Overview

$26,070* Total Tuition
As few as 14-16 months Program Duration
33-42 Credit Hours

The Master of Business Administration, Finance Specialization online program equips students with the skills and knowledge for a range of roles in financial analysis and management.

Students will study financial instruments and markets, including balance sheet structures, regulations and trends across the evolving spectrum of business. The program develops a thorough understanding of the financial activities of commercial banks, finance companies, investment banks, securities firms, mutual funds and hedge funds. Presented in a format that emphasizes flexibility and convenience to accommodate working professionals' busy lifestyles, the program leverages technologies to provide an experience with real-world applications.

AACSB International

The La Salle School of Business is internationally recognized for being accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

La Salle's online MBA is:

  • Innovative. Students learn and apply the latest business thinking in highly interactive courses. The combination of online learning and skill development reflects today's business environment.
  • Flexible. The program provides students with meaningful interactions with their instructors and peers and gives them significant flexibility to balance the demands of education with their personal and professional lives.
  • Relevant. The program provides outstanding graduate business education in a unique learning environment. Throughout the program, students are continuously developing skills and acquiring knowledge that can be applied immediately in the workplace and serve as a foundation for long-term career success.
  • Collaborative. The program facilitates students working together and networking with a diverse group of peers from a range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, supply chain, not-for-profit and government.

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Tuition

Our MBA, Finance Specialization online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All program and course fees are included in the total tuition cost.

$790 Per Credit Hour
$26,070* Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MBA, Finance Specialization $790 $2,370 $26,070*

Tuition is billed by the term for all courses in which you are enrolled during that period and is payable in full by 3 p.m. ET on the Friday prior to your first day of class. Any unpaid balance will result in your removal from the course. However, if removed from a course, you are encouraged to enroll in the following term.

*For students needing all core courses and foundation courses, total tuition could be as much as $33,180. Foundation courses are 2 credit hours each, for a cost of $1,580 per course. Tuition and fees are subject to an annual change.

La Salle is ranked #26 among the “Best Regional Universities North,” according to U.S. News & World Report (2021).

Calendar

La Salle University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

08/16/21 Next Application Due Date
08/30/21 Next Class Start Date

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Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration, Finance Specialization online program are evaluated on a holistic basis. The Admissions Committee takes into account interest, aptitude and potential for achievement in graduate studies. The requirements include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Professional resume detailing professional experience

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This program adheres to the accreditation standards established by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Prior to evaluation by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Professional resume
  • Test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—or, with permission of the department, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)**

**The GMAT (or GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold an undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school
  • Hold an undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school and have three years of professional experience
  • Hold an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited school and have more than five years of professional experience
  • Hold a CFA charter or CPA license, or have passed the CPA or CFA certifying exams
  • Earned a master's degree or higher from a graduate program accredited in its discipline

The GMAT (or GRE) requirement may be deferred and eventually waived if an applicant has graduated with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any undergraduate discipline and has at least two years of business experience. These students take up to 12 credit hours in the program and, if they earn a grade of "B–" or better in each course, as well as an overall minimum 3.3 GPA, the GMAT/GRE will be waived.

Documentation can be sent via email to [email protected]. If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

La Salle University
Office of Adult Enrollment
Box 112
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Courses

For the MBA, Finance Specialization online, the curriculum is comprised of a maximum of 14 courses (39 credit hours)—depending on prior academic and professional experience—including three foundation courses, four core courses, three finance specialization courses, four executive perspectives courses and the integrative capstone course.

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Students who have not completed equivalent coursework must complete the following courses (2 credit hours each), along with MBA Math for no credit. Students who have completed undergraduate foundation courses in accounting, finance and economics, and received a grade of "B" or better in each, will receive a waiver from all foundation courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introductory study of financial accounting. This includes studying basic accounting language and concepts, recording financial transactions, and preparing and interpreting financial statements. Reporting and analyzing operating income, operating assets, and owner financing is also emphasized.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course serves as an introduction to the financial system and its relationship to domestic and international business activity financing. Financial market components and phenomena such as financial instruments, institutions, the flow of funds, market efficiency, interest rate determination and term structure, exchange rates, and government policy are analyzed. An introduction is given to the concept of financial asset valuation and the time value of money.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course explores issues pertaining to the operation of businesses and the markets in which they operate. Among these are the behavior of consumers, the determinants of prices and production levels, profit maximization, the efficiency of market outcomes, and market failures. The course applies economic thinking to issues like cost/benefit analysis, the maximization of consumer satisfaction, risk analysis, economic inequality, international trade, and government regulation of markets.

