Finance

Emphasis Area

Finance is an expanding field of study that's creating new opportunities for skilled professionals to step into significant leadership roles. These roles will be in high demand and command generous salaries that you will want to be poised to secure.

You will gain the vital, relevant skills to take on any challenge you will face on your career path through specialized curriculum taught by world-renowned faculty, recognized for their expertise in the field, and work experience in our corporate residency program.

In the classroom, we will focus on financial results by company, division, product, or business unit, getting deep understanding of budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. Students will be exposed to pricing and expense analysis for new products or global expansion, merger and acquisition analysis, treasury functions, and more.


Curriculum

The MBA with an emphasis in Finance degree requires 45 semester credits equivalent to 15 courses of work which must be completed within a seven-year period. Courses include: 8 core courses, 2 general emphasis courses, 4 electives courses and 1 capstone course. 

Courses:
8 Core  2 General Emphasis 4 Emphasis Electives 1 Capstone
  • Enterprise Management, Organization and Strategy

  • Information Technology Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Business Ethics and Law

  • Marketing Management

  • Strategic Decision Making

  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

  • Financial Principles & Policies

  • Corporate Finance (required)

Choose 1:

  • Human Capital Management Strategy

  • Innovative Business Models

  • International Business

  • IT Data Management

  • Marketing Research
  • Sustainable Business Strategies

Choose 4:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Strategic Financial Analysis
  • International Finance
  • Investment & Portfolio Management
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Buyouts and Acquisitions
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Special Topics of Finance

Choose 1:

  • Internship
  • The Business Plan
  • Executive Roundtable
  • International Travel
  • Consulting to Business
  • MBA Project

Full course list and descriptions


Career Paths in Finance

Financial executives are responsible for providing accurate and data based information on company’s profitability, solvency, stability, and liquidity. They are involved in the research and analysis of financial information to help their company make well informed decisions, write reports, and monitor financial movements.

Some of the sole responsibilities as a finance related-employee are as follows:

  • Assist with the new business process and working with finance and business Managers
  • Cash reconciliations, payment date accounting, monthly reporting and report production, daily modeling, analysis and reporting and financial analysis
  • Responsible for the day- to-day general ledger accounting and reconciliation, financial reporting, and analysis for assigned functional areas
  • Research and resolve business unit(s) inquiries for assigned functional areas.
  • Perform monthly balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position/budget variance analysis
  • Analyze data to ensure proper accounting procedures have been followed
  • Prepare financial reports, charts, tables, and other exhibits as requested
  • Consolidate and analyze financial data (budgets, income statement forecasts etc.) considering company’s goals and financial standing
  • Maintain and develop various financial models and standard templates distributed for use by all of Finance during the planning processes, ensuring quality and focused analytic review
  • Support financial planning & analysis (FP&A) business unit analysts by being the first point of contact for issues and questions
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding/working knowledge of accounting principles and internal controls, and apply them
  • Describe an insightful use of financial analysis techniques, tools, and concepts, to provide practical counsel to business area partners and management to drive business

Potential Career Positions Possible Employment Sectors
  • Financial Analyst
  • Trader
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Accounting and auditing services
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Banking
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceuticals
  • Business services
  • Construction
  • Computer software/hardware
  • Consumer packaged goods
  • Education
  • Electronics, components, and semi- conductors
  • Engineering services
  • Energy and utilities
  • Financial services
Examples of level-based positions:
Entry-level Positions Middle-level Positions Top-level Positions
  • Financial Analyst/Specialist
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Funding Coordinator
  • Loan Officer
  • Auditor
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Treasury Analyst
  • Auditing Department Manager
  • Financial Services Director
  • CFO
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Officer
  • Treasurer/Treasury Director

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