The study of finance is closely related to the study of accounting, which we have profiled elsewhere. While students in accounting obtain a highly specific skill set, however, students interested in finance can expect to be prepared for a wide array of career options, such as banking, entrepreneurship, consulting, and numerous other capacities in a wide array of particular industries. Our 2015 rankings of online bachelors degrees in finance is based primarily on cost of attendance and school reputation. We drew our data from data on school websites, US News and World Report, and publicly available data sources. While some of these programs are general business degrees and some are degree completion programs, any of them will provide a solid foundation for your future career in finance.
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ECPI University, which originally stood for East Coast Polytechnic Institute, is a private, for-profit university based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to its online campus, it has five campuses throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. ECPI offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which is also a general business degree but allows students to pursue a particular interest in finance through required and elective courses such as Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, and e-Commerce. The program is offered year-round, can be completed in as little as two-and-a-half years, and offers students workplace experience through two required externships.
Cost per credit hour: $612
DeVry University, part of the DeVry Education Group, is centered in Downers Grove, Illinois, and has multiple campuses throughout the country and around the world. DeVry’s online degree in Business Administration includes a specialization option in Finance, which prepares students for careers in credit management, bank management, insurance analysis, and financial planning. The university boasts a practical, experiential learning strategy that allows students to get the most out of their online education. Classes in the business program start every eight weeks.
Cost per credit hour: $609
Drexel University is a private research university based in Philadelphia, and it also has a campus in Sacramento, California. Founded in 1891 by philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, it offers a BS in Business Administration as a degree-completion program. The degree does not offer an option to major in a particular area, but it does feature a generous amount of electives (52 credits) that students can use to pursue a specific interest in finance. The program is available on a part-time basis only and is fully accredited by AACSB International.
Cost per credit hour: $474
Bay State College
Bay State College is a private college located in Boston, Massachusetts, that specializes in part-time, evening, and online courses and programs. Bay State offers evening certificates all the way up to the MBA and offers a Bachelors in Management with a Finance concentration. It is designed to prepare students for careers in banking, financial services, and business management, and courses cover the areas of corporate finance, accounting, investments, taxation, currency, and capital markets. The program’s professors have experience with organizations such as Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, Ernst & Young, and PriceWaterhouseCooper. The degree is designed to be completed in four years.
Cost per credit hour: $368
New England College of Business
New England College of Business is a private, for-profit, online college based in Boston. It was originally founded in 1909 as the American Banking Institute and now offers associate’s, bachelors, and master’s degrees in the areas of business, digital marketing, and international business. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the option to concentrate in Banking and Finance. (Other available concentrations include Accounting, General Business, Management, and Marketing.) The program is fully online and aims to prepare students in the general areas of banking principles, consumer credit, financial services, investment management, and regulations.
Cost per credit hour: $455
University of Michigan at Flint
The University of Michigan at Flint is a public university located in Flint, Michigan. Along with Michigan’s Dearborn campus, it is one of two satellite campuses of Michigan’s main campus in Ann Arbor. It was established in 1956 as a two-year college and became a four-year university in 1971. U-M Flint offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. The online BBA does not offer a specific finance concentration option, but students are required to complete the same program requirements as on-campus students and have the option to pursue electives in the areas of forecasting, portfolio theory and security analysis, options and futures markets, accounting, money and banking, management of working capital, and management of financial institutions.
Cost per credit hour: $790
Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit institution in Gainesville, Georgia. The School of Business at Brenau is part of the College of Business and Mass Communications, and both schools emphasize global awareness as well as strong critical thinking and communication skills. Brenau offers a general Bachelor of Business Administration with an option to pursue an additional Finance Certificate through a cluster of courses in international finance, investments, risk management, valuation, entrepreneurial finance, and business analysis. The program is designed to take four years to complete.
Cost per credit hour: $594
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University is an international, for-profit institution that was established in 1970 by George P. Miller and is owned by Career Education Corporation. It has several locations in North America and internationally as well as a fully online campus. AIU offers an online Bachelors of Business Administration with an optional specialization in Finance, which is designed to prepare students for competency in the areas of investment, capital planning, international finance and financial analysis. The program consists of 180 credits and is designed to be completed in 36 months.
