MBA Curriculum

The MBA in Finance at MVNU prepares you for financial leadership positions in corporations, investment banks, or financial planning firms by providing an understanding of markets and institutions, investments, and financial planning. It consists of the 6-course, 18-credit-hour Graduate Business Core, which allows you to start the graduate business program without declaring which concentration you intend to pursue. Concentrations consist of 6 program-specific courses, for a total of 36 credit hours.

While we pride ourselves on the quality of our programs and our supportive faculty, we believe you'll experience much more at MVNU—a program that focuses on the development of the individual as a whole person. The value of our program is enhanced through the outstanding customer service and personal interest we provide to help you achieve success.

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Graduate Business Core

The foundational course, Ethics, Leadership, and Faith, must be your first course, while Strategic Management must be your final course.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MAN6113Ethics, Leadership, and Faith 3
MAN6023Organizational Behavior 3
MAN6123Legal Issues in Management 3
ECO6083Managerial Economics 3
MAR6003Marketing Management 3
MAN6043Strategic Management 3
Total 18


Specific courses that must be taken for the MBA—Finance concentration are listed below.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MAN6093Global Business 3
ACC6003Managerial Accounting 3
FIN6013Corporate Finance 3
FIN6003Investments 3
FIN6023Markets and Institutions 3
FIN6033Financial Planning 3


Graduate Business Core

Ethics, Leadership, and Faith (3)
An exploration of the thesis that the essence of effective leadership lies in a commitment to Christ-centered principles that foster the development of excellent character and unquestioned integrity. Challenges to this thesis will be examined and are certain to stimulate vigorous debate. From these discussions, as well as the assigned reading, a leadership platform emerges that serves as a guide for effective decision-making. It announces to others: “This is what I stand for. This is what I believe.”

Organizational Behavior (3)
A systematic examination of variables, psychological and sociological, that are important in the comprehension of individual motivation, the managing of groups, interpersonal relationships, and organizational effectiveness, as well as creativity and leadership within the organization.

Legal Issues in Management (3)
A course designed to give students an understanding of the legal concepts, rights, obligations and liabilities faced in the business environment. This course focuses on the arena in which commercial transactions occur and the legal issues that arise with these transactions. It is the goal of this course to prompt students to proactively consider legal issues among the decision dimensions when making a business decision.

Managerial Economics (3)
A study of the concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics theory and policy including the concepts of demand and supply theory, resource and product markets, fiscal and monetary policy, and price theory and profit maximization.

Marketing Management (3)
An introduction to the theory and practical application of marketing principles. Special emphasis is given to developing a framework for analyzing strategic marketing situations by defining target markets and developing a marketing mix related to the market stakeholders of the organization.

Business Marketing (3)
A capstone study of how firms formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies. Students study strategic management concepts and techniques used to chart the future direction of different organizations. The major responsibility of the student is to make objective strategic decisions based on an integrated perspective of the program curriculum and to justify their decisions through oral and written communication.


Global Business (3)
An intensive course designed to give a thorough understanding of the important dimensions of conducting business internationally. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexities associated with international business including: the importance of cultural differences, choice of modes of entry, strategic marketing strategies, strategic human resource strategies, and important international business theories.

Managerial Accounting (3)
A comprehensive examination of managerial accounting on the use of accounting data in the management of an organization. What accounting data are interesting and how they might be used depend on what the manager is seeking to accomplish and what other information is available.

Corporate Finance (3)
An advance study of risk management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, the function and role of capital markets, and analysis of financial statements.

Investments (3)
An introduction to securities and the securities market including equities, fixed-income securities, and derivatives. Fundamental analysis is stressed but technical analysis is included. The risk-return tradeoff is emphasized within a diversified portfolio. Other topics include market efficiency and market indices.

Markets and Institutions (3)
A study of the management of financial intermediaries and other financial institutions. Topics include asset, liability, risk management, functions and practices of domestic and international debt markets, and asset securitization. Forces imposing changes as institutional structure are included.

Financial Planning (3)
A guide to personal finance for achieving financial objectives and making effective financial decisions. Topics include: budgeting, personal financial statements, individual income taxes, major, purchases, use of credit and bank loans, insurance, investing, retirement planning and estate planning.
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