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MBA with a concentration in Finance Program Online

Sharpen your skills and upgrade your finance toolkit. Courses include a broad overview of investment analysis and portfolio management, analytical methods for planning and control, and advanced financial management and policy.

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Program Overview

This accelerated Master of Business Administration program balances mathematical rigor with management classes, opening career options to corporate finance or C-suite positions in finance. The ability to understand the complexities of the financial world is also valuable to managers in almost any industry, broadening your understanding of key strategic performance factors. Coursework increases familiarity and confidence in fundamental business principles such as accounting, commercial and investing banking, investment analysis and portfolio management, and managerial economics essential to the operation of many businesses.

icon $12,800 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours†
icon $12,800 Total Tuition
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 33 Credit Hours

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The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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In this program, you will:

  • Analyze stocks, bonds, options and other derivatives and learn to evaluate portfolio performance
  • Learn how to apply advanced analytical techniques to a firm's investment, financing and dividend decisions
  • Study the nature and roles of financial markets and institutions in the U.S. economy
  • Focus on the use of, rather than the supplying of, accounting data

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is proud to participate in the Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative, enabling us to eliminate the traditional cost and hassle of books for our students. Program tuition includes all course materials (excluding proctoring fees), and we are committed to using e-books, journal articles, business case reviews and other resources wherever possible. For students, this also means access to the most up-to-date and diverse content.

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Our goal is for you to earn a high-quality degree that will help you advance your career and improve your income without taking on excessive financial debt. Our tuition offers a great value and includes any books or other necessary learning materials. All fees are included with the exception of proctoring fees.

$12,800* Total Tuition
$387.88 Per Credit Hour

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Proctoring Fees

Proctored exams are required in many of the courses. There is a fee for each proctored exam that is not included in your package price. You will pay no more than $22 per proctored exam for a two-hour exam. All foundation courses will have two exams, and program courses will have up to three exams.

The MBA program has partnered with Examity®, who will provide a virtual proctor to watch you take your exam. Learn more about scheduling your exams and the proctored exam experience.

For more information about payment plan options, financial aid, and credit adjustments, please see our Tuition Policy.


Our MBA with a concentration in Finance program online offers multiple start dates throughout the year.

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Course Start Date Application Deadline Documents Deadline Registration Open Priority Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Term End Date
March 18, 2019
(Spring B)
March 6, 2019 March 11, 2019 October 29, 2018 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 May 7, 2019
June 10, 2019
(Summer A)
May 27, 2019 June 3, 2019 April 1, 2019 May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019 August 2, 2019
August 26, 2019
(Fall A)
August 12, 2019 August 19, 2019 April 1, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 October 15, 2019
October 21, 2019
(Fall B)
October 7, 2019 October 14, 2019 April 1, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 9, 2019 December 10, 2019

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The MBA program online has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify. You should also check to see if this program is available in your area before applying.

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icon Bachelor’s Degree
icon Minimum 2.5 GPA
icon Online Application
icon Bachelor’s Degree
icon Minimum 2.5 GPA

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MBA – Finance Online Admission Requirements

To meet the admission requirements for this online MBA program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 for domestic applicants and $30 for international applicants
  • Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended are required.
    • Students may send unofficial transcripts for initial review through the application portal, but official transcripts are required before admission. Official transcripts should be sent directly by the university or college to the Graduate School via mail, secure electronic transfer, or in a sealed envelope.
  • Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA are subject to academic review and/or academic probation.

Unconditional Admittance

  • Applicants with a 3.0 (or higher) cumulative GPA or 3.0 (or higher) GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework must provide an official transcript. The GMAT is waived for applicants with a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants with a 2.75–2.99 cumulative GPA with 3+ years of relevant work experience must provide:
    • A resume
    • The GMAT is waived for applicants with a 2.75 – 2.99 cumulative GPA and 3+ years of relevant work experience
  • Applicants with a 2.75–2.99 cumulative GPA with less than 3 years of relevant work experience must provide:
    • An official transcript
    • GMAT score of 450 or higher

Conditional Admittance

Conditional admission may be granted to students with lower than a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA. Students admitted conditionally must maintain a 3.0 GPA during their first twelve credit hours with no more than one grade of C in order to petition for unconditional admission. A student who is not fully admitted to the program will not be allowed to continue in the program beyond twelve credit hours.

  • Applicants with a 2.5–2.74 cumulative GPA with 5+ years of relevant work experience must provide:
    • Official transcripts
    • A resume
    • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Applicants with a 2.5–2.74 cumulative GPA with less than 5 years of relevant work experience must provide:
    • Official transcripts
    • GMAT score of 450 or higher
    • A resume
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • A personal statement of 750 words is encouraged, but not required

GMAT Waiver

The GMAT will be waived for students who meet one of the following criteria

  • 3.0 (or higher) cumulative GPA or 3.0 (or higher) GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • 2.75–2.99 cumulative GPA with 3+ years of relevant work experience
  • 2.5–2.74 cumulative GPA with 5+ years of relevant work experience (these applicants may be granted Conditional Admittance)

For applicants with a terminal graduate degree and/or those with extensive professional experience, the GMAT may be waived at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have each collegiate institution attended mail an official transcript directly from the institution to the UL Lafayette Graduate School. Hand-carried copies/transcripts are not considered official.

