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Corporations, pension funds, insurance companies, and other organizations and individuals who make investment decisions rely on financial analysts to provide information and guidance. By applying their analytical and decision-making skills, they assess stock and bond performance, study trends, and develop portfolio strategies and recommendations to meet financial goals. This program is delivered online.

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  • Do online students have access to a library?

    As a Baker College student, you:

    • Can use any of the nine campus libraries, and access most of them online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Can browse the Baker library collections as well as many other libraries all over North America.
    • Have access to journal articles, which can be downloaded from the online databases.

    Our online library provides a variety of services to help you with your research. Talk with your Development Coordinator to learn more.

  • How big are online classes?

    Our online classes are smaller than on-ground classes, and typically have 12-15 students. 

  • Is there a regular classroom I can sit in the back of the room and listen if I don't want to participate in the online classroom?

    In online classes, participation is the key to feeing like you're part of a learning community, and helps you stay motivated. Online, learning takes place through the sharing of ideas, thoughts, questions, and frustrations. Asynchronous discussions give everyone the opportunity to think and reflect and give feedback, and for that reason, many students discover that they prefer this type of learning.

  • Is it possible to talk to my online instructor and fellow classmates in private?

    Yes. Essentially the Blackboard system is a conferencing (or e-mail) system designed specifically to deliver online courses. You can use either their personal e-mail account or your virtual classroom for private communication. Remember, only students enrolled in that classroom will be able to join in the discussion or view course material.

  • Is an online course easier than an on-ground course?

    The level of difficulty is about the same, but the focus of the work is different. For example, your focus in an online course is on reading and writing. This is not true in an on-ground classroom setting where part of your participation is listening. Aural learners may have difficulty in accepting this more visual learning process.

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FinanceMaster of Business Administration

Prepare to put theory into practice.

Move ahead in your career.

Corporations, pension funds, insurance companies, and other organizations and individuals who make investment decisions rely on financial analysts to provide information and guidance. By applying their analytical and decision-making skills, they assess stock and bond performance, study trends, and develop portfolio strategies and recommendations to meet financial goals. This program is delivered online.

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Career Facts

$76,950

Median salary for Financial Analysts

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$109,740

Median salary for Financial Managers

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Overview

Baker’s MBA in Finance program emphasizes the practical uses of financial management in businesses, non—profit organizations, and government entities.

Your instructors are professional financial managers, who lead you through an in-depth study of the latest concepts, analytic methods, and problem-solving techniques. As you apply these concepts through class discussions, case study analysis, presentations, and other activities, you develop a solid understanding of key principles and applications.

When you complete the program, you will be fully prepared to apply your knowledge and skills for the benefit of organizations and individuals who make investment decisions, and advance in the field. 

Course Information

MBA Major Course Rotation Schedule 2014 - 2016 [PDF 37KB]

Finance Major Requirements16 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 641
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the opportunity to learn and discuss the topics of money, money markets, money market participants, monetary policies and its effects, and regulation of money markets, in addition to examining banks, banking services, and the banking industry. The dynamic nature of the banking industry will be examined, highlighting recent changes and expected future developments. Students will also learn to identify and manage financial risks. Students will write a project report on how to improve some banking practices or business practices related to banking or money management.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 640
Money and Banking4
BUS 642
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasis is on understanding and preparing financial accounting statements on past performance and projected future performance of organizations. Students will also learn to evaluate and efficiently use financial accounting statements to identify business problems and profit from business strengths. Topics include FASB's conceptual framework, GAAP, measuring income, recording transactions, accounting for sales, inventories and cost of goods sold, long-lived assets and depreciation, liabilities and interest, valuation and accounting for bonds and leases, stockholder's equity, statement of cash flows, accounting differences, and the International Accounting Standards.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 630 or C or better in BUS 640, 16 hours of undergraduate accounting
Financial Accounting4
BUS 643
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students international financial capital flows in the global economy, focusing on how firms can borrow from, lend to, and invest in foreign countries. The costs and benefits of international business financing are analyzed, from both short-term and long-term perspectives, considering both direct and indirect effects. Business strategies for managing financial risks are examined, including foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, and default risk. Students will complete a project report on how his or her firm can profitably borrow from, lend to, or invest in a particular foreign country, using the international money market and international capital market.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 640
International Business Finance4
BUS 645
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4 Quarter Hours

Helps students to understand and undertake responsible budgeting practices at various levels of government - local, state, and national. Students will learn to read and develop a budget of tax revenue income, expenditures, and transfers to achieve policy makers' financial objectives for their constituents. This course explores the issues of tax policy, fiscal policy, transfer programs, budget deficits, public debt, and budget planning. Students will prepare a project report using the principles of public finance to improve a government practice.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 640
Public Finance4
Business Requirements37 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 572
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4 Quarter Hours

Evaluates a variety of human resource issues facing corporations and businesses today. These include employee development, performance appraisal systems, job design, hiring and dismissal processes, career management strategies, legal issues, morale monitoring, domestic and global labor market problems, as well as how cultural and economic factors influence the effectiveness of human resource management.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Human Resource Management4
BUS 615
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an understanding of individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole. This course considers such topics as alignment of people within an organization, as well as techniques for these individuals to manage and lead more effectively. This course will also discuss how technology, the Internet, globalism, and virtual teaming are impacting the work environment today.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Human Behavior Management of Organizations4
BUS 630
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the use of financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making purposes. Topics include accounting concepts, accounting systems, preparing financial statements, product costing and overhead allocation, variance analysis, budgeting, and responsibility accounting. How these topics should be applied in information based decision making is emphasized. Case analysis is used to enhance student learning of key accounting concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Accounting for the Contemporary Manager4
BUS 640
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an understanding of corporate financial management including the introduction of key concepts in the field of finance and the environment in which they are applied. Students learn how to gauge the financial health of their company and to measure and understand the financial return in relation to risk. Capital budgeting and management of working capital are also discussed. This course emphasizes teaching students to improve their business financial decision making.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Financial Environment4
BUS 650
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an integrated understanding of the concepts of economics. The emphasis is on the application of economics and uses actual economic events to encourage the study of the principles of economics and to show how these concepts can help students understand the complex and dynamic American economy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Economic Environment4
BUS 660
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4 Quarter Hours

