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Master of Business Administration with track in Finance

Maximize financial opportunities and help build wealth for your organization by gaining a comprehensive understanding of modern financial markets and investments.

Apply by: 8/12/24
Start classes: 8/26/24

Program Overview

Get to know your MBA – Finance track online program

$13,361* In-State Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
31 Credit Hours

The online Master of Business Administration with track in Finance prepares you for leadership roles by equipping you with valuable investment knowledge and skills. You will delve into asset allocation and security analysis, exploring how to make informed decisions about distributing your investment portfolio. Additionally, you will learn about the issuance and trading of financial securities, enabling you to navigate the complexities of the financial markets.

This program will help you pursue professional certifications through the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner) exams. The MBA in Finance provides essential skills and expertise required to excel in the investment market and effectively manage financial assets.

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The College of Business and Economics at Longwood University is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Graduates of the MBA - Finance track will:

  • Gain core business knowledge in finance, accounting, management, marketing, and strategic integration
  • Establish a conceptual understanding of business disciplines
  • Enhance critical thinking skills in solving problems
  • Demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in written communication skills
  • Gain core business knowledge in finance, accounting, management, marketing, and strategic integration
  • Establish a conceptual understanding of business disciplines
  • Enhance critical thinking skills in solving problems
  • Demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in written communication skills

Career opportunities:

  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker

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Tuition

Our online MBA program offers pay-as-you-go tuition

The MBA – Finance track offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. The application fee is $40. All other fees are included in the total cost.

Tuition breakdown:

$431 Per Credit Hour (Virginia students)
$13,361* Total Tuition (Virginia students)

Virginia students

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit-Hour Course Per Program
MBA - Finance track $431 $1,293 $13,361*

Out-of-state students

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit-Hour Course Per Program
MBA - Finance track $441 $1,323 $13,671*
Sarine Thomas - Longwood Testimonial

I definitely wanted to go to Longwood because I got to know the professors. It made it easier to connect with them and their teaching styles. Also, because it’s a small school, the courses are much more interactive. If you are emailing a professor, they will get back to you in two to three hours.

-Sarine Thomas, Longwood University MBA graduate

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Calendar

Start dates are offered year round

The Longwood University online MBA is delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year

Now enrolling:

8/12/24 Next Application Deadline
8/26/24 Start Classes
7 Week CoursesApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineFirst Class DayFinal Tuition Deadline†Last Class Day
Fall I8/12/248/16/248/23/248/26/248/29/2410/13/24
Fall II10/7/2410/11/2410/18/2410/21/2410/24/2412/13/24

Ready to take the next step toward earning your online MBA from Longwood University?

Admissions

Admission information for the MBA - Finance track

We've streamlined the admission process for Longwood University online MBA to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MBA – Finance track, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

The requirements include:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Official transcripts
Professional resume verifying work experience

Prior to starting their graduate program, students must hold a conferred bachelor's degree or international equivalent from a college or university accredited by the appropriate institutional (formerly regional) accreditation agency. Applicants must meet one of the following for consideration for admission:

  • Completed bachelor's degree from a university accredited by the appropriate institutional (formerly regional) accreditation agency with minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Completed bachelor's degree from a university accredited by the appropriate institutional (formerly regional) accreditation agency with 2.50 - 2.74 GPA and 5 years of professional level work experience. * Professional experience is defined as paid work experience that includes some combination of complex decision-making or analysis, management of people or projects, and at least moderate impact on the work unit or firm.
  • All other prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply. These applicants must submit a 1-page maximum letter of interest briefly indicating their reason(s) for obtaining a Longwood MBA along with their transcripts, resume, and optional GMAT score.

Transcripts from all institutions where you obtained a degree, bachelor or higher, and any post baccalaureate coursework to be submitted at the time of application and subject to verification and approval by the MBA Director.

Resume including years of professional level work experience to be submitted at the time of application and subject to verification and approval by the MBA Director.

*International applicants may be required to submit additional test scores and documentation.

**Application fee waived for military (active and former). Verification must be submitted with application (ID or other form).

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent from the granting institution(s) to:

Email address: [email protected] (preferred and quickest)

Mail address:

Longwood Graduate Studies

201 High Street

Farmville, VA 23909

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Courses

Preview the online MBA - Finance track degree plan

For the MBA – Finance track, you must complete 10 courses totaling 31 credit hours, including 25 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours of electives.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course describes the basic principles of corporate finance and provides practical tools for financial decision and valuation. The course starts with optimal project acceptance criteria consistent with the objective of maximizing the market value of the firm. It then moves on to techniques for estimating the cost of capital, which are subsequently applied to a range of valuation problems. The valuation principles include WACC, APV, multiples and real options. In the second half of the course we discuss capital structure and dividend decision, and how they affect firm value. We also study corporate governance, and end the course analyzing financial issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply the principles of financial reasoning to business situations and assess business problems using time value of money techniques
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of risk and return component
  • Demonstrate general understanding of financial markets and instruments
  • Apply the basic principles of security analysis and perform capital budgeting analysis
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course helps students integrate the functional expertise from areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, and production. Concepts and tools acquired from these functional areas provide the basis for approaching strategic problems from a holistic managerial perspective. Prerequisite(s): Students must complete any six of the following courses: ACCT 540, ECON 509, FINA 550, ISCS 570, MANG 564, MANG 575, and MARK 588

