Master of Business Administration/Public Administration


Program Description

The Master of Business Administration/Public Administration program is designed to enhance the management skills students need to function effectively within a public organization. Students will create and defend their solutions to problems of crisis management, profitable growth opportunities, and change leadership. Throughout the program, students gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined problem; applying tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions; and selecting and defending their recommended course of action.

The Master of Business Administration program at the University of Phoenix utilizes problem-based learning where students refine their problem-solving skills along with their communication, creativity, information utilization, and critical thinking skills. They are assessed on the basis of their use of the problem-solving process (which employs a general rubric) as well as their communication and critical thinking skills during their presentation.

In the MBA/PA specialization, students will create complex business problem-solving scenarios drawing upon skills and competencies mastered during the program. Students will gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined business problem to exploit management-based opportunities for an organization of their choice. They will apply business tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions and will receive feedback on the choices they make. They will defend their solutions and recommend a course of action and performance-based evaluation metrics for the business problem.

Learning teams will apply the principles of benchmarking throughout the program to research the most creative solutions to a business problem. This will enrich the alternatives that learners consider in evaluating possible solutions to the problems.

The MBA/PA consists of 45 credit hours and includes three proficiency courses (MBA/501, MBA/502, MBA/503) which may be satisfied using undergraduate coursework. Students may also waive an additional nine credits using graduate courses and may qualify for a 27-credit hour residency.

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When the University of Phoenix was founded more than three decades ago, the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation was just turning 30 and the first personal computers were introduced. The mission o ... Read More

When the University of Phoenix was founded more than three decades ago, the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation was just turning 30 and the first personal computers were introduced. The mission of the University of Phoenix is to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. Purposes To facilitate cognitive and effective student learning--knowledge, skills, and values -- and to promote the use of that knowledge in the student's workplace. To develop competence in communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and information utilization, together with a commitment to lifelong learning for enhancement of students' opportunities for career success. To provide instruction that bridges the gap between theory and practices through faculty members who bring to their classroom not only advanced academic preparation but also the skills that come from the current practice of their professions. To provide General Education and foundational instruction and services that prepare students to engage in a variety of university curricula. To use technology to create effective modes and means of instruction that expand access to learning resources and that enhance collaboration and communication for improved student learning. To assess student learning and use assessment data to improve the teaching/learning system, curriculum, instruction, learning resources, counseling and student services. To be organized as a for-profit institution in order to foster a spirit of innovation that focuses on providing academic quality, service, excellence, and convenience to the working adult. To generate the financial resources necessary to support the University's mission. Benefits of University of Phoenix Online It was in this context that Dr. John Sperling, a Cambridge-educated economist, and professor-turned-entrepreneur, anticipated the confluence of technological, economic and demographic forces that would herald the return of working adults to higher education. He saw a growing need for institutions that were sensitive to and designed around the learning characteristics and life situations of the working adult population. He suggested how institutions would pioneer new approaches to curricular and program design, teaching methods, and student services. These beliefs eventually resulted in the creation of the University of Phoenix and they continue to inspire the University's mission, purposes, and strategies today. Mission and Purposes - Attend class at times and places that fit your schedule. - Complete 100% of your education via the Internet, including all administration, registration, and book buying. - Earn your online education degree in two or three years. - Take classes one at a time for 5 to 6 weeks each, so you can focus on each subject. - Acquire skills and expertise that are in high demand with programs that are continually updated. - Learn from the most effective combination of theory and practical experience; all faculty hold a master's or doctoral degree and work in the fields they teach. - Learn with other experienced professionals from various corporations and organizations across the country, and around the world. - Apply your coursework immediately in your work environment. - Benefit from the nation's leading online university, whose online format has proven successful for thousands of graduates since 1989. - Professional training and previous education can be used to fulfill some credit requirements. - Financing is available. - Tuition costs may be partially tax-deductible. - University of Phoenix Online college education qualifies for most employer reimbursement plans. Read less