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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 (BS) in Finance.
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 develop knowledge of 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 using state-of-the-art simulations to marry theory with real-world application.
Learn how to:
Planning a future beyond your bachelor's? An accelerated degree program, BS-to-MS pathway, is also available for your online finance degree. 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.
SNHU's CFP Board-registered online financial planning degree concentration, the only CFP-board approved program in New Hampshire, can help students who are looking to become a Certified Financial Planner. The concentration courses are designed to fulfill the educational requirements you need to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) exam.
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 the national average for all occupations – between now and 2028.1
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 associate dean 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 regionally 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 a 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.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
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.
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.
The program is accredited by – and aligns with – the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) undergraduate common professional component standards.
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 online business degree with a concentration in finance, which features 33 free electives. Ask your admission 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)
Of course. Many colleges offer finance programs both online and on campus.
For Southern New Hampshire University, the goal is, and has always been, to meet students where they are – whether it's online, on campus or a mix of the two – because we know how busy and unpredictable life can be. In fact, the very reason we opened our doors as a brick-and-mortar business school in 1932 was to give bookkeepers the option to take night classes so they could build their practical accounting skills.
Back in 1995, we introduced online courses to make education more accessible to military service members. Now, 200+ online degree programs later, we're still growing to meet the needs of our learners.
Our online BS in Finance – along with most of our business programs – is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is responsible for assessing "whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement."3
In the online finance degree program, you'll learn to:
All of these skills can be learned in either a virtual or in-person environment.
This online BS in Finance will help position you for starting or continuing your career once you graduate. It can also set you up for success in continuing your education, such as with a Master's in Finance Online or an MBA in Finance.
Choosing to earn your degree online could allow 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 can help do more than just prepare for money management – they can help you become a more well-rounded, savvy 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 the most in-demand soft skills in today's workplaces include:
Beyond your general education requirements, you'll 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. This can be particularly impactful in that it can help you understand where finance fits in terms within broad business concepts and operations. Armed with this knowledge, you'll also feel empowered to collaborate with others in your organization to help solve bigger organizational challenges.
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 free electives in finance 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 offer 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:
Jobs in finance allow you to combine your passion for money management with various other interests. Maybe, for example, you believe in a new business venture, and want to crunch the numbers that can help get the idea off the ground. Perhaps you want to analyze the costs and budgets that keep the lights on for a local nonprofit. No matter where you'd like to be, a finance degree can help you get there. You could enter any number of industries, including:
Another option for finance graduates is to become self employed.
One notable alum of SNHU's bachelor's and master's in finance programs, Nathan Yates, did exactly that.
Armed with the knowledge, skills and support of fellow online students around the world, he was able to launch a consulting firm – adding new economic opportunities in his rural hometown in Southwest Virginia.
"We serve two distinct markets: small businesses and much larger investment companies," Yates said. "One day we're updating a local deli's e-commerce website and the next day we publish an investment analysis that's read by a multi-billion dollar international asset manager."
"(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."
Learn more about what you can do with a finance degree.
Depending on your educational background and your years of experience, a finance degree could help position you for roles with promising salary projections.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual salaries in 2018 included:
In comparison, in the second quarter of 2019, the BLS said the median earnings of all full-time workers in the U.S. was $47,216.1
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.
For individuals who are interested in finance, we know that this is an important question, and it should be: after all, you need to know that your degree is a good investment. That's exactly why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. Plus, by freezing online tuition costs since 2012, we're committed to keeping them that way.
Our online undergraduate finance degree costs $320 per credit hour, and requires 120 total credits to complete. Depending on your previous educational experience, you could also transfer in up to 90 credits – saving you years of class time and up to $28,800 on tuition.
Either choice could make an excellent career path in terms of salary expectations, job growth and personal fulfillment – it just depends on which one works better for you. Let's take a closer look at the two:
Between finance and accounting, finance can be thought of as the more general subject of the two areas.
A finance degree will help you build a strong foundation of knowledge in banking, economics and financial markets – all key skills to successfully run a business. Your coursework will explore topics in corporate finance, private equity, venture capital, financial planning, risk management and more. You'll take a close look at different markets, how they function and fluctuate, and how to effectively manage and mitigate the risks inherent in investing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for financial analysts and financial specialists are set to grow 6% through 2028, which is on pace with the national average for all occupations.1 Financial specialists reportedly earned a median annual salary of $70,280 in 2018, and financial analysts earned $85,660 in the same time frame.1
While typical entry-level education for these roles is a bachelor's degree,1 those who go on to take the CFP exam could position themselves for advancement in a more specialized area of finance.
While there's some overlap in terms of skills, accounting is a bit more specialized than finance.
Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead for SNHU, also points out a major misconception about accounting: that it's all complex mathematics.
"You don’t have to be good at math. We have technology to do the math," Stephens said. "Accounting is really all about problem solving and storytelling. How can we use this data to identify and solve problems? How can we tell the story of the data in a way that makes sense to non-accountants?"
An accounting degree online, or on campus, can prepare you for a career in the accounting field, or one of the many adjacent career paths. Course content usually covers financial accounting, tax accounting, management accounting and forensic accounting. You'll also study business strategy, risk management, information systems, quantitative analysis and more. Graduates of these programs should gain an understanding of the current regulatory and business landscapes and "big picture" knowledge of the business world, according to the AICPA.
Similar to financial analysts and financial specialists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for accountants and auditors will grow 6% through 2028.1 Accountants comparably reported earning a median annual salary of $71,550 in 2019, with those in the finance and insurance industries earning a bit more, at $76,440, in the same time frame.1
While typical entry-level education for these roles is a bachelor's degree,1 those who go on to take the CPA exam could position themselves for continued career advancement.
So which career track is right for you? If you're still not sure, try taking a look at the course curriculum for each program, and try to determine which better suits you. Ask yourself: "what are my strengths or career goals?" Reach out to students or professionals with firsthand experience. Or, just give us a call. Our admission team is happy to answer your questions about what to expect in each program.
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This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at
2 According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
3 ACBSP. About Us - Who We Are. Retrieved from the internet at https://acbsp.org/page/about-who-we-are