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Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance

Master of Business Administration in Finance

Today’s finance managers need to be able to not only review financial data, which is at the core of every sound business decision, but also to understand the bigger picture and realize organizational goals. A Master of Business Administration with a Finance concentration from the University of Central Missouri provides the general business and finance education you need to be an integral leader. Start your financial career, advance your standing or launch your financial planning business with a UCM MBA in Finance.

Become a business finance leader on your own schedule

As you explore master’s degrees in business finance, consider these reasons why UCM is regularly ranked among the best MBA schools:

  • We’re committed to high-quality education, demonstrated by our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation.
  • We offer flexible attendance options: Study 100% online (livestream or at your pace) or combine online and on-campus options in Warrensburg, just 45 minutes away from Kansas City, to suit your needs.
  • Begin your graduate studies at one of five starting points per year following UCM’s “minimester” schedule.
  • Take advantage of the region’s lowest tuition rates for an AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration in Finance.

Discover more reasons UCM’s Master of Business Administration program in Finance provides a proven path to a better future.

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AACSB-accredited MBA in Finance

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Student Managed Investment Fund

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Complete in as few at 12 months

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10:1 program student-to-faculty ratio

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Ranked among the best MBA schools

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96% job placement rate of MBA graduates


What you will study

UCM’s Master of Business Administration degree in Finance will ensure you’re ready for the rigor of quantitative analysis in your academic career and beyond. You’ll begin with an overview course in statistics, accounting, finance and economics before delving into business education and advanced financial topics that include:

  • Managerial finance
  • Advanced financial institutions and markets
  • Investment analysis and practice

Customize your Master of Business Administration in Finance to your own schedule

Additional flexibility for UCM’s Master of Business Administration degree in Finance enables you to decide the order in which you’ll take classes. Choose from a range of core MBA, business finance and elective courses. 

You can complete your Master of Business Administration in Finance in as few as 12 months or follow a part-time schedule to finish your graduate studies in a few years. No matter your timeline, you’ll strengthen your financial knowledge and be better positioned to make strategic, evidence-based decisions. You’ll also possess strong communication, leadership and teamwork skills and an AACSB-accredited MBA degree that gets you noticed.


Excellence in Finance

  • UCM's MBA program, which includes our Finance concentration, is one of only 10 Missouri universities to be AACSB-accredited. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide hold this designation for their Master of Business Administration degree programs.
  • #19: Best MBA Programs (Intelligent, 2022)
  • #35: Best Online MBA Programs (Fortune, 2022)
  • Best Part-Time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • Best Online MBA Programs - Finance (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Part-Time MBA Program (Fortune, 2022-2023)
  • A Best Online MBA Programs in the Midwest (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Accelerated Online MBA programs (Fortune, 2023)
  • #16: Most Affordable Online MBA Programs (Fortune, 2022-2023)
  • A Best MBA Programs (University HQ, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Best Value College for Business, Management & Marketing (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in finance

At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get a comprehensive, hands-on education for your Master of Business Administration in Finance. Apply your learning through these real-world experiences and UCM resources:

  • Internships: Whether you’re a young career professional wanting to set yourself apart or a mid-career professional seeking to transition to a new industry, UCM can help you land the right internship. Become familiar with the day-to-day responsibilities of a financial manager — based on your interests and skills — and boost your resume when you work with companies such as Edward Jones, Citibank, FCS Financial, Murdock Banner Financial Group and Sun Life Financial.
  • Student Managed Investment Fund: Founded in 2013, UCM’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) started at $500,000 and is now valued around $1.2 million. Working with the SMIF prepares you for a career in investing, hedge fund management, security analysis and portfolio management for a unique and valuable advantage over job candidates with other master’s degrees in business finance.
  • Advanced financial data technology: Keep track of the latest financial data and news in UCM’s Donn G. Forbes Center for Financial Services. Our Finance graduate students have access to Bloomberg Professional Service terminals and LED ticker displays for up-to-the-minute stock quotes and financial market info.


What can you do with a Master of Business Administration in Finance from UCM?

UCM’s Master of Business Administration degree in Finance will prepare you for financial management responsibilities in a variety of settings. These include corporations, nonprofits, banks, financial planning firms and small businesses. UCM’s graduates enjoy a high job placement rate, and many are currently employed by well-known national and regional organizations, including:

  • American Century Investments
  • Central Bank
  • Citi Cards
  • Edward Jones
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard
  • SS&C Technologies

Get the financial business administration job you want

UCM’s Master of Business Administration program director and Finance faculty are personally invested in helping you get a job or promotion aligned with your career goals. You’ll be able to rely on the support and coaching of UCM faculty, academically and professionally, to promote your success.

As you plan your future after earning a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, use the interactive tool below to explore business finance job and salary potential.




Financial assistance options for your MBA in Finance degree

As you explore your options for master’s degrees in business finance, financing your education may be a top priority. At the University of Central Missouri, we make available loans, work-study opportunities and scholarships for you.

Apply for graduate Business and Finance program scholarships

You may qualify for some of the scholarships and awards offered by UCM, our alumni and other supporters to offset the cost of your education. These may be for all of our Master of Business Administration program students or specific to the Finance concentration:

  • Adrian and Margaret Harmon Business Graduate Scholarship
  • Economics and Finance Scholarship fund
  • Lucas Sterne & Albert G. Spaeth Graduate Business Scholarship
  • Robert and Tina Ralston Scholarship in Economics or Finance

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder for details on these scholarships and others.


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Make yourself more marketable.

With no additional coursework, you can earn the following graduate certificate alongside your MBA in Finance and instantly enhance your resume:

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Explore programs related to business finance.

If you want to advance your career in a finance-related field with a UCM degree but you’re not sure which direction is best for you, consider one of UCM’s other pathways related to business administration degrees:


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA program must have a completed undergraduate degree (in any discipline) from an accredited institution and have earned a minim undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  The GMAT and GRE are no longer an admissions requirement.  However, students must be prepared for the rigor of quantitative analysis (including business math and statistics, accounting, finance, and economics) in order to be successful in the program.


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