About OU’s Bachelor of Science in Finance
Are you considering a Financing major? Earn your accelerated, online Bachelor of Science in Finance (BSF) degree from Ottawa University and develop the insights and skills you need to coordinate the financial aspects of organizations in every industry. From accounting to financial markets to budgeting, success in the world of finance requires an in-depth understanding of all things finance. Count on Ottawa University's bachelor in finance for the strategies and skills you need to succeed throughout your career.
Education and Qualifications
Careers in finance typically require a bachelor’s degree at a minimum. However, many individuals within the finance industry have qualification beyond a bachelor’s degree. While MBA’s are the most prevalent advanced degree, individuals also pursue other master’s degrees and even PhDs. In addition, careers in finance often require specific qualifications and licenses such as: (Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), Series 7, and Series 63). Some licenses are required by law (Series 7 & 63), while others provide a specific designation. Both licenses and certifications require that an individual pass exams, which assess their knowledge. Many of our graduates continue their education with a Masters in Business Administration paired with a concentration in Finance.
Courses and Curriculum
Ottawa’s accelerated, online financing major prepares students to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. A major in finance leaves our graduates with knowledge in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management. The curriculum for our financing major emphasizes areas such as economics, business operations, financing, and investment activities. Our students are prepared for real-world application through a Capstone seminar course that applies theory and technique to problems and cases in the finance field.
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a Finance program overview.
Career Outlook for the Finance Industry
Job growth for individuals with a finance degree is above the national average, and there are a variety of businesses which will hire graduates. Finance graduates can explore many types of employment across many sectors of industry. Ottawa University's online finance degree prepares you for a variety of business and finance-related careers. Employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 5% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding about 476,200 new jobs. The median annual wage for a financial analyst in May 2019 was $84,300.
Careers in finance may include:
- budget analyst
- loan officer
- cost estimator
- financial analyst
- personal financial advisor
- management analyst
Read more about the lucrative career paths in finance.
Perspective on the Finance Degree
Finance majors develop analytical skills in order to dissect financial statements and appraise the financial standing of companies, municipalities, and other public and private entities. They can assess the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of business problems and evaluate the financial implications of corporate and individual actions. – Finance101 Digital Magazine, April 2020.
Why Choose Ottawa?
The courses in Ottawa University’s Finance degree program are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.
To learn more about our online Bachelor's degree in Finance, contact us today!
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