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Business & Management

Master of Business Administration – Finance

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a highly valued degree in the business world. USU’s MBA program combines business theory with practical skills that students can apply in their jobs on a daily basis. USU MBA students will gain a deep understanding of the functional areas of a business including finance and accounting, marketing, human resources and information technology. MBA students will develop leadership skills through courses in organizational behavior, business law and ethics, international/global management, strategic planning and organizational change and innovation. The MBA curriculum also teaches critical thinking and problem solving, project management, communication, teamwork and ethics.

USU’s MBA program provides working adults the opportunity to earn an advanced degree without interrupting their careers – or commute to classes. All MBA courses are offered both online and on-campus, providing students with the flexibility to attend a course anytime – and anywhere. Class participation is required, which allows students the opportunity to interact with and learn from the USU faculty and each other. The MBA program offers a flexible curriculum designed to maximize the amount of transfer credits that can be counted towards their degree.

 

Tuition Rate:
$12,420 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$325 per month for 38 months
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals wishing to enroll in the Masters of Business Administration degree program must apply and be admitted to the University. All admission materials must be submitted directly to the admissions office by the application deadline (if applicable). An application to USU includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission,
  • Applicants must submit their official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution, and any post-bachelor degree institution(s); Programs with undergraduate prerequisites require official transcripts from the originating institution(s). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable evaluating agency.
    • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Nursing applicants may use the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Meet any program specific entrance requirements. See program specific admissions requirements.
  • Complete an Enrollment Agreement.
TUITION & COST

Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $12,420 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $325/month for 38 months

*Rate effective for students accepted on or after January 15th, 2018.

COMPLETION TIME

3 semesters/12-16 months

*Dependent on course load

The United States University concentration in Finance provides essentials for corporate financial managers as well as best practices for those in entrepreneurial organizations and start-ups. The depth and richness of the concentration content ensures that practitioners gain practical technical skills to performance financial analysis, interpret reporting, and comply with SEC, and align with FASB and GAAP.  With technology and data playing an increasingly important role in business management and operations, the concentration also covers decision support systems with the opportunity for  students to assess financial data through a range of analytical tools. Students will examine finance for corporate managers, entrepreneurs, commercial bankers, investment bankers, and those working in private equity firms, venture capital firms, as well as corporate venture investments. The concentration delivers a very practitioner based review and analysis of the many funding options for various types of industries and organizations.  

Master of Business Administration - Finance Total
36

Core Courses

ACT 514: Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting data in corporate planning and control. Cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing, activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.

3 Credits

BUS 500: Business Information Systems

This course emphasizes the business and organizational aspects of Information Systems (IS) to provide a competitive advantage, combining the knowledge of business technology. The course includes important topics related to IS, such as Foundations of IS, Data Analytics and Information Management, Enterprise Architecture, Systems Analysis and Design, Knowledge Management and the types of IT Infrastructure used in organizations.

3 Credits

BUS 505: Operations Management and Decision Models

This core course focuses on levers for structuring, managing, and improving a firm’s recurring business operations processes to achieve competitive advantage in customer responsiveness, price, quality, and variety of products and services. Critical to effective management of operations is the ability to model decisions.  Successful decision making requires the ability to structure complex problems, critically analyze options in a constantly changing world of work, and making the best decision given the information available. Students learn how to evaluate and apply analytical tools including optimization, simulation, and decision trees to examine and implement managerial decision models. Business applications include resource allocation, risk analysis and sequential decision-making through time.

3 Credits

BUS 544: Business Economics

Basic microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand, elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive implications of alternative market structures. Market failures and government intervention. Public policy processes affecting business operations.

3 Credits

FIN 510: Financial Management

The financial management of an organization is critical to its long-term viability. In this course students are introduced to financial management concepts. Students will develop graduate level math skills and learn how financial analysis is used to make decisions. Topics covered include: ratio analysis, risk assessment, ROI, cost of capital, and the time value of money.

3 Credits

MKT 506: Marketing Strategy

The primary responsibility of marketing management is to create a mutually beneficial exchange between a company and its customers and to sustain that exchange in a competitive marketplace. This course provides the opportunity for an in-depth review and analysis of the latest theories from psychology and behavioral decision-making, economics and industrial organization, statistics and management science that make up the basis of any marketing strategy that drives this mutually beneficial exchange. Building on the foundational concepts of marketing, students gain increased knowledge on the evolving field of practice related to all areas of organizational marketing.

3 Credits

MGT 504: Talent Acquisition, Performance, and Behavior

In this course, students will study the changing role of the Human Resources function, and the impact this change is having on organizations. In addition, students will analyze current trends students will analyze current trends and issues facing the Human Resource professional, and the skills that will be required to be successful.

3 Credits

MGT 599: Capstone

This is the final course in the MBA program. It is designed to have students demonstrate their understanding through a culminating experience promoting synthesis and application of business concepts and theories from all of their coursework. The United States University MBA core provides students with the essential foundation to build their business mastery: accounting and finance, talent acquisition and development, economics, marketing, operations, information systems, and business policy. The learning experience across the curriculum included principles and application of strategy and execution, ethical and legal considerations in the workplace, diversity, and change management.

3 Credits

Concentration Courses - Finance

BUI 541: Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence

This course addresses tools that are used by decision-makers to develop a better understanding of their businesses and customers. Students assess a broad field of decision support systems, thorough discussion of SAS Visual Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI) Reports, Data Visualization for Problem Solving and other technologies for multidimensional analysis, basic Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) for BI, and SQL with OLAP extensions.

3 Credits

FIN 511: Corporate Financial Accounting

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of financial accounting fundamentals for prospective consumers of corporate financial information, such as managers, stockholders, financial analysts, and creditors. An overview of accounting theory provides a foundation for applying financial accounting concepts and principles to real business issues. This foundation will help students develop the technical skills needed to analyze corporate financial statements and disclosures for use in financial analysis, and to interpret how accounting standards and managerial incentives affect the financial reporting process. Students learn how the FASB creates new GAAP, how to research the FASB Accounting Standards Codification system, and how to prepare and analyze financial statements including the Income Statement, Comprehensive Statement of Income, Balance Sheet, Statement of Shareholder’s Equity, and Statement of Cash Flows in compliance with the SEC, and in conformity with FASB and GAAP.

3 Credits

FIN 512: Finance Strategy and Valuation

This course is primarily for those who may be involved in an entrepreneurial venture at some point in their careers, whether in a large organization, a turnaround situation, a management buyout, or a startup. The course addresses key questions which challenge all entrepreneurs: how much money can and should be raised; when money should be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of a company; and how should funding, employment contracts and exit decisions be structured. It aims to prepare students for these decisions, both as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In addition, the course includes an in-depth analysis of the structure of the private equity industry.

3 Credits

FIN 514: Entrepreneurial Finance

Entrepreneurs often cite finance as being the most essential skill they lack. This course is not only applicable to entrepreneurs, but also to anyone considering a career in commercial banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture capital firms, as well as corporate venture investments. Access to funding (such as borrowing from banks, issuing bonds, or issuing liquid equities) for larger or publicly-traded companies is not accessible to smaller and newer companies. This course provides students with the understanding of various aspects and processes in financial planning and financial management of new ventures or younger companies, as well as investment analysis and considerations for investors providing funding to such companies.

3 Credits