Cost per credit hour: $586
Post University is a private, for-profit university located in Waterbury, Connecticut, that was established in 1890. It has satellite campuses in Meriden, Danbury, and Wallingford, Connecticut as well as a fully online campus. Post offers a dedicated Bachelor of Science in Finance, making it a good option for students who already know that they are interested in Finance in particular. Students will choose a sub-specialty of General Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Services and Banking, or Personal Finance. The program requires a total of 120 credits.
Cost per credit hour: $570
Excelsior College is a private, for-profit college based in Albany, New York, that offers both bachelors and master’s degrees. It was established in 1971 and currently has an undergraduate enrollment of over 35,000 students. It is known as a leader in distance learning and, like Post University, offers a dedicated Bachelor of Science in Finance. It is a flexible program that prepares students in the areas of financial markets, commercial banking, real estate, corporate finance, risk assessment, insurance, and international finance. It involves not only course-based learning but also independent study and the possibility of external credit accumulated through other coursework, exams, and professional certifications.
Cost per credit hour: $490
LeTourneau University is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. It was originally established as a technical school for returning veterans, it now offers a full array of degrees and programs to approximately 5,000 undergraduate students. LeTourneau offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an option to pursue a concentration in Finance. Examples of courses finance students take include Financial Risk Management, Investments, International Finance, and Business Forecasting and Risk Analysis. The program is available fully online and also offers concentrations in Accounting, General Business, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Nonprofit Management.
Cost per credit hour: $475
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University is a private, for-profit, Christian university based in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally founded as a non-profit liberal arts college in 1949, it was acquired by Grand Canyon Education, Inc. in 2004 and has since increased both its online and on-campus operations considerably. Grand Canyon offers an online Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics through the Colangelo College of Business. Students pursue coursework in areas such as finance, economics, statistics, financial and managerial accounting, marketing, and investments and portfolio management. The program is designed to be completed in 48 months.
Cost per credit hour: $470
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University is a public university located in Boca Raton, Florida. It has five satellite campuses in Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce, and it is part of the twelve-campus State University System of Florida. The online Bachelor of Business Administration at Florida Atlantic is a degree completion program, meaning that it offers the third and fourth year of coursework fully online. Students can transfer their general education credits from another institution or transfer into the online BBA from a degree in process at FAU. Students interested in finance would find their best fit in the accounting major, which allows students to pursue interests not only in accounting but also related fields.
Cost per credit hour: $598
Ashford University is a for-profit university based in San Diego, California, that offers associate’s, bachelors, and master’s degrees in over fifty different areas. Originally Mt. St. Clare College and later The Franciscan University, it was purchased by Bridgeport Education in 2005 and now enrolls over 55,000 students through its main campus, one satellite campus, and its online campus. Ashford offers an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance through its Forbes School of Business. Skills students learn from this program include the ability to apply financial theories to conduct financial analysis and understand how to measure and achieve the efficient use of financial resources. The program requires 120 credits total.
Cost per credit hour: $430
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business is a non-profit business school located in Troy, Michigan, that offers training in accounting, taxation, finance, information technology and assurance, management and leadership, and marketing through its main campus in Troy as well as satellite campuses in Novi, Clinton Township, Port Huron, and online. It offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance that is designed to prepare students in the areas of credit analysis, commercial lending, brokerage and financial services, financial planning and financial analysis, and financial institution management, as well as other careers in industry and government. It requires a total of 127 hours, 45 of which must be taken in residence.
Cost per credit hour: $419
Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska, that was founded in 1966. It currently enrolls over ten thousand students in both its physical and online campuses. Bellevue offers a general Bachelor of Business Administration through its online “Flexxive” system, which allows students to pursue their degree at their own pace. While Bellevue’s BBA does not offer a specific finance concentration, it does offer finance courses such as Enterprise Accounting and Finance and Resource and Risk Management, and students will be prepared to enter Bellevue’s Master of Science in Finance upon completion. The major requires 60 credit hours in the area of business administration.
