Business Administration (Finance) - Master of Business Administration

Program Requirements (36 credits)

The MBA program consists of twelve courses beyond the background knowledge requirements. Eleven are required courses:

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
ACCT 503Accounting for Managers3
BCIS 502Business Information Systems3
BLAW 502Legal Environment of Business3
ECON 503Managerial Economics3
BFIN 503Financial Management3
MGMT 502Operations Management3
MGMT 503Organizational Behavior and Management Processes3
MGMT 512Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions3
MGMT 590Strategic Management3
MKTG 503Marketing Management3
B A 590Professional Paper/Presentation3
Elective course 13
Total Credits36

The Graduate School requires that students maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken as a graduate student at NMSU. The MBA program requires, in addition, that every candidate for the MBA degree must graduate with at least a 3.0 grade point average in all courses required for the basic MBA degree.

The following course sequencing requirements must be satisfied:

  1. B A 590 Professional Paper/Presentation must be completed during the final term of the student’s program and is only open to students who have been accepted into the MBA degree program. ACCT 503 Accounting for Managers, BLAW 502 Legal Environment of Business, BFIN 503 Financial Management and MKTG 503 Marketing Management must be completed prior to enrollment in B A 590 Professional Paper/Presentation.
  2. MGMT 590 Strategic Management must be completed at the end of the student’s program of study and is only open to students who have been accepted into the MBA degree program. All MBA coursework other than B A 590 Professional Paper/Presentation must be completed prior to or during the same term as MGMT 590 Strategic Management.

Students requesting transfer credit for any graduate courses taken before admission to the MBA program must submit appropriate written justification, including course descriptions, syllabi, transcripts, etc. Up to nine credits of transfer work can be applied to meet MBA requirements if the credits were earned in a program accredited by AACSB International. Transfer credits for courses taken after admission to the program are generally not permitted, but advance approval should be requested and may be granted in exceptional situations.

Final Examination for the Degree:  Students may satisfy the Graduate School requirement for a final exam by completing the following courses with grades of B or better in each:  ACCT 503 Accounting for ManagersBCIS 502 Business Information Systems, BLAW 502 Legal Environment of Business,ECON 503 Managerial Economics,BFIN 503 Financial Management, MGMT 502 Operations Management, and MKTG 503 Marketing Management. Students who do not meet the grade requirement in these seven courses will need to arrange an oral exam consistent with Graduate School regulations. 

A thesis is not required. With special approval, however, a degree candidate may elect to write a thesis with a least 6 credit hours earned under B A 599 Master's Thesis in lieu of B A 590 Professional Paper/Presentation.

Students in the on-campus MBA program may elect to pursue a concentration in Finance and must complete the following four Finance courses.  These courses can be used as substitutes for MGMT 512 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions and B A 590 Professional Paper/Presentation.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
BFIN 535Investment Concepts3
BFIN 545Fixed Income Markets, Instruments and Derivatives3
BFIN 555Derivative Markets and Securities3
BFIN 566Advanced Financial Management3
Total Credits12