Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world, commented after the financial crisis of 2009, “It’s been an ideal period for investors: A climate of fear is their best friend. Those who only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaningless reassurance.” Here he suggests that students should not only learn about a firm’s value and price in the market but also need to develop the right temperament and patience for investing in the market.

Through the Finance Concentration, students acquire knowledge about how firms make financial decisions and how these decisions affect the individual organizations, its stakeholders’ interests, its market value, and the economy at large. Specific topics include how firms acquire and allocate funds, how financial markets operate, and international financial management techniques. Our study of finance then pushes students further by focusing on experiential learning assignments such as: creating models to develop analytical approaches to problems; researching securities to trade in simulations; and analyzing decision-based case studies. Classes occur in a small setting allowing maximum individualized attention.

Business Administration – Finance Online Degree Program

The Business Administration – Finance degree program is available online. Online programs have the same content and curriculum as traditional on-campus programs. All coursework, including lectures, assignments, and exams, is available through the Canvas online learning system.

Online programs are asynchronous, which means there are no specific times you must be online. Professors and other instructors are available during virtual “office hours” for discussion. The programs are designed to allow you to focus on two courses in eight-week terms.

As an online student, you may be eligible to transfer credits from other accredited colleges. Learn more about our online program admission requirements.

Related Finance Occupations

With your concentration in Finance, our curriculum prepares students to work in financial institutions such as commercial banks and investment banks, or in finance departments of major corporations. Additionally, students may go on to careers in consulting firms, wealth management, insurance, real estate, and consumer finance.

Fast Facts

  • Finance degrees are best complemented with professional certifications focused on the specific area of interest. FINRA, a U.S. government organization under the Securities and Exchange Commission, is tasked with protecting market integrity. They keep a comprehensive list of the top professional designations for various interests.
  • Top professional certifications and examinations for finance students who wish to engage in the securities industry include Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Securities Industry Essentials Exam (SIE).
  • Finance majors interested in wealth management, insurance, and real estate should consider the following designation goals. Common designations for wealth management are Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU).

Requirement Notes

  1. Limestone's required Competency & General Education courses
  2. A total of 120 credit hours
  3. The required courses listed below** (51 credit hours)
  4. Additional courses choosing from AC221, 330, or any additional 300-400 level Finance course (9 credit hours)

* This major includes one AWE course (3 credit hours)

**Note: For students transferring a math course prior to enrollment at Limestone, MA 115 or above.

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