Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in Finance

You would never invest in a business that you can’t understand. Become an expert in local, national and international economies, in cooperating and competing markets, investment analysis and legal and ethical issues with our finance program. Your leadership and management training will prepare you, and your business, for financial success. 

Graduate Program Tabs

The finance concentration enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the course work in the MBA program and provides students with greater exposure to economic and financial business practices. The finance courses provide an opportunity for students to learn about local, national and international economies in cooperating and competing markets. Students will explore performance of stocks, bonds, commodities and other types of investments. The program prepares students to work in the field of financial management either independently or with a corporation, bank, securities firm, non-profit organization or an investment firm.

Tiffin University’s Accreditations:

Tiffin University is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio to award the MBA degree. The program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has also received a national and international stamp of approval with an accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Ohio Department of Staff Development and Certification has approved eleven TU MBA courses for Administrative/Management/Supervisory MR/DD certification. Our students and faculty communicate, negotiate, collaborate and evolve to produce graduates who are well prepared to succeed.

Your Life Experience Equals A Dynamic Classroom Experience

Our commitment to quality begins with an application process designed to ensure that students entering our program have the ability and background to be successful. The average MBA student enters the Tiffin University program with nearly 10 years of post-graduate work experience. The student body has degrees in fields ranging from business to medicine, from the social sciences to engineering, from law to liberal arts, humanities and more. The life experience of this diverse student body contributes to the dynamic and interactive nature of the educational atmosphere at Tiffin University.

The Tiffin University Academic Tradition

Tiffin University is in its twelfth decade of educating students for success, providing a solid foundation upon which to build your own personal success. Yet at the same time, the curriculum and educational methods at Tiffin University are undergoing a continuous process of improvement. Our curriculum is distinguished by a focus on developing competencies in leadership and teamwork, communication skills, and managerial decision-making and problem solving.

We Provide You With Personal Support

We understand that your success depends on our ability to answer your questions quickly and correctly. Virtually every survey or study designed to identify the critical success factors in online education confirm that keeping students connected is a top priority. Our students rate the personal support they received at Tiffin University as the primary reason for their success, and they would recommend Tiffin University’s online programs to a friend or coworker because of it. Real connections lead to real results!

​Finance Concentration 8 hours

  • FIN616 International Financial Management
  • FIN624 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FIN625 Investment Analysis
  • FIN626 Emerging Markets Finance 

MBA Core Curriculum 28 hours

  • ACC510 Financial Accounting 
  • ACC512 Managerial Accounting
  • CIS514 Information and Decision Support 
  • ECO524 Managerial Economics
  • FIN612 Managerial Finance
  • MAT513 Statistical Methods for Managers 
  • MGT511 Individual and Teamwork 
  • MGT522 Management of Human Resources 
  • MGT613 Operations Management
  • MGT614 Global and Transnational Management
  • MGT622 Strategic Management
  • MGT623 Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
  • MKT523 Marketing Management
  • MKT611 Business Research Analysis 

Total MBA 36 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

International Financial Management (FIN616) - Structure and operation of global financial markets: The international monetary system, global banking, eurocurrency markets, global securities markets, foreign exchange markets, emerging capital markets, and global portfolio management. Financial skills required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management - extension of closed economy financial management techniques to the global market environment. Topics include balance of payments and exchange rate determination, the hedging of exchange rate risk, multinational capital budgeting, political risk management, taxation, the corporate management of short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and financing the global operations of firms.    

Financial Markets and Institutions (FIN624) - This class introduces students to the institutions and markets that form the worldwide economic system of trading financial and real assets. The course will cover concepts of financial theory, institutional detail, regulations and the history of the financial markets. Students will be exposed to legal, ethical, technological, and global issues facing financial managers, financial markets, and the financial assets traded in these markets. The course is designed to provide an overview of the financial world, the financial assets that are traded, and the people who participate in the financial markets.    

Investment Analysis (FIN625) - This class examines the investment process. Students will learn how to put together a portfolio and understand and interpret news about the financial markets. It will discuss different types of securities (bonds, stocks, mutual funds, derivatives) and how they are combined to form a portfolio. It includes background information relative to these securities. This information includes topics such as types of markets, placing orders and what interpreting stock indices represent.

