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MBA in Finance Online

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The MBA That Fits Your Life

  • Under $19K total tuition
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Can complete in about 1 year
  • Curriculum revised in 2021
  • Start your path to become a Chartered Financial Analyst®

MBA in Finance Online Program Overview

Earn the finance graduate degree that fits your finances – and your career goals.

At less than $19,000 in online tuition and with courses that can be completed in about a year, you can increase your marketability with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

Suited for investment brokers, small business owners, project analysts and top executives, the MBA in Finance program combines exceptional business training with a focused examination of topics such as short-term financial management, capital budgeting and portfolio management.

Integrated with themes of leadership, ethics, innovation and strategy, an MBA in Finance couples financial management know-how with business leadership savvy – which can make you an asset to any organization.

SNHU has a long history of providing highly respected finance-related undergraduate and graduate degrees, having been founded as an accounting school in 1932. Our MBA in Finance continues this tradition.

Learn how to:

  • Analyze financial data using quantitative and qualitative techniques
  • Use data for decision-making
  • Develop and foster adaptable strategies for an organization
  • Evaluate and implement various models and processes in the design and continuous improvement of organizations and their practices
  • Cultivate globally aware and culturally responsive teams and organizations
  • Create and implement plans around culture, ethical and legal standards, and sustainable practices

The MBA in Finance curriculum is also aligned with the industry-leading CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) designation’s Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), to ensure the full curriculum is current and relevant.

Career Outlook

The MBA in Finance online program prepares you to enter or advance in a number of exciting careers. Professional opportunities range from investment banking to securities to small business development.

And because the program core is founded on traditional MBA training, you'll learn practical, valuable skills in areas such as marketing, strategy and change management – all of which are in demand.

While your MBA in Finance degree can prepare you for many careers, the future appears especially promising for highly skilled finance professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for business and financial occupations is expected to increase 5% through 2029.1 The median annual wages for positions in these fields was $69,820 in May 2019.1 This is considerably higher than the median annual wage for all occupations nationwide.

Employment for top executives across the U.S. is projected to grow 4% through 2029.1 The median salary for top executives is $104,690.1 Salaries are strong, but so is the competition for jobs. Having an MBA in Finance could help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.

Potential jobs for people with an MBA in Finance include:

  • Budget analyst: A budget analyst might advise an organization on how to organize its finances. They might prepare special reports and analyses. Helping an organization manage its finances is a role that requires strong communication skills as well as a sound, holistic view of how businesses are managed.
  • Financial advisor: In this role, you might consult with clients on personal investment needs and provide advice for how to meet short- and long-term financial goals. You may invest money on your client's behalf, or even sell insurance products.
  • Financial manager: Responsible for the overall financial health of an organization, a financial manager may oversee the budget process, billing or other business matters. This role requires a strong knowledge of financial information as well as a good foundation of business principles.
  • Investment analyst: A person in this role conducts research and analyzes financial data to make informed recommendations to their clients about their investments. They may assess profits and loss for their organization or clients or may assess the performance of stocks and bonds in order to make informed recommendations and analyses.
  • Business intelligence analysts: In this role, you may look closely at various forms of data to identify areas where your client or organization can improve financially. Strong business skills – as well as excellent financial skills – are crucial here.
  • Risk analyst: In this role, your primary responsibility may be to analyze the risk involved in your organization's or client’s financial decisions. Strong analytical and finance skills are helpful here, as are strong communication skills. You may write reports or give presentations to share your recommendations on how to limit risk within a variety of financial matters.
  • Management analyst: In this role, you might make recommendations for how a business could improve its overall operations. You might specialize in inventory control or organizational restructuring. Developing solutions and making recommendations for procedures and best practices are hallmarks of this role.
  • Accountants and auditors: In this role, you might track, manage, examine and interpret financial documents, taxes and other financial records for your organization. It’s important to feel comfortable working both independently and in teams to be successful in this role.
  • Leadership roles in finance: Every business needs someone at the top to take responsibility for operations, planning and finances. While this role may have different job titles – such as chief financial officer – the responsibilities tend to be wide-ranging in scope and require a high level of management expertise.

Kristin Regis with the text Kristin Regis“The MBA in Finance provides the knowledge to help a business owner or a corporate executive achieve success because finance impacts every strategic decision,” said Kristin Regis, associate dean of business programs at Southern New Hampshire University.

It’s important to note that your education from an MBA in Finance can allow you the opportunity to apply your skills to organizations of all sizes, from small, independent businesses to large corporations, from private industry to government agencies and nonprofits.

Getting an MBA in Finance could also allow you to enjoy owning and operating your own business. This includes creating business plans, hiring and managing staff, developing marketing strategies and handling all financial matters. A strong holistic view of business can help you succeed in this role.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Finance Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

With curriculum revised in 2021, the MBA in Finance online degree program provides you with the skills you need to confidently engage in such careers as small business owner, project manager, investment analyst or chief executive officer.

By providing a solid foundation in all areas of business, the curriculum offers the flexibility and diversity in scope you need with the financial focus you desire to apply your degree to any area of business you choose.

“Finance impacts every area of business,” said Kristin Regis, associate dean of business programs at Southern New Hampshire University. “A deeper understanding of finance will help the MBA graduate with small business management as well as a chief executive who needs to understand financial implications of strategic decisions and the company’s financial position.”

In the relaunched program, you'll cover traditional topics like marketing, accounting and ethics, but they'll be weaved throughout your 7 core courses – like in Leading People and Organizations, or Organizational Strategy in a Global Environment.

As a finance student, you might find one of these courses – Measuring Success in an Organization – aligned with your financial interests. Required of all MBA students no matter their concentration, this class can give you a solid understanding of financial and management accounting principles, analytical techniques and computer-based tools. In addition, you can develop skills that position you to prepare, monitor and evaluate financial and accounting reports and metrics, and then present your findings and recommendations.

In addition to the core courses, the MBA in Finance offers 3 classes dedicated to the close study of finance principles to create this specialized degree. This may include courses such as:

  • Corporate Financial Management: Survey finance from a corporate perspective. Topics include investments, capital structure and re-structuring, budgeting and financial markets, as well as policy and portfolio management. You may analyze a firm's opportunities and risk level within these categories to evaluate the impact on shareholder's value.
  • Short-Term Financial Management: Examine traditional working capital topics, such as liquidity analysis and management, inventory, and receivables and payables management. Additional emphasis is given to core cash management, payment systems and banking relationships. You may also study cash forecasting, short-term borrowing and risk management.
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management: Study the various techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. You may also discuss stocks and bonds in terms of valuation, risk-return measurement and diversification. Other aspects of portfolio theory may be examined as well.

Across these courses, students will “create an in-depth financial analysis report and use a Harvard Business Review working capital simulation program,” Regis said. “They will write a detailed comparative analysis paper to assess the economic environment. They will also create an investment analysis report based on market and industry trends.”

Overall, students in the MBA in Finance degree program graduate with a strong knowledge of “strategic financial management skills and a deep understanding of cash management, budgeting, financial markets, investments and portfolio management," Regis said. "You will also learn capital structure to support decision making."

Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.

Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. Our students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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