In the Bachelor of Science in finance program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll develop the expertise to apply finance theory to real-world situations. Our program combines a foundation in the principles of business, economics, and accounting with an in-depth focus on the details of finance and financial management via intensive case studies. It can also serve as an important first step toward earning important certifications in the field.

At UMGC, you can also take a CFP Board-approved course of study that meets the criteria needed to fulfill the educational component required to sit the Certified Financial Planner exam. You do not have to be enrolled at UMGC to complete this course of study. It is available to any individual interested in earning CFP certification.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program has a related minor.

About the Finance Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Examine and describe the impact of the legal, regulatory, and environmental influences on the monetary system on planning, forecasting, and making financial decisions
  • Evaluate financial information such as financial statements, financial ratios, and cash flows and apply that information to the analysis of business problems
  • Analyze and interpret financial concepts to make basic institutional and functional business decisions
  • Apply the basic principles of security markets to create, evaluate, and manage security portfolios
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate business concepts professionally
  • Recognize the inherent conflict of interest in many business decisions
  • Synthesize financial data by applying appropriate technology tools to solve business problems

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design and track an investment portfolio
  • Create an investment policy statement
  • Complete a case study of a company valuation process
  • Complete case studies of individual financial planning scenarios
  • Analyze real companies' financial statements, including cost of capital, liquidity, profitability, debt, and market ratios
  • Create a pro forma financial, budget, and cash flow statement

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Finance Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • BMGT 364
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • FINC 330
  • FINC 335
  • FINC 340
  • FINC 351
  • FINC 421
  • FINC 430
  • FINC 440
  • FINC 460
  • ECON 430
  • FINC 495

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • STAT 200

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for positions in contract management, budgeting, corporate and government financial management, investments, portfolio analysis and management, financial analysis, financial planning, banking, risk management, and insurance.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Accounting and Finance Forum provides information about the accounting and finance majors as well as topics of interest from course selection to career paths. It assists students with the exploration of resources on accounting and finance careers and the accounting and finance fields, including job postings and information about career opportunities.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy | | 2014