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As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it stimulates business growth and generates new business opportunities. Kaplan University’s Bachelor’s of Science in Finance program is designed to help you gain technical knowledge and skills in a wide range of financial areas, and develop an understanding of the factors that influence financial decision-making. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to grow and apply your critical-thinking skills to find solutions to a variety of financial problems. The curriculum covers subjects such as financial planning, corporate finance, banking, insurance, real estate, financial markets, and investment management. This degree focuses on helping students do the following:
Completion of the Master of Science in Finance option can prepare you to pursue opportunities in corporate finance or a variety of financial-service occupations.*At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Finance program.
This online bachelor's degree program is designed to provide you with rigorous training-including assignments, reports, presentations, and group projects-to help you develop the savvy and proficiencies to find solutions to real-life financial situations.
The online finance degree curriculum focuses on helping you:
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Courses within the Bachelor of Science in Finance could help students develop the following skills:
In the Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Finance, concentrations are available to help you develop proficiencies that could apply to a future career.*
Earning your online bachelor’s degree in finance at Kaplan University may help you develop valuable skills that could be applied to a broad range of financial positions in a number of fields.
As a graduate, you could pursue a variety of careers in corporate and government financial management, investments, portfolio analysis and management, financial analysis, financial planning, banking, risk management, and insurance.*
Career titles associated with this degree include:
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Nov 09, 2016
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Dec 07, 2016
These sequencing guides are examples of how a degree plan will be mapped based on the number of classes you take per term. The guides can be used to help you when planning your schedule each term. We hope you find these resources useful in your academic planning and recommend that you share your goals with your Education Advisor upon enrollment.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Finance.
This guide shows the sequence of courses for students pursuing a Master of Science in Management.
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course reviews the complete accounting cycle and the creation and management of accounting information for business entities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles and skills of the accounting profession, including recording of transactions, financial presentation of accounting data, and the uses of accounting information.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course continues the study of accounting principles by further exploring the assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ equity sections of a corporation's balance sheet. This course continues to lead you to accounting mastery using an integrated learning system. This course provides further understanding of what accounting is all about and accounting's evolving role in business.
Macroeconomics involves the theory, principles, and practices of economics that affect the national economy as a whole. Topics covered in this course include national income determination, economic growth, aggregate demand, aggregate supply, unemployment, inflation, the Federal Reserve system, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and global economies.
Microeconomics is an introduction to economic principles that influence decisions of individual consumers and business managers. You will examine how the law of supply and demand is reflected in pricing and quantity decisions in a variety of market situations. Close attention will be paid to how a firm’s cost structure affects decisions regarding how much to produce, given a price in a perfectly competitive market situation, compared to pricing and quantity decisions in other market structures. Consideration will be given to how individuals’ concepts of cost versus benefit enter into their buying decisions. The impact of governmental attempts to modify market outcomes will be a special focus of the course.
CM 220, MM 255, and AB 113 or AC 113
this course, the student will apply math skills and knowledge to solve
financial problems and conduct statistical analyses. Through expert
step-by-step guidance using sample problems and solutions related to banking,
credit, basic finance, investments, and statistics, the student will also gain
an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business.
MM 150 or higher
This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.
This course covers basic financial concepts, principles, and techniques used in making corporate financial planning decisions. It provides students with the tools necessary for analyzing the time value of money, financial analysis and planning, the capital budgeting process and decisions, and long-term financing, and introduces international capital markets.
AC 113 or AC 114, and MM 255 or equivalent
This is an introductory course emphasizing key concepts and issues underlying the modern practice of marketing. The use of marketing by an organization and the effects of marketing on society will be examined. Course content includes an overview of the general nature and role of marketing in the global environment, the marketing concept, buyer behavior, target marketing, and the internal environment in which marketing operates. The marketing mix is studied through the four main decision areas of products and services, distribution, promotion, and pricing.
BU 224, CM 220, and MT 140
This course introduces the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business in the contemporary global economy. Areas covered include the legal environment of business, torts and crimes, contracts, employment relations, and business organizations. The course will also look at the relationship between business and law in the context of current events that impact our communities.
This course introduces the student to basic business statistics and quantitative analysis and their application in solving business problems. Through a combination of readings, practical application exercises, discussions, and use of computer software packages, the student will be provided with the introductory knowledge and the skills needed by managers to optimize the decision-making process.
Students enrolled in a School of Business of Finance programs: MM 255; all other students: MM 207 or MM 255
This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.
Corporate Finance is an upper-level finance
course designed to provide a framework for understanding and
analyzing investment and financial decisions of corporations. A
basic understanding of how financial assets are priced is
necessary to understand how to make a good decision for the
This course examines the various types of securities and the factors that influence their value, as well as the markets in which they are traded. You will focus on how these markets work with the corporate finance function.
BU 204 or MT 220, and MT 217
Financial Statement Analysis is designed to prepare you to analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The four key components of this course are: (1) financial ratio and cash flow analysis, (2) accounting analysis and valuation, (3) business strategy and valuation analysis, and (4) forecasting and risk analysis.
