Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

The Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Finance is designed to teach critical thinking, management analysis and strategy. The program is designed for students interested in developing a global perspective on economics and financial management.

Students are immersed in studies of economics for the global manager, theory of corporate finance and financial-statement analysis. A special emphasis in the study of derivatives offers an in-depth look at their role in risk management.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Adapt and innovate to solve problems.
  • Analyze various leader, follower, cultural and situational characteristics that contribute to leadership, and adapt to the needs of situations, employees and co-workers.
  • Apply quantitative reasoning and analysis to business and management problems using knowledge of mathematics, statistics, finance and economics.
  • Develop plans to improve business operations.
  • Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to business cases and evaluate the quality of research presented based on these principles.
  • Use knowledge of economic concepts, principles and theory to critically analyze and evaluate economic problems and opportunities.
  • Use critical thinking skills, including deriving the issue, understanding argument reasoning and developing conclusions.
  • Approach management strategically, including developing plans to improve business operations.
  • Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.
  • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts.
  • Communicate effectively in business situations.

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Degree Requirements

Business Core
FIN630Global Financial Management6
MGT600Business Research for Decision Making6
MKT640A Managerial Approach to Marketing6
MGT680Strategic Management6
Total Credit Hours:24

Specialization Options

BUS610Economics for the Global Manager6
FIN620Financial Statement Analysis6
FIN645Theory of Corporate Finance6

Total Credit Hours: 48

AIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

In this specialized curriculum, students can learn an in-depth perspective of business research and decision-making, a managerial approach to marketing, strategic management, and global financial management.

At AIU, you can take more course devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance, your classes can include:

Global Financial Management

Within the context of the multinational firm, this course examines the development of policy, financing options for international business, and the making of standard financial management decisions.

Business Research for Decision Making

In this course, the student will explore decision making from a managerial viewpoint and examine the role of decision making in dealing with employees, formulating strategy, and negotiating. This course requires students to understand, apply, and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to business studies and analysis.

A Managerial Approach to Marketing

This course focuses on the application of marketing concepts in a global organization. Students will examine international channel distribution as well as promotional, pricing, and product strategies.

Strategic Management

The development and implementation by the global enterprise of integrated business strategies and policies is the focus of this applied course. Course contents include the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the corporate resources, products, and assets. Advanced research is an integral component of this course.

Economics for the Global Manager

In this course students will apply the theory and tools of micro and macroeconomics and research to the formation of business decisions in the global environment.

Financial Statement Analysis

In this course, students learn how to analyze financial statements and methods used to value companies.


The course provides an understanding of derivatives and their usage in risk management. Topics include the most common types of derivatives from basics to futures and forwards, zero rates, basic, intermediate and advanced options and the application of the knowledge acquired in assessing the prices of options. It addresses researching and implementing trading strategies, and the analyzing of various options.

Theory of Corporate Finance

In this course students will explore the interactive relationship between financial policy and business strategy. Topics include the role of capital markets, government, product and factor markets.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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12 Month MBA

12 Month MBA

Move forward with AIU’s 12-month online MBA program. Designed with 24/7 flexibility for busy professionals, this accredited MBA program can be completed in less than 12 months. That means you can pursue your degree and still balance a full-time career and busy life. Our 12-month online MBA program lets you learn anywhere, anytime with a wide range of practical and accessible support tools:

  • Intellipath™ - This personalized learning platform helps support student success by allowing you to skip what you already know and get support where you need it most. You can also retake tests to improve your overall grade
  • Technical Support – AIU offers 24/7 support, whether it’s by phone, email or live chat
  • AIU Online Library – Our library provides access to carefully selected articles, books and websites that can help you get the answers. Also, research guides and tutorials, APA resources, even a staff of professional librarians to assist you
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Still not sure which specialization is right for you? Consider the specializations below:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Accounting

Stricter regulations, more audits and a recovering economy require accounting managers to look beyond the balance sheet and provide strategic leadership. Learn to use financial data, economics and management techniques to drive success across all business operations.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Management

Develop the advanced business skills you need to become a strong business leader in any industry. AIU’s 11-month MBA is customized for you with AIU’s intellipath™ adaptive learning technology, so you can skip over what you already know and get down to business.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in International Business

Explore a world of business opportunities with a graduate degree specialization in International Business. You can learn to manage both international and multinational organizations, expand trade across borders and understand how to market to global audiences.

Career Paths

Career Paths

An MBA can show your passion for your specialized area of study, demonstrate your knowledge of both business theory and current trends, and underline your experience in the field.

Completing graduate studies lets employers know that you’ve done focused, hands-on projects and have probably started building a network that can be used later on in your professional work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.1People who hold a degree in finance often pursue careers in:

  • Personal financial advising
  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Financial Analysis

Finance jobs are expected to increase steadily for the next decade. For example, jobs for personal financial advisors are expected to grow by 30% through 2024—much faster than the national average.2

Industries for a Finance Degree

Many types of companies employ those with a finance degree, which means you may have plenty of choices about the path you’ll take. Some industries looking for people in finance roles are:

  • Credit intermediation and related activities
  • Insurance carriers and related activities
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities3


2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Personal Financial Advisors, on the Internet at (visited January 20, 2017).

3 Labor/Insight (Burning Glass Technologies), 1/1/13-1/31/13

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