Online Finance Degrees


Insider tips for choosing and succeeding in the right school and career

School Surprises


"Success In Learning...
I was surprised at how well I was able to learn on an online program. I believe I got a good education as well." (financial analyst; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Finance at Ashford University in Iowa; completed Associate degree in 2009


"Working On Your Own Time...
I was surprised as to how easy it was to be able to work around my own schedule by working online at University of Phoenix" (Financial Planner; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, male
School: Studied Finance at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2007


"Unprofessional Program...
I think what surprised me most is the total lack of professionalism that I saw at the school. Projects were turned in that were not up to what would have been expected of junior high school student much less that of a masters degree level class." (Business Consultant; 2013)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Finance And Accounting at Florida Institute Of Technology in Florida; completed Master degree in 2011


"This Program Was Much More Rigorous Than I Was Expecting...
I really was most impressed with the fact that I could study and watch lectures anytime that I wanted. That may sound strange but the flexibility was key for me as I have to work two jobs also to make ends meet. University of Phoenix offered all the courses I wanted and I was able to graduate right on time. If I ever pursue my master's I will definitely go there again." (business analyst; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, female
School: Studied Communications at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2007


"Strong Self-Discipline Necessary Some Online Programs...
I was surprised how hard it was to stay engaged and motivated with a program that was completely online and done at your own pace, with no video or audio component. You have to develop a certain discipline to click through and read dull PowerPoint presentations and take multiple choice quiz after quiz on them. Videotaped lectures by actual instructors would have been better." (Financial planner; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Hawaii, female
School: Studied Financial Planning at University Of Georgia Terry College Of Business in Georgia; completed Certificate degree in 2009


"Real-World Experience...
I was surprised how Ohio University's Master's in Healthcare Finance used relevant real-world examples to teach us throughout the program. During undergrad most of my classes were based on ideal environments, and how things are supposed to be done. Of course, this ideal environment does not exist. In this Master's program, I was immediately introduced to relevant scenarios that I have seen before. More importantly, they taught me the best way to go about handling those scenarios." (Financial Analyst; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Healthcare Finance at Ohio University Master's In Healthcare Finance (100% Online Program) in Ohio; completed Master degree in 2012


"Nicely Structured Course Study...
The course structure helped to break down a extremely large amount of difficult information into a more understandable and efficient way of learning the material." (Financial planner; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, female
School: Studied Finance at Kaplan University in Ohio; completed Certificate degree in 2009


"Less Helpful Professors...
I was surprised how University of Phoenix accounting professors weren't very helpful. You had to learn by yourself instead of them teaching you." (financial analyst; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Less Effective Than I Thought...
I was surprised by how little my program actually taught me. I had to have special training once I got my current job and really felt under-prepared for a real world career." (Loan Officer; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Washington, male
School: Studied Finance at Clark College in Washington; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Learned More Than I Thought...
I was surprised how much I learned and retained. The professors were prompt at returning work to us, and were available to answer questions." (Branch Manager; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Management at Columbia College in Missouri; completed Certificate degree in 2012


"Lack Of Networking Hinders Employment...
That the lack of networking from an online education actually does hurt your ability to get a job after graduation. I had assumed that as long as I had the degree in hand, obtaining a job would be on the easier side than without the degree. However, because I am competing with others that have received their degree "in-person" I am looked down upon." (financial/credit analyst; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Indiana, female
School: Studied Business Administration at Walden University in Minnesota; completed Master degree in 2012


"It Was Great As A Mother To Be Able To Complete A Degree Online...
What I liked most about this school is that it isn't in semesters like a traditional college. I would go to school all year long and it took me less time to complete my degree." (Personal Banker; 2014)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Minnesota, female
School: Studied Business Finance at Rasmussen College in Minnesota; completed Associate degree in 2009


"I Was Surprised By The Frequency In Which The Teachers Emailed...
I was surprised by the amount of classes that were offered. The availability of classes went really quick." (Business Analyst; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Arizona, male
School: Studied Finance at GCU in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"I Was Able To Learn In Front Of A Computer And Learn A Lot...
I was surprised about how well I could learn. I thought that the only way I could really learn a subject was sitting in front of someone and listening to them teach me. The flow of information was great and I was able to learn at a great pace, probably better than in the class room. I was also surprised about how in-depth the material got. I was think that it would just be a overview of the topic but it was the real deal" (banking officer; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Business Management at Walden University in Minnesota; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"I Gained A Lot Of Practical Knowledge From My Program...
I was surprised to find out how much I get out of taking online courses. My biggest fear going into an online program is that the classes would be fluff or that I wouldn't retain knowledge from just reading online. But, I had incredible faculty that posted lectures online, posted weekly discussions and made the classes very interactive." (Financial Consultant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Missouri, male
School: Studied Finance at NSU in Oklahoma; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Harder Than It Seems...
Some people may think online school is easy and all but it's really not. This was what surprised me the most when I first started because there was a lot of work. I was also surprised at how easy it is to have access to everything online." (Financial Analyst; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied Business Administration at Strayer University in New Jersey; completed Master degree in 2010


