ONLINE BSb DEGREE
ONLINE BSb DEGREE
Programmatic Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
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Register by: May 10, 2023
You’ll need 120 credits to complete this Bachelor of Science in Business with a Financial Planning Certificate program. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in a business environment.
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in business — they’re useful in daily life.
The leadership business analytics course you take in this portion of your program will enable you to earn a credential — a Financial Planning Certificate — in addition to your degree. Courses include FIN/419, FIN/420, FIN/486, FIN/366, FIN/402, and FIN/422.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in, whether they’re related to your degree or not. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Select from a variety of courses that help lay the foundation for your degree program. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the professional world — they’re useful in daily life.
Each course shows which in-demand skills are covered — so you know when you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills employers want.Learn more about skills-based learning
This course introduces students to the foundations of communication in a business setting. After completion of this course, students will be able to identify the types and purposes of various business documents; create messages using appropriate channels for delivery based on context, audience and purpose; understand the effect of technology, such as social media, on business communication; and identify ethical, cross-cultural, and multinational issues in business communication.
This course provides an overview of Business Information Systems. Students learn to apply Microsoft® Office tools including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to accomplish business objectives. Other topics include uses of application software and the Internet for effective problem solving, exploration of relevant technologies for collaboration, and how information is used and shared to accomplish business goals.
This course prepares students to understand the influence that behavior has on leading and managing organizations. After completion of this course, students will be able to describe the role of a manager within an organization, summarize key concepts and terminology related to organizational behavior, explain the influence of leadership styles on individual performance, examine the roles and interaction of group and team members, describe the relationship between job fit, job satisfaction, and job performance, and the relationship between the human resource function and organizational development.
This course provides students with an overview of inclusive leadership practices used to effectively manage and motivate employees, with a focus on cultural awareness, workplace diversity, intercultural communication strategies, change management, employee development and empowerment, and performance improvement.
This course is an introduction to financial accounting with an emphasis on using financial data for decision making. The focus will be on the application of basic accounting concepts and principles in enterprise and small business transactions. Students will learn how to identify, measure and report economic events of an enterprise.
This course takes an in-depth look at the key areas of the balance sheet mostly reviewed by management for decision making. Students will apply analytical methods used by management to assess the financial statements, and discuss management challenges and possible solutions for improvements. Areas of focus include receivables, plant assets, bonds, stocks, dividends and the statement of cash flows.
In this course, students will examine primary business functions, economic systems, operational processes, and decision-making principles used to effectively manage business operations.
This course provides students with an overview of the legal, ethical, and related statutory and regulatory environment in which businesses, organizations, and individuals within them function. After completion of this course, students will be able to understand the general structure of the court systems in the United States, describe the alternative means of resolving disputes and their respective advantages and disadvantages, evaluate the frameworks for regulatory compliance and corporate social responsibility, examine the principle areas of business law, and understand intellectual property rights.
This course provides students with the basic theories, concepts, terminology, and uses of microeconomics. Students learn practical applications for microeconomics in their personal and professional lives through assimilation of fundamental concepts and analysis of actual economic events.
This course provides students with the basic theories, concepts, terminology, and uses of macroeconomics. Students learn practical applications for macroeconomics in their personal and professional lives through assimilation of fundamental concepts and analysis of actual economic events.
This course provides an overview of applied business research, statistical tools, and data analytics used to support strategic decision making. Students will examine methods used to frame business problems, conduct research, collect and evaluate data for validity and reliability, determine patterns and trends in performance, and effectively present conclusions.
This course introduces the student to the essential elements of finance for business. Emphasis is placed on financial management, financial markets, and the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in making financial decisions. Topics include: financial statement analysis, time value of money, financial markets and institutions, risk and return, financial planning, and international finance.
This course involves an analysis of the role of marketing within the organization. Other topics include analyzing consumer behavior, identifying marketing variables, creating marketing strategies, and describing challenges of international marketing issues.
The integrated business topics course examines strategic business management while integrating topics from previously completed business foundation coursework. By using real world examples, the students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the undergraduate business curricula with a significant emphasis placed on the application of the student's previous coursework.
This course addresses advanced principles in financial management and decision making. Emphasis is placed on providing relevant theory, best practices, and skills to effectively manage risk, time value of money, working capital, capital structure, the regulatory environment, and evolving issues in financial management.
This course provides an introduction to personal financial planning. Personal financial goals are examined with a focus on investment risk and returns, markets, and analysis tools useful in assessing financial situations.
This course gives students the opportunity to integrate previously learned finance and accounting concepts and practices to contemporary business strategies, while improving financial decision-making and problem-solving skills. In addition, students will examine real-world financial management scenarios in order to apply best practices resulting in increased value for various types of organizations.
This course develops a conceptual framework for understanding how recent and current events affect the financial environment. Financial markets are examined with a focus on their utilization by financial institutions, the pricing of financial assets, the impact of the Federal Reserve, the internationalization of financial markets, and the impact of recent events. Financial institutions such as insurance companies, commercial banks, and investment banks are covered. The institutions are described with a focus on regulatory aspects and management use of financial markets and performance.
