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According to a recent survey by CollegeAtlas.org, 33% of online students enroll in business programs, which makes an online business degree the most popular type of online college degree.* When you look closer at the popularity of graduate business degrees, you can see that a paradigm shift is occurring. The MBA degree, long the gold standard for business professionals, is making room for a growing roster of specialized master’s degrees in finance, accounting, marketing, communications, human resource management, and other business disciplines.
The popularity of specialized master’s degrees is easily explained by the same CollegeAtlas.org survey:
To understand the differences between an online master’s in finance degree and an online MBA, compare these features:
To deepen real-world knowledge of finance and gain higher-level financial skills; to prepare specifically for CFA® or CFP® certification exams.
To gain high-level skills and a broad understanding of different facets of business administration and leadership with a specialization in finance.
|Credits||30 semester credits||36 semester credits|
|Course Load||10 courses||12 courses|
|Finance Courses||10 courses||3 courses|
|Prepares Students for CFA and CFP Exams||YES||NO|
|Completion Time||20 months||24 months|
Based on Walden University’s online MS in Finance degree and MBA degree with a specialization in Corporate Finance.
Some MBA and master’s in finance degrees at other on-campus and online universities may require more than 36 semester credits and may take longer to complete.
Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
The demand for financial professionals is outstripping the supply, said Roberto Castaneda, program director for Walden University’s new MS in Finance program. “It’s almost as if finance is a hidden diamond in the rough,” he explained. “Never before has demand for a profession increased exponentially like the finance profession.”
The job market for finance professionals is booming; for example, demand for financial analysts is projected to grow 16% through the year 2022.† Castaneda outlined three main factors driving the robust growth:
Walden’s MS in Finance degree program provides three specialization options, each focused on different competencies:
Walden’s MS in Finance program emphasizes risk management, financial analysis and problem solving, analytical skills, investments, and portfolio analysis—a fully integrated set of high-level skills needed by most, if not all, businesses throughout the world.
Walden University, an accredited institution, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners for 45 years. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificates online at Walden.
Explore Walden University's online business management degree programs and position yourself for success. Earn your online business degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your life and schedule.
*CollegeAtlas.org, “41 Facts About Online Students.” On the Internet at www.collegeatlas.org/41-surprising-facts-about-online-students.html (viewed online June 22, 2015).
† U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (viewed online June 22, 2015). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.