Mailing address for transcripts:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Graduate School Admissions
P.O. Box 43716
Lafayette, LA 70504-4610

Mailing address for transcripts sent from a courier service (e.g., FedEx, DHL) that requires a physical address:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Martin Hall, Suite 332
104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503

Email address for transcripts sent electronically:

International Students

An official TOEFL/IELTS exam score is also required for all international applicants.

Courses are delivered via online distance learning; this delivery method may not be the right choice for you. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; however, international students in other visa categories (e.g., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.

International applicants who currently reside outside the United States and plan to remain in their home country should select the visa type 'No VISA Required – Online' when completing the application. This designation indicates that you will not be entering the United States and no financial guarantee documents will be required.

If you're an international applicant interested in an MBA degree, contact the Graduate School at or 337-482-6965 to discuss your options.

Note: Due to compliance regulations, all programs may not be offered in every state. Please check with the enrollment specialist to verify that your program of interest is offered.

Registration Requirements

Prior to registering for your first course, the Immunization Waiver form must be completed and sent to Student Health Services. Follow the steps below to complete the form.

  • You must fill out the highlighted fields in both the Immunization Exemption Request (Section B) and the TB Questionnaire (Section C: Part 1)
  • If requesting a waiver (Section B), you must indicate “All vaccinations” in response to “Vaccination(s) for which I am requesting exemption.” We advise you to select the Personal Exemption box.
  • If you answer "Yes" to any question in Section C: Part 1 of the TB Screening, please note that Section C: Part II must be completed
  • After completing all necessary sections of the form as instructed, you should email the form to Student Health Services at
  • If you do not fill out all highlighted sections and check all necessary boxes in the Immunization Exemption Request and TB Questionnaire, your proof of immunization record will be denied, and the hold will not be lifted. Student Health Services does not typically notify students whether the form is denied or accepted. You should check Self-Service Banner to see if your immunization hold has been lifted.
  • If you have completed all steps to submit the immunization form and are experiencing difficulty having the hold lifted, please email for further assistance


The MBA with a concentration in Finance program online consists of 33 credit hours and 11 courses. Seven of the courses are core courses, and four courses are concentration specific. Concentration courses include “Analytical Methods for Planning and Control,” “Advanced Financial Management and Policy,” “Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management” and “Financial Markets and Institutions.” Additional business foundations courses may be required for some students. Prior to every term, please check the course schedule for any updates.

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This MBA program requires 11 courses (33 credit hours). These requirements may increase by up to four additional semester hours (four courses, one credit hour each) of foundation courses depending upon the undergraduate business courses previously completed. Foundation courses are designed to acquaint the non-business undergraduate major with the underlying principles, terminology and fundamentals of the various business disciplines. Upon admission, your transcripts will be evaluated; you will be informed at advising which foundation courses you are required to take. The foundations courses are:

  • MBA 510 - Foundations of Accounting
  • MBA 511 - Foundations of Economics
  • MBA 512 - Foundations of Finance
  • MBA 513 - Foundations of Quantitative Methods

MGMT 518: Management of Information Technology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Administration of the information systems function. Includes impact of the function, control of information systems resources, and evaluation of projects (cost/benefit analysis).

ECON 528: Managerial Economics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of microeconomic tools to business decision making; topics include theoretical and empirical demand and cost functions, pricing under various market conditions and regulatory constraints, short run and long run planning, and domestic and international conditions influencing the firm's profitability and growth.

MGMT 590: Policy Formulation, Strategy, and Administration

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis is on integrated application of MBA core courses concepts. Problem analysis and decision making at an integrative level are stressed.

QMET 510: Data Analysis

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Business application of multivariate methods, non-parametric methods, factor analysis, logistic regression, cluster analysis, and data mining procedures using a computer statistical package.

MGMT 525: Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practices including individual behavior, motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, quality management, and leadership skills.

MKTG 524: Marketing Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides guidelines for developing marketing plans and programs while emphasizing the application of marketing concepts, tools, and decision making processes.

IBUS 540: International Business

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course provides a framework for understanding broad issues and analyzing specific topics which affect international business activities in an increasingly interdependent world. The course promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to integrating various facets of international business operations.

ACCT 526: Analytical Methods for Planning and Control

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Elements necessary in an organization for effective administrative control are covered. Emphasis is on the "use" of rather than the "supplying" of accounting data.

FNAN 522: Advanced Financial Management and Policy

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of analytical techniques to the firm's investment, financing, and dividend decisions in keeping with the objective of maximizing shareholder wealth.

FNAN 505: Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course emphasizes an understanding of investment objectives and security markets. It includes an analysis of stocks, bonds, options, and other derivatives as well as performance evaluation of a portfolio.

FNAN 535: Financial Markets and Institutions

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive study of the nature and role of financial markets and institutions in the U.S. economy in relation to production and consumption decisions. Consideration is given to a wide array of financial institutions including commercial banks, credit unions, investment banks, securities firms, insurance companies and investment companies.

*Tuition is subject to change without notice by action of the Louisiana State Legislature. The University reserves the right to increase prices at any time. This tuition schedule is based on regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

†excluding foundation courses

Please note: The MBA in Health Care Administration program requires more credit hours, so the total tuition is slightly higher than the other MBA programs.

** Registration is available past the Priority Registration Deadline, but a $50 late fee will be charged to your account. Late registration typically cuts off two days after the term start date in the Spring and Fall and one day after for the Summer term.

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