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and explain the relationships between strategy with firm mission, vision, and objectives
  • Analyze the general, competitive/industry, and internal environment through conducting systematic research with various analytical tools
  • Assess the multiple facets of business issues to derive data-driven solutions
  • Understand strategic decision-making and develop strategic plans at the business, corporate, and entrepreneurial level
  • Create action plans with recommendations to implement and control strategic decisions
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the function of Information Systems (IS) and the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and the role they play in the organization. The strategic, economic and managerial aspects of technology adoption decisions and IT governance policies are examined from the organizational leader’s perspective. Both existing and emerging technologies will be studies to provide awareness of current trends, organizational impact, risks and benefits. The objective of this course is to prepare managers to provide leadership in the use of information systems and information technology across the enterprise, regardless of functional area.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply appropriate terminology for IT systems to be able to communicate effectively regarding IT issues.
  • Understand the role that IT plays in attaining and maintaining a competitive advantage in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
  • Apply IT concepts to typical business situations and analyze cases to determine proper and improper application of IT principles.
  • Critique positions on IT-related issues and debate the relative importance of technology applications in creating business value.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the multifaceted role of an effective leader/manager. Human behavior at the individual, group and organization levels is examined as well as techniques for leading people in the organizational environment. Topics include: various developmental areas of leadership, including communications, social responsibility, and personal development, the role of an effective leader, small group and team leadership, work motivation, conflict resolution, managing workplace relationships, and personality influences on work attitudes and behaviors.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and explain theories, concepts, and research in leadership
  • Analyze various leadership-related principles and topics including Leadership traits, Leadership Behaviors, Communication, Teamwork, Ethics, Power and Influence, Leadership Skills, Managing Conflict
  • Apply leadership concepts and theories to their everyday life, organizations, and current topics
  • Develop their personal leadership philosophy
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the techniques of quantitative and statistical analysis for management decision making. Major topics include decision analysis, statistical inference, regression, and linear programming./This course will increase data literacy of students by introducing them to descriptive and inferential statistics, with a focus on data analysis and real world application to business and economics. Topics include collection of and use of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, data visualization, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, including work with categorical variables and nonlinearities, and basic technical writing for presentation of data and statistical analysis. Projects require students to apply knowledge to consulting scenarios, with a specific client in mind. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of Excel, but instruction on use of the Data Analysis Toolpak will be provided as part of the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theories and models to real-world situations
  • Use statistics the correct way to deliver the information you need
  • Learn how to use the data the right way
  • Use statistics to make informed decisions
  • Use models and techniques to create valuable information
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course will equip the student with the ability to properly frame any decisions faced (business or personal), and then arrive at the best solution given the information available. To do so requires two additional skills: 1) To accurately work with data to assess the economic environment, 2) The ability to think strategically. Topics include: profit maximization, demand analysis, elasticity, market power, regression analysis, game theory, and pricing strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use marginal analysis and thinking in optimization problems and distinguish different types of cost and their applicability in optimization problems
  • Analyze the impact of changes in demand and supply conditions on the profit maximizing output and pricing decisions and calculate the price elasticity of demand and relate it with the profit maximizing price
  • Demonstrate the value of framing managerial decision-making using a demand function
  • Present univariate and multivariate patterns in data and perform regression analysis to estimate causal relationships; interpret regression output, including R-square, coefficients, p-values, and confidence intervals
  • Conduct basic forecasting using regression output and be able to describe the strengths and weaknesses of ordinary least square (OLS) regression analysis
  • Differentiate strategic from non-strategic decisions and analyze a strategic game and solve for equilibrium strategies and apply game theory to oligopolistic market structures
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course presents an overview of marketing and the activities involved in the delivery of goods and services to the consumer. Topics include the identification of target markets, the development of a marketing mix, the special challenges of service delivery, the importance of retailing, and relationship marketing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain marketing concepts in the context of marketing problems
  • Design and debate proposals for solutions to marketing problems
  • Construct a formal marketing plan
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a comprehensive, graduate level discussion of managerial accounting. Broadly, this course focuses on the use of accounting data in the decision-making process for managers. As such, learning which data is important in different managerial settings, appropriately deriving and interpreting such relevant data, and then formulate best case strategies forms the core of study. More specifically, students learn to use the concepts of opportunity cost and organizational architecture as the framework for studying managerial accounting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate how cost management helps organizations meet their strategic goals by managing costs
  • Assign costs to production jobs or projects using different costing systems
  • Assign activity costs to goods and services
  • Build a basic cost-volume-profit (CVP) financial model and use a cost-benefit approach to common business decisions
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in accounting and describe the importance of ethical behavior for managers and managerial accountants
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course investigates financial reporting from a user perspective in interpreting and analyzing financial reports for investments and other decision making. The course begins with a review of accounting systems and then emphasizes analysis of financial statements and the implications for various user groups. Emphasis will be on use of the reports to judge company performance, to assess creditworthiness, to predict future financial performance, and to analyze possible acquisitions and take-overs. Users of financial statements must be able to meaningfully interpret financial reports, construct measures of financial performance and analyze the reporting choices made by companies. Also, since company managers choose accounting techniques when making their reports, users must learn to undo the effects of these accounting choices. The purpose of this course is to give the foundation for such analysis
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of trading and valuation of financial securities. It also provides institutional details of the U.S. financial markets. The main topics include: asset allocation and security analysis; how financial securities are issued and traded; modern portfolio theory; theory of asset pricing models; the efficient market hypothesis; stock and bond valuation; introduction to derivative assets. This course also provides a good foundation for students who are interested in CFA/CFP exams.​

*Price includes in-state tuition and fees. For students from outside Virginia, tuition and fees total $13,671.

**A resume verifying professional-level work experience must be submitted at the time of application and is subject to verification and approval by the MBA director.

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