Cost per credit hour: $395
Liberty University is a private, non-profit Christian university based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971, it has grown to become one the largest provider of online higher education with over 100,000 students enrolled in online programs in addition to its nearly 14,000 residential students. Liberty offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an option to concentrate in either Finance, which prepares students in the areas of financial analysis, investment strategy, the stock market, and banking skills. It also offers a concentration in Financial Planning, and the program requires 120 credit hours total.
Cost per credit hour: $375
Kaplan University, based in Davenport, Iowa and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a for-profit university owned by Kaplan, Inc., with campuses and learning centers in Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin. It was established in 1937 as the American Institute for Commerce. Kaplan offers an online Bachelor of Science in Finance, which includes preparation in the areas of financial planning, corporate finance, banking, insurance, real estate, financial markets, and investment management. The program offers monthly start dates and emphasizes training for real-life scenarios.
Cost per credit hour: $371
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix is a for-profit university located in Phoenix, Arizona. It was established in 1976 by John Sperling and began its first online courses in 1989. Currently Phoenix operates 112 physical campuses worldwide, offers over 100 degree programs up to the doctoral level, and enrolls more than 300,000 students through online and on-campus programs. Phoenix offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, which prepares students in areas of finance for decision making, financial risk management, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, investment analysis and portfolio management, and global finance. Other available concentrations include Accounting, Management, Administration, and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship.
Cost per credit hour: $362
Walden University is a private, for-profit university based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, established in 1970. It was originally founded for working adults who were interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in the area of education but has rapidly expanded to become one of the leaders in higher education distance learning, currently enrolling nearly 50,000 students. Walden offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance Specialization, which includes courses in corporate finance, financial institutions and markets, and international finance in addition to financial management. The program requires 181 quarter credits and offers frequent start dates.
Cost per credit hour: $322
Colorado Technical University
Colorado Technical University is a for-profit university located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with additional campuses in Denver. It was originally founded to train returning military personnel in skilled trades and vocations, and it now offers training primarily in the areas of business, management, and technology. CTU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report. It is designed to prepare students in business fundamentals, financial management principles, accounting, statistics, analytical problem solving, banking, financial planning, and insurance and risk management. The program requires 180 quarter credits and offers flexible start dates.
Cost per credit hour: $325
Granite State College
Granite State College, part of the University System of New Hampshire, is a public institution based in Concord, New Hampshire. It currently has eleven suburban locations throughout New Hampshire and specializes in providing a quality, affordable public education to working adults and students. Its programs have been consistently recognized in national forums. Granite State offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, which offers courses in Money and Banking, Investment Principles, Financial Management, and Auditing, and provides training in leveraging assets, managing budgets, gaining efficiencies, and maximizing investments.
Cost per credit hour: $325
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, non-profit institution based in Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire. It was founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science and now operates five regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine in addition to a growing online and distance learning program, which currently enrolls approximately 18,000 undergraduates. SNHU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Finance, which includes courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Multinational Corporate Finance, Financial Regulations and Ethics, and Wealth Management. It requires 120 credit hours distributed six nine-week terms per year.
Cost per credit hour: $320
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Saint Leo, Florida. Founded in 1889 by a group of Benedictine monks, it was the first Catholic university in Florida. Its Center for Online Learning was established in 1998 and now accounts for the majority of its student population. Saint Leo offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Students interested in finance would do best to opt for the Accounting specialization, which provides training in areas such as Applied Decision Methods for Business, Finance for Managers, Finance Statement Analysis, and Cost Accounting. The program requires 120 credits and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Cost per credit hour: $470
Sullivan University, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is a private, for-profit university that currently enrolls approximately 6,000 students, making it the largest private university in Kentucky. Originally founded as a school for preparation in the hospitality industry, it now offers a wide array of courses and programs across the traditional curriculum. Sullivan offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration Finance designed to prepare students for advanced positions in the finance industry. Examples of finance courses include Investments, Analysis of Financial Statements, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, and International Finance. It requires a total of 180 quarter credit hours.
