Jobs in finance, such as personal financial advisers and analysts, are forecast for double-digit growth over the next 10 years, and Penn State Online is launching an accredited online bachelor's degree to prepare students for careers in this field.
A new online bachelor of science degree in finance is being offered through
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The growth shapes up to offer students promising career opportunities in finance, said
"The demand for finance majors continues to grow as the baby boomer population continues to move into retirement," Filbeck said. "They will need the assistance of financial experts both from a planning and portfolio management perspective. In addition, both corporations and banks need well-trained individuals to retain their competitive edge."
The bachelor's degree in finance provides students a foundation in the principles of business, economics and accounting. Courses encompass all components of the finance field, such as investments, corporate finance, financial markets and more.
Students who complete the degree may go on to secure jobs such as financial planners, financial analysts, security analysts, portfolio managers, bankers and risk managers as well as jobs in corporate tracks that lead as high as the chief financial officer.
The online finance degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB, which requires institutions to pass rigorous standards for quality.
The accreditation is widely recognized, and accredited institutions have high-quality faculty, challenging curriculum and educational and career services. Less than 5 percent of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned the accreditation.
In addition, Filbeck said adult learners in the online finance major can complete the 18-credit Certificate in Financial Planning, which is a registered program with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. It gives students an introduction to areas of insurance, taxes, investments, retirement planning and estate planning.
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Applications are now being accepted for the online bachelor of science degree in finance. For more information, visit the program's website.
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