MT 217 or equivalent
This course examines the principles and
methods of investing in equity, fixed-income instruments, and
derivatives. Students study types of investments, perform
analysis of markets, and learn the mechanics of
This course will provide you with practical work experience in a real-world environment. You will arrange an onsite internship working as a professional for a cooperating employer or a virtual internship with a Kaplan University participating organization. Both the onsite internship and virtual internship environments will provide practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from experienced professionals. This experience will help you develop professional competencies that are desirable in the career marketplace.
Prerequisite: Last term or permission from Dean
This course will provide you with practical work experience in a real-world environment. You will arrange an externship working as a professional for a cooperating employer or an internship with a Kaplan University participating organization. Both the externship and internship environments will provide practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from experienced professionals. This experience will help you develop professional competencies that are desirable in the career marketplace. Externships must be preapproved by the Dean prior to the start of the term.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course examines methods of constructing and managing an investment portfolio of assets, including common stocks, corporate and government bonds, and alternative investments. Students study how to evaluate and select assets to include in the portfolio based on capital market expectations as well as how to utilize diversification and derivatives strategies to maintain portfolio risk within desired bounds.
MT 480 and MT 483
Accelerated Master of Science Finance Option
Total Program Credits: 180
This course provides students with an introduction to derivatives and risk management. Students will learn to identify risk and evaluate risk management techniques. The use of derivatives and risk management plans will also be covered. The course will also cover applicable regulations and limitation of mitigating risk.
MT 480 and MT 483
This course will review and evaluate various techniques, strategies, and concepts used in personal financial planning. You will learn how to identify financial planning needs, given life situations, and set a strategy using personal financial planning products available via the industry’s offerings. You will learn to create a personal financial plan to include strategies for investment, insurance, retirement, and estate planning. You will learn attributes of personal tax preparation, personal credit and loans, and mortgage loan products. This course includes content that will assist those interested in pursuing a career in financial planning.
This course examines the major economic
factors that affect business decision making. This course will
focus on microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international trade.
Students will learn applications of economic
BU 204 or equivalent
This course will address the foundational concepts necessary to prepare the business student for real estate specialization. Such topics as the real estate market environment, the sales process, product market analysis, legal and ethical considerations, industry customer service, and real estate appraisal and documentation will be examined. This course assists in preparing students for the national real estate or broker license exam.
General Finance Concentration
Total Program Credits: 180
Choose any combination of three courses.
This course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to analyze asset allocation models to optimize returns and quantify risks. The course further investigates the large universe of indirect and direct investing, internal structures, and management of various types of investment portfolios. Various risk metrics and analysis models will be discussed and utilized to evaluate asset allocation, and market performance. You will gain a stronger understanding of the importance of asset allocation for investment returns, risk mitigation, and the role mutual funds play in the universe of investment products marketed to institutions and consumers. This course goes beyond the general investment or portfolio management course to focus more on investments and asset allocation methodology.
MT 480 and MT 483
This course is a study of managing risk of individuals and companies. Risk management is a process that identifies loss exposure faced by individuals and organizations; students will understand how to select the most appropriate techniques for treating such exposures through the study of risk management principles and insurance, analyzing risk in society, and an introduction to insurance and risk, risk management, financial operations of insurers, government regulations of insurance, insurance contracts, life insurance contractual provisions, buying life insurance, and social insurance.
This course examines the financial aspects of property and liability insurance through the study of liability risk, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, other property and liability insurance coverage, commercial property insurance, commercial liability insurance, crime insurance and surety bonds, and individual health insurance coverage. Students are expected to learn the various aspects of commercial property coverage and to understand risk management techniques by evaluating basic property insurance, consequential loss coverage, and fidelity and surety insurance.
This course integrates both life and health insurance planning concepts and applications. You will learn how to apply life insurance planning to determine various approaches and recommendations. Additionally, you will be able to identify multiple uses for life insurance planning for both individuals and businesses and will be able to integrate planning techniques to provide death benefits in the event of premature death, wealth accumulation to pass on to the next generation, retirement planning to supplement income needs for retirement, buy/sell agreements for business owners, and estate planning to pay taxes or to gift death benefits to charity. Health insurance provides payment of benefits for the loss of income and/or the medical expenses arising from illness or injury. The rules and regulations surrounding health insurance in our society are constantly changing; you will gain an understanding of the current health system in our society and the rules that will affect the changes of our health care system in the future.
Students receive an overview of the financial and ethical considerations involved in real estate transactions. The financial markets and institutions currently supporting the industry are explored. Credit instruments and loan documentation will be reviewed along with the government’s control of the financial markets. Identification of the correct financing vehicle for specific real estate transactions will be practiced to assist in preparing students for the national real estate exam or broker license exam.
Through review of the various legal responsibilities of the real estate practitioner, contracts, and ethics, students will explore the legal foundations of real estate and brokerage ownership. Broker and sales agent liabilities, warranties, and appropriate documentation required for compliance in the field of real estate sales are stressed to assist in preparing students for the national real estate or broker license exam.
This course covers the broad spectrum of the principles and practices of selling. Students will learn about the theory and practice of concepts such as prospecting, probing, identifying client needs, negotiations, presenting and closing sales, and building relationships.
MT 219 or Department Chair approval
Total Program Credits: 180
Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
Total Program Credits: 180
Real Estate Concentration
Total Program Credits: 180
Wealth Management Concentration
Total Program Credits: 180
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