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Bachelor of Business Administration

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

Students must take 60 credits of upper division course work, including business core courses, finance major courses, and upper division business electives. Finance major courses require a grade of "C" or higher.

Pre-core courses

To become eligible for admission into the College of Business, you must complete all business pre-core requirements. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all business pre-core courses.

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

Business Core Courses

In the Bachelor of Business Administration program, you must earn 27 credit hours in business core classes listed below:

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.
Prerequisite: Full admittance in the College of Business.

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.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 3301, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) minimum 60 credit hours earned; (c) only open to Business students.

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.
Prerequisites: ACG 3301, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher, minimum 45 credit hours earned, UGBU standing.

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.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 3301, MAC 2233, STA 2023 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) CGS 2060 or CGS 2100 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (c) minimum 45 credit hours earned; (d) only open to Business students.

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.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 2021, ACG 3301, CGS 2100, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) minimum 60 credit hours earned; (c) only open to Business students.

Marketing Management MAR 3023
A descriptive study emphasizing the functions and institutions common to marketing systems.
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours earned.

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.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 2021, ACG 3301, CGS 2100, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) minimum 60 credit hours earned; (c) QMB 3200 or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or higher; (d) only open to Business students.

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.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 3301, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) minimum 45 credit hours earned; (c) only open to Business students.

Strategic Management MAN 4720
Capstone integration of real organizational situations. Decision making applied to business/corporate level strategy concepts, firm performance and global citizenship.
Prerequisites: (a) ACG 2021, ACG 3301, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, STA 2023 and MAC 2233 or equivalents with a grade of "C" or higher; (b) MAN 3025 or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or higher; (c) the minimum of three of the following courses with a grade of "C-" or higher CGS 3300, COM 3110, BUL 4310, FIN 3403, MAR 3023, QMB 3200, MAN 4504 or equivalents; (d) minimum 90 credit hours earned; (e) only open to Business students.

Major Courses

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.
Prerequisites: FIN 3403 or equivalent.

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.
Prerequisites: FIN 3403 or equivalent.

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.
Prerequisites: FIN 3414 and FIN 4502. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: FIN 4303, FIN 4324, and FIN 4604.

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.
Prerequisite: FIN 3403 or equivalent.

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.
Prerequisite: FIN 3403 or equivalent.

Electives

Students will also take upper division business electives.

Management & Banking Elective (3 credits)
International Financial Management FIN 4502
Capital budgeting operational analysis and financial decisions in the multinational context. Working capital management and intra firm fund transfers. Measurement and evaluation of the risk of internationally diversified assets.
Prerequisite: FIN 3403 or equivalent.
OR
International Banking FIN 4634
Introductory survey of issues that deal with international aspects of banking. The course provides an overview of the structure and operation of the international banking function, the services offered, supporting documentation, and measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the international banking organization. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the students with the daily activities in international banking.
Prerequisite: FIN 3403 or equivalent.

FIN/REE Elective (3 credits):
Finance Elective. Select from the following: FIN 3140, FIN 4345, FIN 4651 or FIN 4744
OR
Real Estate Elective Select from the following: REE3043 or REE4103

Business 3000-4000 business elective courses (12 credits):
Talk to your advisor in order to obtain list of qualified electives in any specific semester.

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.

Admission Deadlines

Applicants to this program must submit all admission forms and documentation by the following deadlines.

Fall admissions: June 1
Spring admissions: October 1
Summer admission: March 1
Students are strongly advised to apply early. Admissions reserves the right to close admissions earlier than the above dates.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the College of Business in their junior year. You must be admitted to the college in order to enroll in senior-level business courses. Admission requirements to the college vary depending on whether you are a currently enrolled FIU student or a transfer student.

Currently enrolled FIU Students

In order to be admitted to the Landon Undergraduate School in the College of Business, you must meet the requirements listed no later than the first semester of your third year of undergraduate study at Florida International University.  Please refer to the FIU Undergraduate Catalog for a complete and detailed listing of all admission requirements.

To be admitted to the R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business, you must have:

  • completed 60 hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all lower division work and upper division non-business courses (including transfer coursework)
  • completion of either (a) all UCC requirements and 60 lower division credits, or (b) an Associate of Arts (AA) from a Florida accredited institution
  • completed all business pre-core requirements:
    • Accounting for Decisions ACG 2021 
    • Accounting for Planning and Control ACG 3301 
    • Introduction to Microcomputer Applications for Business CGS 2100 or
      Introduction to Microcomputers CGS 2060 
    • Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 2013 
    • Principles of Microeconomics ECO 2023 
    • Statistics for Business and Economics STA 2023 
    • Calculus for Business MAC 2233 

Transfer Students

Transfer students interested in applying to the College of Business' Landon Undergraduate School of Business first must submit an application for admission to Florida International University and follow regular university admission procedures. Applicants must meet the university’s requirements for admission before being eligible for admission to the college. Please see the FIU Undergraduate Catalog to learn about the university’s admission requirements.

The university requirements are:

  • an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or 60 credit hours with a minimum of 2.00 grade point average (GPA).
  • two years of credit in one foreign language at the high school level or 8-10 credits in one foreign language at the college level (earned after 1989),
  • for applicants whose native language is not English, minimum score of 500 paper-based and a minimum score of 173 computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or satisfactory completion of college level English courses.

Applicants who do not have an AA degree and have not completed the university’s core curriculum may complete this course work at Florida International University (FIU) once they have been admitted.

In addition to meeting the university’s admission requirements, acceptance into the BBA program in the Landon Undergraduate School in the college requires that you have:

  • completed all of the university’s core curriculum requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Upper level business courses taken are not included in this GPA computation.
  • completed the business pre-core requirements with a grade of "C" or higher in each course
    • Accounting for Decisions ACG 2021
    • Accounting for Planning and Control ACG 3301
    • Introduction to Microcomputer Applications for Business CGS 2100 or
      Introduction to Microcomputers CGS 2060
    • Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 2013
    • Principles of Microeconomics ECO 2023
    • Statistics for Business and Economics STA 2023
    • Calculus for Business MAC 2233
  • completed these requirements no later than the first semester of your third year of undergraduate study.

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.

Applicants should submit all supporting admissions documents to:
Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33326-9003
USA

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

Florida residents enrolled in this fully online bachelor’s program pay standard university tuition ($157.36 per credit hour), a Student Financial Aid Fee ($5.25 per credit hour), as well as the Distance Learning Fee ($53.33 per credit hour). The total cost (tuition plus fees) for a 3-credit course is $647.82.

Non-Florida Residents

Non-Florida residents pay a flat rate of $333 per credit, which is $999 per 3-credit course. This special discounted tuition for this fully online program saves non-Florida residents over $1000 per 3 credit course when compared to non-Florida resident students taking online courses outside of this program. Apply now to take advantage of this special rate.

Additionally, a $10 fee is charged to all students annually for an FIU student photo ID. Please note, tuition and fee amounts vary by term and all amounts stated are subject to change.

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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120Credits Required

$15736/ $33300
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  • Fully online degree
  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach
  • Demand for financial analysts expected to grow
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
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