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Master of Business Administration with a Finance Concentration or Specialization Online

Deepen your strategic knowledge of financial management with the MBA – Finance online program. Students will graduate from this program with a clear understanding of financial management, including the practical application of theory to corporate business environments.

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Program Overview

Earning your MBA with a Finance Concentration or Specialization online will provide you with a thorough study of financial management. This program deepens your quantitative skills and critical-thinking abilities, giving you a strong competitive advantage in the job market. You may also find that broadening your knowledge of financial market conditions and behaviors can give you a better understanding of other areas of business.

Total Program Tuition icon $12,473.90* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 30 Credit Hours
Total Program Tuition icon $12,473.90 Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 10 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 36 Credit Hours

MBA with a Finance Concentration Online

The way a firm chooses to raise capital may be affected by current economic and financial market conditions, which in turn could be a function of saver behavior. Students wishing to understand the interplay of these factors and deepen their understanding of contemporary finance issues may take three finance courses and earn an MBA with a Concentration in Finance.

MBA with a Finance Specialization Online

The specialization option allows you to gain an understanding of financial management and markets while tailoring your MBA to best meet your needs. Students taking the Finance Specialization will choose two classes in contemporary investments, contemporary issues in finance, or financial markets and institutions as well as one additional MBA elective.

This robust program leads the way for you to:

  • Study the changing financial system and the effect on interest rates and firm performance
  • Understand the latest developments in the techniques of investing and financial decision-making
  • Learn the principles and strategies for organizational and change management
  • Study the application of quantitative methods and management science
AACSB Accredited

The School of Business at Louisiana State University Shreveport is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Less than 5 percent of all business schools worldwide meet AACSB International's demanding standards.

Career opportunities

An MBA with a Concentration or Specialization in Finance is an asset to those working directly in the field as well as to professionals in other business roles looking to enhance their financial acumen. Career opportunities include:

  • Corporate Finance Manager
  • Asset Management
  • Hedge Fund Investment Manager
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Private Equity Manager
  • Private Banking Manager
  • Financial Consultant
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"I wanted to advance, which I am doing now. But the competition here is tough. Obviously, getting the MBA will make me stand out more against others who are also in search of advancing within the organization."

Cedric Crossley, Jr., MBA in Finance online student

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Tuition

The MBA – Finance online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Program Tuition
$12,473.90* Total Program Tuition
Total Program Tuition
$349.85 Tuition Per Credit Hour

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Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit-Hour Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$349.85 $65.95 $415.80 $1,049.55 $197.85 $1,247.40
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Calendar

The MBA – Finance online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated course work and multiple start dates per year.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Early Registration & Tuition Deadline Final Tuition Deadline
3/18/2019 2/25/2019 3/4/2019 11/5/2018 3/6/2019 3/13/2019
5/13/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 4/8/2019 5/1/2019 5/8/2019
7/8/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 4/8/2019 6/26/2019 7/3/2019
9/2/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 4/8/2019 8/21/2019 8/28/2019
10/28/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 4/8/2019 10/16/2019 10/23/2019

Note: All payments must be made no later than 11:30 p.m. CST. Payment for classes added after the Final Tuition Deadline will need to be made prior to 11:30 p.m. the next day. Students who register and/or pay after the Final Tuition Deadline may be subject to a $50 late fee.

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and preparing for more rewarding opportunities. We’ve streamlined the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the MBA – Finance online program must follow the admission requirements below.

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  • Submit the graduate application and $20 application fee
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 3.0 overall GPA or minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND at least three years of professional work experience as verified by a professional resume,** OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND
    • a minimum GMAT score of 450 AND
    • a minimum score of 1,000 points based on 200 points times the GPA plus the GMAT score (for example, an overall 2.5 GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 1,000, which is acceptable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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Additional Information

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To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.

Graduates of colleges or universities accredited by the proper regional accrediting association may apply for admission to graduate study at LSUS. Admission is restricted to include only those students whose academic records indicate they can successfully undertake graduate work in the proposed area. Admission to graduate study at LSUS requires that all previously undertaken graduate work meets LSUS academic standards.

