18-30 months.

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.