Master of Finance vs MBA: Business School Prerequisites by Degree

MBA Prerequisites:

While an MBA can be less strict demanding prerequisite quantitative skills, the coursework will still require students to engage with essential mathematical, financial, and accounting skills to succeed. For this reason, admissions will often require students to receive an adequate score on the GMAT exam before applying.9

Throughout an MBA programme, students can expect coursework related to the some of the following areas:10

MBA Course Coverage:


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  2. University of Cambridge Judge Business School (2024). Master of Finance. Programme Details, https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/masters-degrees/master-of-finance/?gad_source=1. ↩︎
  3. Imperial College Business School (2024). Applying for MSc Finance. Imperial Admissions, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school/masters/finance/admissions/#:~:text=You%20should%20preferably%20have%20a,Mathematics. ↩︎
  4. Imperial College Business School (2024). Applying for MSc Finance. Imperial Admissions, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school/masters/finance/admissions/#:~:text=You%20should%20preferably%20have%20a,Mathematics. ↩︎
  5. Kokardekar, Lavanya (2023). Masters in Finance vs. MBA: What do You Need to Know? UniScholars, https://unischolars.com/blog/masters-in-finance-vs-mba/.  ↩︎
  6. Cote, Catherine (2022). What Do You Learn in Business School? 6 Skills You Could Gain. Harvard Business School: Business Insights, https://online.hbs.edu/blog/post/what-do-you-learn-in-business-school. ↩︎
  7. Kowarski, Ilana (2021). MBA vs. M.S. Degree: How to Choose. US News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/mba-vs-ms-degree-how-to-choose. ↩︎
  8. Mark, Douglas (2022). What are the Typical Requirements for Admission to MBA Programs? BSchools,https://www.bschools.org/faq/what-are-mba-admissions-requirements. ↩︎
  9. Cote, Catherine (2022). What Do You Learn in Business School? 6 Skills You Could Gain. Harvard Business School: Business Insights, https://online.hbs.edu/blog/post/what-do-you-learn-in-business-school.  ↩︎
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  11. Kowarski, Ilana (2021). MBA vs. M.S. Degree: How to Choose. US News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/mba-vs-ms-degree-how-to-choose. ↩︎

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