Top Finance MBAs in Los Angeles

Top Finance MBAs

The finance industry has always gone hand in hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report‘.The Los Angeles Metro—brimming with top-notch MBA programs with finance concentrations—is a great destination for any prospective MBA looking to breaking into the finance sector. Here are a few of the top finance MBAs in Los Angeles:

Anderson School of Management – UCLA

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management offers a full-time, two year MBA program, as well as a part-time MBA, Executive and Global Executive MBA programs. There are a variety of concentrations available to Anderson MBA students, one of which is Financial Management.

The Financial Management concentration aims to groom new managers who need finance know-how to find funding sources for their firms, identify and manage risk, and decide whether to make capital expenditures or produce new products. Coursework in this concentration includes financial management, banking, planning, investments, insurance, money flow, real estate and financial services.

Argyros School of Business – Chapman University

The Argyros School of Business of Chapman University offers a full-time, professional and Executive MBA. The full-time MBA curriculum offers students specialty tracks and concentrations within the program. Students may choose one of 10 specialty tracks or they may choose a concentration in Finance or Marketing.

One of the specialty tracks is Corporate Finance. Students in this track can expect the following elective courses: International Finance; Advanced Corporate Finance; Financial Reporting & Analysis and Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Restructuring.

College of Business and Economics – California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, L.A. offers an MBA program that can be completed in either two or four years, depending on whether students attend full-time or part-time. In a meeting with their graduate advisor, MBAs select graduate level courses for their 16-unit concentration, one of which is finance.

Students on the finance track will take courses such as Business Finance and Law, where different forms of business, business law, capital markets, analysis of financial statements, securities law, security valuation, bankruptcy and reorganization are discussed. An example of an upper level graduate finance course is Portfolio Management, where students learn capital market equilibrium (capital asset pricing model and arbitrage pricing theory), asset allocation, capital allocation, fixed-income securities, options and futures, passive and active portfolio management.

Graziadio School of Business and Management – Pepperdine University

In addition to the traditional two-year full-time MBA, Graziadio School of Business and Management offers a part-time, Executive and Presidents and Key Executives MBA. MBAs are encouraged to choose a concentrated focus for their studies, including finance. According to Graziadio, their finance concentration bets prepares students for careers in portfolio management, corporate finance, investment banking, financial institutions management and financial risk management.

Loyola Marymount University

Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. LMU’s College of Business Administration (CBA) was established in 1926. Today, the college offers several undergraduate degree offerings and graduate degree offerings, including an MS in Accounting, MBA and Executive MBA.

Marymount offers six areas of concentration, and four courses in a chosen area of emphasis are required. Courses include Real Estate Investments and Entrepreneurship (an entrepreneurial approach to real estate investment built around financial modeling, market area supply and demand analysis, risk analysis, mortgage alternatives and taxation impacts) and Risk Analysis and Financial Modeling (introduces advanced quantitative model building skills for financial risk analysis).

Marshall School of Business – USC

The Marshall School of Business offers a full-time MBA, part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Accelerated MBA and an International Business Education and Research MBA. Marshall also partners with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to offer a Global Executive MBA in Shanghai. In addition to the full-time and part-time MBA programs, Marshall offers an Executive, Online, IBEAR and Global Executive MBA programs.

Marshall offers several for-credit certificate programs, which can enhance a student’s graduate education through a concentrated curriculum. According to the school, the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis and Valuation is designed to offer students the intensive instruction and training needed to successfully compete in rapidly developing global financial markets.

Mihaylo College of Business – California State University, Fullerton

Mihaylo offers MBA, MA and MS programs, including online programs and programs for working professionals. The MBA program requires that students take a minimum of 18 units or a maximum of 30 units from it’s list of Business Core courses. CSUF offers a Finance concentration, which requires four courses from within its area. A minimum of two of the four courses must be at the 500 level and all courses must be approved by the department chair or their designee.

Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management – Claremont Graduate University

In addition to the traditional, full-time MBA, the Drucker School of Management offers a part-time and an Executive MBA. Drucker offers a variety of courses, including Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance.

The Financial Accounting course teaches what Drucker calls “the language of business” from the perspective of both the user and manager. Student learn the basic rules governing the preparation of financial statements, the flexibility that exists within these rules, possible incentives for management to make choices from within these rules, and the output from this environment. In Corporate Finance, students develop understanding of financial decision making, including investment decisions, financing decisions and their interaction.

The Paul Merage School of Business – University of California, Irvine

Paul Merage School of Business offers a full-time, two year MBA program, as well as a part-time MBA, Executive and Healthcare Executive MBA programs. Merage offers only one Core business class, Managerial Finance and a number of finance-based electives, such as Multinational Finance, Behavioral Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions-Finance.


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