|The following are the degree objectives for the Master of Business Administration. Upon completion of the degree students will have:
The general requirements for admission to graduate studies at APU are found at the beginning of the section describing graduate programs. In addition, there are several specific requirements for the MBA program, and the MBA/HSA program as follows:
Admissions decisions are generally based on academic records of undergraduate, upper division, and graduate work, or alternative indicators of success including innovative leadership or accomplishments in a career field, civic activity, or professional achievement.
Students are adequately prepared for MBA entry if they have a bachelor’s degree in business or a related discipline which includes courses in accounting, finance, economics, and management, with math competency through algebra and statistics. The faculty encourages students with a wide variety of undergraduate experiences to apply for admission. Students with non-business majors are welcome. If, however, a student’s undergraduate transcript does not demonstrate adequate preparation in mathematics and business, the student may be admitted and required to take prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses do not count toward the MBA MBA/HSA, or MBAICT degrees. Students may also demonstrate that they have acquired prerequisite knowledge through work experience or self-study.
MBA Course Format
The trimesters are structured as follows:
The format for courses (except Summer MBA Core courses – see below for details) is
The Summer trimester MBA core courses are structured differently:
The days for MBA 618 and 624 will alternate from one year to the next (to accommodate students who have difficulty scheduling 3 days off from work).
MBA Degree Requirements
All MBA students must complete a minimum of 27 credits of required courses as follow:
MBA students may take up to six (6) credits of upper division undergraduate course work in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements. The student’s advisor and Program Director must approve the courses in advance of enrollment
For those interested in finance, the MBA with a Concentration in Finance provides the breadth of the MBA with the depth required for a career in finance. It also offers the opportunity to further learn about securities, portfolio management, bonds, and investment theory, and to gain hands-on experience managing the Student Fund. Requirements for admission are the same as those for the MBA program.
Health Services Administration is a concentration within the MBA Program at APU. This program builds foundational, analytical, and integrated knowledge of the health service industry. The program is aimed at current and future managers and administrators in organizations involved with providing health services, major customers of health service providers, and entities involved with developing and implementing health service policies. The program is based on solid business fundamentals with applications to a variety of health service settings, including the private sector (both for profit and not-for-profit), the public sector (local, state, and federal), and Native health service providers. Courses are scheduled to accommodate the needs of working professionals and can be completed in two years based upon a sustained enrollment in 2 courses per semester (including summers and/or shorter block courses).
The following are the degree objectives for Health Services Administration:
HSA Degree Requirements
MBA Health Services Administration students must complete a minimum of 36 credits of required courses.
MBA Health Service Administration Thesis Option replaces 9 credits of MBA/HSA courses (MBA 63600, MBA 63800, & MBA 63900) with 9 credits of research preparation and thesis work. The student takes the following: