Explore our BS in Business Administration Finance concentration
Learn how to effectively assess and guide the financial operations of an organization.
This concentration provides essential insights into the key financial levers of an organization. It’s ideal for professionals looking to help management direct the organization to optimize its value for both employees and other shareholders.
Degree Completion Requirements
- 181 quarter credits
- General education courses courses (45 cr.)
- Business courses (61 cr.)
- Concentration courses (15 cr.)
- Elective courses (55 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-515-3563.
Personal and Organizational Leadership
Personal goals, values, and purpose represent the foundations of effective personal leadership. In this introductory course, students explore this concept of personal leadership in their own work and community roles. Through the application of self-assessment tools, students can gain insights into their leadership strengths as well as those areas representing opportunities for improvement. The roles of emotional intelligence and social intelligence are introduced to provide a more comprehensive model of personal leadership. Students also investigate the alignment of Walden's mission of social change with broader societal issues in the workplace, including the relationship between personal and organizational leadership.
Introduction to Management
The roles, functions, and styles of managers, specifically principles and procedures for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations, are addressed in this introductory course. Emphasized is the practical application of theory to reality. Students focus on the techniques, tools, and methods of managerial decision making and employee motivation, as well as consider the effects of ethical leadership and management practices on an organization. This course is structured so that students have the opportunity to see the interrelationships among the functions, components, and disciplines that comprise the field of management and thereby gain a comprehensive perspective as a foundation for the further study of management.
Fundamentals of Accounting
Students take a top-down approach to understanding introductory accounting documents and procedures by exploring a business's financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement in this course. Students explore the practical uses for information that can be gleaned from these statements, individually and as a whole, through a detailed examination of the properties and characteristics of each statement. Students engage in application assignments and discussions on a variety of topics, such as regulations that should be followed when preparing financial statements as promulgated by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Students examine the U.S. use of GAAP in comparison to the use of International Financial Reporting Standards. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002 AND MATH 1030 or MATH 1040.)
In this course, students examine the fundamentals of probability and descriptive and inferential statistics. Students learn concepts of hypothesis testing, simple regression, and correlation analysis, focusing on the application of these techniques to business decision making. Applying these concepts to analyze hypothetical case scenarios, students can learn practical ways that they can use statistics in their daily life. Students also have the opportunity to share insight and gain new perspectives on these topics through weekly discussions.
The principles of microeconomics explain how in a market economy the price system answers the following fundamental economic questions: What goods and services are produced and distributed as well as how and for whom? Students in this course examine the behaviors of households that supply factors of production—natural resources, labor, and capital—to firms and that purchase consumer goods and services from firms. They also investigate firms that maximize profit through their decisions about acquiring factors of production, controlling costs of production, choosing the optimal level of output, competing with other firms under different market structures, and making investment decisions about entering new markets. (Prerequisite(s): MATH 1030 or MATH 1040.)
Responsible business leaders and decision makers must conduct transactions and operations according to clearly defined rules, laws, and processes to ensure stability and protection for their company. Students in this course examine the legal issues faced by managers, fundamental legal principles, and common issues in the field, such as workplace law, contract disputes, and intellectual property guidelines. Students engage in discussions and application assignments focused on the responsibilities of business professionals, such as understanding the fundamental legal principles in business and commerce; analyzing business contracts; adhering to legal issues in interviewing, hiring, and firing; developing, using, and defending intellectual property; and understanding the regulatory context. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
Data Science Essentials
The importance of data science cuts across nearly all major industries and companies. In this course, students explore the scope and multidisciplinary nature of data science with a focus on solving problems using data from across disciplines. Students will see how tools like Watson Analytics can be used to discover patterns and meaning in data. They consider ethical considerations related to data science applications, develop a questioning mindset, and explore a data science framework that can be applied to any industry, business, or organization.
Students examine basic marketing functions and the execution of successful marketing processes. They gain a fundamental understanding of marketing concepts, practices, terminology, associated technologies, and practical applications including customer relationship management. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
Human Resource Management
This course is a comprehensive overview of human resource management for students. They discuss the role of human resources managers as strategic partners who focus on the mission and goals of an organization. Students examine traditional topics, such as job analysis and design, recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, training, staffing, career management, compensation, benefits, health and safety, and employee relations. They also evaluate technology-based resources that aid contemporary HR processes and responsibilities. Through case studies and practical exercises, students work toward gaining the skills that enable them to develop important employment policies and procedures, such as those addressing ethical and equal opportunity issues in regard to legal and environmental regulations. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
All organizations must collect and analyze financial information to make important decisions regarding operations, such as payments, budgeting, and investing in new business. Students in this course learn to use financial and managerial finance theory, concepts, and tools to make better financial management decisions as well as to conduct sound financial analysis. They examine the principles of finance from an applied perspective through the examination of difficult strategic and operational decisions that exist in the business environment. Students gain hands-on financial management experience as they compile financial statements, analyze and report financial results, and calculate elements of time value of money for single or multiple cash flows. (Prerequisite(s): ACCT 1003 or 1004S.)
