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Explore finance at Columbia College
A finance degree is ideal for students who want to work in corporate or personal financial management. Finance professionals take a broader view of an organization’s assets and liabilities.
You’ll gain a strong understanding of business theories and principles. Study economics, management, business ethics and information systems. Then, explore advanced finance as it relates to individuals, markets, corporations and institutions. Finance majors also select from electives including insurance, small business finance and federal incomes tax.
According to the NCES , “In 2016–17, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business." Your degree will also be grounded in a liberal arts education, giving you advanced communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Opportunities to study:
- Corporate finance
- Financial markets & institutions
- Personal financial planning
- Strategic management
Prepare to work in finance
Financial professionals evaluate data, study trends and make recommendations to organizations and individuals regarding their finances. This may include educating clients about investment options, explaining financial services and helping plan for retirement and other life events.
You’ll graduate with an understanding of financial markets, instrumentation and investments.
Employment of finance-related occupations is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Budget analysis
- Corporate finance
- Financial analysis
- Financial management
- Financial services
- Investor relations
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Mary Dorn
"Without a foundation in financial literacy unnecessary struggles will happen throughout the personal and corporate lifespan. Providing innovative and relevant financial education to optimally navigate the world of finance is what we do at Columbia College. "Read about Mary
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Available program formats
- Core requirements 72 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
A study of the principles and practices of professional financial planning using an integrated planning model. Case studies allow students to simulate real-world experience by integrating tax, insurance, and investment planning strategies into comprehensive financial plans. This investments course provides a foundation in modern portfolio theory and portfolio management with special consideration given to retirement planning. Prerequisite: FINC 354.
Analysis of financial and accounting information and its impact on financial decision-making and profit planning. Topics include: financial planning and control tools, leverage and capital structure, investment banking, dividend policy, corporate restructuring, risk management and international financial management. Prerequisites: ACCT 281; MATH-110 or MATH 150; FINC 350.
Examination of the risks faced by managers of financial institutions and the methods and markets through which these risks are managed. Consideration is given to a wide array of financial institutions including commercial banks, credit unions, investment banks, securities firms, insurance companies and investment companies. Prerequisites: ACCT 281, MATH 150 or MATH 170; ECON 293; ECON 294; FINC 350.
An introductory investment course designed to teach students how to make personal investing decisions for their own investment portfolio with special consideration given to the management of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Prerequisite: ACCT 281.