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Bachelor of Arts in Management: Finance

Bachelor of Arts in Management: Finance

Today’s finance professionals are critical to the success of organizations. Working with various units inside the business, from IT to marketing to operations, finance professionals ensure proper forecasting, reporting and budget goals are met. Using modern techniques in portfolio management, investment fundamentals and databases, as well as utilizing financial data to build trends and models can help keep the business profitable. The Bachelor of Arts in Management Finance Concentration teaches skills that can help businesses achieve their bottom line.

The Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM) degree provides students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree while continuing to work full time. The curriculum introduces students to the various functional areas of business organizations: finance and accounting, human resources, marketing, and information systems. In addition, the curriculum facilitates the development of leadership skills and core competencies in critical thinking and problem solving, project management, communication, teamwork, and ethics.

The program takes a scholar-practitioner approach to business education—providing students with the opportunity to both learn and apply business concepts. Through its online courses, students have the flexibility to continue working, and “attend” a course anytime, and anywhere it is convenient for them. Course materials are available 24/7, and since class participation is required, students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from faculty and one another. The program offers small sized classes to optimize students’ engagement, interaction, and traditional learning experience.


Individuals wishing to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Management degree must apply and be admitted to the University. All admission materials must be submitted directly to the admissions office by the application deadline (if applicable). An application to USU includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission,
  • Interview with an Enrollment Advisor,
  • Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent as defined under the U.S. Department of Education regulation,
    • Foreign high school diplomas or their equivalent must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable agency.
      • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
      • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Homeschooled students may apply for admission. The student should provide proof that he or she has completed their State’s requirements for high school graduation. The home school students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s) are responsible for compliance with all State requirements.
  • Undergraduate applicants must submit their official transcripts from previously attended institutions. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable evaluating agency:
    • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Nursing applicants may use the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
  • Complete an Enrollment Agreement.

All students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program are required to complete common requirements in general education courses, management core courses (including a capstone course) and one of the following concentrations:

  • General Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance

Per Credit Hour: $150/$250**
Per Academic Year: $4,800
Estimated Tuition: $27,800

**General Education and Elective courses are $150 per credit hour. Core and Concentration courses are $250 per credit hour.


10 semesters/40 months*

*Dependent on course load

*The following course list does not include general education courses required for the BAM degree program.

Core Requirements
60 Credits
Concentration Requirements
15 Credits
General Education*
45 Credits
Bachelor of Arts in Management Total
120 Credits

Core Requirements

ACT 101: Introduction to Financial Accounting

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles and how they apply to the various business organizational structures; the recording of transactions in journals, ledgers, and sub-ledgers; and reporting and analyzing the summarized transactions in the financial statements. An additional topic is the use of internal control design to ensure adherence to financial accounting concepts and principles.

3 Credits

ACT 102: Introduction to Managerial Accounting

This course provides an introduction to managerial accounting. Topics include job order and process costing, cost structure, changes in cost behavior as business activity changes, cost-volume-profit analysis; cost allocation, budgeting, and capital investment decisions.

Prerequisite: ACT101 Introduction to Financial Accounting or equivalent

3 Credits

BIS 101: Introduction to Business Information Systems

This course introduces undergraduate business students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to IS, such as the drivers of IS, database concepts, IS development, and the types of systems used in organizations.

3 Credits

BUS 101: Introduction to Business

This is the first in the BAM program, and it provides a solid business foundation for more detailed and higher-level study in subsequent courses. It includes an overview of business terminology, concepts, environments, systems, strategies, and current issues. Topics include business ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, management, marketing, production, information systems, and accounting and finance.

3 Credits

BUS 110: Data Analysis and Communication Tools

This course is a basic introduction to data analysis and communication tools. It is intended to expand students’ skills and competencies in using software tools for analyzing data, converting data into information, and creating and delivering presentations to support decision-making.

3 Credits

BUS 112: Business Mathematics

Topics include a basic math review, business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.

3 Credits

BUS 220: Introduction to Business Law

This course provides an overview of the U.S. legal system structure, and basic terms and concepts of Business Law. Topics may include legal issues associated with ethical conduct in business, consumer protection, employment law, and social responsibility of corporations. Information literacy skills are honed as students learn to retrieve, read, and analyze business law cases.

3 Credits

BUS 331: Business Ethics

This course provides students with the tools necessary to examine moral problems and make effective decisions on ethical issues faced in the workplace. Topics considered include discrimination, affirmative action, sexual harassment, informational privacy, drug testing, ethics in advertising, business and the environment, and global ethics. Emphasis will be placed on the study of the ethical values, principles, and theories pertinent to management. Students will also examine social responsibilities of managers in the workplace.

3 Credits

ECN 102: Macroeconomics

This course will provide students with an overview of the economy under a macroeconomic perspective that focuses on the aggregate behavior of households, firms and the government. Topics covered include gross domestic product, national income, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, the business cycle, fiscal policy and monetary policy, and international trade.

