About the Program


The Master of Business Administration Program at APU is comprehensive, rigorous, and experiential. Most courses are taught using real-life cases and simulations where students act as the decision-maker 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. The program offers working professionals analytical and relational skills and key concepts essential for successful business management and leadership. The program curriculum is designed to strike a balance between theory and practice by combining scholarship with practical experience and actual corporate case studies of business decision making. The MBA coursework sequences are coordinated to provide the student with the fundamental tools and functional knowledge necessary 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.

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 business entities 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 as applicable.

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 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?
The School of Business and Management graduate programs (both the MBA and MAM) 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 semesters (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 between 1 and 5 years. Most students complete the program in 18–36 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.