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Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning Online

Capitalize on your future with an MBA in Financial Planning from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This degree prepares you to strategically manage the personal financial assets and investments of individuals, including portfolio design, tax management and retirement planning.

About the Program

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Complete in as few as 12 months
36 credit hours
$472.22 per credit hour

Whether you are an industry professional ready to take the next step in your career at a brokerage house, trust company, or insurance business, or you are interested in building a private advising business, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley MBA in Financial Planning online degree will support your goals and add value to your career. This 100% online, accelerated program provides you with a solid business base, as well as the knowledge to deliver sound professional advice in the areas of personal wealth management, retirement, estate, insurance and tax planning. Coursework includes:

  • Financial planning fundamentals such as time value of money, cash and debt management, and education planning
  • Wealth management including investment portfolio design, fund selection and evaluation
  • Retirement plans and planning from both the employer/employee and individual settings
  • Advanced communication skills and peer networking

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Online Courses

MBA Courses
ACCT 6320 Accounting and Financial Analysis

The objectives of this course are to review certain elements of financial reporting, to develop financial analysis skills, and to gain experience in using accounting information for decision making. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 6301 or ACCT 2301 AND ACCT 2302

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 6350 Managerial Economics

This course applies economic analysis to managerial issues in the business world. Specific topics considered include demand analysis, production and costs, pricing policies, and market structures. Extensive use is made of case studies.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6330 Organizational Behavior

An analysis of formal organizational theory and the interrelationship of individuals in organizations. A study of the organization as a system of authority, status, leadership, direction, culture, ethics, communication and influence.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6360 Production and Operations Management

The study of the role of the production function in the business system and its relationship to marketing and finance. The focus is on the decision-making necessary for productivity improvement in the transformation process of manufacturing and non-manufacturing service organizations. Strategies of production system design, capacity management, quality management; production planning, inventory planning and control, facility location and supply chain management are explored. Systems studies include Just-in-Time, Total Quality Management and Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINA 6340 Advanced Corporate Finance

The study of advanced topics and cases in corporate managerial finance. The course builds on the foundation finance course; and covers topics including valuation of securities, valuation of business and investment decisions, capital structure, cost of capital, mergers and acquisitions, working capital management, international corporate finance and risk management. Prerequisite: FINA 6303 or FINA 3380 or equivalent.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MARK 6310 Marketing Strategy

This course is an advanced study of marketing policy and decision-making based upon a consumer orientation, innovation and creative adaptation to change, cultural implication of marketing action, and the role of theory in marketing. It investigates how marketing affects overall corporate and business decisions and gives students an opportunity to look at high-level strategic marketing decisions in product planning, promotion pricing and distribution.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
INFS Information Systems for Managers

Alternative approaches to managing the resources (computers, networks, software, data, & people) that organizations utilize in applying information systems. The roles of the user/manager identifying opportunities, obtaining computer applications and creatively using information technology to improve operational, tactical and strategic planning and performance. Topics that will be covered include enterprise systems, managerial support systems, decision support systems, e-commerce applications.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
QUMT 6310 Business Research

Business research techniques and methodologies. Topics include scientific method, business information sources, research proposal development and evaluation, research design, scaling and instrument design, sampling design, statistical packages and applications, research reporting and writing and ethical considerations in business research.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6390 Strategic Management

This capstone course integrates knowledge in functional areas and covers strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Different types of organizations in all kinds of environments and industries are studied. Technology, culture and ethics are important environmental variables considered.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Foundation Courses

All students entering the MBA program are required to have a business administration foundation. The foundation may be achieved by holding a Bachelor's degree in a business field OR by taking some (or all) of the foundation courses provided below. The University will advise on which foundation courses are necessary for students to be successful in the MBA, it can range from 0 courses to 6 courses depending upon previous coursework and work experience.

FINA 6303 Introduction to Finance

This course introduces fundamental concepts of financial tools and analysis for making effective managerial decisions. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, decisions affecting the internal management of the firm, financial statement analysis, and operational planning and budgeting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ACCT 6301 Accounting for Managers

An examination of financial and managerial accounting theory and concepts and their application in financial and managerial decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 6301 Principles of Economics

This course is an introduction to basic economic concepts. Macroeconomic topics will include national income and output, unemployment, inflation and economic, social and political structures and institutions. Microeconomic topics will include consumer choice, the firm's supply decision, product and resource markets, resource allocation and efficiency, and market structures. International/global comparisons will also be discussed when appropriate.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MARK 6300 Foundations of Marketing

This course provides discussion about a range of topics related to the marketing field, its functions and institutional structure at the macro level, as well as an analysis of marketing strategies and policies at the micro level. In addition, it includes issues related to the psychological, social and cultural factors influencing marketing decisions at the business and consumer level.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6301 Foundations of Management

This course exposes students to the fundamental concepts of organizations and management. It emphasizes the role of a manager as a decision maker and how managers in every organization plan, organize, motivate, and control in rapidly changing environments.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
QUMT 6303 Statistical Foundations

An introduction to statistical methodology to include probability concepts, inference techniques, analysis of variance, regression analysis, chi square and other nonparametric analyses. This course focuses on the use of the computer in performing statistical analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Financial Planning Courses
FINA 6351 Fundamentals of Financial Planning

This course is designed as an introductory course to the personal financial planning profession at the graduate level. The course will focus on time value of money, personal financial statements, cash and debt management, and education and retirement planning. The course will also provide learning activities that facilitate student growth and development in higher-level thinking, communication skills, and peer networking.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINA 6353 Retirement Planning

This course is designed to examine topics of retirement planning and retirement plans from both the employer/employee and individual client settings. A case study approach will be used to apply and integrate the material, and evaluation of financial alternatives will be emphasized. In addition, the course will provide learning activities that will facilitate student growth and development, communication skills, and critical thinking.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINA 6355 Wealth Management

This course is designed to introduce students to the wealth management aspects of financial planning. The course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of wealth management to include the investment process portfolio design and implementation, tax management, and fund selection and evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown


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Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only.

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MBA in Financial Planning online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an Enrollment Specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.


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What our students say about UTGRV's MBA online program

UTRGV offers an online MBA that gives you a broad base of business skills, plus the opportunity to customize your degree to your career interests in financial planning, health care administration, or international trade.

Hear from our students why University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was the right choice for them.

We Will Achieve Together

"The MBA puts me on track... in my career, opening up new business opportunities. The online [program]... gives you freedom to take control of your education."

-Jazmin Ochoa, MBA