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Online Associate in Finance Degree Online Finance Degree

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Cost per credit $330

Total courses 40

Term length 8 weeks

Program Overview Why get a finance degree?

The online Associate of Science (AS) in Finance program at Southern New Hampshire University is ideal if you want to start or advance your career in finance, but need a college education to achieve your goal. It's also a great starting point if you're not quite ready to commit to a full bachelor's program.

In the associate degree in finance online, you'll gain fundamental skills in finance that employers want to see. Plus, it can stack seamlessly into SNHU's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance, making it easy to continue your educational journey. 

Skills you'll learn:

  • Develop financial plans for clients
  • Explore domestic and global economic environments
  • Analyze financial statements to forecast and meet organizational goals
  • Use methodologies to make sound financial decisions
  • Apply compliant ethical and legal practices
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Courses & Curriculum Online finance degree classes that prepare you for your career

Develop the skills you need to succeed in the field of finance. Courses in this 60-credit online AS in Finance program will introduce you to finance trends and give you exposure to methodologies for sound financial decision-making. You'll also gain soft skills like problem-solving, communication and ethical practices. 

Degree Courses

Online finance associate degree courses

Courses were developed with industry experts and designed to help you build a solid foundation in finance. You'll have course materials, resources and tools that emphasize real-world application and prepare you for success in the field. 

Courses may include:

Course ID: ACC 201
Students will learn the steps of the accounting cycle and how to prepare financial statements in accordance with industry established rules and regulations. Students will develop skills needed to analyze financial accounting information, communicate this information to stakeholders, and understand the accounting procedures that produce this information.
Course ID: ACC 202
Students will explore the financial impact of short-term and long-term business decisions. By learning how accounting and other productivity information can be used to assess and improve performance of an organization, managers will be provided the essential information they need to execute growth strategies and select opportunities that create business value.
Course ID: BUS 210
Students will explore leadership and management theories and how to incorporate them in one's own personal style for effective contribution and collaboration in diverse team environments, and learn about the skills necessary to lead in various organizational structures and areas of business. Students will also examine how the functional areas of business are interrelated and work together in organizations.
Course ID: BUS 225
Students will learn the critical business skills required for successful leadership and management in organizations. By applying business research skills and data analysis, students will solve problems and support business decisions. Students will also explore various techniques and forms of professional communications and their uses in business contexts.
Course ID: FIN 250
This course provides an overview of personal financial decision-making. The course uses the life-cycle approach and emphasizes financial planning for each phase of life. Topics covered include career planning, budgeting, use of credit, insurance, investments, retirement planning and income tax planning.
Course ID: FIN 320
Students will examine the corporate finance discipline, including the financial management of organizations and the skills needed to make decisions about financing, investments, and dividends. Students will learn how the analysis of financing and investment options can inform decisions that add value to an organization and its investors.
Course ID: FIN 330
This course focuses on the topics of corporate finance with the intent to extend and further develop the long-term investment and financing topics introduced in either the Principles or Foundations of Finance. The course addresses issues that face modern corporate managers when making capital budgeting and capital structure decisions, and focuses on applied managerial decision-making. Corporate Finance is designed for students seeking a more thorough understanding of the economic analysis of strategic and tactical investments, the effect financial leverage has on firm value, and the integration of investment and financial corporate strategies. Topics addressed include advanced techniques in capital budgeting, firm valuation, capital structure, firm/division cost of capital, and quantitative risk assessment. Writing intensive course.
Course ID: FIN 340
This course introduces and examines various investment vehicles, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and commodities. This course emphasizes the decision-making process that underlies all investment decisions.
Visit the course catalog to view the full AS in Finance curriculum.

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Tuition Cost & Savings College can be more affordable than you think

As a nonprofit university, SNHU offers some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country. And when you work with our Financial Services team, we'll explore ways to help you save even more on your education – and customize a payment plan that works for you.

