Price Per Course$500
Onwards and upwards. Take the next exciting step up the finance career ladder with UCC’s 100% online MBA in Finance
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (UCC) 100% online MBA in Finance will deepen your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, organizational management, corporate planning and more. You will apply the theories learned in the digital classroom to real-world workplace challenges, learn to collaborate and work effectively in teams across and within functional areas, enhance your communication skills, sharpen your critical and analytical thinking, deepen your ethical decision-making in business contexts, and proactively anticipate rapidly changing business challenges in a global economy.
The finance specialization comprises three courses designed to enhance your knowledge and ability in the areas of financial markets operation and the strategic management of financial entities. You will learn how to analyze project investment and corporate valuation as well as the best forms and ways to raise capital; to identify the key financial challenges faced by entrepreneurial ventures and various ways to fund new ventures; and explore the key elements of international financial regulation as well as how to manage risk.
UCC also offers you the choice to customize your MBA in Finance by taking either a research or applied pathway. If you intend to pursue a doctoral degree, the research pathway is often the best choice.
You’ll learn how to…
- Analyze investment decisions and assess their impact on cash flow streams and calculate capital cost to determine a firm’s optimal capital structure.
- Evaluate stocks and bonds value, assess a portfolio’s risk and return, and analyze derivative markets to make hedging decisions to manage risk exposure.
- Develop strategies to mitigate agency problems and information asymmetry in decision-making and evaluate how corporate governance can reduce risk exposure.
- Develop a strategic plan integrating finance and entrepreneurship to create a successful business and use financial analysis to assess business opportunities and challenges.
- Analyze the challenges and opportunities faced by micro and small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Develop and apply financial management and investment strategies for SMEs.
- Conduct a risk assessment of international financial markets and evaluate the effectiveness of various regulatory frameworks in mitigating risk and promoting stability in the international financial system.
And elevate your skills and career…
Finance skills are in high demand, and the sector is continually growing. Develop your skills across all facets of finance to carve out a career in roles such as:
- Budget Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Chief Financial Officer
- Accounting Manager
With a program designed for your needs…
This program will suit working professionals seeking to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a career in finance, without taking a career break. You will learn business and leadership fundamentals, as well as develop the analytical skills and investment knowledge needed to advise and guide organizations towards responsible and strategic financial management.
Course content is delivered 100% online, and offered as self-paced study so you’ll have the flexibility to learn while you earn and fit your studies around employment, family, and life commitments.
People are an organization’s most valuable resource. The quality of an organization’s talent is perhaps the single most important resource contributing to its profitability and or viability. Leaders and managers within the contemporary organizational context appreciate that a critical source of competitive advantage comes from the effective management of human resources. Product designs or service processes, creative marketing strategies, while critical, are not considered sufficient to deliver sustainable competitive advantage.
Academics, policy makers and practitioners are thus paying greater attention to work force issues. Managing human resources is as much a science as it is an art; it represents the combination of the application of scientific principles and practices, and, the application of personal characteristics. The human resource function exists within the organization in order to support the achievement of the organization’s strategic imperatives.
Business strategy consists of the theories, concepts, and methods top and middle-level managers can use to ensure the profitable and long-term growth of their organizations. Strategy helps general managers (as opposed to functional managers whose responsibilities focus on one function such as finance, production, marketing, human resources, IT, etc.), make better decisions to improve the competitive position of their organization in the long run and create value for its key stakeholders.
Gain a perspective on organizations, both within and outside of the for-profit business world. Strategic analysis and managerial thinking applies to organizations regardless of their activities, for or not-for-profit orientation, governance structure, geographic locations, size, etc. You’ll examine the main theories, concepts, and models of strategic analysis and their role in management practice.
Examine the critical financial fundamentals necessary for managing an organization's operational activities and achieving its strategic goals. You’ll learn about the time value of money, investing in various instruments, making critical decisions regarding capital expenditures, and various methods for successfully capitalizing the firm. Managing critical cash flows and allocation of financial assets are also discussed in detail from a managerial perspective.
Explore a wide range of economic concepts, theories and analytical techniques and key economic fundamentals. You will learn about the supply and demand model – the fundamental market model where trade-offs and choices are considered by comparing benefits and costs. Product and market structures, including perfectly competitive, monopolistically competitive, oligopolies, and monopolies, are also analyzed at the firm level.
Macroeconomic issues of fiscal and monetary policy are explored at an aggregate level. Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of selected topics in international trade, financial markets, economic growth, and positive and negative externalities.
Many business decisions throughout every level of an organization are based on the information found in the company’s financial statements. Explore how small and large process changes can increase organizational efficiency and profits through analyzing financial statement information. You’ll also examine how decisions made about capital projects, long-term investments, and a company’s risk aversion impact the bottom line.
