MBA in Finance

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MBA with a Concentration in Finance Program Overview

Our AACSB-accredited online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance is a 33- to 42-credit program that provides highly marketable operational knowledge and leadership skills with an in-depth focus on financial management.

Our MBA with a concentration in finance helps you master strategic thinking and management skills that can be seamlessly applied to real-world scenarios. Through the course of this comprehensive program, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the interpretation and application of multiple areas of investment, economics, and accounting.

Designed to allow working professionals to complete the program at their own pace, our online MBA with a concentration in finance can be completed in as little as four semesters. Each online course is taught by the same doctoral-level business professionals who teach on campus.

Careers for MBA in Finance Graduates

UT Permian Basin’s online program will prepare you for advancement in a wide variety of corporate careers, including:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Manager
  • Policy Director
  • Budget Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Business Development Director
  • Planning Analyst
Preparation Courses

Upon admission (regular and conditional), students will be evaluated for statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in this area are referred to BUSI2342 or MATH 6301 (statistical literacy) until literacy requirement is fulfilled. Statistical literacy (BUSI2342 or MATH 6301) must be remedied in the first semester in which the student is accepted into the MBA program and must be taken before the student enrolls in MNGT 6303, FINA 6320, MNGT 6361, MNGT 6366, or electives in accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

Courses
Duration
Credits
MATH 6301 - Statistics
16 weeks
3
Upon admission students will be evaluated for computer literacy and statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in these areas are referred to MATH 6301 (statistical literacy). MATH 6301 must be taken before the student enrolls in MNGT 6303, FINA 6320, MNGT 6361, MNGT 6366, or electives in marketing, finance, or economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
Core Courses

12 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting information designed for the planning, assessment, and control of business entities. Emphasizes the use of information for decision-making.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2021 Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
FINA 6320 - Financial Management
8 weeks
3
Survey of foundational concepts in finance; in particular, discounted cash flow analysis and its applications to valuation of bonds, stocks, and corporate capital assets. Introduction to the following topics: bond and stock markets; pricing mechanisms in those markets; relationship between risk and return; capital budgeting methods based on discounted cash flow valuation.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
MNGT 6360 - Organizational Behavior
8 weeks
3
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
8 weeks
3
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presence of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making with this matrix will be stressed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
Courses Beyond Core

21 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
MNGT 6320 - Production & Operation Management
8 weeks
3
The role of the operations management function within the context of an organization, be it public or private, profit or nonprofit, manufacturing or service. The course emphasizes the application of concepts of in process analysis, material management, and quality management. Both quantitative and behavioral perspectives are presented.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Spring A 2022
ACCT 6311 - Information Systems Management
8 weeks
3
Methods and problem resolution in developing and managing company-wide information systems.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Spring B 2021 Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021
MNGT 6301 - Legal Environment of Business
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the role of law in our system of business and commerce both facilitating and constraining business decision-making. In addition, this course will introduce the operation of legal institutions and the fundamentals of legal reasoning.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Spring A 2022
FINA 6321 - Corporate Finance & Strategy
8 weeks
3
Foundational concepts of modern corporate finance. Course topics include capital budgeting and long-term financing, capital budgeting concerns, and application of valuation methods to long-term investment decisions by the company. Long-term financing concerns and how the firm will raise funds to pay for its investments in capital projects is also explored. Other key topics include capital structure of the firm, managerial incentives and corporate control, and financial risk management.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6302 - Marketing Analytics
8 weeks
3
This course includes concepts of business and marketing analytics and practices the analytic methodologies to assist making better business and marketing decisions with hands-on learning experiences. Topics will include: Using R in Marketing Analytics; Marketing Content Analysis; Segmentation, Targeting & Positioning Analysis; Data Visualization, etc.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6366 - Strategic Management
8 weeks
3
Opportunity for development and implementation of knowledge from multiple disciplines and integration of viewpoints of different functions of an organization. Case evaluation and discussion are stressed.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Spring B 2022
MRKT 6301 - International Business
8 weeks
3
The course investigates government and businesses across borders and the dynamics between countries/regions, including country profiles, regional integration, trade, law and foreign direct investment. This course is macro in nature and focuses on international business and its overriding theories, and how to apply them in management decisions.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Fall B 2022
Finance Elective Courses
Courses
Duration
Credits
FINA 6322 - Management of Financial Institutions
8 weeks
3
This course is a study of management of financial institutions in a global financial services environment. The course covers risk identification, measurement, and management; regulatory compliance; capital adequacy; liquidity; and profitability from the perspective of a financial manager.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Fall B 2022
FINA 6325 - Financial Derivatives I
8 weeks
3
Introduction to futures and forward contracts and their markets, including how these derivatives are created and traded. The course covers how businesses can use these contracts to hedge risk. Students are introduced to the principles of valuation and pricing for these securities and the mathematical models that apply. Swaps may be covered if time permits.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Spring B 2022
FINA 6330 - International Finance
8 weeks
3
A comprehensive study of international financial markets that covers currency exchange mechanisms in theory and practice, including international monetary systems, offshore financial markets, and currency risk management.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
FINA 6331 - Energy Finance
8 weeks
3
This course introduces students to the principle concepts and application in energy finance. Topics include: fundamental of petroleum and value chain, oil and gas financial statement analysis, financing energy companies and projects, O&G database application, and energy risk management using derivative instruments. Students will complete an energy projects incorporating major components of the course to tackle real-world problems.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
FINA 6335 - Energy Investment and Risk Management
8 weeks
3
New offering, course details to be added soon. Please reach out to an MBA faculty member for more information.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: N/A

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards
  • Official transcripts

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver may be required to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Waiver Policy

If you have an undergraduate degree in business, you may be able to complete the program with as few as 33 credit hours. If your undergraduate degree is not in business, you will have to complete all 42 credit hours.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

Faculty Bios

Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
MS, Texas Tech University
gormus_a@utpb.edu

Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, University of North Texas
MA, University of Texas at Austin
haensly_p@utpb.edu

Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Kent State University
MS, Kent State University
MBA, Kent State University
MComm, Bangalore University
pai_p@utpb.edu

Professor of Marketing
Director of Graduate Programs, College of Business, UT Permian Basin
saran_a@utpb.edu

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