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Program Level(s) Master of Business Administration – Finance
Field(s) of Study Business administration with a finance specialization
Prerequisites Bachelor’s degree
Program Length 2 years
Career Options Senior financial analyst, financial controller or director, manager of a finance department, chief financial officer, commercial or investment banker, real estate or insurance finance manager
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 7-16% for financial professions

Benefits of an MBA in Finance

Students pursuing an MBA in Finance gain the business and financial skills needed to work in a number of enterprises. They often have access to top-notch internship opportunities while still in school, and they generally command better positions and higher salaries upon graduation. Many MBA programs are offered on a part-time basis, making them accessible for working professionals.

Curriculum

MBA in Finance programs typically provide foundational education in statistics, leadership, economics, strategy and marketing. Students often choose a specialization during the second half of these 2-year programs.

Others offer the opposite, presenting some general business training, with the majority of the courses focusing on financial, investment and banking topics. Programs may also allow students to choose a specific focus in their financial education, such as commercial, investment or real estate studies. Topics commonly taught through a finance MBA program include:

  • Stock market analysis
  • Foundations in finance
  • Global economy
  • Financial instruments
  • Futures and options
  • Market trading and volatility
  • Risk management
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate finance
  • Investment banking

Employment Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), financial managers can expect moderate to faster-than-average growth of 12% from 2014-2024, along with serious competition for available positions. Depending on the specialization, the BLS anticipated an increase in jobs of 7%-16% for financial professions between 2014-2024. Some popular career paths for MBA in Finance graduates include:

  • Senior financial analyst
  • Financial controller or director
  • Manager of a finance department
  • Chief financial officer
  • Commercial or investment banker
  • Real estate or insurance finance manager