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Q: Finance Degree ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Finance Degree
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: gordonc-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 19:57 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2006 19:57 PST
Question ID: 779640
I live in Torrance, CA and I have a BS in Accounting.  I want to get a
BS in Finance.  I need a college that offers weekend courses and night
courses and/or online courses to acheive a BS in Finance.  Except for
online, the campus would need to be convenient to the 90503 zip code.

I don't want a BA with a concentration in Fiannce, but rather I want a
full BS in Finance.  Please provide me with my local options and
online options.  Regarding the online colleges, DO NOT provide me the
generic thousands of on-line universities.  I need a recognized
college that had a campus and was well established before they
launched their online version.
Subject: Re: Finance Degree
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 03 Nov 2006 03:40 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear Gordon, 

I began to search by looking through the colleges and universities
within a 100 mile distance from your area. Unfortunately, although
some of them do offer a degree in finance (not all as a B.Sc, though),
none mentions flexible/evening study on their website. A similar
search for the whole state of California (scanning only campuses that
offer distance learning programmes, though), was not more successful.

I am writing the list of the universities in your area that have a
finance degree - perhaps a discussion with a students' counsellor
would help them design a programme specifically for you:
* Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) 
* California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA) 
* California State Polytechnic University: Pomona (Pomona, CA) 
* California State University: Fullerton
* California State University: Long Beach
* California State University: San Bernardino
* La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
* The Master's College (Santa Clarita, CA) 
* Vanguard University of Southern California (Costa Mesa, CA) 

This has led me to look for distance learning programmes from
traditional institutions. Only two such institutions offer a B.S/BSc
degree in finance. The first is rather well known (and selective)
institution, the London School of Economics (LSE). They offer, through
their external programme, the following courses/degrees:
* BSc in Banking and Finance
* BSc in Economics and Finance
* They also offer a postgraduate diploma in finance

You can read more about it here: 
LSE External Study

The other is not so well known, but is a traditional learning
institute, not only a distance learning provider, The University of
Southern New Hampshire. It offers a B.S. degree in Economics/Finance:
Finance/Economics BSc 

There are no further programmes that would fit your exact request.
However, like the commentators, I would recommend to reconsider the
course choice, unless it is required by your employer. Usually, if one
takes another degree for professional development, it is better to
take a more advance degree, and not to repeat another bachelor degree,
unless the course is in a totally different discipline (which is not
your case). There are MBAs with a concentration in finance, as well as
MSc and MA degrees in finance, and some are offered through DL.

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it. Search strategy:
I have used two sites that encompass database information about degree
opposturtunities -
(1) College Board - - includes
information on all traditional U.S. colleges.
(2) DegreeInfo - - John Bear's site has
a great search engine for all legit (i.e., no degree mills and bogus
schools) distance learning opportunities.
gordonc-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: Finance Degree
From: nelson-ga on 02 Nov 2006 20:28 PST
Since you already have a bachelor's degree, why not go for an MS or MBA?
Subject: Re: Finance Degree
From: afrocheese-ga on 02 Nov 2006 21:48 PST
I assume you do not want to follow the CPA route?  I'd recommend
becoming a CPA, pursuing a JD degree or perhaps a MBA depending on
your career goals.

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