DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
This degree program is professionally focused degree and is designed to produce graduates who possess practical knowledge and associated critical thinking skills desired in today’s competitive business world. Students will be grounded in the study of business through a core curriculum of management, information systems, marketing, law, finance, accounting, economics, and business strategy. They are also given the opportunity to pursue interesting specializations in areas of their choice including business analysis, entrepreneurial/small business, international business management, information technology management, and marketing. This degree is applicable for any student interested in or working in any number of business, government, military, or other professions.
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.
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This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of business administration, graduates in this degree program will be able to accomplish the following:
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.
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.
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.
Administrative Services Managers
Loss Prevention Managers
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 USAjobs.gov across hundreds of federal agencies. Click here to see a list of federal positions by major.
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 USAJobs.gov 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.
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up to date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in as a business administration major.
The American Academy of Project Management (AAPM)
The American Finance Association (AFA)
American Management Association (AMA)
American Marketing Association (AMA)
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM)
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF)
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
Financial Executives International (FEI)
Financial Management Association International (FMA)
Financial Managers Society (FMS)
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA)
International Association of Project and Program Management (IAPPM)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Organizational Development Network (ODN)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
American Finance Association
Jan. 3-5, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Annual Conference
Oct. 18-21, 2015
Organization Development Network Annual Conference
Oct. 17-20, 2015
Society for Human Resource Management 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition
June 28 - July 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nev.
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
In addition to the institutional, general education, and program level learning objectives, the Concentration in Business Analysis seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to do the following:
Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).
Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.
This course develops skills for inquiry into the business environment from a legal and ethical perspective. Students explore the relationships between modern business and the environment, in addition to the ethical issues that arise when diverse interests intersect. Relevant topics will include contracts, commercial law (sales, secured transactions and creditors remedies), forms of business entities (including limited liability companies and corporations), agency, employer-employee relationships, real property concepts, bankruptcy, and negligence and strict liability concepts. Students will examine corporate governance and business ethics, with emphasis on case studies.
This course introduces Operations Research and includes the application of operations research and management science techniques to management decision problems. Operations research techniques and methods can be applied to problems in virtually all-functional areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, production and human resources. Examples from each of these areas will be covered during the course. A feature of the course is that Microsoft Excel is used to implement some of the techniques covered. This means that you will become proficient in using Excel; the most widely used electronic spreadsheet in business today. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
This course is concerned with the formulation and analysis of business strategy. Business strategy is the set of objectives and policies that collectively determine how a business positions itself to increase its returns and create economic value for its owners and stakeholders. Students will be introduced to analytical techniques for diagnosing the competitive position of a business, evaluating business strategies, and identifying and analyzing specific business options.
This course provides students opportunities for analysis, synthesis, and application of critical thinking applied to decision making at all levels in an organization. This course equips students with critical thinking skills to identify problems utilizing rational decision making. Students learn to solve organizational problems and provide strategic direction based on critical thinking.
Microeconomics for Business is an overview course that covers how microeconomics impacts business operations and the strategic management of the organization. Households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments are examined to assess how they interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.
Macroeconomics for Business is an overview course that covers how macroeconomics impacts business operations and the strategic management of the organization. An introduction to the principles and tools of macroeconomic analysis is provided. Macroeconomics for Business investigates the main topics of the overall economy including Gross Domestic Product, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recession, monetary policy and fiscal policy. We use these theories and concepts to examine the role of the government in our economy and how government makes choices.
This course is an overview study of the concepts and techniques in finance for non-financial managers. The course will cover basic financial tools and principles for both small and large business. Topics include financial and securities markets, financial statements and analysis, capital budgeting, management, and decision-making. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
This is an interactive course designed to help students achieve a greater understanding of the statistical methods and models available to analyze and solve the wide variety of problems encountered in business, science, medicine, education, the social sciences, and other disciplines. Successful completion of this course will provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of both descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, averages and variations, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, statistical hypothesis tests, and correlation and regression analyses. The emphasis of the course will be on the proper use of statistical techniques and their application in real life -- not on mathematical proofs. This course will use Microsoft Excel for some of the work. Students should have a basic familiarity with Excel and have access to this software application. (Prerequisite: MATH110 OR MATH111 OR MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
This course provides a basic overview of supervision in the workplace including the supervisor's role in management. The course explores goal setting, problem solving, staffing and the training and development of employees. Other topics covered include the Human Resource Professional's role in leading the workforce, effective communications and stimulating improved quality management within the organization. The course is designed as a practical guide for the supervisor or manager and provides key leadership concepts and skills to improve quality standards and achieve established goals within the organization, ultimately improving working relationships, and spurring the organization on to greater productivity and success. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
This course is a comprehensive survey of marketing activities and the function of marketing. The course will familiarize the student with the scope, terminology, and procedures of marketing. Course topics include the analysis of markets, competition, consumer behavior, and the assessment of product, price, distribution, and promotion strategies. Consumer motivation and the diffusion and adoption of new goods and services are studied. The student will complete a marketing plan of his own.
This course focuses on business user requirement gathering and provides a variety of techniques to prepare and conduct related activities. Students gain insight into determining functional business requirements and determining user work flows in a business.
This course provides a comprehensive review of different types of business requirements, tools and techniques, and documentation suites. Students apply techniques such as Unified Modeling Language’ context and use case, data models, state, activity, sequence, and use cases.
The course provides practical knowledge in documenting user business functions. Students learn how to document business functions in user’s scenarios, develop use cases, and the application of use cases into the development life cycle activities.
This course focuses on project requirements as the basis for managing development life cycles. Students learn to define project cycle time, measure and estimate project efforts, and set priorities.
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
The Capstone course is a senior level course designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Business Administration. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates mastery of their program of study in a meaningful culmination of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree requirements. Students should complete ALL Core and Major courses prior to this course. Student must have SENIOR standing to register.
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