Cost per credit hour: $320
Capella University is a for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that specializes in online education up to the doctoral level. Founded in 1993, it is one of the younger providers of online education, but it has experienced rapid growth and now enrolls nearly 36,000 students in its programs. Capella offers a Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in Finance, which is designed to prepare students to analyze economic and financial data, manage personal, corporate, and non-profit organization finances, and develop competency in international finance, risk management, entrepreneurial finance, and real estate. The program requires 180 credits and has frequent start dates.
Cost per credit hour: $315
Regis University is a private, non-profit institution based in Denver, Colorado. It was established in 1877 as Las Vegas College in Las Vegas, Nevada, moved to Denver in 1887, and was renamed Regis College in 1921. It was renamed again to Regis University in 1991 and enrolls approximately 9,000 students. Regis offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business with a Finance specialization. (Other specializations include Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Public Administration.) The degree is designed to prepare students in the areas of financial analysis, forecasting and planning, money and banking, and managing technologies. It requires 128 credit hours and can be combined with a graduate degree on an expedited track.
Cost per credit hour: $460
University of Houston—Victoria
The University of Houston—Victoria is a public, state university located in Victoria, Texas. It is part of the University System of Houston and operates satellite locations in Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch, Texas. It was founded in 1971 and currently enrolls just over 4,000 students. UHV’s School of Business Administration offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, which equips students with skills related to capital budgeting, investments, risk management, currency exposure, insurance, real estate, and valuation techniques. The program requires 120 credit hours and includes coursework in Capital Markets, International Finance, and Investment Principles.
Cost per credit hour: $456
Penn State’s World Campus, also known as “Penn State Online,” was established in 1998 and has become a leader among traditional institutions of higher learning that also offer distance learning options. Its offices are based in the main Penn State campus in University Park, Pennsylvania, and it currently enrolls over 6,000 students. Penn State Online offers a dedicated Bachelor of Science in Finance, which offers preparation in capital management, investment and portfolio management, financial institutions, personal finance, investments, corporate finance, financial markets, and more. The program requires 120 credits.
Cost per credit hour: $586
University of the Southwest
The University of the Southwest is a small, private, Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. It was established in 1962 and currently offers 53 majors and two fully-online masters degrees in business and education. Southwest offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, which has a quantitative focus and prepares students to navigate financial markets,the role of financial institutions, general investment criteria, and the processes used for making sound financial business decisions. Students can also opt to roll the BBA into Southwest’s online MBA program.
Cost per credit hour: $425
Colorado State University
Colorado State University’s Global Campus is a public online university based in suburban Denver, Colorado. It is dedicated specifically to adult, part-time, and nontraditional student learners through an extensive online education platform. It currently enrolls more than 12,000 students in both bachelors and master’s degree programs. CSU offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and students interested in finance can pursue specialization in Business Administration or Foundations of Accounting. Relevant coursework includes Principles of Finance for the Private Sector, Analyzing Financial Statements, and Managerial Economics. Students can also combine their degree with a Master of Science in Management.
Cost per credit hour: $419
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University is a public university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, that has a student body in excess of 12,000. It was established in 1873 as a school for teachers but has since expanded its offerings to more than 200 major areas of study. Southeast offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which is the recommended degree for students interested in pursuing managerial or administrative roles in finance and/or banking. The program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, is AACSB accredited, and is primarily intended for part-time students.
Cost per credit hour: $412
Rasmussen College is a private, for-profit college based in Bloomington, Minnesota, that operates campuses in twenty-four different locations in Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota, Florida, Wisconsin, and Kansas in addition to its online campus. It was originally established in 1900 as a business training school for local business leaders. Rasmussen offers an online Bachelors in Finance, which prepares students in the areas of financial management strategy, financial analysis and consultation, and financial leadership. Graduates have worked for companies such as Coca-Cola, General Mills, Ameriprise Financial, and Wells Fargo. Students can pursue both traditional and self-paced coursework.
