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Take your professional game to the next level with an MBA.


If you’re looking for career flexibility or management training, an MBA is an excellent way to go. 
Follow your entrepreneurial ambitions or gain 21st-century skills that can help you attain executive jobs and prestigious leadership positions.

Our innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs create solid career foundations for adult learners.

The MBA curriculum is perfect for students who already have some experience in the business world but are ready to take their professional game to the next level. Students personalize their degrees by selecting an MBA specialization program before beginning coursework.

MBA Specializations

Core courses focus on proven best practices in areas like marketing, finance, strategy, accounting and supply chain management. The curriculum takes you beyond passive “sage on the stage” lectures by encouraging students to apply cutting-edge business practices to real-world challenges.

Students hone their competitive edge by gaining organizational skills including:

  • Team collaboration
  • Conflict management
  • Process improvement
  • Technology deployment

Graduate Capstone

Graduate students are required to complete a Capstone project. This individualized project allows students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in their courses and real-world experiences. It is designed to promote vital assets of learning integration, synthesis, and expertise in change management and leadership, regardless of area of specialization.

Aspen graduates gain the essential skills needed to succeed as well-rounded business professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

For Finance Specialization Only:

Finance Experience – Applicants must demonstrate one of the following: 1) Substantial professional work experience in the finance, accounting or a related field; 2) Successful completion of an undergraduate finance program at an appropriately accredited university; or 3) Successful completion of two graduate-level finance courses at an appropriately accredited university.

Finance

Management provides a solid foundation for facing the challenges of a rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment. This course introduces the fundamental management functions of planning, decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling, as well as the tools and techniques of managing people, processes, projects, and the work environment. Students explore current issues in management and gain insights into how successful organizations operate.

3 Credits
Required Books

This pulls together specialized models, tools, and processes from the perspective of the manager who is responsible implementing a coordinated marketing program. Because consumers and business buyers face an abundance of suppliers seeking to satisfy their every need, companies and not-for-profit organizations cannot survive today by simply doing a good job at marketing management. They must do an excellent job if they are to remain in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. Many studies have demonstrated that the key to profitable performance is knowing and satisfying target customers with competitively superior offers. This process takes place today in an increasingly global, technical, and competitive environment. Marketing management is the conscious effort to achieve desired exchange outcomes with target markets. The marketer's basic skill lies in influencing the level, timing, and composition of demand for a product, service, organization, place, person, idea or some form of information.

3 Credits
Required Books

Today’s managers face many different opportunities to make decisions ethical and unethical as they compete with other firms. This course will provide an opportunity for managers to take business ethics seriously. That means taking the time to understand the core elements of the system that have gone awry and led to some extreme behaviors. Business ethics is primarily about business. This course will allow managers to get beyond the view of business as separate from ethics by allowing an opportunity to understand that business ethics is a fundamental of business management. This course begins by exploring the inherent values of future managers, how ethics is an integral aspect of an organization’s value-creation activities and aspirations.

3 Credits
Required Books

This is an especially good time for a thoughtful course on eBusiness. We are nearly a quarter of the way into the second half of the Information Age revolution. Very little of what is now accepted management practice and application opportunity was even conceived of 13 years ago. E-Business will provide a comprehensive strategy framework that addresses the crucial elements of e-business strategy formulation. The key elements of the three phases of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation will be explored.

3 Credits
Required Books

Welcome to Quantitative Analysis. This course provides you with the background for using a broad array of powerful analytic tools to make business decisions. The skills you acquire and sharpen in this course will enable you to make recommendations regarding key business decisions based on the application of quantitative models. In addition, these skills will also enhance your ability to communicate and to reason in work, academic, and personal situations. By learning which methods are appropriate to a given situation and by becoming familiar with the assumptions associated with each method, you will be able to evaluate the quality of business proposals made by others. The abilities and knowledge to be gained from this course will help you become a better-skilled decision maker and problem solver. A key ability is to use mathematical programming to make or confirm decisions instead of relying on rules of thumb, opinions, and expert judgment.

