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Finance Degrees Provide Career Benefit – OnlineBusinessDegree.org

Finance—or management of money—makes the world go round.

Yarta Sesay earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in finance and minor in economics, and was able to land a job working in investments as a portfolio manager five months after graduation.

“The industry is always changing, and strategies change,” said Sesay, who also holds an MBA with management focus. “The foundation, math skills, and understanding the actual focus of where your work is going to lead to, or the end game, are things I learned while pursuing my degree and helped me in my career. Specifically, I was able to understand how certain securities move and place clients in securities that they would be comfortable in.”

Bachelor’s degrees in finance can lead to many different careers, including financial analysts, financial examiners, and personal financial advisors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal financial advisors are expected to experience job growth of 32% by 2020, much faster than average.

Here are a few schools that offer online bachelor’s degrees in finance:

  • Capella University: Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business with finance specialization from Capella University. The program requires completion of 180 quarter credits and will provide students with financial management, interpersonal, and professional skills. Curriculum includes a mixture of core business courses, specialization courses—such as financial markets and institutions, ethics and enterprise, public and nonprofit finance, and risk management strategies—and elective courses. Capella University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • University of Phoenix: Founded in 1976, University of Phoenix is the largest private university in the country. Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in finance, a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The 120-hour program includes the base—that being the BSB—which will bridge the gap between theory and practical application while examining the various components of business, and the finance concentration—which emphasizes fundamental and advanced financial concepts, theories, and practices.
  • Columbia Southern University: Orange Beach, AL-based Columbia Southern University offers students a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a finance concentration. The program requires 120 semester hours with an estimated completion time of five years. Course work for the finance concentration includes a choice of finance electives: microeconomics, principles of accounting, financial institutions, international finance, international economics, international legal operations, and international trade. Private, for-profit Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
  • American InterContinental University: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a finance specialization from American InterContinental University will enroll in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Specialization curriculum includes courses such as capital planning, asset and debt management, financial policy and strategy, and financial analysis.
  • Colorado Technical University: Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Colorado Technical University Online. Curriculum is professionally-focused and students will be able to study current approaches to financial planning and analysis, capital budgeting, money and capital markets, investments and securities, corporate risk management, and financial markets and institutions. Colorado Technical University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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