Online Bachelor’s in Finance Curriculum

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Financial services are provided by a broad range of money-managing businesses in the financial sector. These businesses include banks, credit unions, insurance companies, credit card companies, financial accounting firms, consumer finance companies, stock brokers, and investment fund managers.

A job in financial services is at the heart of money management, presenting dynamic and challenging career opportunities. The financial industry offers a variety of career paths for graduates in finance. Potential job offerings include financial planner, financial advisor, claims analyst, claims adjuster, investment banking analyst, and financial project specialist. By enrolling in an undergraduate finance degree program, students will be exposed to a curriculum that can set them on the right path towards pursuing a career in financial services.

Maryville University Online BS in Finance Curriculum

Students interested in delving into the world of finance should consider exploring Maryville University’s online Bachelor of Science in Finance program.

The 128-credit curriculum includes general education courses (39 credits), business core courses (36 credits), finance major courses and electives (30 credits), and general electives (23 credits).

Learn more about Maryville’s finance curriculum here:

Business Core

ISYS 100Digital Foundations3 Credits
BUS 150Business Communications3 Credits
ACCT 210Financial Accounting3 Credits
ACCT 211Managerial Accounting3 Credits
ECON 203Principles of Economics3 Credits
BUS 241Business Statistics3 Credits
BUS 280Business Law3 Credits
MGMT 321Principles of Management3 Credits
MKT 360Principles of Marketing3 Credits
FIN 312Principles of Finance3 Credits
BUS 314Operations Management3 Credits
BUS 491Business Policies (Capstone)3 Credits

Finance Core

FIN 215Personal Finance3 Credits
FIN 319Financial Institutions3 Credits
FIN 370Intermediate Finance3 Credits
FIN 415Securities Analysis/Investment Techniques3 Credits
FIN 421Portfolio Management3 Credits
FIN 430Money and Banking3 Credits
FIN 491Finance Senior Experience3 Credits

Finance Electives

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

FIN 401Financial Industry Exam Preparation 13 Credits
FIN 426Emerging Technologies in Accounting and Finance3 Credits
FIN 450Financial Planning3 Credits
FIN 470International Trade and Finance3 Credits
FIN 497Topics in Finance3 Credits
FIN 499Financial Services Internship3 Credits
MKT 361Consumer Behavior3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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Skills, Concepts, or Opportunities Gained With a Bachelor’s in Finance 

Typical finance courses for this degree equip students with knowledge and skills in the following areas of financial services:

  • Marketing expertise. While financial services companies have honed their service offerings, they have traditionally been lacking in marketing expertise. This aspect of financial services covers the strategies and resources that these companies can use to market their services effectively.
  • Front-line service for financial transactions. This part of the curriculum focuses on the modern trend for financial services companies to move compliance functions and responsibility for risk management to the front line. Risk management strategy is presented at the start of a transaction to introduce controls and prevention of fraud at the first line of defense.
  • Experiential learning. This is a way of learning through first-hand experience. This part of the curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and values in financial services by gaining real experience outside of an academic setting.

Common Courses for a BS in Finance 

Finance courses usually cover the following:

Business Communications. Effective communication, whether oral or written, is essential in today’s business world. This course is designed to enhance the quality of one’s communication skills. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to express themselves effectively through various communication channels.

Financial Accounting. A financial accounting course enables students to acquire a working knowledge of basic accounting theory and concepts, and gain an understanding of how business events affect financial statements. Course topics include the role of financial accounting in decision-making and the recording procedures that accountants use to organize information for financial statement preparation. Students may also learn to use analytical tools and accounting principles to assist them in the reading and interpretation of financial statements.

Principles of Finance. In this course, students have the opportunity to examine basic financial management of business enterprises. Course topics include procurement, allocation, control of funds, corporate financial behavior, financial instruments, and markets, as well as the analysis and interpretation of investment and profit performance.

Principles of Management. This course examines the basic theories and concepts of management. Topics include the evolution of management, ethics, decision-making, organizational structure, motivation, communication, group dynamics and team building, planning, job design, leadership, and organizational change.

Financial Institutions. A foundation course that examines the functions, practices, and challenges of the major types of financial institutions in our economy, including Federal Reserve Bank, commercial banks, thrifts, insurance companies, pension funds, venture capital firms, and brokerage firms.