What distinguishes a finance professional? A strong combination of analytic skills, social perceptiveness, and a problem-solving mindset. The online Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business is a rigorous program that covers essential financial topics, such as financial analysis, portfolio management, and real estate investment and analysis.
Finance Program Highlights
- 100% online degree program
- Award-winning, student-oriented faculty members
- 24/7 technical help desk
- Collaborative networking opportunities
- Transfer credits accepted
- Scholarships available to qualified candidates
Why Choose a Bachelor's in Finance?
You have the ambition —
From multinational corporations to startups, finance professionals play a crucial role in any business's success. The online Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business offers relevant and actionable knowledge through an innovative curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and a climate that fosters continuous improvement to help you begin your career.
When you choose UAB's bachelor’s in finance program, you can do more than partake in the exciting university experience, you can also prepare for a successful career in finance on your schedule, not ours. You have the opportunity to launch your career in financial analysis, investment services, corporate finance, real estate, or other related disciplines. With a projected faster-than-average industry growth rate of 14.3% through 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), UAB's online finance degree can help you secure your spot in the field.
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Why Choose UAB’s Collat School of Business?
Develop the Skills that Count
Your finance degree carries weight when it is from a recognized institution. We have garnered national and international respect for our rigorous academic standards and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:
- U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB among the top 100 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and one of the nation's "Best National Universities" in its 2017 annual guide to America's Best Colleges.
- The Princeton Review named UAB among the "Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity" for four consecutive years.
- The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB and the SACS.
Industry Outlook and Career Opportunities
Crunch the NumbersThere are more than 2.2 million individuals employed in the field today, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 42.2% of them have attained a bachelor's degree. Two million is a large number, but it's still short of the demand. The finance field is projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 14.3% through 2022 (BLS), which translates to plenty of job opportunities in years to come. As the economy improves, the demand for services provided by finance professionals, such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments, will continue to grow. A bachelor's in finance is a great way to open up a variety of career paths. At left are some common career paths for finance professionals, along with average salaries according to the BLS.
- Budget Analyst
Average Annual Salary $69,280Ranked No. 5 among "Highest Paying, Fastest Growing Jobs" by Forbes, budget analysts are tasked with helping public and private institutions organize their finances by preparing reports and monitoring institutional spending.
- Cost Estimator
Average Annual Salary $58,860Time is money. So are the materials and labor required to manufacture a product, provide a service, or construct a building. Cost estimators analyze all of these factors to estimate time allocation and a budget for any project. With a whopping growth rate of 26% through 2022, this job is ranked No. 1 among "Best Construction Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report (2015).
- Credit Analyst
Average Annual Salary $64,030Credit analysts conduct financial research, specifically analyzing credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money.
- Financial Analyst
Average Annual Salary $76,950Ranked No. 16 among "Best Business Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report (2015), financial analysts help individuals and businesses make informed investments by assessing stock market behavior, economic and business trends, and bond performance.
- Financial Manager
Average Annual Salary $109,740The financial manager is charged with an organization's financial health. Financial reports, investment opportunities, and long-term financial goals are common aspects of any financial manager's work. With competitive salaries and steady job growth, this position ranked No. 18 among "Best Business Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report (2015).
- Personal Financial Advisor
Average Annual Salary $67,520Personal financial advisors help individuals with investment, tax, and insurance decisions. Industry flexibility and a much faster than average growth rate of 27% through 2022 have helped to ranked this profession No. 5 among "Best Business Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report.
- Purchasing Manager
Average Annual Salary $60,550By considering prices, quality, and availability, purchasing managers gather the materials necessary to create a product or provide a service. Purchasing managers must be aware of new industry trends, negotiate contracts, and evaluate suppliers to strike the best deal.
- Real Estate Broker
Average Annual Salary $41,990Home selling, buying, and rental can be long processes. Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients navigate through the process. Though brokers and agents have similar duties, brokers are licensed to manage real estate businesses that employ real estate agents.
Earn Your Degree on Your Schedule
Passion and determination are key factors in launching a successful career in finance, but developing the skills that only a robust and relevant curriculum can provide is vital. The online bachelor’s in finance program from UAB’s Collat School of Business can help you develop the analytical skills, social perceptiveness, and problem-solving techniques that finance professionals use daily. Explore the field with a rigorous 100% online finance degree designed for modern finance professionals.
Want to learn more?
Explore our online bachelor’s in finance course descriptions.
|Finance Core (18 Credit Hours)|
|AC 300 Financial Accounting Survey - 3 credit hours|
|FN 311 Short-Term Financial Management - 3 credit hours|
|FN 320 Financial Research Methods - 3 credit hours|
|FN 350 Equity Portfolio Management - 3 credit hours|
|AC 401 Cost Accounting - 3 credit hours|
|FN 412 International Financial Management - 3 credit hours|
|Upper Level Core (18 credit hours)|
|BUS 350 Business Communications - 3 credit hours|
|MK 303 Basic Marketing - 3 credit hours|
|IS 303 Information Systems - 3 credit hours|
|FN 310 Fundamentals of Financial Management - 3 credit hours|
|MG 302 Management Processes and Behavior - 3 credit hours|
|MG 403 Operations Management - 3 credit hours|
|Capstone (12 credit hours)|
|FN 410 Advanced Financial Management - 3 credit hours|
|FN 411 Case Studies in Financial Management - 3 credit hours|
|BUS 450 Strategic Management Capstone Experience - 3 credit hours|
|FN 453 Financial Risk Management - 3 credit hours|
The help you need to get the career you want
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- What should I look for in an online program?
We recommend students pursuing online undergraduate or graduate degrees consider programs with extensive experience delivering online learning, professional accreditation (AACSB), a dedicated full-time faculty, a high level of student satisfaction, and a low student attrition rate. UAB’s online finance degree offers you all of these advantages, providing the benefits of a traditional university education with the convenience and flexibility afforded by the use of advanced technology.
- Why is accreditation important?
It's important to entrust your education to an academic institution recognized for professional excellence and tested for quality assurance. Since 1982, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a seal of excellence afforded to only 176 universities worldwide for undergraduate and graduate business degree programs.
- Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?
Yes, the University of Alabama at Birmingham awards the same accredited finance degrees regardless of the delivery method.
- Does the diploma say "online"?
Your bachelor's in finance diploma will not distinguish that you are a distance student in our online program. Students can be confident that UAB's standards of excellence are the same for on-campus and online finance degree programs. Online students, if they wish, attend the same graduation ceremony as on-campus students.
- How long will it take to earn my Bachelor of Science in Finance degree?
Students can complete their bachelor's in finance in as few as 4 years. Completion of the entire finance degree is contingent upon individual student general education course completion and transfer credit evaluation.
- Can I transfer credit hours earned at another institution to UAB?
Yes, UAB accepts transfer credits from other institutions. For more information, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.
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