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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.

Prerequisites High School Diploma/GED
Pre Test Yes, SAT or ACT
Time to complete 3 to 4 years
International Applicants TOEFL® or equivalent
Modality Campus 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.

Prerequisites Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
Pre Test Yes, GMAT or GRE
Time to complete 12 to 24 months
International Applicants TOEFL® or equivalent
Modality Campus 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 Level Title
100 College Writing I
100 Introduction to Public Speaking
100 Probability and Linear Mathematics
100 Introduction to Computer Modeling
200 Introduction to Statistics
200 Management Information Systems
200 Principles of Microeconomics
200 Principles of Macroeconomics
200 Principles of Financial Accounting
200 Principles of Managerial Accounting
200 Business 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 Level Title
300 Business Finance
300 Operations Management
300 Management and Organizational Behavior
300 Financial Statement Analysis
300 Accounting Information Systems
300 Corporate Reporting
400 Real Estate Investment & Analysis
400 Multinational Finance & FDI
400 Integrative Business Simulation
400 Strategic 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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