Cost per credit hour: $261
Baker College is a private, for-profit, career college located in Flint Township, Michigan, with thirteen other locations across Michigan’s lower peninsula. It was established in 1911 and offers training primarily in business, healthcare, human services, education, and technology. Baker offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, which trains students to assess stock and bond performance, allocate resources, study trends, and develop portfolio strategies and recommendations to meet financial goals through analytical decision making.
Cost per credit hour: $240
Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University is a private institution whose main campus is located in Fayette, Iowa. While its on-campus enrollment is just shy of 1,000 students, its extensive online and distance learning programs serve approximately 6,000 students through fifteen centers across the United States and Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Upper Iowa offers an online Bachelor of Science in Financial Management. The program calendar operates on a six-term annual schedule, and students can enroll in any term at any point in the year. The program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top choice for online bachelors degrees.
Cost per credit hour: $405
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a public university located in Iowa City, Iowa, and is the state’s flagship school. It operates with an endowment in excess of $1.2 billion and serves over 31,000 students through seven colleges and over 200 areas of study. Its Distance and Online Education program within the Division of Continuing Education offers a Bachelor of Business Administration through the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. While Iowa’s BBA does not include a specific specialization in finance, students have access to the resources to one of the country’s leading business schools and are prepared to solve complex financial problems through an emphasis on entrepreneurial management.
Cost per credit hour: $558
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public university located in Birmingham, Alabama, that became an autonomous institution in 1969 and is one of three schools in the University of Alabama system. The student population currently exceeds 18,000, and the school is the state of Alabama’s largest employer. UAB offers an online Bachelors of Science in Finance through the Collat School of Business. Examples of courses include Advanced Financial Management, Analysis and Valuation, Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting, Financial Research Methods, Financial Risk Management, Financial Sales and Training, and International Financial Management. The degree is available fully online.
Cost per credit hour: $382
Columbia Southern University
Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit university that specializes in online and distance education. It was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU prides itself on being affordable, and at approximate $200 per credit hour—textbooks included—it is one of the least expensive programs on our list. CSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, which prepares student to assess, research, and propose financial solutions for a variety of private and public institutions, and assist corporations and organizations in obtaining, administering, and managing funds. The program requires 120 credit hours and is available fully online.
Cost per credit hour: $210
University of Nebraska at Kearney
The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a public university and one of the four main campuses in the University of Nebraska system. It was established in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. Its residential campus enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. UNK’s eCampus offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as a 65-credit degree completion program. Students interested in finance should consider UNK’s Accounting minor in addition to the finance, accounting, and economics training provided as part of the general degree requirements. UNK’s online business program is fully accredited by AACSB International.
Cost per credit hour: $355
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton, is a public university located in Fullerton, California. It is the largest school in the California State University system with a total enrollment of over 38,000 students and the second-largest university in the state of California. It was established in 1957. Fullerton offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration as a degree completion program. While it does not offer a specific finance specialization, it does offer training financial operations and other related disciplines as part of a well-rounded business education, and it is an excellent choice for students who are already working full time.
Cost per credit hour: $500
University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College is a public university in the University of Maryland system that is dedicated to online and distance education. It is based in Adelphi, Maryland, and operates satellite campuses in the Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan area, throughout Maryland, and in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It currently enrolls over 90,000 students in more than 120 programs. UMUC offers a dedicated Bachelors of Finance degree fully online and prepares students in principles of business, economics, accounting, business finance, financial management, investments, security analysis, strategic risk management, and valuation. The program consistently receives recognition for excellence, and students can also minor in related areas such as Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Personal Financial Planning.
Cost per credit hour: $499
Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University is a public institution located in Hays, Kansas, and is one of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. It currently enrolls approximately 11,200 students total, 6,000 of which are online learners. It was established in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. Fort Hays offers two concentrations of interest to finance students through its Virtual College’s Bachelor of Business Administration: Management, and International Business and Economics. The Management concentration focuses on general business skills including but not limited to finance, and the International Business and Economics concentration includes training in analytical skills, economic forecasting, and investment strategy.
