The Business Administration & Management (BAM) major includes studies in leadership, organizational change and development, organizational culture, organizational design, communication skills, quality improvement, human resources, values and ethics, understanding financial statements and accounting, and leadership. Research is an integral part of the program and all participants complete a significant applied research project designed to assist them in their work environment.
The program is for senior level managers from a number of fields, middle managers, technical employees, and clerical personnel. Graduates have used their degree to gain promotions, transfer to other opportunities, start their own business and go on to graduate school in such diverse fields as teaching, health care administration, public administration, human resource management, counseling, consulting, and business administration.
The degree is designed to meet the following Professional Competencies:
- Manage Organizational Change (MOC): Develop competencies in the core areas of business
- Leadership (L): Learn to identify different leadership strategies to motivate employees and effectively manage organizations
- Global Strategy (GS): Acquire knowledge on techniques for achieving competitive advantage in the global market environment
- Written & Oral Communication (WOC): Develop written and oral communications skills for effective performance in the work place (WOC)
- Problem Solving (PS): Develop competencies in the methods of inquiry to solve organizational problems (PS)
- Financial Management (FM): Attain an understanding of business financial management including financial statement analysis, financing and investing
- Law & Ethics (LE): Understand the law of contracts and legal and ethical issues involved with business management
- Research & Application (R&A): Gain an understanding of the research process and its application
As well, as a graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies: Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry; and Ethical Engagement.
Foundational Studies (32-40 credits)
- EC Written Communication** (WRIT 20100) (4)
- EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
- CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
- CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (3-4)
- CH Intellectual Traditions (from 10000-20000 level PH/HI) (4)
- CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 level HUM) (4)
- CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
- SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab or OS 21000) (4)
- SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4) †
- EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
- EE Personal Responsibility (from 10000-20000 OS/PE or BAM 20400, MAR 11000, MAR 24000, LS 20500) (1-2)
[† Foundational Studies requirement satisfied in the Major Studies]
[ ** Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]
Major Studies (57 credits)
Self-Directed Studies (varies)
- Students are encouraged to undertake an emphasis, concentration, or minor to develop professional distinctions.
- Students can use Self-Directed Studies to meet the minimum graduation credit requirement (128 credits) by applying transfer credit, credit-by-exam, credit earned through military training, assessment of prior learning (through the Documenting Experiential Learning [DEL] process), or other alternative methods of earning credit.
Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 128
A grade of “C” (defined as: C+, C, C-) or better must be earned in all Major Studies requirements including Senior Project. A course must be repeated if a grade lower than “C” (defined as: C+, C, C-) is earned.
Non-Profit Management Emphasis (12 credits)
A non-profit management emphasis is available to students in the Business Administration and Management degree program. This emphasis provides an introduction to the non-profit sector, an understanding of the business functions, and skills necessary for non-profit program management. In addition to completing the requirements for the major, students will take BAM 21000 (pre-requisite for any of the 40000 level elective nonprofit courses) and three required courses (BAM 42000 , BAM 42200 , and IS 31100 );a total of 12 credits is required to earn the non-profit emphasis. All courses in this emphasis are offered online.
BAM: Non-profit Emphasis Student Learning Outcomes: Students completing an emphasis in Non-profit, in addition to meeting student learning outcomes for the Business Administration and Management Degree will be able to:
- Understand the unique business, social, and government contexts within which non-profits operate
- Locate, write, and submit grant proposals to funding agencies
- Understand how to recruit and manage boards of directors
- Understand how to recruit and manage volunteers
- Recognize skills necessary for fundraising
- Demonstrate knowledge & skills necessary to manage non-profit organizations and foundations
Health Care Management Emphasis (12 credits)
A Health Care Management (HCM) emphasis is available to students in the BAM degree program. This emphasis provides an overview of HCM and an understanding of the business functions necessary for providing services. In addition to completing the requirements for the BAM major, students are required to take HCM 30100, HCM 30200, HCM 41000, and HCM 43000. 12 credits are required to earn the HCM emphasis. All courses in this emphasis are offered online.
Health Care Emphasis Student Learning Outcomes: Students completing an emphasis in Health Care Management, in addition to meeting student learning outcomes for the Business Administration and Management Degree, will be able to:
- Understand the distinctive characteristics and complexities of the US Health Care Delivery System
- Understand the industry-specific requirements for information management, licensing and accreditation, physician relations and human resources management
- Understand the unique aspects of health care fiscal management including reimbursement, accounting and financing