Finance Degree Online Programs

Finance degree online programs from accredited institutions provide graduates with specialized training in finance for multiple career options.

If you are a working professional, an online degree in finance will allow you to continue working while you further your education and enhance your skills.

In spite of the diminished economic outlook, students graduating with degrees in finance can still apply their skills to other non-traditional areas.

In addition, successful finance graduates are able to differentiate themselves when applying for jobs, by earning professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) or adding a second major.

Benefits of earning your certificate or finance degree by distance education

Online finance degree programs utilize the same technology, Internet-based communication and client management software that finance professionals use in the workplace. Programs also offer a rigorous curriculum, and students interact online with instructors who are industry and business experts. While an online program may not be suitable for everyone, it can work for:

  • individuals who are currently employed and would like to complete their finance degree at their own pace
  • self-motivated individuals interested in completing a degree more quickly through an accelerated online program
  • individuals who are looking for a lower-cost, but high-quality, program in finance.

Concentrations, majors and degree levels in finance

In addition to exploring your options for double-majors, you can look at how a specialization in finance can boost your career after graduation. Concentrations include financial services, corporate finance, business/finance, and investments and securities.

Featured Colleges with Online Finance Programs

Walden University

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance
  • MBA - Corporate Finance
  • PhD in Management - Finance
  • PhD in Management - Finance - Course-based
  • D.B.A. - Finance

Northcentral University Online

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Financial Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration - Financial Management
  • PhD in Business Administration - Financial Management

What should you expect from a finance education?

Traditionally, finance degrees have focused on financial analyst positions, such as those offered by banks and brokerage firms. However, it is important to investigate more fully the options for finance specializations and double-majors, especially during downturns in the economy. Because some finance programs have specific focus, it's important to choose a program that will give you the education you need for the specific finance niche you want to pursue. This will increase you options for finding a position after graduation.

Certain programs are designed specifically for finance professionals who work in a particular sector or industry. For example, a master of science in banking and financial services management may be designed for banking and finance leaders. Thus you may be able to find a program in finance and business that caters to professionals who work in specific areas of finance.

Some programs offer preparation for professional certifications, such as the Certified Financial Planner's Examination or the Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Be aware of certifications that will enhance your job prospects, or help you to diversify your skills.

All online finance degree programs require you to take general education courses, such as science and humanities. The number of courses varies with the degree, but look for ones that supplement your finance courses. This can include additional writing or communications courses, or other business courses such as marketing and strategic planning.

Navigating the job market with a degree in finance

Finance majors learn many skills that can be applied to the professional world, including budgeting, forecasting expenses and income, understanding the banking industry, and managing assets and liabilities. These skills are put to use in traditional finance positions, such as a financial analyst, finance manager or work independently as a business consultant or a personal financial advisor.

Financial managers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, work in a variety of organizations and manage the creation of financial reports, investment strategies and how cash is used within the business. Financial analysts, focus mainly on investments, and provide advice to business and individuals while personal financial advisors assess the financial needs of individuals. A finance degree may also lead you to a career in financial consulting, financial planning, international finance, accounting, or money management. Finance professionals may also be self-employed, or work for banks, securities firms and insurance companies.

The world of finance is constantly changing and in order to remain relevant in your profession, you will need to participate in continuing education courses, many of which are offered through e-learning. Employment statistics indicate that professionals with advanced education, professional certifications, and/or relevant licenses and certifications have the best career opportunities.

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