Finance Specialization

As someone who wants to pursue a finance focused degree, you have the opportunity to earn a degree with a Finance specialization while still learning how to help your business act responsibly in the competitive market. At Ashford, mobile applications and online courses allow you to earn an online finance focused degree on your own schedule. Make the smart move, and earn your degree with a Finance specialization online. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

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Finance Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Add to your Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Finance that requires completion of four (4), three (3) credit courses. You will bridge the fields of finance and business to gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches of financial management. 

Degrees Offering the Finance Specialization

Undergraduate Finance Specialization Courses

BUS 215 Personal Financial Management

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the field of personal financial management and planning, focusing on the tools individuals and families employ to manage their financial affairs.

BUS 401 Principles of Finance

3 Credits

Basic corporate finance is presented with the emphasis on risk and return, bond and equity markets,valuation of bonds and equities, present value analysis, internal rate of return analysis, and project analysis using the weighted average cost of capital. Prerequisites: ACC 205 or ACC 208 or ACC 281 and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning Core Competency. (Equivalent to BUS 320.)

BUS 405 Principles of Investments

3 Credits

The study and analysis of securities and other forms of investments. Emphasis is on investment
principles from the manager’s point of view. Prerequisite: BUS 401.

ECO 316 Financial Institutions & Markets

3 Credits

A study of money and capital markets concentrating on interest rate determination, the major public and private financial institutions in the U.S. economy, and the major types of financial instruments including bonds, equities, and derivative instruments. Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 203. 

Finance Specialization for Graduate Degrees

An MBA in Finance is a Master of Business Administration degree with emphasis on financial planning, analysis, and strategy. As a specialized graduate-level degree in business, a Finance MBA combines broad business administration learning like leadership, critical thinking, and decision-making skills with additional finance-focused coursework and topics of interest at the corporate business level, such as investment, economics, and accounting.

Degrees Offering the Finance Specialization

Graduate Finance Specialization Courses

BUS 655 Financial Investment Management

3 Credits

The central focus of this course is to develop an understanding of how security markets function, factors that influence security valuation, differentiating between various investment types and understanding investment risk and return principles. This course covers security markets operations, investment information, portfolio asset allocation; financial environment analysis; and evaluation of equity and fixed income securities.

BUS 657 Corporate Managerial Finance

3 Credits

This course introduces the financial theory and practices firm managers use to attain their goal of maximizing corporate shareholder wealth. Topics covered are: analysis techniques of financial statement and cash flows; working capital management and financial forecasting; valuation methods for debt and equity capital; risk and rate of return theory; cost of capital, capital project budgeting decisions and cash flow estimation; optimal capital structure and dividend policy.

BUS 694 Finance Seminar

3 Credits

This course will cover advanced financial topics including: International financial management, corporate risk management, merger and acquisitions, portfolio management theory and real options.

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