Prerequisite: ECN101 Microeconomics

3 Credits

FIN 310: Introduction to Finance

The purpose of this course is to introduce basic financial principles preparing students to interpret a company’s financial statements. Topics include analyzing the deployment of company funds, employee staffing, revenues, expenses, and cash flow. Emphasis is on understanding and gauging the financial health of an organization to assist in managerial decision-making and strategic planning to ensure its success.

3 Credits

HRM 210: Introduction to Human Resources Management

Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) examines the essential functions within HRM and the role professionals play within this discipline and across organizations to support both management and staff. There are three core areas of competency and knowledge of HRM: People Knowledge Domain, Organization Knowledge Domain, and Workplace Knowledge Domain. The course will explore each of these domains and the functional areas that fall within each domain. Students have an opportunity to research, engage with professionals in the field, and discuss trends and evolving practices based on the changing global workplace.

3 Credits

MGT 321: Organizational Behavior and Management

The purpose of this course is to develop student skills in applying theories and concepts of organizational behavior to enable the student to identify and resolve behavioral issues within global organizations. Topics include factors affecting individual and group motivation in the workplace, development of effective groups and teams, organizational cultures, ethical issues in organizational behavior, as well as organizational behavior issues in global organizations.

3 Credits

MGT 326: Operations Management

Operations are the engines of productivity and profitability of global firms. They produce outputs that satisfy customers, provide employment for employees, and produce returns for shareholders. Enterprises attempt to implement strategy and attain competitive advantage via the strength of their operations. They do so within a complex world of regulations, changing consumer demographics and expectations, and sustainability concerns. Fierce worldwide competition exists in the global environment for both customers and resources. Businesses must therefore strategically manage and optimize their operations to meet the demand of a complex marketplace. In this course, students learn about the stages of business operations, opportunities for improving processes, and the tools and techniques that are available to analyze operations.

3 Credits

MGT 332: Introduction to Project Management

This course introduces students to best practices in project management. Topics include definitions of project management and the environment. Students will also write proposals that cover the essential elements: project scope, work breakdown structure (WBS), the project schedule, project budget, and risk management, and project budgets. Group collaboration is emphasized to assist in understanding the effects of team/group dynamics in project management.

3 Credits

MGT 334: Organizational and Business Communication

This course provides an introduction to the mechanics and politics of organizational and business communication. Contemporary theories and the evolving rules of business and how we communicate in the era of social media are explored. Preparing and delivering reports, messages, and presentations is reviewed with learners having an opportunity to develop documents and messages.  Students will practice applying modern organizational communication strategies to internal and external business communication challenges from the lens of leadership with key constituents in mind.

3 Credits

MGT 410: Leading Organizations

This course focuses on management skills 21st century leaders need to be successful. Emphasis is on the difference between managing and leading. Topics include: leadership skills, diversity, communication, organizational culture and change management.

3 Credits

MGT 420: International Management

The course will address management issues from a global perspective. Special emphasis is placed on multinational corporations and managing areas, which include human resources, marketing, finance, and ethics. A special emphasis is placed on the role and effect of culture within the global business environment.

3 Credits

MKT 210: Principles of Marketing

This course provides a familiarization with the field of marketing with an emphasis on the elements of marketing and associated strategies (analyses of customer, company, and competitor).

3 Credits

MKT 320: Consumer Behavior and Customer Relations

This course reflects on major marketing trends and changes that impact the study of consumer behavior. Marketing topics will be covered in the course that allows students to consider their own consumer habits. Students will explore rich with up-to-the-minute discussions on a range of topics such as “Dadvertising,” “Meerkating,” and the “Digital Self” to maintain an edge in the fluid and evolving field of consumer behavior. This course deepens the study of consumer behavior into an investigation of how having (or not having) certain products affects our lives. The course explores how possessions influence consumer self-perception and perceptions of others, especially in the new norm of social media and the digital age.

Prerequisite: MKT210 Principles of Marketing

3 Credits

MGT 499: Capstone*

In this course students design, develop, and complete a comprehensive capstone project that integrates all courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the ability to evaluate, assess, and synthesize the topics covered in the program.

3 Credits

*non-transferable, must be taken in last semester


FIN 441: Corporate Finance

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of the theory of finance and the issues that corporate managers face when making financial decisions. Concepts covered include: arbitrage, net present value, efficient markets, agency theory, options, and the trade-off between risk and return.

Perquisites: FIN310 Introduction to Finance

3 Credits

FIN 442: Financial Markets and Institutions

This course addresses the risks faced by investors and savers interacting through financial institutions and financial markets, as well as strategies that can be adopted for controlling and managing risks. Topics covered include risk management, investments, stock markets, and globalization of financial services.

3 Credits

FIN 443: Investment Fundamentals and Portfolio Management

This course emphasizes various types of financial investments, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures. Students will examine these investments and use analytical techniques to make investment decisions.

3 Credits

FIN 444: International Finance

This course reviews the tools and techniques used by managers in international finance and international trade. Key topics include foreign exchange, money and capital markets, international capital structure, balance of payments and international portfolio management.

3 Credits

FIN 445: Financial Econometrics

This course is based on empirical finance methods of econometric modeling to analyze databases using time series modeling and forecasting. Key topics include statistical models, time series, econometric models, estimation methods.

3 Credits