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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Area of Study in Finance

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Area of Study in Finance Online


Program Overview

Explore the A-State Online B.S.B.A. – Finance Program


Turn your enthusiasm for numbers and ability to analyze data into a rewarding career with this online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance. In addition to gaining a strong understanding of finance from a corporate perspective, you will benefit from a quantitative approach to business that gives you the leadership and communication skills employers seek.

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Prepare to decipher the financial side of organizations, from accounting to operations. Choose from electives that explore business acumen within the global economy; financial techniques, procedures and policies of real estate; security investment and the tools of investment analysis; and the innerworkings of financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies and financial markets.

The major in business administration provides a diversified program in business and economics. It is designed to give you a broad background for managing your own business or for entering a large organization. This B.S.B.A. finance degree program also requires a study of every main sector of business activity, with emphasis on creative and critical thinking to prepare you for today's workforce as well as for overcoming tomorrow's challenges.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Gauging impact of regulatory agencies
  • Deciphering financial concepts
  • Developing financing for properties

Prepare for careers like these:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Commercial Real Estate Agent
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Mortgage Lender
  • Venture Capitalist

Projected Job Growth:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in finance are projected to grow 5-7% for 2019-2029.

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The Arkansas State University College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 20% of the business schools in the world achieve AACSB accreditation and it is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Tuition

Financial Aid Packages are Available to Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S.B.A. – Finance online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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Our B.S.B.A. – Finance is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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Admissions

Preview the Admission Requirements for the Online B.S.B.A. – Finance Degree


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S.B.A. – Finance online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

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P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
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Courses

A Look at the Online Bachelor's Degree in Business – Finance Curriculum


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Area of Study in Finance, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 57 credit hours of major courses, 12 credit hours of Finance courses and 13 credit hours of electives. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Core Requirements:

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

ACCT 2033: Introduction to Financial Accounting

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to accounting and the accounting cycle includes focus on basic accounting and reporting for merchandising and service-oriented business organizations. Primary emphasis is on accounting principles applicable to measuring assets, liabilities, owners' equity and income. Special measurement problems for partnerships and corporations.

ACCT 2133: Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic accounting and reporting for manufacturing companies. The course is also devoted to managerial uses of accounting data for the decision-making function and to special accounting reports.

BCOM 2563: Business Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theories and principles of written, interpersonal and oral communication.

FIN 3713: Business Finance

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Legal forms of American business organization, policies, methods and institutions involved in financing business are examined. The principles of financial management will be studied with emphasis on the corporation, including cash flows, securities, financial structures, expansion and acquisitions.

ISBA 1503: Microcomputer Applications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn basic computer skills that can be used immediately, throughout college and beyond. Emphasis is on learning basic office applications in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation graphics.

ISBA 3013: Management Information Systems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides understanding of information needs of management, information technology used by various business subsystems, and how technology can be utilized for competitive advantage. Prerequisite: ISBA 1503 or CS 1013.

ISBA 3553: Foundation of Business Analytics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Contemporary processes, methods, techniques, tools and datasets that organizations use to implement knowledge discovery projects; focus on development of critical thinking through use of in-depth assignments that utilize project management fundamentals. Prerequisites, ISBA 1503, ACCT 2033, ACCT 2133, and STAT 3233.

LAW 2023: Legal Environment of Business

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the fundamental elements of the Anglo American legal system and its common law origins. The scope of the course will include the application and operation of the legal system in the remedy of business disputes, the development and operation of the court system, and the regulation of American business and industry by the United States government.

MGMT 2003: Entrepreneurial Discovery and Innovation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to concepts and practices related to the discovery and creation of entrepreneurial activities by individuals and organizations.

MGMT 3123: Principles of Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of foundational management principles, including internal and external assessment and planning, organization structure and design, leadership and motivation, and decision and control processes.

MGMT 4813: Strategic Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give students the opportunity to study administrative processes under conditions of uncertainty including an integrating analysis applied to all fields of business. Special emphasis is given to policy determination at the overall management level.

MKTG 3013: Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines business activities performed which direct the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer or user in order to satisfy customers and accomplish company objectives. Special course fees may apply.

STAT 3233: Applied Statistics I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is for students in a variety of disciplines including the sciences, allied health fields, and education. Focus is on descriptive statistics for quantitative and qualitative data, normal distributions, correlation, linear regression, sample surveys, randomized comparative experiments, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.

Other Requirements:

These additional business courses must be taken to complete your degree.

ACCT 4153: Fraud Examination

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of how and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved. Prerequisites, ACCT 2133, MATH 2143, STAT 3233, and ISBA 1503; all with “C” or better. Spring.

ECON 3353: Macroeconomic Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Explains economic theories as they relate to national policy making. Emphasis on causes of inflation and unemployment. Prerequisites, ECON 2313 and 2323.

ECON 4333: Government Regulations of Business

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of theoretical treatments of oligopoly, natural monopoly, and market failures, review of antitrust statutes applicable to price fixing, monopoly, mergers, vertical restraints, and price discrimination, social welfare trade-offs associated with public regulation of electric, natural gas, cable TV, and telecommunications firms. Prerequisite, ECON 2313, 2323.

MGMT 3143: Human Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Functions and problems involved in personnel management with emphasis placed upon recruitment, selection, management development, utilization of and accommodation to human resources by organizations. Prerequisite, MGMT 3153

MGMT 3613: Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Leadership processes and application at the organization, group, and individual levels. Emphasis on team activities. Prerequisite, MGMT 3123 or MGMT 3153.

MKTG 4043: Consumer Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Evaluation of the extensive body of research evidence pertaining to the consumer, and an assessment of the marketing implications of the various processes and facets of consumer motivation. Special course fees may apply. Prerequisite, MKTG 3013.

Finance Requirements:

These B.S.B.A. – Finance electives must be completed to earn your degree.

FIN 3763: Financial Institutions and Markets

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An in depth study of financial institutions such as banks, savings and loans, insurance companies and financial markets. Primary emphasis will be on depository institutions. Prerequisites, ECON 2313 and FIN 3713.

FIN 3813: International Financial Management and Banking

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of financial concepts and issues in banking as they relate to business decisions in a global economy. Prerequisite, FIN 3713.

FIN 4723: Investments

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Security investment, the tools of investment analysis, the formulation of investment policy and the role of the individual investor in the economy are examined.

REI 4423: Real Estate Finance

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course studies instruments, techniques, and institutions of real estate finance; sources of funds; mortgage risk analysis; emphasis on typical policies; and procedures used in financing of residential, industrial and commercial properties.

You must complete 13 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of the following course.

MATH 2143: Business Calculus

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at exponential functions, mathematics of finance, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities and linear programming, limits, derivatives, and integrals, business calculus applications including marginal analysis, extrema and concavity of functions of one and several variables.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses. Three hours must be one of the following courses:

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

Three hours must be one of the following courses:

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. Three hours must be one of the following courses:

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

Six hours must be the following two courses:

ECON 2313: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines national income accounting, inflation and unemployment, competing theories of national income, fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy, and international trade.

ECON 2323: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of resource allocation, supply and demand, consumer behavior, costs of production, the competitive model, oligopoly, and factor markets are examined.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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