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Maryville University offers a unique online bachelor’s in finance degree. Developed with input from industry leaders, our 100% online program blends finance insights with key marketing and management skills to give you a broad perspective on driving organizational success.

First, you’ll build a strong core of business skills. From there, you’ll study advanced financial theory in courses that cover financial institutions, securities and investments, money and banking, portfolio management, and more. Myriad electives give you options to develop additional skills in marketing or even prepare to take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam.

Are you ready to start or advance your career in the exciting world of finance? Find out more and apply today.

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Access coursework 100% online

Apply with no application fee and entrance exams

Explore financial aid and eligible transfer credit options

Start annually in fallspring, or summer

Get practical experience from financial planning projects, case studies, and more

Eligible for Early Access – get a head start on your graduate degree

Why earn your online bachelor’s degree in finance?

A finance degree can equip you with valuable skills in accounting, statistics, analytics, risk management and more, qualifying you for a wide range of careers in business and finance. It opens the door to potentially high-paying entry-level positions and prepares learners for advanced study in graduate programs.

Flexible, affordable — and 100% online

Complete your coursework 100% online.
No campus visits required.

Get practical experience.
Apply the tools and concepts of strategic management in a business-focused capstone.

Learn from a supportive and attentive faculty.
Discuss your goals with dedicated faculty members, who can help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.

Get financial aid and credit for prior education.
Explore your options for financial aid and get transfer credits for eligible courses.

What can you do with an accredited online finance degree?

Completing your BS in finance can help qualify you for careers in banking, insurance, investment advising and portfolio management — there are many possibilities. Do you like working with people? You may enjoy being a personal financial advisor. Prefer to work alone? You can pursue a career in accounting, where you can immerse yourself in numbers with minimal distractions.

Should you choose to further your education at the graduate level, our online finance degree paves the way for you to enroll in a variety of Maryville master’s programs in business, accounting, data analytics and more.

Finance Career Opportunities

Maryville’s online bachelor’s degree in finance supplies the skills you need to serve the financial interests of institutions and individuals alike.

You can work in a variety of settings, including:

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

Potential career paths for graduates with an online finance degree include:

  • Accountant
  • Financial specialist
  • Financial planner
  • Stockbroker
  • Client manager
  • Commercial banker
  • Financial advisor
  • Personal banker
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Account executive
  • Loan officer
  • Financial services representative
  • Budget analyst
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Investment officer
  • Portfolio manager
  • Financial consultant

What is the median finance degree salary?

Here’s a look at median annual salaries for a few financial services careers, according to April 2024 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Budget analyst


Insurance underwriter


Accountants and auditors


Financial analyst


Personal financial advisor


Financial manager


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

Solid growth.

The BLS projects that jobs for personal financial advisors will grow by 13% from 2022 to 2032.7 It also expects increasing opportunities for financial analysts (8%)8 and financial managers (16%).9

Higher earnings.

Top-paying jobs that typically require a bachelor’s degree include financial manager, personal financial advisor and financial analyst, according to April 2024 BLS data. Graduates can also look forward to higher earnings in services related to securities and commodity contracts, as well as in professional services.

Leadership opportunities.

A BS in Finance can support your career advancement toward leadership positions in various financial services sectors, such as securities and commodities exchanges, accounting, tax preparation and insurance. These positions may require additional education and experience, but a BS in Finance can be a great foundation.

Why choose Maryville University’s online finance degree?

At Maryville University, we recognize that working in financial services involves more than just planning. It also involves sales, marketing and leadership. That’s why we’ve developed an online finance degree that goes beyond traditional finance programs, offering an interdisciplinary approach to coursework that gives graduates a richer perspective on how financial services work.

Here, you can connect with our faculty of respected financial experts and benefit from our partnerships with global financial companies. You’ll learn to provide comprehensive financial services and protect the interests of clients. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue success in commercial banking, stock brokerage, corporate finance, and other growing fields.

Maryville University has been connecting motivated professionals with industry expertise since 1872. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth and affordability because it demonstrates our devotion to advancing students like you.

Online finance degree curriculum

Developed with input from financial services leaders, including top banking institutions, our online finance degree curriculum offers a unique blend of finance theory and key business and marketing skills to help you provide expert financial services in a range of settings. The program spans 128 credit hours, including general education courses, finance major courses, business core courses and electives.

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

Business core courses — Learn core financial principles and how to apply them in the business world as you study accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, statistics, and marketing, as well as management and business law.

Finance major courses — Further develop your understanding of finance with topics such as investment strategy, securities analysis, money and banking, wealth management, sales, marketing, and trade.

What is the SIE Exam?

Offered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam assesses a prospective securities industry professional’s knowledge of basic industry information. Topics include fundamental concepts for working in the industry, such as types of products and their risks, the structure of markets, regulatory agencies and their functions, and prohibited practices.

The SIE Exam is open to anyone age 18 or older, including learners and prospective candidates who wish to demonstrate their knowledge to employers. No association with a firm is required, and results are valid for four years.

Ask our advisors how the BS in Finance program can help prepare you to take the SIE Exam.

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Your online finance degree goes further.

Earning your online finance degree from Maryville can take you places — now and in the future. Whether you plan to pursue a leadership role, entrepreneurship or an additional specialty, you’ll have a solid foundation to build on should you choose to take your education further.

At Maryville, your bachelor’s degree can qualify you for Early Access to our online master’s degree programs in business, management, and leadership so you can get a head start on your next round of studies. If you’re a qualified undergraduate student and haven’t yet completed your elective requirements, we invite you to explore Early Access.

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

Business Administration (MBA), which offers 12 concentrations, including financial services.

Master of Science in Accounting, which helps you qualify for CPA certification with Becker CPA Exam preparation coursework.

Master of Science in Data Analytics, helps prepare you for Microsoft SQL and Azure certification exams.

Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, which features options to create your own career path in areas such as human resource management, executive management, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Maryville’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance can lead to exciting and rewarding career opportunities in a host of industries and settings.

    Popular careers for finance graduates include:

    • Accountant
    • Budget analyst
    • Commercial banker
    • Financial planner
    • Insurance underwriter
    • Investment officer
    • Stockbroker

    Find out more about BS in Finance careers.

  • Yes. Our online bachelor’s in finance degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    In addition, Maryville University proudly holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Maryville has maintained accreditation from the HLC since 1941, and this status was most recently reaffirmed in 2015.

  • Most learners complete our online finance degree in four years. Qualified learners may be able to satisfy the general education requirements through eligible transfer credits to complete the program sooner.

  • With Early Access, learners in our online bachelor’s in finance program can get a head start on earning a graduate degree by taking graduate-level courses that count toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Furthermore, graduate-level Early Access courses are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate — so learners save time and money.

    Our MBAMaster of Science in Accounting, and Master of Arts in Management and Leadership are among the many Maryville graduate programs that offer Early Access options for learners enrolled in our online finance degree program.

    If you’re interested in participating in the program, you should apply one semester before you plan to start taking Early Access courses. To apply, you must have completed at least 75 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Through the program, you can earn up to 12 credit hours toward your master’s degree. Our advisors can help you select your Early Access courses, which must be taken one at a time.

    Learn more about the Early Access program.

Apply to the online degree in finance at Maryville University.

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