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Master of Business Administration-Practicum Option




Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is sought by those who seek graduate level understanding, research and analytical capability, and practical application in the corporate world of the theory and practice of business marketing, management, finance, law, information systems, and strategy. Developed to provide advanced business knowledge and know-how as a foundation for the corporate executive or entrepreneur, the MBA also dovetails with several University specialties so students can specifically concentrate in areas of professional or personal interest including entrepreneurship, global business management, information technology management, accounting, finance, nonprofit management, and homeland security resource allocation.

Statement of Mission - School of Business

APUS’ School of Business mission is to prepare students to be principled leaders in the global business community through a flexible learning environment that leverages technology and best practices focused on the practical application of knowledge.


  • Curriculum: Provide a well-rounded curriculum that blends practical, real-world application and theoretical aspects of business and economics in a global context.
  • Teaching: Foster understanding through strategic goals, quality instruction and continuous evaluation by faculty who are real-world practitioners and scholars.
  • Student Interaction: Encourage students to reach their highest potential through collaborative relationships that motivate and sustain growth individually and organizationally.
  • Learning Outcomes: Build competencies in effective communication, critical thinking, quantitative experience, knowledge-based decision making, and ethical behavior.
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Highlights and Announcements

ACBSPThis program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Conduct advanced business analysis by incorporating the use of various data tools in the discovery of possible solutions for implementation.
  • Compare and contrast various organizational managerial approaches to analyze their effect on the individual, group, and organization.
  • Analyze the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues affecting managers in today’s market place and emphasize the importance of continuing education for managers for future legal changes.
  • Evaluate and analyze advanced analysis methods and techniques to determine their interdisciplinary applicability to meet current and business needs and evaluate the need for changes in policies and procedures.
  • Distinguish and implement analytical financial tools to conduct business analysis and to communicate possible solutions and implementation plans for business decisions.
  • Focus on business strategies and approaches used by organizations in their mission to sustain and obtain various marketing segments to increase their growth potential and integrate business functions into a coherent business strategy.
  • Compare and contrast market-driven strategies used by organizations to effectively plan for current and future needs of customers.

Master of Business Administration

All prospective students wishing to enroll in the MBA program at our university must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution. In addition, you will need to follow the course requirements listed below.

Course Requirements

If you have a non-business-related bachelor’s degree, or you have a bachelor’s degree in a business program that is NOT accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), your required first courses here will be:

  1. BUSN601 - Global Management Perspective
  2. BUSN602 - Managerial Analysis
  3. BUSN603 - Quantitative Analysis

Note: you may enroll in the other courses only after you have completed these 3 courses.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a business program that is accredited by ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE you are NOT required to take the courses listed above, and instead may take 3 graduate-level elective courses in their place. Your admissions representative will need to review your bachelor’s transcript to verify this information.

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Graduates with business degrees are well prepared to pursue a variety of different careers because of their diversified skill set. Business degrees focus on a broad range of functions such as entrepreneurship, management, human resources, marketing, financial analysis, and basic accounting. Business principles can be applied across industries and can lead to careers in government, healthcare, commerce, information technology, and many others. Graduates with business degrees possess practical knowledge that enhances their ability to advance in business and leadership roles in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. 

Select a program below to learn more about faculty recommended resources for exploring career paths, employment websites, professional affiliations, virtual communities, conferences and much more.

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Useful Skills Within the Business Administration Field

Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

Mathematics - Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.

Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.

Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.

Communication - Concise writing skills and able to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.


Career Options

A business degree is a general foundation rather than a specialized training program. Careers in business administration vary and may involve common functions such as management, finance and marketing. However, there is an increasing need for business majors to apply their skills in government, international commerce, information technology, health care, and non-profit organizations.

Depending on one’s interests, talents, qualifications, and goals, students can refine their skills in other areas such as:

Healthcare Management
Human Resources
International Business
Non-Profit Management
Project Management
Public Relations

General Management
Hospitality Management
Information Systems Management
Operations Management
Public Administration
Sales Management

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the business field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach. 

Translating Your Degree into a Federal Position

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek B.B.A. and M.B.A. candidates. The list below provides an example of federal position titles and agencies that seek business majors. Clicking on the position title will take you to the corresponding position classification guide provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Each position is classified under a series of numbers. For example, the “Business and Industry Group”(PDF) is within the 1100 series. You can narrow down the exact series number based on your interest and search it on across hundreds of federal agencies. Click here to see a list of federal positions by major.

Position Examples
Administrative and Programs Specialists (PDF)
Budget Analysts (PDF)
Human Resources Specialist (PDF)
Internal Revenue Officers (PDF)
Program Analysts (PDF)

Agency Examples
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Highway Administration
Internal Revenue Service
Social Security Administration

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. There are government organized internship programs that provide students or recent graduates the opportunity of gaining real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. Searching or looking at each agencies' career portal are the best ways to identify potential internship opportunities and their requirements.  