3 Credits
Required Books

Accounting, the language of business, provides crucial decision-making information to business organizations. This introduction to financial and managerial accounting prepares students to construct and interpret financial statements, generate budgets, and to use accounting data for strategic and management purposes with an emphasis on profitability. Legal and ethical issues in accounting are also discussed.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course explores financial statement and cash flow analysis and the time value of money. It presents information on bonds and stock valuation and risk, return, and value. There are also discussions on capital budgeting processes and techniques, cash flow and capital budgeting, and cost of capital and project risk. Options and the international financial market are discussed as well.

3 Credits
Required Books

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated. People of a nation and their government decide how much of a commodity should be produced and how that commodity is allocated. The allocation is done by a price system in free markets. There, prices determine how commodities are to be allocated, and prices determine how much should be made by a business. Microeconomics conveys the study of this allocation system to the level of an individual business. For over 200 years, business behavior has been carefully studied, conclusions made and tested, the models formulated and refined. Managerial Economics draws on the principles of economics and applies them to managerial decisions. It is incumbent on the student to be well versed in economic theories, models, and concepts so that their applications are pertinent, appropriate, and well-reasoned.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course guides students to develop intuition about decision making that will hold true through future evolutions in the financial world. It provides an integrated view of the theory of finance providing timely, real word examples and connecting the theory with practice. The course covers important corporate financial management topics and theories including options, agency theory, corporate governance, capital budgeting, long-term financing, risk analysis, and international corporate finance.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course provides a connection between finance theory and venture capital practice. It explores cutting edge financial tools applied to venture capital and research and development investing. Various techniques are explored, including Monte-Carlo analysis, real options, binominal trees, and game theory.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course is designed to provide an overview of the global financial environment, such as motives for foreign trade and investment, the balance of payments, and the international monetary system. It deals with the forces that affect the relative prices of currencies in international markets. The course goes on to describe sources of global corporate finance and discusses the management of assets.

3 Credits
Required Books

The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.

3 Credits
Required Books

Information Management

Management provides a solid foundation for facing the challenges of a rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment. This course introduces the fundamental management functions of planning, decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling, as well as the tools and techniques of managing people, processes, projects, and the work environment. Students explore current issues in management and gain insights into how successful organizations operate.

3 Credits
Required Books

This pulls together specialized models, tools, and processes from the perspective of the manager who is responsible implementing a coordinated marketing program. Because consumers and business buyers face an abundance of suppliers seeking to satisfy their every need, companies and not-for-profit organizations cannot survive today by simply doing a good job at marketing management. They must do an excellent job if they are to remain in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. Many studies have demonstrated that the key to profitable performance is knowing and satisfying target customers with competitively superior offers. This process takes place today in an increasingly global, technical, and competitive environment. Marketing management is the conscious effort to achieve desired exchange outcomes with target markets. The marketer's basic skill lies in influencing the level, timing, and composition of demand for a product, service, organization, place, person, idea or some form of information.

3 Credits
Required Books

Today’s managers face many different opportunities to make decisions ethical and unethical as they compete with other firms. This course will provide an opportunity for managers to take business ethics seriously. That means taking the time to understand the core elements of the system that have gone awry and led to some extreme behaviors. Business ethics is primarily about business. This course will allow managers to get beyond the view of business as separate from ethics by allowing an opportunity to understand that business ethics is a fundamental of business management. This course begins by exploring the inherent values of future managers, how ethics is an integral aspect of an organization’s value-creation activities and aspirations.

3 Credits
Required Books

This is an especially good time for a thoughtful course on eBusiness. We are nearly a quarter of the way into the second half of the Information Age revolution. Very little of what is now accepted management practice and application opportunity was even conceived of 13 years ago. E-Business will provide a comprehensive strategy framework that addresses the crucial elements of e-business strategy formulation. The key elements of the three phases of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation will be explored.

