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An Associates Degree in Business provides you with an educational foundation for real-world opportunities.

Prerequisites High School Diploma/GED
Pre Test Varries
Time to complete 18 to 24 months
International Applicants TOEFL® or equivalent
Modality Campus based and online options

A Bachelor’s degree in business finance provides you with an educational foundation for endless career possibility.

PrerequisitesHigh School Diploma/GED
Pre TestYes, SAT or ACT
Time to complete3 to 4 years
International ApplicantsTOEFL® or equivalent
ModalityCampus based and online options

MBA’s in finance are generally two years long and often include the option of specialize in economics, corporate finance & more.

PrerequisitesBachelor’s Degree or equivalent
Pre TestYes, GMAT or GRE
Time to complete12 to 24 months
International ApplicantsTOEFL® or equivalent
ModalityCampus based and online options

What Courses Will I Take?

Usually, 100 & 200 level are courses for your first & second years, and are often available to non-majors as well. Below you'll find examples of 100 & 200 level classes a finance major might expect to take during their freshmen and sophomore years of college. In this example, most of these course would be required for most all business majors seeking a bachelor's degree.

These preliminary courses are also the prerequisites for upper level courses. This provides for a great degree of flexibility during your first two years of college. During those years the course work is more foundational, and applies to all academic programs.

Sample First & Second Year Course Work

Many of these course offerings apply to both Associate of Arts, and Bachelor's degree programs.

Course LevelTitle
100College Writing I
100Introduction to Public Speaking
100Probability and Linear Mathematics
100Introduction to Computer Modeling
200Introduction to Statistics
200Management Information Systems
200Principles of Microeconomics
200Principles of Macroeconomics
200Principles of Financial Accounting
200Principles of Managerial Accounting
200Business Law

Examples of Upper Level Finance Degree Course Work

Most third and fourth year classes will be at the 300 & 400 levels. The third and fourth year course work will more sharply focus on your specific degree concentration which could include, Finance, Accounting, General Business, International Business, Economics, and more. A more complete listing of degrees by specialty can be found below. Example 300/400 level courses include:

Course LevelTitle
300Business Finance
300Operations Management
300Management and Organizational Behavior
300Financial Statement Analysis
300Accounting Information Systems
300Corporate Reporting
400Real Estate Investment & Analysis
400Multinational Finance & FDI
400Integrative Business Simulation
400Strategic Venture Management

Master's & Graduate level courses are typically 500 and above. The course title and number will vary by school. An individual college or university will be able to provide you with a course catalog for a complete overview of their specific degree and course offerings.

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