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program. The following categories of students are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study at LSUS.

Students With a Graduate Degree From a Regionally Accredited University [+]

Unless specified otherwise by individual programs, graduate students who possess a graduate degree previously earned from a regionally accredited university are eligible for unconditional admission.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and Some Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who have some graduate course work but do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the undergraduate degree program and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on any graduate work attempted, with no grades of D or F.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and No Previous Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Individual graduate programs might have their own GPA and other admission requirements that are different than the above.

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International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit the following additional information.

  • Submit graduate application and $30 application fee
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • If your native language is not English, you must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper administered test, 80 on the internet-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless a degree has been obtained from an accredited United States institution. Additional information regarding the exams can be found at teofl.org or ielts.org.
    • Applicants may be exempt if they meet one of the following criteria:
      • U.S. citizens (this includes U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa)
      • Permanent resident
      • Citizen of a TOEFL/IELTS exempt country. Exempted countries can be verified here.
  • An official transcript (sent directly from the registrar) from all colleges/universities attended should be sent to the Admissions and Records Office. Transcript(s) should reflect all graduate and undergraduate work and any degrees previously awarded.

Hand-delivered evaluations must remain in the original, sealed, unopened envelope to be considered official. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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"I really feel like the online environment allows you to delve more into conceptual issues and solving problems. It's a lot more of working through solutions to particular problems as opposed to just spending my time going over definitions."

-Dr. Tim Shaughnessy, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

Courses

The MBA – Finance Concentration online curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, including seven core courses (21 credit hours) and three concentration courses (nine credit hours). The MBA – Finance Specialization online curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, including seven core courses (21 credit hours), two specialization courses (six credit hours), and one elective course (three credit hours).

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Students must take the following courses.

ACCT 701: Managerial Use of Accounting Data

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the sources and uses of accounting information used in the management decision-making process. Three hours of lecture.

ECON 705: Economic Analysis for Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Economic analysis for management.

FIN 701: Financial Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study and application of advanced financial techniques for managerial decision making. Three hours of lecture.

ISDS 705: Management Information Systems

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of contemporary topics in information systems, to include: a survey of information systems analysis and design; informatics; e-commerce; business data communication; database management systems and knowledge-based systems; enterprise-wide systems; and information systems control. Three hours of lecture.

MADM 701: Organizational Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Developing skills to lead and manage change in organizations through an understanding of organizational process, individual motivation, and group behavior. Emphasizes the application of organizational behavior concepts to solve managerial problems in an integrative and ethical manner. Methods of study include readings, cases, exercises and self-assessments, research and seminar discussions. Three hours of lecture.

MKT 701: Marketing Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of marketing in business and society. Analyses of marketing management concepts and methods are developed through reports, discussion, and case study. Three hours of lecture.

MADM 760: Organizational Strategy and Policies

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An integrating course with emphasis on formulating and implementing basic strategy and policy decisions. An analytic approach to strategic decisions pursued through readings, cases and participation in an integrated case analysis. Three hours of lecture.

In addition to the core courses, students pursuing an MBA – Finance Concentration must take all three of the following courses. Students earning their MBA – Finance Specialization may choose two of the following courses and one MBA elective.

FIN 710: Contemporary Investments

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An advanced course examining investment strategies and technology. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of recent academic research to the dynamic global investment environment.

FIN 720: Contemporary Issues in Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Special topics from corporate finance, investments, and international finance. Emphasis is placed on the connections between theoretical findings and industry practices.

FIN 730: Financial Markets and Institution

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of financial markets, instruments, and institutions and their role in the economy and financial management. Coverage will include current issues affecting the financial system.

Students earning their MBA – Finance Specialization must take one of the following elective courses.

MADM 710: Strategic Management of Human Capital

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course exposes students to the intersection of human resource management (HRM) and business strategy - the strategic management of human capital. The goal is to introduce students to core HR competency areas that are needed to be successful as a manager. The course explores topics of current importance in the context of strategic human resource management, such as strategic HR planning, recruiting and selection, EEO laws/ethics, compensation, and performance management.

