Bachelor’s in Finance and Personal Financial Planning

Build the skills and knowledge you need to impact the bottom line for both businesses and individual clients.

PennWest’s bachelor’s degree in Finance and Personal Financial Planning combines business fundamentals with specialized courses so you’ll have the competitive edge you need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing economy.

Are you interested in a career in banking, corporate or treasury management, financial analytics, corporate forecasting or personal financial planning? This Bachelor of Science in Finance can get you where you want to be.

This highly acclaimed, accredited program integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences and modern quantitative and information technology methods. Specialized work in finance examines topics such as investment management, financial markets and institutions as well as personal finance.

A team of experienced professors will keep you actively engaged in learning. They will help you understand the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advancement in all aspects of business.

You will enjoy the opportunity to conduct meaningful research. Working one-on-one with individual faculty members or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course, you will hone your critical thinking and analytical skills. You can also work with PennWest California’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship to learn more about starting and maintaining a successful business.

You’ll graduate ready to explore many professional career opportunities, or to advance your education in a related graduate program.

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Credits: 120

Sean Madden

Registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

So you’ll be eligible to sit for the CFP® exam.

ACBSP accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) ensures a standard of excellence in business education.

Poised for success.

This program prepares you to take the Securities Industry Essentials ® (SIE®) Exam.

Finance and Personal Financial Planning (BSBA)
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Careers and Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in business and financial occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This increase is expected to result in about 715,100 new jobs over the decade.

Salaries will reward your hard work. The median pay for financial analysts in 2021 was $95,570, while personal financial advisors earned $94,170.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in foundational concepts of functional business areas
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills for the collection, analysis, and application of data and concepts
  3. Display cultural competence for ethical, sustainable, inclusive, and collaborative leadership practices including a global perspective
  4. Effectively communicate in oral, written, visual, and digital formats
  5. Integrate financial theories, methods, and concepts to achieve financial goals
  6. Evaluate how to best maximize efficiency through effective risk management, capital allocation, and management of resources
  7. Develop and communicate sound financial recommendations through an analysis of financial and market related information

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.