Emerging Markets Finance (FIN626) - This course deals with investment issues that are unique to emerging economies since they are likely to afford significant growth opportunities for global investors. The course will provide a framework for understanding the international financial environment including markets, systems and institutions and will focus on challenges confronting firms that compete in the global marketplace. An array of issues relevant to firms operating on the global stage, including analyzing international opportunities; developing foreign entry, growth and pricing strategies; financing business operations; and leveraging resources and capabilities internationally will be discussed. We will discuss techniques that will enhance investment decision-making by future managers in emerging markets.

Faculty

Mucahit Kochan, Ph.D.

kochanm@tiffin.edu
419-448-5132

Assistant Professor of Finance

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Marmara University at Istanbul
  • M.S., University of Texas at Dallas
  • Ph.D., University of North Texas

Mucahit Kochan, Ph.D.

Before joining TU, Dr. Kochan studied and worked as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas where he earned his doctorate. Before the Ph.D. program, he worked in financial services and real estate industries. His research interests are in the area of empirical corporate finance and investments. He is a member of the American Finance Association (AFA) and Financial Management Association (FMA).

Academic Papers:

“Bank Dividend-cuts and the Stock Market Reaction around the Great Recession” (with Mujtaba Zia), Journal of Finance Issues, Forthcoming, in the press.

“Information Content of Iron Butterfly Arbitrage Bounds” (with James Conover), Working Paper

“Diminishing Equity Premium of the 21 st Century” (with Ian Liu), Working Paper

Mucahit Kochan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Mucahit Kochan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Shane Parendo, Ph.D.
Shane Parendo, Ph.D.

Shane Parendo, Ph.D.

Parendos@tiffin.edu
419-448-3377

Assistant Professor of Economics

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

Shane Parendo, Ph.D.

After completing a Master's degree in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Parendo found his interests lied more in the area of Economics, one of his two minors as an undergraduate. At UCSB, he taught several finance classes as a graduate student while pursuing research in several fields, including Microeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics and Game Theory.

Prior to joining Tiffn University full time in 2011, Shane was an instructor for both the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University where he taught Introductory Macroeconomics, Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics and a graduate class in Industrial Organization. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society.

Shane Parendo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Shane Parendo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Gajjalav@tiffin.edu
419-448-3361

Professor of Economics & Finance

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Madras Christian College
  • M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Prior to joining our faculty in 2002, Dr. Gajjala taught courses in Information Systems and Business Economics at the University of Toledo’s College of Business Administration and worked as a Financial Engineer for an energy services company in Pittsburgh, PA.

His research interests include globalization and its implications for entrepreneurship and corporate strategy in transition and emerging market economies; Privatization in transition economies; and Business in emerging economies. His paper on the role of Information and Communication Technologies in enhancing processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies has been published in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the IFCAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development. He has also made several presentations at national and international conferences, including the Midwest Economics Association; Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conferences in Toronto and Maastricht {the Netherlands); and the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Hyderabad, India.

He has been a featured speaker on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, organized by the American Association of University Women at the Wood County Senior Center and the open forum sponsored by the international affairs committee of the League of Women Voters, Bowling Green, OH. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in International Trade, International Finance, Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, Managerial Finance, Microeconomics and Microeconomics.

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics & Finance
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics & Finance
Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.
Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.

Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.

Tsullivan@tiffin.edu
419-448-3315

Vice Provost, Dean, School of Business

Associate Professor of Business Law & Finance

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • J.D., Ohio Northern University
  • M.B.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University

Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.

Dr. Sullivan began his career with Tiffin University in January of 1991 as Director of the Lima Program. In May of 2000, Dr. Sullivan earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, at which time, he joined the full-time faculty teaching in the areas of Law and Finance. In addition, during his 16 years with Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan has also taught undergraduate courses in the areas of economics, management and marketing.

He has served as the Chair of the Accounting, Economics, Finance and Law Department, as well as on the Athletic and the Curriculum Committees at the University. For five seasons, he was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach. Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the faculty advisor to the University’s Investment Club.

Prior to arriving at Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan worked for Whirlpool Corporation. In addition, he worked as a Mutual Fund and Insurance Representative selling Long-Term Care Insurance, and advising individuals on their mutual funds, IRA’s, Keoghs, 401(K) plans, 403(B) plans as well as annuities.

His favorite past time is spending time with his wife and two children.

Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.
Vice Provost, Dean, School of Business
Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.
Vice Provost, Dean, School of Business

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