The B.B.A. program in finance provides students with a high-quality liberal arts based educational foundation to either secure entry level finance positions in local, regional, or national organizations or to continue studies at the masters level. More information is available on-line using the tabs below. A printable program map is also available for download.
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The finance program consists of seven upper-level courses (21 hours) in the department designated as major courses and a three-hour capstone course in strategic management which is required of all B.B.A. programs. Three required courses in finance are Intermediate Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, and Bank Management. There are three finance selectives, one accounting course in either financial statement analysis or management accounting. Finance selectives include courses in international finance, problems in corporate finance, portfolio management, and derivative markets. An internship course is also available to those students who secure a qualifying internship.
Method of Delivery
Partially online: Courses below the 4000 level are available online.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The Richards College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB-I).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 120
This program may be earned more than 50% online but not entirely online - multiple campus visits are required (varying by course).
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with less fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Choose either ACCT 4202 OR ACCT 3232
Choose three (3) FINC Selectives from the list below. At least 2 of these MUST be FINC:
FINC 4521, FINC 4532, FINC 4542, FINC 4571, FINC 4585, ACCT 3212, ACCT 3251, ECON 3460, ECON 4410, ECON 4440, ECON 4450
Choose one (1) International Selective:
FINC 4521, ECON 4450, MGNT 4625, MKTG 4866
ABED-3100 - Business Communication
A study of written and oral business communication to develop process and theory skills including writing, speaking, listening, business meetings, teamwork, presentations, and cross-cultural communication. Students write standard business letters and deliver oral and written presentations and reports. Management concepts of business ethics and problem analysis are integrated with communication process and theory.
ACCT-2101 - Principles of Accounting I
A study of the underlying theory and application of financial accounting concepts. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.
ACCT-2102 - Principles of Accounting II
A study of underlying theory and application of managerial accounting concepts. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.
BUSA-2106 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
An introduction to the legal, regulatory, and ethical environment of business, considering the interrelationship and impact of political, social, cultural, environmental, technological, international, and diversity issues. Requires overall GPA of 2.0
CISM-2201 - Foundations of Computer Applications
An introduction to management information systems that focuses on emerging technologies and examines how programs such as Microsoft Office can be used in making business decisions. There is a heavy emphasis on Excel as students format and modify worksheets, use advanced formulas, and create charts and pivot tables. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.
ECON-2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics
A study of the economy as a whole including production, economic fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, public policy, and international economics. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.
ECON-2106 - Principles of Microeconomics
A study of the individual elements of an economy, including demand, supply, price, firms, production, costs, profits, market structures, income determination and international trade. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.
ECON-3402 - Statistics for Business I
Course emphasis is on applications of statistics in business. Topics include methods of presenting data, numerical measures and correlation, probability theory and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
ECON-3406 - Statistics for Business II
This course covers basic quantitative tools for use in strategic and business decision making. Topics include decision analysis, linear regression, forecasting, linear programming and waiting line models.
FINC-3511 - Corporate Finance
Financial functions in the modern corporation with emphasis on its managerial aspects.
MGNT-3600 - Management
A study of the basic concepts and processes of management. The course includes the study of legal, social political environment with specific emphasis on the behavioral perspectives in organizations.
MGNT-3615 - Operations Management
This course is designed to emphasize the strategic importance of operations management to the overall performance of the organization. Students will study the basic principles required to organize and manage both service and manufacturing firms. Topics include issues such as work design, inventory control, supply chains, scheduling, quality control, lean operating systems, and project management.
MKTG-3803 - Principles of Marketing
Study of marketing policies and practices in the flow of goods and services to the customer/consumer.
Choose either ACCT 4202 OR ACCT 3232. Choose three (3) FINC Selectives from the list below. At least 2 of these MUST be FINC: FINC 4521, FINC 4532, FINC 4542, FINC 4571, FINC 4585, ACCT 3212, ACCT 3251, ECON 3460, ECON 4410, ECON 4440, ECON 4450
ACCT-3232 - Managerial Accounting
Cost Accounting principles and techniques applied to job order and process types of industry, planning, and control of the elements of production costs, and preparation of cost reports. Includes an introduction to standard costing concepts and variance analysis. Use of cost information for business policy implementation and cost topics.
ACCT-4202 - Financial Statement Analysis
A study of the use of financial statements and managerial reports by managers and investors in decision making for day to day operations and long range planning.
FINC-4531 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
An in-depth study of financial planning and management with emphasis on capital structure and dividend payout policies, cost of capital and capital budgeting, and working capital management. The course serves as a framework for understanding a broad range of corporate financial decisions. Cases and directed readings are used extensively.
