Influence matters.

A concentration in finance develops leadership traits that can affect more than your company's bottom line. It supplements your foundational business knowledge with further instruction and practical application in risk management, financial planning, global policy issues and financial contracts.

Career Opportunities

Graduate studies in business administration with a specialization in finance prepare you for a variety of career opportunities and advanced graduate-level programs. For example, this includes areas such as:

  • Corporate finance
  • Financial consulting
  • Financial management
  • Insurance
  • International banking
  • Investment banking
  • Securities management

Degree Program Requirements

A master's degree in business administration with a specialization in finance requires 38 total credit hours. This includes 12 credit hours of vocationally-focused concentration classes. This full-time program offers courses one at a time and is approximately 77 weeks long.

Concentration Courses: 12 credits, 24 weeks

Core Courses: 26 credits, 53 weeks

Course Descriptions

The course descriptions below preview the content you can expect to learn through the Master of Business program. For information about our academic policies and graduation requirements, see the PGS Graduate Academic Catalog.

BUS-505: Research Methods

An examination of research methods available for the 21st century organization and statistical concepts useful for data-driven decision making. Focus is placed on the systematic process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting research articles and data to answer a specific research question. The course will also introduce students to basic descriptive and inferential statistical tools within the context of a business related problem.

ECN-530: Economics

A study of the decision-making skills necessary for managers and entrepreneurs in the context of the macroeconomic environment and the application of microeconomic price theory as it pertains to human capital issues. Readings include essays by several Nobel prize-winning economists. Further, the course challenges students to develop a Christ-centered worldview regarding economic issues pertinent to managers.

BUS-503: Ethics, Values and Social Responsibility

A theoretical and practical overview of ethics theory, values formation and ethical decision making within the context of management and leadership. Ethics and values are presented from a Judeo-Christian perspective with emphasis on workable models for ethical decision making and social responsibility at both the professional and personal level.

ACC-525: Accounting for Decision-Making

An examination of contemporary accounting issues for managers, such as principles, techniques and uses of accounting in the planning and decision making of organizations. The use of information technology plays a key role in this course. Areas of emphasis include the budgetary process, performance evaluation techniques, product costing methods, constraint management and ethics.

FIN-643: Managerial Finance

A study of essential concepts of financial management including working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structures, planning, time value of money and dividend policy. Prerequisite: ACC-525.

MGT-531: Organizational Behavior and Change

The study of the behavior of individuals and teams within organizations based on current management theory. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating and changing work-related behaviors in organizations. Key topics include organizational structure, understanding culture, power, diversity, leadership and communication within the organization.

MKT-651: Marketing Strategies

A case-method course using real marketing issues as a means to learn how to synthesize marketing fundamentals into effective and practical solutions.

MGT-539: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A focused study of the tools needed in identifying and capitalizing on entrepreneurial business opportunities, methods for managing those opportunities and critical thinking skills needed for innovation and growth. Students work with a team to design an entrepreneurial venture. Additional topics include stimulating new ideas, managing innovative ideas, adapting to change and individual and group roles in the creative process.

FIN-645: Advanced Managerial Finance

An exploration of advanced methods and techniques important to the financial success of an organization. Topics include cash management, capitalization issues, risk management, ethical and legal issues in financial decision-making and approaches to financial planning. Students learn to assess the financial operations and positions of an organization using various analysis methods. Prerequisite: FIN-643.

FIN-646: Global Finance

A study of crucial concepts and tools to strategically manage international financial activities. Students will develop an understanding of policy issues affecting international trade and finance. Other topics covered include the role and impact of international trade policies on the global economy and financial markets, currency markets, international financial systems and management and macroeconomic policies. Prerequisite: FIN-645.

FIN-647: Entrepreneurial Finance

An introduction to current thinking in the areas of valuation, real options such as mergers and acquisitions, and the economics of contracts to a new venture decision. Topics include investment analysis, financing the entrepreneurial firm, harvesting, the role of angel investors, incubators, venture capital and financial contracts. Prerequisite: FIN-646.

MGT-696: Applied Finance Project

A project-based capstone course in which the student will demonstrate the ability to integrate finance education and practical experience by selecting a problem of practice at work and implementing a plan for improvement and/or action research or a program evaluation to solve the problem or improve the issue. Prerequisite: FIN-647.