Study Managerial Finance: Bachelor's & Online Degree Info

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What will you learn in a managerial finance bachelor's degree program? Read about bachelor's degree program requirements, the pros and cons of a bachelor's degree and potential careers.
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Managerial Finance Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor's Degrees at a Glance

The field of managerial finance refers to the managerial aspects of an organization's financial resources. It combines accounting and finance as well as the analytical side of gathering and disbursing money rather than the actual calculation of cash flow. Managerial finance professionals may focus on analyzing how financial decisions are made and establishing financial policies. A bachelor's degree program in the field can lead to a career as an analyst or manager in finance or a related field, such as banking.

Bachelor's
Who Is This Degree For? Individuals interested in a career in budget analysis, financial analysis or financial management
Common Career Path (with approximate mean annual salary) - Budget analyst ($70,000)*
- Financial analyst ($88,000)*
- Financial manager ($120,000 - this salary is more common for people with at least five years of experience)*
Time to Completion Four years, full-time
Common Graduation Requirements - Coursework
- Internship
Prerequisites - High school diploma or equivalent
Online Availability None found at this time; courses or related degree programs are available

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2011)

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Managerial Finance

You can find a variety of programs at this level, such as the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Managerial Finance and Accounting, BBA in Managerial Finance or BBA with a concentration in managerial finance. These programs are typically designed to help students gain decision-making skills, as well as develop a foundation in topics like equities, business and international finance. Depending on the program, you may also learn accounting and financial management areas through internship opportunities.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Programs may offer concentration options that allow you to study finance as well as related areas
  • Employers typically look for applicants with at least a bachelor's degree for finance positions
  • The BLS predicted that employment for budget analysts would increase ten percent and 23% for financial analysts from 2010 to 2020*

Cons

  • You may be competing for jobs against applicants with a higher degree or more experience
  • The BLS predicted that employment for financial managers would have slower-than-average growth (nine percent during 2010-2020)*
  • 100% online bachelor's degree programs are not common in finance management

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Courses and Requirements

The curriculum of these programs covers accounting and finance-related subjects. Classes cover topics like business finance, investments, the management of strategic planning, management information systems, security analysis, portfolio management, the legal environment of business, financial decision making and statistics. In some programs, students will also be required to complete a finance internship.

Online Degree Options

Currently, bachelor's degree programs in managerial finance are not available online. Attending an on-campus program allows you to interact with students and professors during your studies. Courses and entire bachelor's degree programs in finance are related online. These finance programs often include instruction in managerial finance. In related programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting Management, you will be able to cover similar topics that will still prepare you for a finance career.

Stand Out with This Degree

To stand out against your competition, consider completing an internship, which will allow you to see how a company makes financial decisions, as well as incorporates accounting practices. Having this experience on your resume may impress employers.

The BLS notes that having professional certification, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst credential from the CFA Institute, can also help applicants stand out. Another option is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. However, this designation also requires 2-3 years of related professional experience.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
      • BS in Finance
      • BS in Finance - General Finance
      • BSBA in Financial Analysis
      • BS in Finance - Investments
      • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Accounting
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Business Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Regent University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Government
      • Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Accounting, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S. - Emphasis in International Business
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    10. George Fox University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Adult Degree Program - Management and Organizational Leadership

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  • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
  • BS in Finance
  • BS in Finance - General Finance

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