Students must complete the following courses. Students with an undergraduate business degree, plus a major in the following disciplines, can waive the corresponding core course: Marketing (MBA 690), Accounting (MBA 691), Finance (MBA 692), and Business Analytics (MBA 693).

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course shows how the techniques of marketing management can be used to attract and satisfy customers while building long-term business profitability. Topics include (1) market, consumer and competitive analysis; (2) segmentation, targeting and positioning; (3) product development, pricing, promotion and distribution; and (4) marketing strategy and planning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the firm's management accounting system as its primary information system. It examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control and performance evaluation. It explores how accounting systems address business problems and evolve in response to the changing economic environment. The course will relate ethical and global issues to managerial accounting topics. Students will explore and analyze real-world data and apply their gained knowledge to contemporary managerial accounting problems and cases. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a survey course focusing on how managers can construct a decision-making process that maximizes the value of the firm. Because the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, considerable time will be spent investigating how to achieve the above objectives, subject to the constraints of an uncertain future. Outside readings, case studies, and text material will be used to integrate current financial theory with pragmatic financial decision making. A working knowledge of the basic concepts in finance, accounting and statistics is assumed. The use of an electronic spreadsheet is needed for homework assignments and case analysis. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the growing field of business analytics. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods and models to support effective organizational problem solving and informed decision making. The course includes methods, tools and techniques for summarizing and visualizing historical data, which is relevant to descriptive analytics–the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; methods, tools and techniques for extracting information from existing data in order to determine patterns, which is relevant to predictive analytics–the use of data to find out what will happen in the future; and methods, tools and techniques for optimization, which is relevant to prescriptive analytics - the use of data to determine the best course of action in the future. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an examination of modern financial markets. Specifically, we discuss the largest financial intermediaries including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds with a focus on balance sheet structures, regulation and current issues and trends. We also examine various financial instruments, derivatives and off-balance sheet activities that are useful from a risk-management perspective within the industry. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. It deals with the characteristics of individual securities and portfolios, criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition, criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance, and the impact of government regulation. The evaluation of current theory, its significance for the financial management decision making, and the consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current developments in global financial markets and instruments from the perspective of firm management. Topics include an overview of foreign security markets, trends in foreign exchange risk management, and the impact of international debt on multinational firms. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self-assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant's management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires, decision-making exercises, and role plays) and feedback from coworkers, faculty and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills they need to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is about the manager's responsibilities for problem solving and decision making, and those areas in which information technology can be used to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. Students learn about the role of data, information and knowledge in managerial problem solving and decision making. Transactional processing and database management systems (DBMS) are used to store, manage and retrieve data in organizations. Decision support system (DSS) tools and technologies (such as natural language programming and influence diagramming) are used to organize data into information for decision analytics. Expert systems (ES) are used to synthesize information into knowledge for knowledge management. Students are required to use DBMS, DSS and ES software packages in a hands-on environment.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates the areas of finance and accounting and is designed to provide students with the ability to analyze financial statements, understand the incentives of companies to manage earnings through their choices of accounting methods, understand the limitations to the usefulness of financial statements, and understand the value of financial statements in decision making from the perspective of investors, creditors and management. Prerequisite: completion of MBA core courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to explore the complex ethical, legal, cultural, political, social and economic issues confronting individuals, groups and organizations. We will use various models and theories to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the issues of a diverse set of organizational stakeholders. Prerequisite: Completion of MBA foundation courses.

Students must take the following course.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This integrative capstone course is designed to expose students to strategies that companies use to build and sustain competitive advantage in the global market. The course provides students with industry, competitor and business-level analytic tools that help students to assess factors that influence strategy formulation and strategy implementation in both domestic and global markets. Prerequisite: all required (non-specialization) course work.

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