3 Credits
Required Books

Welcome to Quantitative Analysis. This course provides you with the background for using a broad array of powerful analytic tools to make business decisions. The skills you acquire and sharpen in this course will enable you to make recommendations regarding key business decisions based on the application of quantitative models. In addition, these skills will also enhance your ability to communicate and to reason in work, academic, and personal situations. By learning which methods are appropriate to a given situation and by becoming familiar with the assumptions associated with each method, you will be able to evaluate the quality of business proposals made by others. The abilities and knowledge to be gained from this course will help you become a better-skilled decision maker and problem solver. A key ability is to use mathematical programming to make or confirm decisions instead of relying on rules of thumb, opinions, and expert judgment.

3 Credits
Required Books

Accounting, the language of business, provides crucial decision-making information to business organizations. This introduction to financial and managerial accounting prepares students to construct and interpret financial statements, generate budgets, and to use accounting data for strategic and management purposes with an emphasis on profitability. Legal and ethical issues in accounting are also discussed.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course explores financial statement and cash flow analysis and the time value of money. It presents information on bonds and stock valuation and risk, return, and value. There are also discussions on capital budgeting processes and techniques, cash flow and capital budgeting, and cost of capital and project risk. Options and the international financial market are discussed as well.

3 Credits
Required Books

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated. People of a nation and their government decide how much of a commodity should be produced and how that commodity is allocated. The allocation is done by a price system in free markets. There, prices determine how commodities are to be allocated, and prices determine how much should be made by a business. Microeconomics conveys the study of this allocation system to the level of an individual business. For over 200 years, business behavior has been carefully studied, conclusions made and tested, the models formulated and refined. Managerial Economics draws on the principles of economics and applies them to managerial decisions. It is incumbent on the student to be well versed in economic theories, models, and concepts so that their applications are pertinent, appropriate, and well-reasoned.

3 Credits
Required Books

Project Management Essentials introduces the fundamental elements of effective project management and provides students with the opportunity to apply these elements using exercises and examples based on real-time projects. The tools and techniques used to plan, measure, and control projects, as well as the methods used to organize and manage projects, are also discussed. If you intend to certify as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, initiate contact with the Project Management Institute at www.pmi.org and/or your local PMI® chapter. 

3 Credits
Required Books

In this course we will provide you with both a strong foundation for understanding what is meant by information technology and the business side of managing it. We will explain information technology in the context of organizations and their use of it. This course focuses on business pressures and the strategies used to counter them, especially through the use of Web-based strategic information systems.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course is designed to address the entire technology commercialization process, from idea to market. As technology drives innovation and companies seek more effective ways to exploit the intellectual property they create, it is important for students in business, engineering, and the sciences to understand the processes that result in successful new technology products in the market. This course is a comprehensive look at the issues related to the transfer and commercialization of new technology. High-tech businesses with patentable technology, whether engineering technology, biotechnology, or information systems technology, display different business models, processes, and characteristics from mainstream types of business.

3 Credits
Required Books

The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.

3 Credits
Required Books

Project Management

Management provides a solid foundation for facing the challenges of a rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment. This course introduces the fundamental management functions of planning, decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling, as well as the tools and techniques of managing people, processes, projects, and the work environment. Students explore current issues in management and gain insights into how successful organizations operate.

3 Credits
Required Books

This pulls together specialized models, tools, and processes from the perspective of the manager who is responsible implementing a coordinated marketing program. Because consumers and business buyers face an abundance of suppliers seeking to satisfy their every need, companies and not-for-profit organizations cannot survive today by simply doing a good job at marketing management. They must do an excellent job if they are to remain in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. Many studies have demonstrated that the key to profitable performance is knowing and satisfying target customers with competitively superior offers. This process takes place today in an increasingly global, technical, and competitive environment. Marketing management is the conscious effort to achieve desired exchange outcomes with target markets. The marketer's basic skill lies in influencing the level, timing, and composition of demand for a product, service, organization, place, person, idea or some form of information.

