B.A. Finance Overview

Finance is built on the idea that time and uncertainty have value. Invest your time wisely and maximize your value to potential employers with Ave Maria University’s online bachelor’s in finance. Prepare to take part in an exciting industry as you acquire the skills for corporate financial management, investment analysis, and more. Take the stepping-stone to becoming a Wall Street executive or the chief financial officer of a corporation.

Discover the fundamentals of finance through a curriculum rooted in an ethical and Catholic worldview. Hone your analytical and communication skills and learn from experienced faculty and a nationally recognized network of business managers and CEOs. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a successful career in corporate finance, investments, banking, or insurance.

The finance program through Ave Maria Online aims to mold students to become business leaders inspired and governed by Catholic principles. You will learn how to think broadly as you expand your faith and cultivate your sense of integrity and honor.

As you complete our bachelor’s of finance online, you’ll study what it takes to run a business. Through challenging curriculum, you’ll examine the sources, uses, cost, and control of funds within a business, along with the development of financial statements, capital management, and various investment strategies for stocks, bonds, and derivatives. The program focuses on financial decision-making in the modern corporation, the quantitative methods used in key areas of finance, and the fluctuations in business and economic forecasting. You will also acquire a strong foundation in business law, accounting, portfolio management, federal income taxation, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.


Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Ave Maria University.

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Program Details

  • Next start date: January 7
  • Credit hours: 128
  • Cost per credit: $425
  • Number of transfer credits accepted: 96
  • Estimated completion time: 4 years

Courses & Curriculum

AMU’s online finance degree develops a strong foundation in business principles while you learn economics, statistics, finance, accounting, and business. You’ll further expand your finance skills through a selection of comprehensive courses. In addition to 14 courses of the core curriculum, four credits of elective courses are required.

Core Curriculum Requirements (56 credits)

The core curriculum provides a balanced approach to general and specialized knowledge while integrating the tradition of Western Catholic thought. Required for our bachelor’s degrees, the courses are the same for all undergraduate degrees and teach you how to learn.

Business Core Courses (40 credits)

  • ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics
  • STAT 230: Applied Statistics
  • ACCT 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202: Managerial Accounting
  • BUSN 303: Management and Ethics
  • FINC 301: Finance
  • BUSN 340: Business Law
  • BUSN 368: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUSN 490: Strategic Management/Business Capstone

Finance Electives (8 credits)

  • BUSN 201: Principled Entrepreneurship
  • ACCT 301: Intermediate Accounting I

Finance Courses (20 credits)

  • FINC 310: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINC 320: Banking, Financial Institutions, and Society
  • FINC 350: Security Analysis
  • FINC 351: Portfolio Management

Choose one of the following:

  • FINC 403: Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • BUSN 329: Business and Economic Forecasting

Electives (4 credits)

In order to complete the program’s 128 credits, four credits of elective courses are required.

This Program Consists Of

32 Total Courses Earn Your Degree Faster By Transferring Credits

Admission Requirements & Process

To be considered for Ave Maria’s online bachelor’s in finance program, you must have a combined GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale from all past colleges attended is required for transfer students. If less than 24 credits of college-level coursework has been completed, then the high school GPA will also be taken into consideration.

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Tuition & Fees

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 747-2022 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500. Fees are charged per course unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Full Program Tuition$425 per credit hour$54,400
Full Program Fees$35 per course$1,120
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$425 per credit hour$13,600
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$35 per course$280
Total with Transfer Credits$13,880

Career Outcomes

With AMU’s online finance degree, you will have the credentials for a variety of careers. Some of the potential career outcomes include (median annual salaries and job growth predictions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and job growth is projected through 2026):

A financial analyst determines portfolio investments, examines historical and current financial data, and identifies a company’s value through its financial documents. They also write reports and meet with an organization’s officials to gain insight into the company’s expectations.

  • Median annual salary: $84,300
  • Job growth: 11 percent

Personal financial advisors discuss financial goals with their clients, educate their clients on investment opportunities and risks, and assist clients with planning for various circumstances, such as retirement. They research investment options and monitor their client’s accounts to identify any necessary changes for financial improvement.

  • Median annual salary: $90,640
  • Job growth: 15 percent

An investment banker provides businesses the connection to investors. They offer their clients initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, and they provide advice to ensure the smooth transactions.

  • Median annual salary: $63,780
  • Job growth: 6 percent

Financial Aid

At Ave, we understand that coming up with the funds for a college education can get tricky. We offer financial aid to all eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our financial aid options include grants and loans.

Simply complete the application online on the FAFSA website. Remember to use Ave Maria University’s school code: 039413. After we have received your information, we will determine your financial aid eligibility and notify you so that you can accept any or all of it. In addition, one of our friendly enrollment counselors can assist you throughout the entire process.

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Military Students

We proudly offer assistance for U.S. military veterans. Veterans can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill and the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability. Spouses and dependents of veterans can also receive assistance.

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