Information Systems in Enterprise
All businesses rely on systems to process, collect, share, and store important information. The most effective way to help an organization achieve its goals is to understand how to leverage information systems and emerging technology. In this course, students have the opportunity to gain skills needed to employ such leverage in the professional arena. Students examine the characteristics of information systems and their role in organizations. They also assess and discuss the impact that information systems have on the enterprise as a whole, in addition to their current architectures, enabling tools, and project cycles. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
An overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of business operations management is provided to students in this course. Students focus on operations, the supply chain, and the process of transforming resources into products and services. They explore the responsibility of operations managers to make cost-effective and cross-functional decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing and service organizations. Students examine product flow processes and product-process strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness within organizations. Students also have the opportunity to learn the process of planning, implementing, and monitoring operations to ensure the continuous improvement and quality standards of goods and services. (Prerequisite(s): BUSI 1002.)
Managers in all types of corporations must make vital financial decisions on a daily basis, such as choosing between competing investment opportunities, valuing assets, measuring risk and return, financing a firm's operations, making dividend policy and capital structure decisions, and valuing financial instruments. Students in this course learn the basics of finance and can gain the tools needed to create long- and short-term planning decisions. They collaborate with their peers through a group case study project to gain real-world insight into the corporate finance arena. Students add to their portfolio by completing a project assignment in which they demonstrate concepts learned in the course through a specific contextual application. (Prerequisite(s): FNCE 3001.)
Financial Institutions and Markets
One of the main causes of economic failure in the United States is the assumption of too much financial risk, including overspending and bad investments. The best way to mitigate risk factors is for financial managers to understand the impact of spending on financial markets. In this course, students investigate the implications of these risk factors and examine various aspects of financial markets, including money, bond, mortgage, stock, foreign exchange, and derivative security. Students learn about the operation and regulation of commercial banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies, securities firms, investment banks, finance companies, mutual funds, and pension funds. Through this course, students have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge that financial managers use to predict and manage risk and future trends. (Prerequisite(s): FNCE 4101.)
To maintain a competitive advantage, organizations must engage in business and financial investing on a global scale and financial managers must understand the challenges, risks, and methods of dealing with firms in the global economy. In this course, students learn about the nuances, concepts, and principles in the field of international finance. Primarily, students engage in assignments focused on international financial markets and the macroeconomics of international financial flows. They examine specific topics, including foreign exchange, international securities markets, and international banking. Through this course, students have the opportunity to acquire the tools needed to make important international financial decisions based on existing financial principles and current factors in the market. (Prerequisite(s): FNCE 3001.)
Choose 11 courses from general education, BS in Business Administration, other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate into Master's (AIM) courses. At least four courses must be at the 3000 level or higher. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements for this online business administration degree. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.
Capstone: Strategic Business Management
In this capstone experience,* students apply knowledge gained throughout the entire program to demonstrate mastery of various core business competencies. Students apply and integrate a variety of skills, technologies, tools, and knowledge to assess strategic issues in a real-world context to develop recommendations for organizational change and/or improvement. Through this capstone, students also demonstrate their understanding and competency in identifying complex problems and solutions.*Students in the course-based modality will engage in a third-party, online, simulation-based strategic management activity, and students in the competency-based modality will complete a comprehensive business proposal focused on employing strategies to build sustainable competitive advantage. (Prerequisite(s): All required core and concentration courses/competencies.)
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Walden recognizes the professional development efforts you’ve already made. By applying your CPCU courses toward your bachelor’s degree, you can save time and money when earning your degree. Speak to your Enrollment Specialist for details.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||181 quarter credit hours||$325 per quarter hour||$58,825|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$160||$2,560|
*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.
*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.Find Ways to Save
To be considered for admission to this bachelor’s program, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.
The level of attention I got from the professors at Walden made me really happy. You would have thought I was in a classroom and I sat down at their desk every day to talk to them.
Chris Rey BS in Business Administration Graduate
Less than three months after I earned my bachelor’s degree from Walden, I was promoted to a juvenile probation officer.
Lenora J. White BS in Business Administration Graduate
When I have a goal, I do anything to accomplish it. I moved to Charlotte to pursue my career as a NASCAR driver. Walden University gave me a great opportunity to continue my education in an accredited university even when I am traveling all over the country to race.
Bryan Ortiz BS in Business Administration Graduate
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