Examine the skills and characteristics necessary to be an effective leader. You’ll learn how to apply leadership skills during change and in multicultural and diverse environments. The common thread throughout the course will be leading with strong managerial ethics, emotional intelligence, and reflective leadership. You’ll also examine the relationship between contemporary leadership issues and classical leadership theory.
Explore the design and implementation of the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out an organization's strategy in its target markets. You’ll develop an understanding of how an organization can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and the skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion.
Gain a deep understanding of operations management and how it is critical to your success in any field, from consulting to entrepreneurship to general management. You’ll explore the major problems and decision processes of operations management such as operations strategy, process and capacity planning, facilities planning, aggregate planning, materials planning, and quality planning.
Modern business is conducted by economic organizations in a highly competitive market environment. Managers often make decisions under severe time pressure without sufficient information. Ethical decision making in business cannot be considered apart from the complexity and uncertainty of actual situations. Therefore, the focus of the course is on ethical questions from the point of view of the practicing manager, with the aim of making ethical decisions that are consistent with effective corporate management.
Develop your understanding of theoretical and practical insights and developments in the fields of business ethics and sustainable business and learn the principles, practices, and ethical concerns/challenges organizations face in their daily operations. You will also gain an understanding of the theoretical basis of business ethics: stakeholder-theory, theories of responsibility and normative ethical theory, as well as intercultural ethics.
Conduct a strategic assessment of the overall global competitive environment and consider how an organization can leverage resources, capabilities, and preferential entry modes to create competitive advantages when entering a foreign market. As part of the final assessment of global strategy, you’ll take part either virtually or in-person in an international trip, visiting one to two foreign locations to experience local business culture. You’ll use theoretical knowledge to assess the strategy of an international organization in an applied cultural context.
Following the international financial crisis of 2007–2008, global businesses and governmental leaders have taken profound measures to change the structure of financial markets to ensure such a crisis does not happen again. This is the activity of financial regulation – the attempt of authorities to control economic risks.
Explore the liberalization of international financial markets, the development of international regulations in response to crises, and how the most recent watershed has shaped the current global economic environment. You’ll be equipped with an understanding of key elements in financial regulation, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as important historical events, including the Breton Wood Conference of 1944 and the Herstatt Bank failure of 1974. Finally, you’ll explore the benefits and challenges of liberalization related to saving and investments, market forces on government action, and the creation of derivative instruments aimed at managing risk, among other relevant topics.
Understanding entrepreneurial finance is an important part of analyzing the potential factors that lead to success and failure and the opportunities and challenges small enterprises face. One of the ways which allow entrepreneurs to make effective decisions to develop their ventures is to establish a comprehensive structure of analysis that considers finance and financial management. Financing sources is particularly difficult for a small firm due to the high uncertainty about cash flow and future liquidity requirements. Small firms face unique financial problems that overshadow the barriers hindering their survival and growth.
Entrepreneurial Finance combines the basic concepts of entrepreneurship, economics, and finance. Explore the key financial challenges faced by entrepreneurial ventures, which can range from seed and start-up capital to the management of working capital, and the different options available to SMEs by financial institutions, and private equity and venture capital.
Gain a holistic view of the entirety of corporate finance. At its heart, corporate finance focuses on two basic questions – financing (how to raise money) and investing (how to spend that money). Focusing on six key ideas, almost all of which have won Nobel prizes, you’ll learn how to find the best ways to answer these two questions. You’ll apply these ideas to analyze project investment and corporate valuation, as well as the best forms and ways to raise capital, why corporate governance is necessary and how to handle situations where the markets are not efficient.
Develop your understanding of research in general and business. You’ll address both academic business research and business consultancy research and examine the concepts and theories underlying research, as well as the practice of research.
This course has an applied focus. Your readings and assignments are designed to identify a feasible research topic and develop a research proposal for academic business or business consultancy research. You will examine how research problems and questions may be identified, and the process of achieving thoughtful, effective, and efficient research design. You will also investigate the importance of the literature review and how it can be carried out for optimal effectiveness in research.
Learn the research methodologies and methods, as well as the techniques of the research process as applied to business, whether as a business consultant or as an academic researcher. You will also study the philosophical and epistemological assumptions underpinning the research approaches and methodologies, as well as their role in determining the design and implementation of the research. Finally, you will also gain an understanding of the ethical aspects of research and consultancy.
For entry into this program you will need…
- An accredited bachelor’s degree
- UCC Global teaches all programs and courses in English. Applicants whose most recent education was not in English will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by completing an approved English language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Both TOEFL Paper-based (PBT) and TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) are accepted.
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