The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

AMU & APU Business Administration and Management Programs - LinkedIn
American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) - LinkedIn
American Management Association (AMA) - LinkedIn
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM) - LinkedIn
Financial Management Association International (FMA) - LinkedIn
Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) - LinkedIn
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - LinkedIn

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Global Business Management Total Credits - 39 Hours
Core Requirements
18 Hours
Strategic Management
3 hours

This course is a culmination of the business functions to incorporate them into a coherent, profitable, sustainable business strategy. This course includes strategy information, decisions, and techniques of industry leaders. Prerequisites: BUSN603

Pre Reqs: Quantitative Analysis(BUSN603)

Legal & Ethical Issues in Management
3 hours

This course examines the area of business law and applies it to the business environment. Traditional topics covered include: the legal environment of business, contract law, property, sales contracts, commercial paper, agency law, ethics and the regulatory environment. The course also examines the issue of the global economy from the view that the largest companies dominate in the creation of jobs and technological innovation.

Applied Decision Making
3 hours

This is a course in business analysis. This course investigates the advanced analysis methods and techniques used to solve modern business problems. The course emphasizes the most successful methods from business statistics, production and operations management, management science, and operations research fields of study. Students will be required to synthesize material from several major fields of study in order to apply it in this course. The capabilities of Microsoft Office will be used extensively throughout the course to illustrate the application of these methods and techniques to the analysis and solution of modern business problems. The course will first investigate the types of problems faced by businesses in the both the production and service areas. Methods of analysis will be investigated to solve these type problems including probability concepts and their applications, statistical quality control, process design, forecasting, inventory control, waiting line models, transportation and assignment methods, decision analysis, and simulation modeling.

Managerial Economics
3 hours

This course is designed to use economic analysis to enhance business decision-making within private businesses, not-for-profit institutions, and public agencies. Economic concepts covered include demand analysis, production and cost analysis, linear programming applications, pricing policies and regulation.

Corporate Finance
3 hours

This course is a study of the major corporate finance and financial management theory, strategy, processes, functions, and other issues. Topics include the finance function, concepts of sources and uses of funds, analysis and estimation of need for funds (short- and long-term), short-term sources, working capital management policy, long-term sources, capital structure policy and implementation, capital budgeting and the cost of capital. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact

Marketing Management
3 hours

This course is designed to illustrate development, implementation, and reformulation of business strategy, with both domestic and international implications. Emphasis is placed on the need for, awareness of, and accommodation to changes in an organization's internal and external environments. Generic types of business strategies and techniques for analyzing strategies are also covered.

Concentration Requirements
9 Hours
Virtual Organizations
3 hours

This course focuses upon the problems and challenges of managing individuals, groups, and organizations in a virtual or distributed environment. Virtual means that work is accomplished by interdependent people performing at different time or places, or across organizations. This course addresses current topics associated with the new forms of organizing that new technology and accompanying strategic changes promote. The student will examine online business models, sources of competitive advantage in e-commerce, and techniques for evaluating opportunities. In this context, the student will also discuss ways in which e-commerce organizations differ from conventional organizations and how to create e-commerce alliances. Issues include a focus on social interactions; the social, political, economic, and technological contexts of virtual communities and the limits for their sustenance.

Global Economics
3 hours

This course is a study of theory and concepts fundamental to understanding the global economy. Students learn to analyze the global business environment of industrialized developing countries, and to think strategically, using micro and macroeconomics principles.

International Finance
3 hours

This course provides an understanding of current academic research in the areas of international finance and international macroeconomics. Students will learn the tools for conducting research in this field. A comprehensive overview of currency, equity, and international bond markets around the world. Institutional, theoretical issues, and current trends will be analyzed. A strong emphasis will be placed on the hedging techniques and tools used to reduce the risks associated with those financial markets. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Cross-Cultural Management
3 hours

This course is an examination of individual dimensions of global executive leadership, organizational behavior, inter-group relations, and strategies for internal corporate communication. Course topics include management and global trade, special aspects of operating successfully in the global environment, the executive's role in solving conflicts and creating corporations in the world marketplace, cultural aspects of international operations management and ethical corporate strategies in an international context.

Institutional Requirements
9 Hours
Global Management Perspective
3 hours

This course examines issues and functions that business managers face within the context of day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the organization. Topics include strategic management, legal issues, marketing, law and ethics, and global dimensions of businesses.

Managerial Analysis
3 hours

This course introduces fundamental concepts of accounting principles, financial tools, and economic analysis for effective managerial decision-making. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, concepts, and principles underlying financial accounting practices, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and economic analysis for decision makers.

Quantitative Analysis
3 hours

This course explores management problems and the role of decision-making models and tools in resolving business problems. The application and use of information systems in decision-making is assessed. Students apply system and quantitative analysis to an integrated case study.

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Business Administration Practicum and Integration Project
3 hours

The practicum is the culminating experience for the MBA and it is designed to allow students engage in applied learning where knowledge gained throughout the program is applied to real world situations. To qualify, the student must identify and obtain approval for an organization/project of interest and select and obtain approval for a workplace mentor prior to registering for the course. To complete the requirement of this option, the student must complete a 120-hour practicum in the approved organization under the guidance of the mentor, maintain a weekly work log to be signed by the mentor and reviewed by the faculty, and finally, submit a 25-page integrative applied research paper. This supervised practicum requires students also apply for approval to the Faculty member, Program Director and Dean of the School of Business. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.

Graduate Electives
0 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

Total Credits (39 Hours)
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