Cost per credit hour: $194
University of Minnesota Crookston
The University of Minnesota Crookston is a public, comprehensive baccalaureate college and one of the five campuses in the University of Minnesota system. It was founded in 1905 as an agricultural school and became UMC in 1965. It enrolls approximately 2,000 students. UMC offers an online Bachelor of Science in Finance as well as a minor in Finance for those students interested in pursuing other major areas of study as well. The program is intentionally broad and prepares students in the areas of Money and Banking, Investment, Insurance, Risk Management, Estate Planning, Corporate Finance, and Financial Institutions. Graduates of the program have experienced favorable placement records.
Cost per credit hour: $339
Florida International University
Florida International University is a public research university located in Miami, Florida, and belongs to the State University System of Florida. FIU is the second-largest university in Florida and the fourth-largest university in the United States at nearly 55,000 students enrolled. FIU offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, which trains students in both theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of banking, corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, financial risk management, financial engineering, financial institutions and markets, and international finance. The program is available fully online and requires 120 credits to complete.
Cost per credit hour: $333
Indiana University East
Indiana University East, located in Richmond, Indiana, is a regional university in the Indiana University system. It was established in 1971 and earned its first accreditation in 1975. It enrolls approximately 4,500 students, primarily in bachelors degree programs although it also offers some masters programs. IU East offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online with an option to concentrate in Finance. It is a degree completion program that requires 60 credits, and it offers courses in Personal Finance and Financial Management in addition to elective courses and advanced finance courses for those interested in the concentration.
Cost per credit hour: $297
Columbia College of Missouri is a private, Christian liberal arts school based in Columbia, Missouri. It was established in 1851 as a women’s college, and it became a four-year coeducational institution and received the name Columbia College in 1970. Columbia offers both an online Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science Business Administration with options of either a Finance major or minor. In this program students learn to evaluate financial statements and the financial condition of an organization; evaluate investment decisions; develop personal financial plans; understand and navigate financial markets and institutions; manage the financial operation of a business or organization; and plan for the future growth of an organization.
Cost per credit hour: $275
University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts, or UMass, is a public state university based in Amherst, Massachusetts, and operates five public campuses (Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell, Boston, a medical school, and a satellite center in Springfield) within the University of Massachusetts system. UMass Online was created in 2001 and offers 140 degree programs online. UMass Online offers a Bachelor of Business Administration through the Isenberg Online Business Administration Degree Program. It is a degree completion program that offers a major in Finance in addition to Accounting, Management, Marketing, and Operations and Information Management. It requires a total of 120 credits but students can enter the program with as few as 27 transferable credits.
Cost per credit hour: $385
Northeastern University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington. It offers degrees up to the doctoral level and enrolls more than 20,000 students. Northeastern offers an online Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting Management through the College of Professional Studies. Coursework covers the areas of taxation, accounting information systems, investment management, financial strategy, and international finance, and students are exposed to a variety of analytical and quantitative tools. The degree requires 163 quarter hours and can be completed full-time in four years or part-time in seven.
Cost per credit hour: $378
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming, located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a public university and the state’s flagship university. It was established in 1886 and currently enrolls approximately 14,000 students. Distance and online education is facilitated through its Outreach School, which offers more than 40 degrees, programs, and certificates. Wyoming offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through the College of Business, which students may apply for upon successfully completing general education requirements. While the school does not offer a specific finance concentration, the program is offered in conjunction with the Departments of Accounting, Management and Marketing, and Economics and Finance, and relevant coursework includes Finance, Corporate Finance, Managerial Accounting, and Decision Science.
Cost per credit hour: $334
University of Illinois at Springfield
The University of Illinois at Springfield is a public, state liberal arts college located in Springfield, Illinois, and part of the University of Illinois system as of 1995. It currently enrolls approximately 5,400 students in over 20 bachelors degree programs, 20 master’s degree programs, and one doctoral program. It began offering online degrees in 1999 and consistently receives recognition for excellence in distance learning and online education. It offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration through its College of Business and Management. Students interested in finance would be best suited for the “Business Administration Comprehensive” track, which provides broad training finance and management. The degree is available fully online and requires 120 hours to complete.
Cost per credit hour: $304