AN ONLINE MBA SPECIALIZING IN FINANCEAN ONLINE MBA SPECIALIZING IN FINANCEAN ONLINE MBA SPECIALIZING IN FINANCE
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Position Yourself for a Successful Career in Finance
Ranked a top online MBA in Finance, MBA@UNC prepares working professionals to pursue careers in the fast-paced, growing financial sector.1
Through a variety of elective courses, our Finance concentration helps students learn about a range of financial subjects, including:
Mergers and acquisitions
Financial reporting and analysis
In addition, students will sharpen their broader business acumen and learn how to apply their skills to real-world situations.
“I completed my CPA and wanted the next challenge in my career. In particular, I wanted to get a better grasp of valuation techniques and discounting. The ability to complete a three-year track has made MBA@UNC a very manageable program while working full time.”
Joseph Barile, Class of 2020 VP of Real Assets, BlackRock
Career Outlook in Finance
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers increasingly seek finance professionals with a master’s degree or other advanced certification.2
Finance Job Market
Here are just a few examples of roles in this competitive, diverse field—and the rates at which they’re projected to grow from 2021 to 2031.
Graduates who earn an MBA with a finance concentration may excel in any number of financial service arenas, including:
Accounting and Auditing
Whether they are working in public accounting firms or industry, accountants and auditors are typically responsible for examining and preparing financial records, ensuring compliance with applicable tax law and generally accepted accounting procedures, and recommending ways to improve operations and financial performance.
Depending upon their duties, additional credentials such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license may be required.
These highly skilled professionals help businesses evaluate investment decisions based on industry and economic trends, current and past business performance, and valuation of assets.
Analysts work in various settings, including investment and commercial banking, private equity, pension fund management and insurance companies.
Finance professionals specializing in this field evaluate the tax implications of business decisions and recommend strategies to minimize the taxes paid by individuals or companies.
Depending upon their credentials, taxation professionals may also prepare corporate or individual tax returns.
Investment banks advise businesses and government agencies on how to raise capital, facilitate mergers and acquisitions, price financial instruments and act as brokers and financial advisors to institutional clients.
Private equity firms invest in privately held companies for the purpose of developing new products, expanding operations or restructuring ownership. To fund their investments, they raise capital from high net worth individuals and institutional investors. Professionals often enter these firms as analysts.
Job Titles in Finance
Common job titles in finance include:
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Finance
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At UNC Kenan-Flagler, we prepare our students for success in finance through a rigorous curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities, personalized career and leadership services, and connections with the UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni network.
Through the Finance concentration, you will learn how to:
Approach valuation and the many factors that influence a business’ value
Navigate the mechanics of financial accounting and financial statements
Identify major financial policy issues affecting modern corporations
Analyze the global financial landscape, including emerging markets
The following finance courses are currently offered to MBA@UNC students.
Core Courses in Finance
Corporate Financial Strategy
Financial Statement Analysis
Global Finance and Emerging Markets
Information for Decision Making, Incentives and Strategy
Mergers and Acquisitions
Taxes and Business Strategy
Information for Product and Customer Strategy
Course offerings are subject to change.
MBA@UNC finance faculty includes experienced finance industry leaders as well as award-winning researchers and educators.
Combining real-world experience and cutting-edge research, our faculty offers unique insights in fields ranging from entrepreneurial finance and financial intermediation to asset pricing models.
Jennifer Conrad Interim Dean, Dalton McMichael Distinguished Professor of Finance
Paolo Fulghieri, Lead Faculty, Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor of Finance