Online Bachelor’s in Financial Services

Discover a different approach to seek advancement in financial services. You can earn an online finance degree that blends finance insights with key marketing and management skills to respond to employer demands. Join us, and access a program that fields input from financial leaders and helps you prepare to steer companies with market-driven financial planning skills.

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Access courses 100% online

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No SAT/ACT entrance exams required

Financial aid available

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Start annually in fall, spring, or summer

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Eligible transfer credits accepted

Why Earn Your Online Financial Services Degree?

When you earn your online finance degree, you gain convenient access to courses taught by experts in the industry. Based on their insights, our curriculum is designed to help you develop a broad perspective on how financial planning, business, and marketing combine to drive success.

Our financial services degree begins by helping you build a strong core of business skills. From there, you study advanced financial theory in courses that cover financial institutions, securities/investments, money and banking, portfolio management, and more. It provides options so you can develop additional skills in marketing.

It’s our goal to help you focus on the front lines of financial services. Here, you can connect to respected financial experts on our faculty and benefit from our partnerships with global financial companies. When you complete the program, you can emerge ready to pursue success in commercial banking, stock brokerage, corporate finance, and other growing fields.

Online Finance Degree Curriculum

The online bachelor’s degree in finance is designed to help you develop key business and marketing skills that you can apply in the financial services industry. It includes general education, the financial services major, electives, and business core.

Our curriculum provides a uniquely blended focus that combines finance theory with marketing applications. It can help you troubleshoot contemporary problems through research during your business capstone, and graduates can emerge prepared to provide financial planning and consultation in a range of settings.

Qualified online finance degree students can satisfy the general education requirement through transfer credits to complete the program sooner.

Business Core CoursesDevelop your competency in core financial principles and how they are applied in the business world as you study accounting, micro and macroeconomics, statistics, and marketing, as well as supporting curriculum in management and business law.

Financial Services Major Courses — Further develop your understanding of finance by reviewing topics such as investment strategy, securities analysis, money and banking, wealth management, sales, marketing, and trade.

What Can You Do with Your Online Finance Degree?

Your online bachelor’s degree in finance can help you qualify for many jobs in financial services, including investment advisory, banking, insurance, portfolio management, and more. The curriculum is based upon input from leaders in financial services, including leading banks and financial companies. It’s designed to help you provide comprehensive services to protect the interests of today’s employers.

You can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Financial services sales
  • Mortgage services
  • Bank branch operations and management
  • Financial planning
  • Personal financial advising
  • Investment advisory firms
  • Customer services
  • Commercial banks
  • Portfolio management
  • Insurance firms
  • Governmental regulatory firms

Career opportunities for online finance degree graduates:

  • Account Executive
  • Financial Consultant
  • Personal Banker
  • Analyst
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Specialist
  • Client Manager
  • Investment Officer

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Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2018

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2018

ACBSP - Global Business Accreditation

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Flexible, affordable — and 100% online

  • 100% online coursework. No campus visits required.
  • Practical. Complete your capstone focused on a unique case.
  • Get supportive and attentive faculty support. Discuss your goals with dedicated faculty, who can help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.
  • Study at a respected school. Join Maryville University, which ranks among Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” and the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
  • Financial aid. Apply to qualify for tuition assistance.

What’s the market outlook for online finance degree graduates?

Extraordinary growth.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for financial planners will grow by 30% from 2014 to 2024. There are also projected to be more opportunities for financial analysts (12%), financial services sales agents (10%), and account executives (9%).

Higher earnings.

Median salaries in financial services can exceed $100,000. Top-paying jobs that typically require a bachelor’s degree include financial manager ($121,750), personal financial advisor ($90,530), and a financial analyst ($81,760).* Higher earnings can be sought in services related to securities and commodity contracts, as well as in professional services.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Leadership opportunities.

Leadership positions in financial services can lead to even higher earnings, particularly for those pursuing management positions in securities and commodities exchanges ($179,610 median salary), computer systems design ($155,900) and companies and enterprises ($147,150).* Note that these positions may require additional education, but a BS in Financial Services can provide you with the foundation to pursue graduate studies.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Choose Maryville University’s Online Finance Degree?

At Maryville University, we recognize that financial services is about more than just planning. It’s also about sales, marketing, and leadership. That’s why we developed an online financial services degree that goes beyond a basic finance degree by providing an interdisciplinary approach to coursework. Our graduates can emerge with a richer perspective of how financial services work.

Our online finance degree offers you options to diversify your background with key marketing or leadership skills identified via strong partnerships in the financial world. It gives you access to convenient online courses in portfolio management, internet marketing, sales management, and more.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been connecting motivated professionals with industry expertise ever since. Here, 90% of our faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability, because it demonstrates our devotion to advancing students like you.

Our faculty, your portal to global financial services experts.

Meet Melissa Griswold.

Financial Services Program Director/Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Melissa Griswold was invited to join Maryville University to launch our financial services program in 2012 after 14 years as a recognized academic leader in finance. It’s her mission to help your career advance.

  • PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MBA, Western Illinois University
  • BS, Western Illinois University

Dr. Griswold’s career began in commercial lending, working as an assistant for a leading national bank. Driven to learn more, she pivoted to earn her doctorate in economics and finance. Now she funnels that experience and expertise into guiding students interested in pushing the financial services industry forward.

When building the financial services major, Dr. Griswold partnered with major financial institutions for insight into the skills the industry demands. Those connections led to networking opportunities for students, including internships and job shadowing. It’s her goal to help you emerge with strong skills to succeed in financial services.

Innovation is the driving force behind Dr. Griswold’s career. From conversations with employers, she developed our unique financial services degree program to respond to their growing need for professionals with both marketing and finance expertise. What she designed has since evolved into a portal to finance expertise for our students, and now you can access it online.

Your finance degree goes further.

Earning your online finance degree can lead you to ventures that require an expanded skill set. Whether you plan to pursue a leadership role, entrepreneurship, or additional specialty, you have the option to take your education further.

We provide a variety of paths that can help you advance beyond your financial services degree. We offer online master’s degrees in business administration, accounting, cyber security, and more.


When you’re ready advance your education, consider these online graduate program options:

MBA, with your choice of nine concentrations, including financial services.

MS in Accounting, which can help you qualify for CPA certification with Becker CPA Exam preparation coursework.

MS in Business Data Analytics, which can help prepare you for Microsoft SQL or AZURE certification exams.

MS in Cyber Securitywith convenient options to graduate in as few as 18 months.

Learn more about the online finance degree at Maryville University.