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APU 2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
APU 2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated Business Administration & Management/Master of Business Administration, BAM/MBA

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This accelerated program is designed for accomplished business professionals not only to complete their bachelor’s degree but also move directly into the MBA. Building upon the congruence between the existing BA in Business Administration and Management and MBA core curricula, this option is offered to undergraduate students seeking to move directly into the MBA program as soon as they have completed at least 104 undergraduate credits including all Foundational and Major Studies for the BAM degree, with the exception of the senior project.

Admission requirements for this accelerated program include:

  • Candidates must have completed 72 undergraduate credits before applying to the Accelerated BAM/MBA Program. (These credits must include completion of APU’s Foundational Studies.)
  • Candidates must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible management experience.
  • Candidates must write an essay describing their goals including the relevance of an MBA.
  • All applicants to the Accelerated BAM/MBA program will be required to be approved by a departmental admissions committee after completing a personal interview.

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
  • Problem Solving (PS): Developed competencies in the methods of inquiry to solve organizational problems
  • 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 management
  • Research & Application (R&A): Gain an understanding of the research process and its application

As you advance through this accelerated program, you will demonstrate achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies:  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry; and Ethical Engagement.

Upon completion of the BAM/MBA at the graduate-level, student will have:

  • Gained an appreciation of the local, domestic, and global environments as they relate to business management
  • Enhanced their business judgment and identified sound management methods including the ability to think critically and strategically
  • Attained an understanding of, and ability to appropriately leverage interpersonal relationships and team work
  • Developed analytical expertise and functional frameworks drawn from a broad range of managerial skills including accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and law
  • Acquired an ability to incorporate appropriate quantitative and qualitative data, including an appreciation for the value and costs of obtaining data, into management decisions
  • Established outstanding, multi-method communication skills
  • Recognized the value of effective and ethical leadership so they can lead themselves, others, and organizations

Required courses from BAM (Foundation Studies plus 39 credits)


Students will remain in the BAM portion of this accelerated program for no more than 2 years based on a tri-semester year, at which time they can be admitted to the regular BAM program to complete all of the undergraduate required courses.  In preparation for the MBA level courses, students must complete 104 credits.


The Master’s Thesis will serve as the research project for both degrees.  Students must take the core requirements of the MBA program and pursue the MBA thesis option. The BAM and MBA degrees will be awarded at the same time—when both degree course requirements are met.

In the event students withdraw from the MBA prior to completion, they must complete the equivalent of 128 credits to obtain their BA degree in BAM, including the 12 required undergraduate senior project courses.

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 140

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