FINC-4541 - Investment Analysis
A study of the investment process with concentration on the formulation of a sound investment program for both individuals and institutions.
FINC-4561 - Bank Management
Analysis of functions and operations of commercial, investment, and savings banks. Primary emphasis is on investment, financial structure and the bank's role in determining financial variables and resource allocation.
MGNT-4660 - Strategic Management
An integrative approach to the study of the total enterprise from the executive management's point of view--the environment in which it operates, the direction management intends to head, management's strategic plan and the task of implementing and executing the chosen strategy. Must be taken no earlier than one semester before graduation and provided completion of Core Area F business courses and MGNT 3600, MKTG 3803, FINC 3511 and ECON 3402. Must have senior standing.
ACCT-3212 - Financial Reporting I
An in-depth study of the accounting and reporting processes and accounting theory together with current problems in reporting financial position and determining income. Includes study of valuation problems involving current assets; and property, plant, and equipment. AICPA Level I test fee is required.
ACCT-3251 - Income Tax Accounting for Individuals
A study of the Internal Revenue Code as it relates to individuals. Updated each offering to incorporate new tax laws, regulations, and rulings in print.
ECON-3460 - Forecasting
A study of the nature of business fluctuations and their underlying causes. Emphasis is on the application of various forecasting techniques with regard to analyzing and projecting future business and economic conditions at the national, regional, industry, and firm levels.
ECON-4410 - Money and Banking
An introductory study of the types and functions of money and financial intermediaries, money creation and control, monetary and fiscal policy, international finance, and the effects of these upon domestic incomes, employment, prices, and interest rates.
ECON-4440 - Public Finance
A study of the equity and economic effects of government spending programs, taxes, and debt. The course is primarily applied microeconomics. Same as POLS 4204.
ECON-4450 - International Economics
The course covers the history, institutions, policy and theory of international economic relations.
FINC-4521 - International Finance
Designed to focus on the application of finance concepts in the international environment.
FINC-4532 - Problems in Corporate Finance
An examination of various topics in finance including bankruptcy and reorganization, mergers and acquisitions, lease financing, and others. The course emphasizes logical financial decision making techniques through the examination of underlying theories and through problem solving. Problem cases, and directed readings are used extensively.
FINC-4542 - Portfolio Management
The course is designed to focus on creating, managing, and evaluating investment portfolios to meet specific objectives and risks.
FINC-4571 - Derivative Markets
An in-depth study of options and futures markets. Topics will include the institutional structure of options and futures markets, pricing models, and hedging techniques.
FINC-4585 - Special Topics in Finance
Title and description of specific course to be specified at time of offering. Course (with different title and description) may be repeated with Department Chair's permission up to a maximum of 6 hours of credit.
Guidelines for Admittance
Specific requirements are associated with the following areas: Freshman; Adult Learners; Transfer; International; Home School; Joint/Dual Enrollment; Transient; Auditor; Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking
Undergraduate Priority Deadlines
Fall Semester - June 1
Spring Semester - November 15
Summer Semester - May 15
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Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.
Finance-Specific Learning Goals and Objectives
LG4 Possess a basic knowledge of finance
LO4.1 Understand the principles and practices common to corporate finance, investments, and banking.
BBA Learning Goals and Objectives
To accomplish this mission, the faculty members are committed to educate students, who, upon graduation, will:
LG1 Communicate effectively.
LO1.1 Students will produce professional quality business documents.
LO1.2 Students will make a professional presentation.
LG2 Apply basic quantitative skills to business problems.
LO2.1 Students will construct and interpret tabular and graphical methods of presenting qualitative and
LO2.2 Students will use spreadsheet software to evaluate and use the results of regression models.
LO2.3 Students will solve and interpret quantitative business models using spreadsheet software.
LG3 Use information technology to solve business problems.
LO3.1 Students will effectively use a word processing program.
LO3.2 Students will effectively use a spreadsheet program.
LO3.3 Students will effectively use a presentation program.
LG4 Possess a basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, the legal environment
of business, management, and marketing.
LO4.1 Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts of accounting, economics, finance, the legal environment of busines, management, and marketing.
LG5 Understand how ethical decision-making and globalization affect organizations.
LO5.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze issues and situations having ethical implications for business.
LO5.2 Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of international economic and business concepts.
LG6 Utilize general and managment-specific knowledge and skills in the analysis of business and
LO6.1 Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of relevant costs for decision making.
LO6.2 Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the current situation of an organization and to develop a plan to ensure organizational viability.