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Bachelor of Business Administration

Online BBA in Finance

R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business

Overview

FIU Online offers a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance track, a fully online program designed to prepare you to pursue a career or graduate studies in business, banking, corporate finance or investments. You’ll learn the latest technology in the field, and enhance your ability to gather and analyze financial information quickly and effectively.

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The Finance track emphasizes solid theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of banking, corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, financial risk management, financial engineering, financial institutions and markets, and international finance.

Why Apply?

Students with a finance major learn the analytical and managerial skills that are essential to any business career. The FIU fully online bachelor's finance program teaches students to apply principles and tools from mathematics, statistics, economics and accounting to financial decision-making. The major provides a solid foundation in techniques of money management, including analysis and risk management. You'll graduate with the tools, knowledge and critical thinking skills to pursue a career in finance or post-graduate studies in all areas of business.

Degree Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to independently:

  • Identify the functions of financial markets and institutions and examine their impact on the level of interest rates and interest rate differentials.
  • Investigate advanced time value of money concepts and extend these concepts to mortgage mathematics, commercial mathematics, and capital budgeting.
  • Explore the international integration of financial markets and analyze implications for financial managers.
  • Examine the nature of the commercial banking business. Ascertain the measures of bank return and risk performance and how they are applied to bank valuation decisions and management performance assessment.
  • Identify and analyze derivative instruments and strategies used by investors and corporations to hedge financial risks. Emphasis will be placed on identification of financial risk and designing optimal risk management strategies.
  • Determine and analyze the appropriate measures of risk and return for various financial instruments. Understand the mechanics and regulation of financial securities exchanges and determine how the value of stocks, bonds, and securities are calculated.

Industry Statistics

There are a variety of careers open to graduates with a finance degree. Nearly every type of business needs someone with specialized financial knowledge. Rewarding and interesting job opportunities include corporate finance, financial planning, investment banking, insurance and real estate.

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities, and with a growing range of financial products, employment of financial analysts is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020. In 2010, the median annual wage of financial analysts was $74,350, and the top 10 percent in the industry earned more than $141,700. (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Demand for personal financial advisors is also expected to increase, with the large number of baby boomers approaching retirement seeking financial planning advice. In 2010, the median annual wage of personal financial advisors was $64,750, with a projected growth in employment of 32 percent from 2010 to 2020. (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Courses

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Students must complete 60 credit hours of lower division course work (including the business pre-core courses) and 60 credit hours of upper division course work divided between business core courses and a combination of major courses and electives.

Pre-core courses

To smoothly progress to junior and senior level courses in the College of Business, you must complete all business pre-core requirements listed below (21 Credit Hours):

  • Principles of Macroeconomics ECO2013
  • Principles of Microeconomics ECO2023
  • Introduction to Microcomputer Applications for Business OR CGS2060-Introduction to Microcomputers CGS2100
  • Accounting for Decisions ACG2021
  • Accounting for Planning and Control ACG3301
  • Statistics for Business and Economics STA2023
  • Calculus for Business MAC 2233

Business Core Courses

The Bachelor of Business Administration program requires students to complete the upper division business core courses listed below (27 Credit Hours):

Advanced Communication for Business COM 3150
Advanced communication course that emphasizes the identification of communication situations specific to business and the professions. Analysis of variables related to advanced business communication.

Application of Quantitative Methods in Business QMB 3200
Inference and modeling for business decisions under uncertainty. Topics covered include survey sampling, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for mean(s), variance(s), and proportion(s), chi- square test for independence and goodness of fit, correlation, linear regression, time series, and analysis of variance. Use of computer packages to solve real business problems.

Financial Management FIN 3403
A study of financial decision making in the corporate form of enterprise. An analysis of the sources and uses of funds. Emphasis is placed on working capital management; capital budgeting techniques; short and long term financing; and capital structure and the value of the firm.

Introduction to Information Systems CGS 3300
Survey major information systems (I.S.) problems in organizations. Brief study of basic computer concepts; I.S. development cycle; relation of I.S. and decision-making; microcomputer database, spreadsheet and word-processing business applications.

Legal Environment of Business BUL 4310
The course includes issues such as: Contracts, Torts, Legal/Political/Economic aspects of Ethics and the Law, U.C.C., Antitrust Law, Employment Law, Administrative Law, Securities Law, and International Business Law topics.

Introduction to Marketing MAR 3023
A descriptive study emphasizing the functions and institutions common to marketing systems.

Operations Management MAN 4504
Concepts in design, analysis, and control of operating systems. Facility location and layout, work standards, maintenance, quality control, MRP, planning and scheduling applied to production and service systems.

Organization and Management MAN 3025
An analysis of organizations and the management processes of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling in the context of socio-technical systems. Individual, group, intergroup, and organizational responses to various environments and technologies are studied, as are pertinent techniques of manpower management.

Strategic Management MAN 4720
Capstone integration of real organizational situations. Decision making applied to business/corporate level strategy concepts, firm performance and global citizenship.

Major Courses

Students are required to complete the upper division major courses below (21 Credit Hours):

Commercial Bank Management FIN 4324
The management of bank assets and liabilities; specialized banking functions; and the role of the commercial bank in financing business.

Financial Markets and Institutions FIN 4303
Financial markets and the role of financial intermediaries in these markets. Emphasis will be upon the objectives and policies of financial intermediaries within the constraints of law and regulatory authorities.

Financial Risk Management – Financial Engineering FIN 4486
A survey of financial instruments used for financial risk management, including forwards, futures, options and swaps. Emphasis is on identification of financial risks and designing optimal risk management program.

Intermediate Finance FIN 3414
Advanced theories and applications underlying financial decision-making. Topics may include valuation of assets and liabilities, advanced time value, mortgage math, commercial loans, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, restructuring, mergers and acquisition, bankruptcy, cash management, and agency theory.

Securities Analysis FIN 4502
The examination of the determinants of the values of common and preferred stocks, bonds, and warrants. The timing of security purchases and sales and an introduction to portfolio construction techniques.

Management/Banking Elective: Choose one below (3 Credit Hours)

  • International Financial Management FIN 4604
  • International Banking FIN 4634

Finance/Real Estate Elective: Choose one below (3 Credit Hours)

  • Personal Financial Management FIN 3140
  • Credit Analysis and Loan Evaluation FIN 4345
  • Latin American Financial Markets and Institutions FIN 4651
  • Financial Crime FIN 4744
  • Real Estate Principles REE 3043
  • Appraisal of Real Estate REE 4103

Electives

Students will also take upper division business electives.

Business Electives (12 Credit Hours):

Students must take four Business 3000-4000 level electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor for a list of approved electives.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  1. Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  2. NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  3. If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Students entering FIU as freshman or as a transfer student with less than 30 credits:
    You are considered a freshman when you have earned less than 13 college credits since your high school graduation.  Credits earned in Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs do not affect your freshman status.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.50

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Wendy Gelman

Deanne Butchey
Dr. Butchey is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance. Before joining FIU, she was an Investment Banker and Financial Services Stock Research Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston in their Toronto offices. Prior to this, she was a stockbroker at Scotia McLeod and Merrill Lynch in Toronto. Dr. Butchey is also a faculty advisor to ENACTUS @ FIU, a student organization that facilitates collaborations of students and community partners through social entrepreneurship projects that stimulate economic advancement.

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