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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:

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.

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.