Attain the analytical skills and knowledge you need to enter a growing and lucrative field with an online bachelor's degree in finance.

With University of Maryland University College's award-winning Bachelor of Science in finance, you'll develop the expertise to apply finance theory to real-world situations. Our program combines a foundation in the principles of business, economics, and accounting with an in-depth focus on the details of finance and financial management via intensive case studies.

At UMUC, you can also take a CFP Board-approved course of study that meets the criteria needed to fulfill the educational component required to sit the Certified Financial Planner exam. You do not have to be enrolled at UMUC to complete this course of study. It is available to any individual interested in earning CFP certification.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Finance Bachelor's Degree

In your online classes for the bachelor's program in finance, you'll study business finance, financial management, investments, security analysis, strategic risk management, and valuation. You'll complete an extensive case study based on real companies and apply financial theory to your personal finances by completing a financial plan with goals, investment strategies and insurance, retirement, and estate planning.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Prepare, analyze, and interpret financial information
  • Apply financial and economic theories to make sound business decisions
  • Apply the basic principles of security markets to create, evaluate, and manage security portfolios
  • Describe and analyze the impact of monetary systems' legal, regulatory, and environmental factors on planning, forecasting, and making financial decisions
  • Communicate, collaborate, lead, and influence across the organization to achieve organizational goals effectively and ethically
  • Research, collect, synthesize, and interpret data by applying appropriate technology tools to solve business problems
  • Use market principles and entrepreneurial skills to identify, develop, and implement business opportunities and relationships for financial products and services

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design and track an investment portfolio
  • Create an investment policy statement
  • Complete a case study of a company valuation process
  • Complete case studies of individual financial planning scenarios
  • Analyze real companies' financial statements, including cost of capital, liquidity, profitability, debt, and market ratios
  • Create a pro forma financial, budget, and cash flow statement

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Finance Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • BMGT 364
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • FINC 330
  • FINC 340
  • FINC 351
  • FINC 421
  • FINC 430
  • FINC 440
  • FINC 460
  • ECON 430
  • FINC 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in finance requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Related requirement for the major: 

  • ECON 203

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101 
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course 
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course 
  • WRTG 394 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses 

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses 

  • ECON 201
    (related requirement for the major) 
  • ECON 203
    (related requirement for the major) 

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses 

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course 

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the major)

Computing Courses 

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course) 
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for positions in contract management, budgeting, corporate and government financial management, investments, portfolio analysis and management, financial analysis, financial planning, banking, risk management, and insurance.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have an aptitude for numbers and experience in business.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Accounting and Finance Forum

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Accounting and Finance Forum provides information about the accounting and finance majors as well as topics of interest from course selection to career paths. It assists students with the exploration of resources on accounting and finance careers and the accounting and finance fields, including job postings and information about career opportunities.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy | GetEducated.com | 2014