MBA: Finance Concentration
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MBA in Finance
To succeed in the field of finance, individuals need to develop both practical managerial skills and a thorough understanding of today's financial realities and business concepts. As one of our 17 concentrations designed to emphasize your interests and abilities, Keller's MBA in Finance offers you the chance to learn about entrepreneurial finance, securities analysis, mergers and acquisitions, advanced financial statement analysis and real estate finance.
To help ensure your competitive edge when it comes to career success and advancement, our MBA in Finance emphasizes financial management and analysis skills that are important to companies of all types and sizes. By focusing on the concrete fundamentals and theoretical implications of finance, this concentration can help you gain a three-dimensional understanding of the complex global financial markets.
Want to know more about how you can earn your MBA in Finance from Keller? Request information and a member of our team can help answer your questions.
Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 85+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 85+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
MBA with a Finance Concentration1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 48
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 16
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,800
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
MBA in Finance Graduation Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 32 months.
- Total credit hours: 48
- Required program: 30
- Finance concentration: 12
- Elective: 6
MBA in Finance Coursework
Required program courses (30 credit hours)
We've designed the core program courses in our Finance MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.
Finance concentration courses (12 credit hours)
The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your Finance MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add a concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:
Click on a course name below for its full description.
- Entrepreneurial Finance (FIN512) - 3 credit hours
- This course concentrates on the needs of, and financial issues surrounding, entrepreneurial ventures. Topics include internal financial operations of a venture, obtaining seed and growth capital from various sources, and evaluating funding decisions and alternatives as they impact the firm. Other topics include acquisitions, valuing a company, preparing for and executing an initial public securities offering, planning an exit strategy and bankruptcy. Students apply course concepts using real-world cases. Prerequisite: ACCT504
- Advanced Managerial Finance (FIN516) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses risk, return and the capital asset pricing model; dividend policy; financing flexibility; valuation of securities; derivatives and risk management; and capital structure with the Modigliani-Miller models. The course provides a comprehensive view of financial management with insight into securities analysis, mergers/acquisitions and financial/futures options. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Securities Analysis (FIN560) - 3 credit hours
- Securities Analysis develops analytical skills for personal or business investment activities. Security selection based on technical and fundamental analyses is stressed. Techniques for analyzing risk and return are covered for specific investment opportunities. Modern and traditional portfolio management techniques are discussed. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Mergers and Acquisitions (FIN561) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses corporate recombinations and resource allocation. Topics include advanced capital budgeting techniques and valuation methods. Strategies, tactics and rationale for mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and restructuring are discussed. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Management of Financial Institutions (FIN564) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on managing commercial banks and other financial institutions, and on the interaction of participants in money and capital markets. Management of lending is a major topic, and funds acquisition, capital management, portfolio management and issues relating to risk are discussed. Prerequisite: FIN515
- International Finance (FIN565) - 3 credit hours
- International Finance examines, in detail, international financial flows and balance of payment considerations. Corporate exposure to international currency fluctuations (including foreign exchange rates and markets), and methods of hedging risks in international transactions, are addressed. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Options and Financial Futures Markets (FIN567) - 3 credit hours
- This course develops students' ability to use current concepts, tools and strategies available in financial markets to enhance or protect investments. Topics include put and call buying; covered call writing; put hedging; futures speculation and hedging; and arbitrage. Also discussed are methods of valuation, and the function and purpose of the marketplace. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Advanced Financial Statement Analysis (FIN575) - 3 credit hours
- This course emphasizes fundamental techniques of financial statement analysis. Building on core accounting and investment concepts, coursework addresses analysis (including ratio analysis) and interpretation of financial accounting information such as that presented in balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flows. Coursework also examines accounting information in investment and credit decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT504
- Personal Financial Planning (FIN580) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses personal cash flow management, goal setting, creating and maintaining annual cash budgets, investments, taxation, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. The course helps students achieve satisfaction and success in their personal financial futures. Topics are presented from a practitioner point of view. Prerequisite: ACCT504
- Real Estate Finance (FIN590) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces and develops tools used in forecasting, measuring and analyzing returns from real estate operations. These tools are also used in real estate valuation for funding and sale purposes. With profit maximization the goal, students examine financial leverage and the consequence of income tax, as well as their influences. The inherent risk of real estate and its reduction through modern portfolio theory is discussed. Students apply course concepts using real-world problems. Prerequisite: FIN515
- Project Cost and Schedule Control (PROJ592) - 3 credit hours
- This course stresses the need for project managers to understand and apply advanced tools and techniques to developing and managing project financial plans. Topics include cost and benefit estimation; project financial analysis; budgeting; resource allocation; sensitivity analysis; project metrics; and project cost and schedule control using earned value management systems. Prerequisites: ACCT505 or ACCT504, and MIS581 or PROJ586
- Project Risk Management (PROJ595) - 3 credit hours
- This course explores various ways to identify, analyze and mitigate the full range of project risks. Coursework also explores the six risk management processes outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk monitoring and control. Using a practitioner approach, students learn risk management techniques by applying them to problems in case studies Prerequisites: MATH533 and PROJ586
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."
Do I need to choose a concentration/emphasis for my MBA or Specialized Master's Degree?
To help you focus your MBA or Specialized Master's Degree, and take coursework that matches your interests and goals, you can choose one of 17 concentrations, but it is not a requirement to graduate. For our Specialized Master's Degree programs that have emphases, you will be required to select one that best aligns with your career goals.
What's the average total number of credit hours required for a program?
The total number of credit hours that you'll be required to take varies by program, and our courses average three-semester-credit hours. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses and our Graduate Certificates require 7 - 9 courses.