"Great Teachers; Better Teaching Etiquette...
The classes were smaller which meant a lot more one on one time with the students. There was a lot more materials being given online rather than in person. A chalkboard was used more than a slideshow. Our teachers actively helped us when we were taking the test rather than listen to music or sit by the computer when taking it." (data and financial analyst; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Finance at UT Arlington in Texas; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Great Flexibility...
I thought the online program was more helpful than attending a college course on campus. I felt more connected to the instructors online than in the actual class. I usually get my questions answered within hours. The online program made me feel more confident in my coursework and gave me the opportunity to connected with the instructors. The online program is also really flexible with my schedule. I have plenty of time and can do the courses whenever I have time." (Consumer Banking; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Business Administration at Foothill College; completed Associate degree in 2011


"Fantastic Faculty Involvement...
I was surprised to find out just how much the faculty cared about me as a student and my success in the program. Going into it, I really did not expect much personal interaction with my teachers. This was totally not the case though! In fact, I still correspond with one of them even though I have already graduated!" (Financial Analyst; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Alabama, male
School: Studied Finance at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Fantastic Academic Advisor...
I was very surprised at the availability and helpfulness of my financial advisor. Her hours were flexible and she was an excellent guide in terms of what courses I should look into take and in identifying the best path for me to graduate." (financial analyst; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Finance at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Easy To Communicate...
I was most surprised at the availability of my professors to answer my questions. I was also surprised at how interactive the online program was." (financial analyst; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Economics at University Of Phoenix; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Easy Setup...
What surprised me was how easy the online class was to take. The class in general was tough but the format was easy to understand." (Financial planner; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Business at University Of Akron in Ohio; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Easier Than You Think...
It very easy and informative, its like if I wasn't going to school at all because its only about 2 classes (seminars) once a week and you have 6 days to complete your assignment. Unlike going to school every day for a few hours. My school seminar is only one hour each but there is a lot of writing and research to do but its not difficult at all" (Personal Banker; 2013)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Kaplan University in Texas; completed Associate degree


"Easier And More Meaningful Than I Thought...
I was surprised at how relatively easy getting my associate's degree from DMACC was. I was also surprised how much I learned in such a small amount of time." (personal banker; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Iowa, female
School: Studied Accounting at DMACC in Iowa; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Creating Friendships...
I was surprised I was able to establish a close connection with my classmates. I was able to establish friendships with people who I am still in contact with today. I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed learning online. I really enjoyed the discussion forums." (Mortgage Underwriter; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, female
School: Studied Economic Crime Management at Utica College in New York; completed Master degree in 2011


"Can't Talk To Teacher...
It was so hard to get in touch with the Professor." (Sales; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Spanish at McLean in Texas; completed Certificate degree in 2011


"Better Students There Than Expected...
I was surprised that my online courses had as many good students in them as they did. Almost each time I was in a group to do group projects I was with a competent and hard-working group of students." (Financial Analyst; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Minnesota, male
School: Studied Business Administration at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Better Interaction Than Expected...
I was surprised at how much I learned in a non-classroom setting. I was also surprised at the accessibility of assistance that was available." (bank administrator; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, male
School: Studied Finance at University Of Phoenix in Pennsylvania; completed Bachelor degree in 2009


"Be Prepared To Study For A Masters Degree...
I was surprised that even though I graduated with a degree in accounting, it is a very difficult industry to break in to without having to take an entry level position. I was surprised that a Bachelor's degree in not generally considered sufficient for a true accounting career." (Investor Relations; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Alabama, female
School: Studied Accounting at University Of Phoenix in Alabama; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Average Difficulty To Complete...
I was surprised to find that university of phoenix staffs was very available and help me succeed. the difficulty on average for most students is just that, average." (auto tech; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Colorado, male
School: Studied Business at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Academic Ability Need Not Be Demonstrated...
The lack of true academic standards. If you wanted a degree, just pay your money and one would be granted. There was no need to participate in class work." (Systems Analyst; 2014)

Career: , currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Finance at Webster University in Florida; completed Master degree in 2006


"A Possibility Realized...
I was most surprised that I had the ability to write my own ticket. There was no limit to what I could do with the ability and direction the program gave me in life not just business." (Entrepreneur/ Consultant; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Business at Empire State College in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 1983

Career Background


Finance Manager

  Salaries
  Job Tasks
  Work Environment
  How to Prepare for the Job
  Job Outlook

Best School Tips


"Spend Time On The Site...
Spend some time going though the site logged in, it will give you a feel for things. Use your resources and even google can help you a lot." (auto tech; 2014)


"New Ideas To Learn...
Try to learn something new everyday that can help you in the future" (financial analyst; 2013)


"Adviser...
Make sure that your adviser is someone you really like and you can tell they really want to help you. If you don't, it's going to be a lot more difficult to graduate." (personal banker; 2013)


"Use Career Assistance Resources...
Take advantage of any career placement assistance that your college provides." (Financial Analyst; 2013)


