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Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning and Analysis

Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning and Analysis Online


Program Overview

Get to Know Our 100% Online Financial Planning and Analysis MBA Degree


Multiply your business skills and learn to support your organization's financial health through budgeting, forecasting, management and integrated financial planning with this 100% online A-State MBA – Financial Planning and Analysis program. As a graduate, you will be prepared to contribute to the decision-making processes of corporate CFOs, CEOs and boards of directors.

icon $16,500 Program Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours
icon $16,500 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours
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With the credentials you will gain in this AACSB-accredited master’s in finance online program, you will specialize in helping companies remain consistently profitable through comprehensive financial planning and cash flow management. The curriculum enables you to utilize both quantitative and qualitative analysis in order to evaluate your company’s progress toward achieving goals and to map out future objectives.

Financial planning and analysis electives give you the opportunity to explore international markets, data mining and U.S. business cycles. The program’s core business courses will help you build the leadership skills employers seek by focusing on ethical leadership, international business, project management, enterprising technology, decision-making methods and social responsibility.

The Arkansas State University Neil Griffin College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 6% of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation, the hallmark of excellence in business education.

In this 100% online MBA in Financial Planning and Analysis program, you will learn how to:

  • Apply financial tools to make effective investment and credit decisions and models that provide information for financial decision-making
  • Hone strategic and analytical skills to identify business problems and design/implement solutions for those challenges
  • Develop a broad understanding of a business to better facilitate communication and decision-making within any organization
  • Utilize tools and knowledge to facilitate change within an organization and adapt to dynamic business environments

As a graduate of this MBA program, you will be prepared for advancement into roles such as:

  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Operations Manager/Director
  • CFO

Projected Job Growth:

According to Burning Glass, the job growth for finance-related positions is slated to grow 10% over the next 10 years in Arkansas and contiguous states.

A-State is ranked #6

among the “Top 10 Best Colleges in Arkansas” by Collegechoice.net, 2020

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Tuition

Pay for Your Online Master’s Degree in Finance by the Course


Our online MBA – Financial Planning and Analysis program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

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Total Tuition $16,500
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $500
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Hour Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$500 $0 $500 $1,500 $0 $1,500

A-State is Top Ranked

A-State ranks in the top half of universities on U.S. News & World Report’s "Top Public Schools, National Universities" for 2022.

Calendar

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines You Need to Know


Ideal for working professionals, Arkansas State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format with multiple start dates each year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
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Admissions

Find Out What It Takes to Enter This Financial Planning Degree Online Program


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. To be admitted to the MBA online program, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA or a 2.75 in the last 60 hours (undergraduate, graduate or combination thereof)

    or

    Graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree from a regionally accredited (U.S.) institution

  • If you have lower than a 2.5 cumulative GPA and less than a 2.75 in the last 60 hours, you may still apply for consideration for admittance by including a statement of purpose as part of the application. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 866-621-8096 for more information

Note: If you are admitted and have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA and less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours, you must make a grade of B or better in each course during the first 6 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University. Additionally, you will only be allowed to enroll in one course (or 3 graduate hours) per 7-week session for the first two sessions.

  • Complete online application
  • Submit a nonrefundable $30 fee.
  • Have official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

Increase Your Financial Planning and Analysis Knowledge


To graduate from the Master of Business Administration – Financial Planning and Analysis online program, you must complete a total of 33 credit hours. Required coursework includes eight core courses (for a total of 24 credit hours), two financial planning and analysis required courses (for a total of six credit hours), and one elective (for a total of three credit hours).

ACCT 6003: Accounting for Planning and Control

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course is an introduction to the concepts of cost analysis and management control with a focus on the application of the conceptual framework of financial and managerial accounting to practical situations.

ECON 6313: Managerial Economics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a complete survey of price theory as applied to business decision-making and a summary of public policy toward business.

FIN 6723: Corporate Financial Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines organization, policy, administration, institutions, and instruments involved in financing the modern business corporation. Quantitative financial relations are measured and expressed. Financial plans are prepared for corporations in different industries and in different stages of the business cycle. Financial management appraised and business judgment developed through short problem and case methods.

ISBA 6543: Business Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces MBA students to the basic tools in using data to make informed management decisions. This course presents a normative approach to making decisions in one’s personal and professional life. It covers optimization, linear programming, simulation, business modeling, data mining and business intelligence.

MBA 5003: Graduate Business Fundamentals

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focuses on the essentials of core business functions with an emphasis on integrating applied business statistics, economics, financial accounting, and corporate finance. This course ensures that students have the required business acumen to succeed in the graduate business core.

MGMT 6023: Fundamentals of Project Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the practice and principles of project management. Topics include identifying and selecting projects, developing project proposals, sequencing workflows, estimating project duration, and budgeting.

MGMT 6423: Strategic Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an integrated capstone course focusing on the role of management in crafting and implementing strategy to achieve fit between an organization and its environment. An action-based approach involves student teams in developing and presenting strategic plans for public, private, profit and not for profit organizations.

MKTG 6223: Strategic Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the concepts and processes for gaining competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students will investigate and develop strategies relating to the escalating importance of providing customer satisfaction, responses to diversity in the marketplace, development of new products, and recognition of the challenges from global competition.

FIN 6053: Financial Statement Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an analytical framework for the valuation of corporations and corporate financial statements and a basis for making credit and investment decisions.

FIN 6743: Seminar in Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course contemporary topics in financial management will be considered. The primary emphasis will be on current developments in the business finance area.

Students must complete one of the following 3-credit courses.

ECON 6333: Business Cycles and Forecasting

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a descriptive account of U.S. business cycles, survey of business cycle theory including New Keynesian, and new Classical approaches, review of forecasting techniques such as exponential smoothing and multiple regression.

FIN 6733: International Financial Markets

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the flow of capital between international markets. It specifically deals with balance of payments, international monetary system, international banking, exchange rates, international money, and capital. The international financial problems related to economic development, Eurodollar and Petrodollar markets are also studied.

MIS 6473: Data Mining

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes study of the knowledge discovery process, and how decision support systems, DSS, can be utilized to incorporate data mining algorithms for decision-making.

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