Missouri State University
Department of Finance and General Business
Finance and General Business

Business Administration Graduate Program

Business Administration

Why choose an MBA with the finance option at Missouri State?

  • Our flexible scheduling will enable you to complete your degree in a timely fashion while balancing your studies with work and other responsibilities. This will also help you cut costs while you pursue your degree.
  • You will be equipped with the understanding necessary for higher-level positions in the fields of finance, real estate, risk management and insurance.
  • Our excellent faculty will be there to help you make the best decisions for both your graduate college career and your professional career.

Don’t have a business degree, but interested in an MBA?

Our program accepts non-business students! If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business coming into our program, you will need to take prerequisite classes in addition to the degree requirements. You will also need to meet the admission requirements for the Master of Business Administration program.

1. Core requirements - 24 hours

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
*ACC 711 Managerial Accounting** 3 hrs
*CIS 761 Management Information Systems 3 hrs
*FIN 780 Advanced Financial Management 3 hrs
*MGT 764 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
MGT 767 Organization Strategy and Policy 3 hrs
*MKT 772 Marketing Management 3 hrs
*QBA 775 Quantitative Methods in Business Decision Making 3 hrs
  Select one course from FIN 682***, MGT 747***, MKT 774, or FIN 686 3 hrs

*Students whose undergraduate major is in a MBA core course discipline must consult with the MBA Program Director to determine if they should substitute another 600- or 700-level course in the College of Business for the core course in that discipline.

**Students who have completed Managerial Cost Accounting must consult with the MBA Program Director to select an appropriate substitute course.

***Students who have already taken FIN 582 or MGT 447 must consult with the MBA Program Director for an appropriate substitute course.

2. Other Requirements - 9 hours**

Seminar (A Seminar Course is required) - 3 hrs

Most students will select from CIS 790, FIN 790 or FIN 787), MGT 790, MKT 790 (or MKT 770), although other courses may be acceptable.

Elective Options - 6 hours:

In consultation with the MBA Director, students will select six hours of elective courses.  Many students will choose to complete a COB Graduate Certificate in conjunction with their MBA, as most COB Graduate Certificates do not require additional coursework outside the 33 hours required for the MBA.

The COB Graduate Certificates that are available are:

Graduate Certificate in Computer Information Systems
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis
Graduate Certificate in International Business
Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Management
Graduate Certificate in Marketing 

 ** No more than 6 hours of 600-level courses may be applied to the degree program.

3. Research

Students are expected to demonstrate research and writing proficiency appropriate to the business environment. Significant written projects are required within each of the core courses. In lieu of the required seminar course and one other course from the area of concentration, a student may complete a thesis for 6 hours of credit.