At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

18-36 months

Cost per unit


Base cost


Areas of Study

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • 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.

MBA Program

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management offers an accessible yet rigorous general management Master of Business Administration degree. This program teaches working professionals the key concepts and skills, both analytical and relational, to be successful managers and leaders in business and society. As an AACSB candidate school, APU’s MBA program is designed to achieve a high standard of learning. Most working students complete the program in approximately 18 months, taking two classes per term.

Program Highlights

  • Complete your MBA in as little as 12 months via 9-week terms.
  • Engage in optimal faculty-to-student and peer-to-peer interaction for networking and support.
  • Attend convenient classes that meet one night per week.
  • Develop a strong business code of ethics.
  • Specialize in a concentration that enhances your marketability.

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


The Master of Business Administration program is comprehensive, rigorous, and experiential. Most courses are taught using real-life cases and simulations where students act as the decision-makers and use their creativity and MBA toolkit to make sound recommendations. Through repeated use of MBA-level cases and simulations, students internalize important problem and opportunity archetypes and learn to apply the appropriate mix of concepts, frameworks, and personal ingenuity to make the most of each situation. APU’s MBA program allows students to:

  • Transform new learning into higher earning potential.
  • Emerge as a knowledge broker.
  • Gain incomparable networking opportunities that deliver.
  • Refine decision-making skills.
  • Develop as a corporate asset who utilizes specialized knowledge to advance your organization’s bottom line.

Traditional MBA

The traditional MBA program offers working professionals with three or four years of full-time work experience an accessible yet rigorous evening graduate business program that can be completed in tracks ranging from 12-36 months. Students learn analytical and relational skills and key concepts essential for successful business management and leadership. 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).

The program provides the opportunity for students to develop sound analytical abilities, establish collaborative and team-building skills, and become aware of social responsibility as a factor in decision making. The curriculum also allows the student to acquire an understanding of the global business environment and how it is affected by cultural and market diversities. Faculty lectures are combined with case studies, discussions, student presentations, and team projects. The accelerated and interactive classroom environment includes applied learning activities, use of new technologies in solving business problems, management and marketing simulations, case competitions, and independent field research and studies.

Field Experience

Students complete the required intensive field experience studies and trips as part of the MBA coursework. This provides students with opportunities for field case studies and experiential visits to observe and evaluate the inner workings, management, and operations of organizations and businesses in manufacturing, merchandizing, services, finance/investment industries, and/or government and nonprofit sectors of the economy. Students may complete the field experience locally, nationally, or as part of an international field trip as applicable. National and international field trip destinations vary each session and may include destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, South and Central America, and North America.

Independent Studies

Independent studies are exclusively for subjects considered to be of academic merit that are not addressed or covered in regularly scheduled elective or required core courses. They are intended to allow students to become more versed in their areas of interest and may consist of elective and concentration courses. A student may take no more than two 3-unit courses for a total of 6 independent-studies units as part of the MBA program.

Independent study coursework requires a written proposal of study prepared by the student, signed by the faculty member, and submitted along with a faculty-developed syllabus for the course. The course proposal must include an outline of study, classification as an elective or concentration, proposed credits, timeline, and meeting times with faculty. The complete proposal is presented to the MBA chair and requires his/her written approval.

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 9 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 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 in 1-5 years. Most students complete the program in 18-36 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.