MADM 715: Labor and Employment Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the developing body of modern employment law. Topics include the at-will doctrine, wrongful discharge, just cause, invasion of privacy, ERISA, COBRA, OSHA, workers compensation, sexual harassment, state and federal employment discrimination laws such as TITLE VII, ADEA, ADA, and other forms of protective legislation such as FMLA and FLSA.

MADM 720: Leadership Communication

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application and analysis of key communication theories and strategies. Journal articles and visual media are used to assess how communication strategies influence organizational goals and decision making. Effective responses to organizational challenges and dilemmas are evaluated through case studies on crisis management, conflict management, social and news media, as well as interpersonal communication.

MADM 725: Casino and Resort Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the challenges associated with hotel or resort management and operations, in particular, in the context of an integrated or associated gaming facility. This course will consider the challenges of both resort and casino management, including topics in operations, legal concerns, products, financial controls, human resource management, and strategy

MADM 730: International Business

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course in international business focuses primarily on the macro environmental concepts that impact the expansion of companies into more than one sovereign location, as well as addressing the expansion of international companies into local markets. The course will help explain the risks and challenges organizations face and explore strategic approaches.

MADM 740: International Experience

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with a deeper understanding of international business through cultural immersion.

MADM 751: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

With an emphasis on creativity and innovation, the focus of this course is on the study of the basic stages of the business start-up process: opportunity recognition, plan formulation, new venture creation and management, and growth.

MADM 752: Small Business and Family Enterprise

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This courses examines family and business systems by exploring relationships between individuals and the unique personal, interpersonal, wealth, and business issues faced by family-owned and managed firms.

MKT 705: Hospitality and Casino Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the key concepts in marketing of casinos and organizations in the hospitality industry. The course considers the unique marketing challenges inherent in organizations with combined hospitality and gaming facilities.

MKT 710: International Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course in international marketing explores international, regional, and global theories of marketing outside the home country market. The course considers the implementation of marketing tactics and strategies under different environmental conditions and cultural influences.

ISDS 702: Quantitative Methods in Business

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative methods, management science, and statistics for business decision making, including statistical estimation and inferences, regression analysis, forecasting techniques, analysis of variance, linear programming, simulation, queuing, and network analysis. Three hours of lecture.

ISDS 710: Data Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a conceptual and technical foundation of various business analytics, research methods, and marketing metrics. The purpose is to help students acquire practical business and marketing skills in data analysis via hands-on experience.

ISDS 715: Project Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1,247.39

This course focuses on the domains, tasks, skills and knowledge associated with successful project management. This course provides preparation for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing a project throughout the entire process. The course provides educational preparation for becoming a certified project manager.

ISDS 720: Process Improvement

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1,247.39

The course will explore several systemic methods that are commonly used to improve the overall performance of a company. A complete discussion of the Six Sigma DMAIC process (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) including the statistical and process mapping tools will identify and determine the relationship between process inputs and outputs and how these affect overall company performance. Critical metrics will be discussed and linked to the overall expected bottom line improvement.

ISDS 730: Lean Transformation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1,247.39

This course explores lean transformation – the number one improvement methodology designed for creating and maintaining a sustainable organization. All types of organizations, including financial, healthcare, governmental, logistics, and manufacturing are committed to this improvement program. This course will provide knowledge and hands-on experience with the most powerful tools used for lean transformations.

FIN 740: Financial Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces analytical tools to solve practical problems in finance, using R. The topics include: (1) financial time series analysis, (2) forecasting, (3) portfolio optimization, (4) fixed income securities, (5) derivatives pricing, (6) credit risk models, and (7) quantitative risk management. Students should have a strong background in statistical analysis from their undergraduate program, graduate coursework, or professional experience prior to enrolling in this course.

Students who lack recent educational or professional experience in accounting, finance, economics, or statistics may choose to take up to four optional one-credit foundation courses prior to or during the MBA degree program. Each course is offered independently on a Pass/Fail basis.

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*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2019 pricing and subject to change without notice. Tuition listed above does not include optional foundation courses.

**Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume and any requested supporting documents. Our Admissions Committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.

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