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Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance Program


Earn an MBA and empower yourself for a great career in business.

The Value of a CALUNIVERSITY Online MBA in Banking and Finance Degree

For business professionals with experience in the financial sector and students who are interested in honing their economic knowledge and skills, the MBA in Banking and Finance is the perfect tool for entering into a financial management career. From startup ventures for the entrepreneurial-minded to corporate decision-making jobs that affect company-wide growth, the MBA with a concentration in Banking and Finance prepares professionals for advanced careers in money matters across a wide range of industries.

The general MBA coursework focuses on business strategy, managerial practices, and organizational leadership, while the Finance classes cover a range of business scenarios including Bank Management, Commercial Banking, and Entrepreneurial Finance. Students will further explore the influence that financial institutions have on global markets, capital market theory, global monetary policies, foreign exchange rates, corporate bonds, and futures contracts. Students will explore concepts of risk management and financial planning in the banking industry as well as strategies that maximize profitability and stockholder’s value. With the most up-to-date information and practices, candidates will gain a firm understanding of trends, changes, and financial risks in the banking industry.

Some of the possible career paths for an MBA in Banking and Finance include financial analysts, financial advisors, credit managers and consultants. Small companies are in need of experienced professionals with the right kind of experience that MBA courses provide, while larger companies rely on candidates who stand out from the rest with the right degree for the job. Chief financial officer positions for large corporations are available to MBA graduates, as well as financial analyst positions for non-profit companies and government institutions.

The constant evolution of banking practices and financial operations combined with the expanding global reach of the nation’s large financial institutions call for qualified and credentialed graduates who have the ability to lead a business toward positive growth. Professionals with an MBA in Banking and Finance from California Intercontinental University will be well-suited for financial management within any major financial institution. With steady growth in the career outlook for finance occupations, many with lucrative salaries, the MBA in Banking and Finance itself is a wise investment.

Credits required for degree completion: 45
Maximum transfer credits accepted: 22
Program length: 2 years
Cost per credit: $395
Payment options: Click to view interest-free payment options

Program Competencies and Learning Objectives

  • Integrate management theories and practices to improve organizational performance.
  • Construct and optimize business opportunities in competitive markets.
  • Assess business challenges and opportunities associated with the global economy, competition, change, and uncertainty.
  • Utilize applied research methods and business strategies to maximize business growth and development opportunities.
  • Foster interdisciplinary team work and collaborative work environments.
  • Identify and analyze complex business concepts and explore alternative solutions to organizational and financial problems.
Course Number Course Name Prerequisite Credits Core Major
Semester 1
GRC 500 MBA Program Planning & Practices & Knowledge TRA* 3 3
GRC 506 Content Analysis 3 3
ACC 511 Financial Statement Analysis 3 3
Semester 2
MGT 525 Strategic Human Resource Management 3 3
MKT 517 Marketing and Brand Management 3 3
ECO 518 Economics for Decision Making 3 3
Semester 3
MGT 545 Strategic Management & Competitive Globalization 3 3
FIN 512 International Financial Management 3 3
FIN 515 Entrepreneurial Finance 3 3
Semester 4
FIN 530 Bank Management 3 3
FIN 533 Commercial Banking 3 3
FIN 540 Capital Markets 3 3
Semester 5
GRC 541 Thesis Part 1 3 3
GRC 542 Thesis Part 2 3 3
GRC 543 Thesis Part 3 3 3
Presentation and Oral Defense
45 21 24

Required courses

GRC 500 MBA Program Planning & Practices & Knowledge TRA
ACC 511 Financial Statement Analysis
MKT 517 Marketing and Brand Management
ECO 518 Economics for Decision Making
MGT 525 Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT 545 Strategic Management & Competitive Globalization
GRC 505 Problem Analysis & Research Methods

Emphasis/Elective Courses

FIN 512 International Financial Management
FIN 515 Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 530 Bank Management
FIN 533 Commercial Banking; PR FIN 530
FIN 540 Capital Markets

Comprehensive Competency Assessment 2 (CCA2) Exam will be taken after completing the 5 emphasis courses

To fulfill this academic requirement, students must select a Master’s Thesis. Masters students are not allowed to submit or defend the thesis until the candidacy stage of the degree program has been approved.

Students must complete 9 semester units of coursework ending with the Presentation and Oral Defense of a Thesis:

  • GRC 541, GRC 542, GRC 543 – Thesis

Students must have successfully completed all courses in order to begin the Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Thesis must be selected, agreed upon, reviewed and approved by the assigned committee, and the Chief Academic Officer. The requirements for the Thesis include the final preparation, acceptance of Thesis, the candidate’s successful Presentation and Oral Defense, and submission of two bound copies of the final paper to the University for the candidate’s academic file.

Students unable to complete the individual course requirements on their first attempt may remain enrolled in the course for an additional two attempts (GRC B and C). Failure to complete the course within three attempts, the initial and two additional attempts, will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. Only the initial course is a 3 credit course and the applicable tuition fees will apply. Students unable to complete the course on the initial attempt may continue on to the B and C series for no credit but will be responsible for the GRC B and/or GRC C fee.

Dismissed students may appeal their dismissal. If approved, students may return upon agreeing to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The second attempt at the course with an IEP starts at (D) and is considered a new course subject to full tuition fees. This course may be repeated once (E) subject to the GRC E fee.

Students that are dismissed or withdrawn during the dissertation phase and are approved to return will have to start from the beginning of the dissertation phase and will be responsible for any applicable fees.

Course Schedule

The Associate of Arts in Business Administration program requires the completion of 45 units of coursework that include:

Business Required Courses: 21 Units / 7 Courses
Elective Courses: 15 Units / 5 Courses
Preparation of or Thesis: 9 Units
Two Comprehensive Competency Examinations (CCA)

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the preliminary admissions requirements, an applicant for the Master’s degree program must submit and meet the following admission prerequisites:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or Professional Resume.
  2. Official Transcript showing the completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation – CHEA.
  3. An applicant who has completed his Bachelor’s degree in a non-business related area (i.e., Engineering or Science) is required to meet CALUNIVERSITY’s business foundational prerequisites by taking a required course in Basic Accounting. Other elective courses are available for the student’s consideration.
  4. The applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher.

Graduation Requirements

The Master’s Degree is conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed all required courses of the Masters curricula and have completed the minimal required Learning Time for each course and program
  2. Met the study time residency requirement for degree completion and award
  3. Achieved at least 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
  4. Successfully passed the Comprehensive Competency Assessment (CCA) Exams
  5. Be cleared of all indebtedness and other obligations to CALUNIVERSITY
  6. Be recommended for graduation by the Faculty and Academic Department
  7. Successfully complete and pass an Oral Defense of the Capstone/Thesis
  8. Submission of two bound copies of the final Capstone/Thesis

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