Online Finance Degrees and Certificate Programs
Learn about degree options in the field of finance. Get details about the types of classes offered in these programs, how online classes work and career opportunities using your finance knowledge.
What Levels of Finance Degree Programs Can I Find Online?
Programs are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels; some schools also offer graduate certificate programs. A 2-year associate's degree program in finance covers foundational finance topics, including the time value of money, financial statement analysis, financial services, and introductory banking. Bachelor's degree programs, often four years in length, go deeper in examining corporate finance topics, such as risk management, portfolio management, and international finance.
In addition to covering undergraduate-level topics, master's degree and graduate certificate programs allow you to further explore your interests through coursework in mergers and acquisitions, financial crisis management, financial securities valuation, corporate restructuring, and financial services firm management. A master's program may take 2-3 years to complete; you can usually earn a graduate certificate in six months or one year.
|Program Levels||Associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, graduate certificate|
|Online Availability||Programs are available fully online, but tests may need to be taken in person|
|Possible Careers||Commercial banker, personal financial planner, financial analyst, securities analysts|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||5% for Financial Analysts*|
|Median Salary (2020)||$83,660 for Financial Analysts*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
How Does Online Learning Work?
A computer with high-speed Internet access is required. You may be required to use Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in order to complete course assignments. Additional software requirements may be introduced on a course-by-course basis.
All class activity occurs through a course management system, including multimedia presentations, class discussions, and assignment submissions. Class lectures can often be accessed at any time. You must, however, work within the same deadlines and semester terms as campus-based students. In some cases, you'll need to take proctored examinations on campus or at a school-approved site near you.
What Career Options Are Available?
A degree or certificate in this field could lead to a finance-related career with a private company, federal agency, healthcare provider or non-profit organization. Undergraduate programs typically serve as preparation for entry-level analytical positions. Graduate degrees may qualify you for leadership or management positions. Possible job titles might include:
- Financial analyst
- Commercial banker
- Securities analyst
- Personal financial planner