Begin Your Career in the Finance Field With a BS in Finance
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) prepares you to work in the financial world. As a BS in Finance degree major, you will learn about industries including financial services, wealth management, corporate finance, insurance and real estate. You will also learn how to analyze data and information related to money management. Integrate your understanding of financial markets on a global scale with decision-making for everyone, from individual clients to major corporations.
Consider enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree program if you are interested in the exciting world of financial management. There are vast career possibilities with a BS in Finance degree that include working in just about any industry or sector and with any size client-base. You may find yourself working for corporations, individuals or nonprofits.
A finance degree ensures that you are prepared to handle areas like:
- Wealth management
- Real estate
- Corporate finance
- Risk management
- International finance
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance Course Topics
Like all degrees earned from the Colangelo College of Business at GCU, the BS in Finance is based on core business domains. These domains ensure that you are a well-rounded, ethical practitioner. You will learn how to develop useful communication and critical thinking skills, information literacy and research skills, business and operations understanding, as well as legal and ethical practices.
The undergraduate financial degree program core classes focus on:
- Investment strategies
- Modern monetary systems
- Capital markets
- Budget and accounting report analysis
- Financial proposals
- Credit reporting and money lending
- Risks and mitigation strategies
- Real estate proposals and financing options
Careers in both finance and accounting help businesses run successfully. The main difference between a bachelor’s in finance versus a bachelor’s in accounting is that finance majors study topics related to money management, such as investments, portfolio management, risks, banking and financial markets, while accounting majors focus on the reporting of finances, and study topics like accounting procedures, financial statement preparation, auditing and tax preparation.
GCU's BS in Finance Helps You Prepare for Financial Licenses and Certifications
You can participate in sponsored securities-related coursework such as the Securities Industry Essentials® exam. After finishing an in-person or online finance degree at GCU, you can complete your preparation to earn securities industry licenses. In addition, you can attain your real estate and insurance licenses. You can also enroll in a program toward your Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certifications.
Career Opportunities With an Undergraduate Financial Degree
GCU BS in Finance graduates often have opportunities to work in many different capacities. Companies looking for finance degree holders include corporations, financial and banking institutions, brokerage firms, investment companies, real estate and insurance organizations. Governments may be another option for financial employment.
Positions within these companies can vary greatly for BS Finance degree graduates. Depending on personal interest, you might find work as a:
- Financial analyst
- Investment analyst
- Loan officer
- General and operations manager
- Financial manager
- Budget analyst
BS in Finance Degree Program FAQs
If you’re considering earning your finance bachelor's degree online or on campus, read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about pursuing a career in the finance field.
People who work in finance can make a big difference in the lives of individuals and the success of businesses. If making financial decisions is of interest to you, a degree in finance may be your next best step. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from GCU by filling out the form on this page.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Personal Financial Advisors as of May 2021, retrieved on March 2, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as personal financial advisors. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Financial Advisors, retrieved on March 2, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.