"Time Management And The Online Degree Program...
You definitely need to have strong communication and time management skills to earn your degree online. There is little to no oversight and no one holding you accountable to perform the work and studying except you." (business analyst; 2014)


"Talk To Teacher...
Try to build a relationship early with your teacher." (Sales; 2013)


"Take Advantage Of Opportunities For Alumni...
After graduation, join your alumni group; they are an excellent source of networking opportunities. You can get a lot of help from people who have gone before you." (Investor Relations; 2013)


"Succeeding In School Is About Time Management & Asking Questions...
One tip would be to make sure you use time management in your studying. The second tip would be to make sure that you ask questions to problems that you do not understand." (banking officer; 2014)


"Stay In Touch With All Class Professors...
I highly recommend staying in touch with your class' professor throughout the semester. It will help him/her identify you as more than just a number and really help you grasp the course material much better." (financial analyst; 2013)


"Search Out The Best Professors...
Seek out the most challenging professors. Those that challenge you actually teach you something. Do not seek out the easy A." (Business Consultant; 2013)


"Requirements To Succeed...
Be flexible with your study time. Make sure you had a good internet connection" (Financial Planner; 2014)


"Planning For Life...
Make a long range plan to help yourself get through debt and training periods. Offering yourself a learning opportunity only makes the problems of the world less problematic." (Entrepreneur/ Consultant; 2013)


"Pick An Educational Program With Structure And Variety...
Try to find a program that varies the delivery of the information to keep you engaged. It might also be a good idea to sign up for a program that keeps a schedule, with regular due dates for homework assignments, instead of one that you can do at your own pace. It's easy to blow off your coursework if you are setting the schedule." (Financial planner; 2014)


"Organization On Your Computer...
My tip would be to keep organized and keep everything in folders on your computer." (Personal Banker; 2014)


"Online Classes; Better Than Public Classes...
Do not think online classes are for people that are worse off; they are just as good as public college classes. These teachers are actually there for you and will help you along the way. They treat you like humans and not just a name on their class roster." (data and financial analyst; 2014)


"Look Elsewhere...
I would recommend that prospective students look elsewhere than the college I went to for their online program. I wasn't satisfied at all." (Loan Officer; 2013)


"Library...
Become familiar with the online library offered by the school. There are a lot of academic journals that are not available without expensive subscriptions that the school provides." (Branch Manager; 2014)


"Learning The Basics...
Spend time learning how to use online classes and research how to do them easily." (Financial planner; 2014)


"Learning Independence...
Be prepared to learn by yourself. Not everyone is going to hold your hand and teach you what you need to know." (financial analyst; 2013)


"Its Important To Focus And Provide Great Quality Work...
You must be able to focus a few hours a day on the computer with no interruptions to be able to pay attention to the class and also to be able to do your work properly and on a timely manner and so that you provide good quality work." (Personal Banker; 2013)


"Interaction With Faculty Is Key...
Be sure to make the effort to get to know your teachers, even though it is an online degree program. These are the people who will have your back when it comes time to graduate and will help you get your career started, do not take them for granted." (Financial Analyst; 2013)


"Help Is Available...
Don't be afraid to reach out to the school for help. There are many people in the finance department that can ease your transition to online classes." (bank administrator; 2013)


"Get More Out, Then You Put In...
Many people say that online programs lack structure, which makes the program more difficult. This simply is not true. You have the ability to create your own structure and schedule. And if you stick by that structure and schedule you will get more then you put in. This will help create a strong understanding of the material you are studying, and allow you to become an indispensable product to your organization." (Financial Analyst; 2013)


"Get Organized...
Make sure you have a small to complete homework assignments. Be organized. Complete as much work on the weekends, then the week days will be less stressful." (Mortgage Underwriter; 2013)


"Find All Helpful Resources...
Be sure to look for all of the resources that are available to you. Be sure to take time to read through all of your work thoroughly." (financial analyst; 2013)


"Excellent Resources...
Online education has a lot to offer. It offers great flexibility along with excellent instructors. Get connected with them now as they can provide you with many resources available." (Consumer Banking; 2014)


"Enrollment...
The enrollment advisor could make your enrollment so easy and reassuring." (Business Analyst; 2014)


"Beware Of Falling Behind...
Be sure not to get behind or skim through the coursework. Each section deserves it's own time to be digested and stored into memory." (Financial planner; 2013)


"Ask For Opportunity...
Attend as many networking opportunities as you can, and ask your professors for outside opportunities that will help you in the future with obtaining a job." (financial/credit analyst; 2013)


"Ask Questions...
Be ready to take in a lot of work and tests because it's a lot tougher than going to an actual college. Don't be afraid to ask questions in the online forum." (Financial Analyst; 2014)


"An Online Degree Is Worth It...
Make sure it's from an accredited school with and that the program you are taking is accredited. For example, my school is accredited by a national accrediting agency, and my finance degree is accredited by an agency as well." (Financial Consultant; 2014)


"Accredited Universities Are Best For An Actual Education...
Find a different university." (Systems Analyst; 2014)