MBA + M.S. in Finance

Graduate students working together.
Become a business leader in the area of finance.

Earn both the MBA and the STEM-designated M.S. in finance with a total of 59 credits.

STEM OPT Program

The MBA/M.S. in finance dual degree program qualifies as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) OPT (Optional Practical Training) program. This allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their OPT period.

Program Requirements

Required courses FINC 651 or 619, 652 or 616, and 662 comprise the finance practice module. If FINC 651 and 619 are both taken, one becomes an elective; if FINC 652 and 616 are taken, one becomes an elective. With approval, you may substitute an elective for each of these courses for which you have extensive work experience or prior coursework in the area.

You may choose courses from the electives list below but you are not limited to courses on the list. Submit other courses for approval to the M.S. in finance program director prior to registration in the course.

Suggested course sequence.

MBA Courses (29 credits)
ACCT 600 – Financial Reporting & Analysis
BUAD 620 – Fundamentals of Analytics
BUAD 631 – Operations Management & Management Science
BUAD 640 – Ethical Issues in Domestic & Global Business Environments
BUAD 670 – Managing People, Teams & Organizations
BUAD 680 – Marketing Management
BUAD 690 – Corporate Strategy
ECON 603 – Economic Analysis for Business Policy
FINC 650 – Financial Management
Professional Development Seminars (1 credit each):
BUEC 601 – Building Emotional Intelligence & Critical Thinking
BUEC 603 – Communicating, Branding & Career Networking
M.S. Finance Courses (24 credits)
ACCT 625 – Financial Statement Analysis
ECON 622 – Applied Econometrics I
FINC 651 – Corporate Financial Analysis or FINC 619 – Financial Modeling & Valuation
FINC 652 – Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management or FINC 616 – Derivative Securities & Risk Management
FINC 662 – Fixed Income Securities
FINC 670 – Theory of Financial Decision Making
FINC 671 – Workshop in Finance Seminar
FINC 672 – Workshop in Finance: Empirical Research
Electives (6 credits)
BUAD 620 – Fundamentals of Analytics (C)
FINC 651 – Corporate Financial Policy (A, C)
FINC 652 – Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (B, C)
FINC 612 – Capital Markets & Financial Institutions
FINC 615 – International Finance (C)
FINC 654 – Special Topics in Finance
FINC 616 – Derivative Securities and Risk Management (C)
FINC 619 – Financial Modeling and Valuation (C)
FINC 658 – Corporate Governance
ACCT 614 – Advanced Federal Taxation
STAT 674 – Applied Data Base Management* (C)
STAT 675 – Logistic Regression* (C)
ECON 800-level courses, with permission of Director
(A) Becomes an elective if FINC 619 was taken
(B) Becomes an elective if FINC 616 was taken
(C) These courses are sometimes offered online
*These courses require permission from the instructor in Applied Economics and Statistics (APEC) Department, AG College


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Admissions Information

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