MBA in Finance

  • MBA business Finance

Master of Business Administration, Finance

This degree program includes a core business curriculum with a foundation in leadership, corporate responsibility, ethics and sustainability. With the finance emphasis, students will learn to understand the various types of investments and identify effective portfolio management strategies.

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance prepares you for the global business environment with an understanding of business operations and the ability to identify inefficiencies. Graduates will have many career options in commercial and corporate banking, investment services and real estate.  

As a student, you will:

  • Develop strong leadership abilities.
  • Understand every aspect of business practices, including financial reporting, data analytics, marketing management, organizational leadership and process innovation.
  • Learn critical components of international finance.
  • Comprehend economic dynamics as they relate to capital market and risk management. 
  • Establish a well-rounded view of financial reporting and financial systems.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

An MBA in Finance offers benefits to working professionals in a variety of industries, including commercial and corporate banking, investment services and real estate. Successful finance professionals are often outgoing, inquisitive, organized and highly analytical. Many graduates go on to become financial controllers or directors, chief financial officers, insurance finance managers, and investment bankers (although there are many MBA finance jobs to consider). Personal financial advisors are in particularly high demand due to the large number of baby boomers approach retirement, longer life spans, and decreased funds for corporate and state pensions. They typically help with investment and retirement strategies, filing taxes, and determining ideal insurance options. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for individuals in this field is expected to be extremely positive with a projected growth rate of 27% through 2022 [1].

Another stable career choice for many graduates may be to become financial analysts. These individuals help businesses and organizations make important investment decisions by leveraging the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of funding source. The Bureau projects that the opportunities for such positions will increase faster than average with an estimated 16% growth rate through the year 2022 [2]. It is quite common for financial analysts to pursue licensure or certification, with some programs requiring company sponsorship while on the job to apply. With so many career choices available, it’s no wonder that Forbes rated finance as one of the best master’s degrees for career success.


Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.


Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.


MBA Emphases

Finance Emphasis

FINU 615 International Finance 3
FINU 620 Investments 3
FINU 630 Capital Markets 3
Plus one course from Accounting. 3
Total Credits 12


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