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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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
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Specialist
  • Client Manager
  • Investment Officer
  • Financial Services Representative

Ready to apply?

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.

Dr. David Johnson, Maryville University, Associate Professor of Finance

Our faculty, your portal to global financial services experts.

Meet Dr. David Johnson.

Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. David Johnson joined Maryville University in 2015 after an extensive career as a recognized leader in finance in both the business and academic worlds. As an associate professor of finance, he brings his years of industry experience into the classroom, where he can help you ground your finance coursework in real-world case studies.

  • PhD in Finance, University of Tennessee
  • BS, San Jose State University

In addition to his time in the professional sphere, Dr. Johnson has nearly two decades of teaching experience across a wide range of topics in finance. These include personal finance, corporate finance, commercial bank management, financial markets and institutions, risk management and insurance, investments, portfolio management, and case studies in finance. His teaching career includes positions at:

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior

Dr. Johnson has earned various academic awards and honors throughout his career. During his time at the University of Northern Colorado, he was chosen as the Finance Professor of the Year and the College of Business Professor of the Year, and was awarded the University of Northern Colorado Teaching Excellence Award. At the University of Wisconsin-Superior he received the Max H. Lavine Award for Contemporary Research.

In addition to his many academic publications, Dr. Johnson has written more than 40 articles for various news outlets and magazines. He has been featured or interviewed in publications like U.S. News & World Report, CNBC, Bankrate.com, Consumers Digest, Fox Business, Yahoo! Finance, and many others.

When you earn your bachelor’s in financial services at Maryville, you can benefit from Dr. Johnson’s teaching prowess and real-world business acumen as you build your finance skills 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.