Finance MBA Concentration Overview

The Finance concentration provides you with the skills you need to compete in a global economy, where the timely interpretation of ever-changing financial information is critical to business success. Through this concentration, you will gain in-depth financial knowledge and skills to help you make those interpretations. MBA Finance graduates work in finance and accounting, consulting, marketing and sales, project management, and many other disciplines.

MBA Requirements

It's important to become familiar with all the requirements to complete the MBA.

Concentration Required Courses

The Finance MBA concentration can be satisfied through the following courses. Review the course descriptions for additional information about prerequisites. Your course selection within this concentration also can satisfy the MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits) requirements. Contact a Graduate Adviser for more information.


Concentration: Finance – 9 Credits
6200:631 Financial Markets and Institutions (3 credits)
6200:645 Investment Analysis (3 credits)
6200:678 Capital Budgeting (3 credits)
Choose three credits from the following:
6200:538 International Banking (3 credits)
6200:650 Techniques of Financial Modeling (3 credits)
6200:681 Multinational Corporate Finance (3 credits)
6200:690 Selected Topics in Finance (3 credits)
6200:691 International Markets and Investments (3 credits)
6200:697 Independent Study in Finance (3 credits)
6200:698 Independent Study: Business Law (3 credits)

Additional MBA Requirements

MBA Gateway Courses (0-12 credits)

  • 6200:601 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • 6400:602 Managerial Finance (3 credits)
  • 6400:655 Government and Business (3 credits)
  • 3250:600 Foundations of Economic Analysis (3 credits)
  • 6700:695 Gateway Internship* (3 credits)

(*Required for students with no work experience; taken for credit but not applied toward graduation requirements.)

Gateway courses may be waived based on recent comparable coursework or waiver exams.

MBA Proficiencies

Students must show proficiency in the following areas critical to success in the MBA:

  • Microsoft Excel/Spreadsheets
  • Writing
  • Quantitative Skills/Statistics

There are many ways to show proficiency, including testing.

MBA Professional Courses* (6 credits)

  • 6700:696 Leading and influencing (required in year 1, first semester) (1 credit)
  • 6700:696 Professional Integrity and Social Responsibility (1 credit)
  • 6700:696 Negotiation (1 credit)
  • 6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy (3 credits)

MBA Core Courses* (18 credits)

  • 6200:610 Process Analysis and Cost Management (3 credits)
  • 6400:674 Strategic Financial Decision Making (3 credits)
  • 6500:670 Management of Supply Chain and Operations (3 credits)
  • 6500:652 Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
  • 6600:620 Strategic Marketing (3 credits)
  • 6800:605 International Business Environments (3 credits)

*All core and Professional courses require Excel, writing and statistics proficiency prior to enrollment.

MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits)

The Action learning course CAN be satisfied within the concentration. Review the full list of approved Action Learning courses.

Integrative Course

  • 6500:695 Organizational Strategy (3 credits)

(Restricted to students graduating within two semesters.)

Students currently admitted to this program may have different course requirements than those listed here. Refer to your official Program Checklist and DARS in My Akron for your program requirements.