Concentrates on the marketing concept and its impact on the strategic decision-making process of the firm. This course emphasizes planning and managing marketing activities of multi-product firms and provides an understanding of the fundamental issues which influence marketing decisions. The specifics of implementing a marketing plan are discussed. In addition, the effects of the global marketplace and sources of marketing research are discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Marketing Environment4
BUS 678
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the use of data collection and analysis in business environments to facilitate decision making. Research designs will be addressed so that students can ask and answer specific questions. Students will learn to properly use basic descriptive and inferential statistics. This course will offer an applications-oriented perspective to conducting and critically evaluating primary research.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Research and Statistics for Managers4
BUS 690
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the theories, skills, and knowledge gained from previous courses and provides students the opportunity to make strategic business decisions. Students will analyze the strategies of current public corporations. Students will also complete a decision-making business simulation. This is the capstone course of the Baker College MBA program.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Corequisite(s):
BUS 572, BUS 615, BUS 630, BUS 650, BUS 660, BUS 675 or BUS 755 or MIS 511, BUS 640 or BUS 759
Strategy in a Global Environment4
CGS 501
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1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar1
MIS 511
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview for students of Information System, and prepares them to be successful in their professional roles as well as for future academic studies in the field. An emphasis is placed on how management can use information and information technology to gain competitive advantage, increase productivity, and make better and timelier decisions particularly when formulating business strategy and policy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Management Information Systems4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 53

Program Description

This program provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the most modern concepts, theories, analytic methods, and problem-solving techniques, emphasizing the practical uses of these financial management principles in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government. Students will actively participate in presentations, discussions, and activities highlighting practical business applications, current event applications, problem solving, analysis of case studies, and other financial applications.

Program Requirements

MBA Program Overview

The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success. All graduates of the MBA program are expected to achieve the MBA Program Outcomes through their course of study.

MBA Admissions Requirements

Candidates applying for matriculation into the MBA program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Graduate College Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $25.00.
  3. A typed essay (500-1000 words) addressing the candidate’s reasons for entering the program.
  4. Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
  5. A current resume indicating a minimum of three years of full-time, professional work experience.
  6. GMAT or GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision.

Application forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Office and online. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis and acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee.

Admission to the MBA program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: undergraduate GPA or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for College Business Education (IABCE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE.

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance, General Business, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Leadership,  and Marketing.

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

Baker College has received specialized accreditation for it's business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Web address: http://www.iacbe.org/.

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

View Master degree level IACBE Outcomes and Reports.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Information for MBA Programs

Mission of the Academic Business Unit: The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success

Intended Student Learning Outcomes for MBA Program

  1. Communicate using the advanced oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the business environment.
  2. Act in a manner that reflects their appreciation and understanding of their legal and ethical responsibilities in a professional environment.
  3. Collect, interpret and analyze existing and/or original research, using quantitative and statistical tools, and use in the decision making process.
  4. Analyze the interrelatedness of market, economic, social and political trends, and their impact on a global environment.
  5. Analyze the strategic planning process, and develop and assess strategic plans.
  6. Reason analytically and apply theory across interdisciplinary boundaries to solve problems and create innovative solutions.
  7. Analyze financial reports, risk management strategies and their impact on the decision making process.
  8. Evaluate various leadership strategies and the implications of their use.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives and analyze the impact of individual and cultural differences on the business environment.
  10. Demonstrate the value of personal and professional development, community service and life-long learning.
  11. Analyze the impact of information systems and technology on a business and demonstrate the ability to make effective information management decisions.
  12. Analyze the strategic impact of human resource development and management on a business.

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  • Do online students have access to a library?

    As a Baker College student, you:

    • Can use any of the nine campus libraries, and access most of them online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Can browse the Baker library collections as well as many other libraries all over North America.
    • Have access to journal articles, which can be downloaded from the online databases.

    Our online library provides a variety of services to help you with your research. Talk with your Development Coordinator to learn more.

  • How big are online classes?

    Our online classes are smaller than on-ground classes, and typically have 12-15 students. 

  • Is there a regular classroom I can sit in the back of the room and listen if I don't want to participate in the online classroom?

    In online classes, participation is the key to feeing like you're part of a learning community, and helps you stay motivated. Online, learning takes place through the sharing of ideas, thoughts, questions, and frustrations. Asynchronous discussions give everyone the opportunity to think and reflect and give feedback, and for that reason, many students discover that they prefer this type of learning.

  • Is it possible to talk to my online instructor and fellow classmates in private?

    Yes. Essentially the Blackboard system is a conferencing (or e-mail) system designed specifically to deliver online courses. You can use either their personal e-mail account or your virtual classroom for private communication. Remember, only students enrolled in that classroom will be able to join in the discussion or view course material.

  • Is an online course easier than an on-ground course?

    The level of difficulty is about the same, but the focus of the work is different. For example, your focus in an online course is on reading and writing. This is not true in an on-ground classroom setting where part of your participation is listening. Aural learners may have difficulty in accepting this more visual learning process.

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Going to Baker gave me the confidence I needed; it made me feel like I still had something to offer.

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