Online undergraduate programs

Student
Cost per credit
Cost per course
Cost for 120-credit degree*
Full- and part-time students
$330
$990
$39,600
Active-duty military and spouses | Full- and part-time students**
$231
$693
$27,720

*before previously earned credits are applied

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

**Note: Students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs: Course materials vary by course.

Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

$3,960 $7,920 $11,880 $14,850
Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

If 12 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your associate degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $15,840

If 24 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your associate degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $11,880

If 36 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your associate degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $7,920

If 45 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your associate degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $4,950

How we estimate your tuition cost:

We look at the cost per credit multiplied by the number of credits you need to earn for a master's degree. Most associate degrees require 60 credits. SNHU allows you to transfer in up to 45 credits, requiring a minimum of 15 credits to be taken at SNHU. This is only a tuition estimator and doesn't account for other fees that may be associated with your program of choice.

Career Outlook What can I do with an online finance associate degree?

With an online finance associate degree from SNHU, you can start or grow your career in finance, or use it as a stepping stone toward a bachelor's degree. 

There are dozens of entry-level positions that you could pursue with an associate, but if you want to move on to advanced roles in finance, you'll want to continue your education. Our bachelor's in finance is a great next step, but we also provide dozens of other business degrees – and beyond – that are worth exploring.

Continuing your education

If the end goal is becoming a qualified finance professional, a bachelor's degree in finance can also provide some of the educational requirements necessary to pursue professional certifications such as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP).

SNHU's CFP Board-registered online BS in Finance, with a Financial Planning Concentration, is the only CFP Board-approved program in New Hampshire and can help students looking to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER. The program is designed to fulfill the educational requirements you need to sit for the CFP® exam.

Occupations

Gain skills for the modern workforce. With an AS in Finance from SNHU, you'll be prepared for a number of entry-level finance roles, like: 

Help clients manage their finances, and offer advice on investments, insurance and retirement planning.

Support the accounting department by processing transactions, maintaining records and assisting with financial reports.

Evaluate loan applications, assist customers in choosing appropriate loan products and guide them through the application process.

Generate and send invoices to customers, track payments and resolve billing discrepancies.

Build meaningful relationships and educate customers on relevant banking technologies to help them reach their goals.

Process employee payroll, calculate wages, deductions, and taxes and ensure timely payment to employees.

$47,440

The median annual salary for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks in 2023, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1

$47,070

The median annual salary for financial clerks in 2023, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online finance degrees can be valuable if they're from accredited institutions with strong reputations. Look for programs that provide the same quality education and resources as their on-campus counterparts, like SNHU. It's essential to research thoroughly to ensure the program meets your educational and career goals.

Absolutely. Many universities offer online finance programs, allowing you to pursue your degree from anywhere with an internet connection. Online learning provides flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with work or other commitments. Just ensure the program is reputable and accredited.

SNHU, for example, has been online for over 25 years and is accredited.

The best degree depends on your career aspirations and interests. An Associate of Science in Finance provides a solid foundation in financial principles, opening you to entry-level finance positions. A Bachelor of Science in Finance can provide a deeper dive and prepare you for higher-level career opportunities.

An associate degree in finance typically takes 2 years to complete, but accelerated programs or transfer credits can shorten the timeline. Bachelor's degrees typically take 4 years and master's degrees usually take 1-2 years, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. The pace of your degree completion also depends on your personal circumstances and dedication to your studies.

At SNHU, we accept up to 45 credits toward associate degrees. That means each class you transfer in is time off your program.

A finance degree typically involves a significant amount of math, particularly in areas such as financial analysis, investment management and quantitative finance. You'll explore concepts like algebra, calculus, statistics and financial modeling. However, some programs offer math support to help students who need extra assistance.

At SNHU, you'll have access to award-winning academic support including:

  • 24/7 drop-in tutoring
  • Academic coaching
  • Peer tutoring
  • Live workshops
  • Resource library

and more.

It's possible to complete a finance degree in 2 years, particularly through associate degrees and accelerated programs or if you have transfer credits from previous coursework. It's essential to consider your time commitments and career goals when choosing a degree program.

Sources & Citations:

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet at:

  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/financial-clerks.htm#tab-1 (viewed May 3, 2024)
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/bookkeeping-accounting-and-auditing-clerks.htm (viewed May 3, 2024)

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the CFP® certification mark, the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification mark, the CFP® (with plaque design) certification mark and the CFP® (with flame design) certification mark in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board also owns the CFP BOARD® service mark. Any marks owned by CFP Board are used with permission.