3 Credits
Required Books

Today’s managers face many different opportunities to make decisions ethical and unethical as they compete with other firms. This course will provide an opportunity for managers to take business ethics seriously. That means taking the time to understand the core elements of the system that have gone awry and led to some extreme behaviors. Business ethics is primarily about business. This course will allow managers to get beyond the view of business as separate from ethics by allowing an opportunity to understand that business ethics is a fundamental of business management. This course begins by exploring the inherent values of future managers, how ethics is an integral aspect of an organization’s value-creation activities and aspirations.

3 Credits
Required Books

Advanced Strategic Management is designed to help students effectively guide an organization toward a profitable and dynamic future. This course provides students with a formal method of defining the organization's purpose and aligning the entire business to achieve corporate goals. It also examines emerging technologies in information processing as an important element of strategic planning.

3 Credits
Required Books

Welcome to Quantitative Analysis. This course provides you with the background for using a broad array of powerful analytic tools to make business decisions. The skills you acquire and sharpen in this course will enable you to make recommendations regarding key business decisions based on the application of quantitative models. In addition, these skills will also enhance your ability to communicate and to reason in work, academic, and personal situations. By learning which methods are appropriate to a given situation and by becoming familiar with the assumptions associated with each method, you will be able to evaluate the quality of business proposals made by others. The abilities and knowledge to be gained from this course will help you become a better-skilled decision maker and problem solver. A key ability is to use mathematical programming to make or confirm decisions instead of relying on rules of thumb, opinions, and expert judgment.

3 Credits
Required Books

Accounting, the language of business, provides crucial decision-making information to business organizations. This introduction to financial and managerial accounting prepares students to construct and interpret financial statements, generate budgets, and to use accounting data for strategic and management purposes with an emphasis on profitability. Legal and ethical issues in accounting are also discussed.

3 Credits
Required Books

This course explores financial statement and cash flow analysis and the time value of money. It presents information on bonds and stock valuation and risk, return, and value. There are also discussions on capital budgeting processes and techniques, cash flow and capital budgeting, and cost of capital and project risk. Options and the international financial market are discussed as well.

3 Credits
Required Books

Economics is the study of how resources are allocated. People of a nation and their government decide how much of a commodity should be produced and how that commodity is allocated. The allocation is done by a price system in free markets. There, prices determine how commodities are to be allocated, and prices determine how much should be made by a business. Microeconomics conveys the study of this allocation system to the level of an individual business. For over 200 years, business behavior has been carefully studied, conclusions made and tested, the models formulated and refined. Managerial Economics draws on the principles of economics and applies them to managerial decisions. It is incumbent on the student to be well versed in economic theories, models, and concepts so that their applications are pertinent, appropriate, and well-reasoned.

3 Credits
Required Books

Project Management Essentials introduces the fundamental elements of effective project management and provides students with the opportunity to apply these elements using exercises and examples based on real-time projects. The tools and techniques used to plan, measure, and control projects, as well as the methods used to organize and manage projects, are also discussed. If you intend to certify as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, initiate contact with the Project Management Institute at www.pmi.org and/or your local PMI® chapter. 

3 Credits
Required Books

Project Management Organizational Framework covers principles and practices presented in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Standards Committee. This guide addresses such organizational and structural issues as scope, time management, human resource planning, and project communications, and serves as the foundation for the project manager certification areas of competency.

3 Credits
Required Books

PMIF completes the topics presented in the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge and includes project cost, quality, procurement, and risk management. Continuing the work from PMOF, PMIF provides students with additional opportunities to apply these concepts using real-life exercises and examples. Special consideration is given to preparing students for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. 

3 Credits
Required Books

The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.

3 Credits
Required Books