Comparing Finance and Marketing MBA Programs

Aug 11, 2018

MBA programs in finance and marketing prepare students for careers in management. Students can choose courses that are tailored to their specific needs, goals and interests. Both programs are similar, since finance MBA programs offer courses in marketing, and marketing MBA programs offer courses in finance.

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MBA in Finance Courses

Although both Master of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Marketing programs include core business courses, they differ in their curriculum as well as career options for graduates.

An MBA program with a concentration in finance prepares graduates to make financial decisions for a variety of businesses and organizations. MBA programs include finance courses that teach students how to acquire, manage, and distribute funds in a business setting. Typical courses include marketing, international business and finance, budgeting, financial accounting, data analysis, and economics.

Students may also be able to choose to concentrate in one of several subspecialties that coincide with their personal and professional goals and interests. Subspecialties include areas such as private equity, corporate finance, and portfolio management.

MBA in Finance Career Options

An MBA with a concentration in finance prepares students for a variety of careers, including positions such as these:

  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Insurance adjuster
  • Investment banker
  • Stock broker

MBA in Marketing Courses

A marketing MBA program is designed to prepare graduates to make marketing decisions relating to advertising, public relations, and other communications fields. For MBA students who choose to specialize in marketing, some of the elective course options include international sales and marketing, strategic planning, economics, ethics in marketing, market research, financial analysis, consumer behavior, and current business trends.

In an MBA marketing program, students are usually allowed to choose courses from subspecialty areas of marketing based on their individual interests and goals. Such areas may include product management, marketing management, and international marketing.

MBA in Marketing Career Options

A variety of careers are available to graduates with an MBA in Marketing. Potential career paths include:

  • Advertising executive
  • Brand manager
  • Business development director
  • Buyer
  • Market researcher
  • Product manager
  • Senior marketing analyst

Admission Requirements

While the curriculum and career options differ between MBA programs in finance and marketing, their admission requirements are generally the same. Prospective students are required to possess at least a bachelor's degree. Some programs require applicants to possess a degree in a closely related field, while other programs are more open to degrees completed outside the field of business. Choosing an MBA in finance or marketing determines the elective coursework that the student will take and it can also influence future career paths.

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