This course covers the theories and practices of investments, including financial markets, risk and return, securities, asset allocation, and diversification. Students will apply finance models and investment strategies to analyze and manage investment portfolios for various types of organizations.
This course provides students with the tools necessary to create a retirement plan. After completion of this course, students will be able to identify the types of retirement plans, understand the implications of federal law on retirement plans, identify retirement plans and participation requirements, calculate tax deductions and contribution limits, and create a full financial plan, including retirement, for an individual.
This course explores the critical role of human resources in achieving business results. The course will help students to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management and its strategic relevance in business today. This course will provide students with a critical perspective on the development of human capital in the context of a unified system of attracting, retaining and developing talent that creates and supports the vision and values of the organization. Students will develop an understanding of the critical business implications for human resource professionals today.
This course will provide students with an overview of the role that business analytics has in the preparation and implementation of change management throughout a project. Students will examine the functions of change management to apply them to activities to meet the strategic and operational plans of an organization. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the importance of the integration of data and decision making on change processes and project management methodologies to implement changes throughout an organization. Focus will also be on managing change to ensure high performance, quality, and operational effectiveness.
This course provides an overview of the standard for project management, with a focus on project management principles and guidelines for strategic development, decision making, and problem solving. Students will examine contexts, factors, and functions related to value delivery, governance, project environments, and product management.
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for using innovative and creative thinking strategies to improve managerial decision making and problem solving. Emphasis is placed upon learning critical skills to identify and facilitate innovative behavior and collaboration within the organization that will increase sustainable business growth and strengthen abilities to respond to organizational changes and challenges. Course lectures, reading and projects span theory and practice and draw upon examples from multiple industry sectors.
This course provides an overview of negotiations in an organizational setting. Students learn negotiation processes and strategies, the role of stakeholder interests in negotiation, and how to apply these concepts to the workplace. Students also examine conflict management techniques and emerging negotiation trends in globalization and technology.
This course gives students the opportunity to integrate management concepts and practices to contemporary business strategies, while discussing the theories of strategic management. This course will focus on improving management decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students will create a strategic management plan. Special emphasis is placed on business ethics, sustainability, innovation, and the legal environment of business.
This course provides an overview of leadership theories, models, and principles. Students will gain insight into effective leadership attributes, leadership styles, organizational vision, corporate responsibility, and ethical practices.
In this course, students will examine practices used to engage, inspire, and successfully lead people and organizations, with a focus on motivation, behavioral management, employee development and empowerment, diversity, culture, and performance improvement.
Effective decision making takes a variety of perspectives and information into account, using reliable sources and reasoned approaches in support of an overall strategy. This course investigates business tactics and problem-solving techniques used in long- and short-term planning, organizational governance, innovation and creative disruption, and efficiency improvement. Topics include business model analysis and design, resource allocation, quality enhancement, contingency planning, and entrepreneurship.
This course transitions students through the foundations of study at University of Phoenix. Students develop personal strategies for achieving educational goals and develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
This course introduces students to thinking about and working with numbers by examining the day-to-day and societal importance of money.
This course extends practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis is given to developing an effective writing process that takes into account audience and rhetorical purpose.
This course will introduce students to the scientific principles that are required to identify environmental phenomenon. Students will explore the composition and processes of Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to examine environmental impact and mitigation of environmental risk.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
This applications-driven course prepares students to critically analyze and solve problems using quantitative reasoning. Students approach real-world scenarios using numerous reasoning skills and mathematical literacy to draw conclusions.
This course provides an applied approach to team building, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students must understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics are also explored.
This course provides an overview of the key components of comprehensive wellness. Based on a preventive model, the course will allow learners to explore choices that promote wellness with goals of living longer and better.
The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the United States and around the world.
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When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Business with a Financial Planning Certificate, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
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A financial planning certificate prepares you to examine aspects of financial strategy that can be used to improve fiscal decision-making, whether it be for an organization or an individual.
While a “certificate” program can prepare you academically with the knowledge and skills to work in finance, this differs from “certification” in finance, which can help you to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency or experience in the field. There are several industry finance certifications available, such as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), each with distinct eligibility requirements.
A Bachelor of Science in Business with a General Management Certificate at University of Phoenix prepares you for leadership roles within a business’s financial department. By introducing you to general management skills, the certificate can prepare you for more diversified opportunities within the financial industry.
A financial planner needs to be able to analyze financial information on a deep level by evaluating income, investments, insurance, taxes and other life factors to help individuals develop a personal financial plan that best suits their needs.
As a financial planner you should typically complete a bachelor’s degree, preferably in business or finance. The Bachelor of Science in Business degree with a Financial Planning Certificate prepares you to build financial plans, analyze investments, manage portfolios and help clients choose insurance coverage. You can also advance your financial planning education with a Master’s in Business degree at University of Phoenix.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics financial analysts are seeing a faster than average 9% projected growth from 2021-2031. See how we can help you start your business career with a range of Bachelor of Science Business degrees.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.