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The art and science of money - making it, managing it and quantifying it - is at the heart of our Bachelor of Science in Finance degree.
Our online finance degree gives you the skill set to be a player in the multidimensional business marketplace. You’ll analyze data that will inform financial planning recommendations for clients. And you’ll develop knowledge local and global economies in support of strategic goals and growth. Attention to ethical and legal practices is threaded throughout the program to help guide principled decision-making.
Best of all, you’ll develop firsthand expertise by managing a virtual stock market portfolio and modeling with state-of-the-art simulations to marry theory with real-world application.
Learn how to:
Planning a future beyond your bachelor's? An accelerated BS-to-MS pathway option for this online degree program is also available. This lets you:
Prepare to Become a CFP® Professional: Looking for a concentration that can help your finance degree stand out? Our CFP Board-registered online financial planning degree concentration can help you specialize your skill set and align yourself with the industry's highest standard.
Graduates of our financial planning concentration will meet the educational requirement to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) exam. You'll learn how to help individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals through learning foundational knowledge in investments, retirement, estate planning, risk management and taxes
The bachelor's in finance puts you in a powerful position for employment in a range of industries, including banks, credit card and investment firms, and insurance and mortgage companies. Some financial specialists work solo as tax preparers, personal financial advisors or real-estate appraisers – though additional licensure requirements, which vary by state, will apply.
As an individual or as part of a financial team, with this online degree, you'll be prepared for a variety of roles:
It's a bull market for financial graduates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment rates for financial analysts will grow 6%, and financial managers will increase by 16% - much faster than average - between now and 2028.*
Growth in the industry can be attributed, in part, to an aging baby boomer population in the U.S. "There are many baby boomers working in finance, and, as they retire, finance jobs become available," said Kristin Regis, finance faculty lead at Southern New Hampshire University.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
As an Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
The online degree in finance is grounded in core business knowledge, which emphasizes communication, entrepreneurial thinking, collaboration, personal and social responsibility, and global orientation. The program culminates in a capstone experience that brings the numbers to life as students use cutting-edge technology and case studies to analyze and synthesize financial reporting data.
The program has been designed to align with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) undergraduate common professional component standards.
You'll use industry-leading trading simulation software (TD Ameritrade U) to develop key skills and advise clients on their financial goals, applying your knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans and real estate.
This BS in Finance program has 18 free electives. If you’re transferring in a significant amount of credits, you may want to consider our business administration degree with a concentration in finance, which features 33 free electives. Ask your admissions counselor to help compare cost and time savings for each program.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Yes. A number of colleges offer the same finance program to both their online and campus students.
Southern New Hampshire University is known for its business programs. The university was founded as an accounting school in 1932, and it has continued to build up both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs since that time.
Our online BS in Finance – along with most of our business programs – is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). On its website, the organization says that it "assesses whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement."
In the online finance degree program, you'll learn to:
All of these are skills that can be learned in either a virtual or in-person environment.
This online BS in Finance prepares you for a professional role upon graduation. It also can set you up for success in continuing your education, such as with an Master's in Finance or an MBA in Finance.
Choosing to earn your degree online is often a better decision for adults because it allows you the flexibility to continue working and remain committed to any other responsibilities you may have. Getting your finance degree online is a smart way to meet your personal and professional goals while still living your life.
Classes in a bachelor's in finance program prepare you for money management – and to be a well-rounded professional.
Like other students in any undergraduate program, you'll begin your degree with general education courses. At Southern New Hampshire University, this consists of English, humanities, social sciences, STEM and history. While you may be more interested in the courses that directly impact your future career in finance, it's important to note how general education courses can affect your professional path.
"Gen eds" are crucial to your success beyond your business career. They can sharpen your soft skills – giving you the tools you need to stand out in the workplace and help you advance your career down the road. Some of these in-demand soft skills in today's workplaces include:
Beyond your general education requirements, you'll also need to complete your business core courses. All business majors at Southern New Hampshire University take these classes, which give you a higher-level look at a variety of functions in the business world.
You'll learn about accounting, law, marketing, operations and international business, among other areas. So while you may know you want a career in the finance world, you may have to work closely with others in your organization who have a different business focus.
Your business core pairs well with the courses from your finance major, which gives you the deep dive you need to succeed in the industry. Our curriculum gives you a better understanding about the economy, financial statements, wealth management, ethics and the regulatory environment.
You'll also have the opportunity to either choose to take a handful of financially related free electives or add a financial planning degree concentration, a set of courses that meet the educational requirements for the Certified Financial Planner™️ exam.
Many business degrees offers you versatility throughout your career. Someone who is skilled in finance is necessary in every organization, so your options are endless for careers in finance.
Some of these roles include:
And jobs in finance allow you to combine your passion for money management with your other interests, as you're able to work in any variety of industries:
Another option for finance graduates is to become self employed.
"(A) finance degree has long been recognized as one of the top degrees when owning a small business," said Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean at Southern New Hampshire University. "Understanding the financial aspects of a small business operations and smart budgeting is a key to long-term success of small business owners."
Depending on your educational background and your years of experience, a finance degree has the potential to help you increase your salary.
According to PayScale.com, average 2019 salaries included:
In comparison, in the second quarter of 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the median earnings of all full-time workers in the U.S. was $47,216.3
While bachelor’s degrees are traditionally known as 4-year degrees, the time it takes to earn your online bachelor’s degree in finance depends on how many classes you take per term and how many credits you have to transfer in.
Depending on your previous college history, you might be more ahead than you think. If you’ve earned general education credits or taken classes in accounting, business or finance, you could have a considerable amount of your program completed already.
SNHU accepts up to 90 transfer credits for our undergraduate programs and will provide a free credit evaluation. This allows you to see how your previously earned credits will transfer before committing to a degree program, giving you a better idea of how long it will take you to graduate with your finance degree.
There are many factors in figuring out how much your degree can cost.
At $320 per credit hour for undergraduate degrees, SNHU’s online tuition costs are some of the lowest in the nation. Our BS in Finance program requires a total of 120 total credits, and depending on your previous educational experience, you could transfer in up to 90 credits – saving you time and money.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
*All concentrations associated with the program are also accredited through ACBSP.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm (viewed online Sept. 13, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 Payscale, Bachelor of Science, Finance Degree, on the internet, at https://www.payscale.com/research/US/
Degree=Bachelor_of_Science_(BS_%2F_BSc)%2C_Finance/Salary (viewed online Sept. 13, 2019).
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Usual weekly earnings of wage and salary workers news release, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/wkyeng_07172019.htm (viewed online Sept. 13, 2019).