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Financial Management Degree Program & Courses

Degree in Finance - Financial Degrees - Financial Management Program
Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Be in the business of managing the financial performance of business

From medicine to media, retail to transportation, and from Wall Street to Main Street, there’s one thing every size, shape, and form of business has in common: finance.

Finance is the lifeblood of business and without it, no business can survive. That’s why the raising, allocation, and management of financial resources for maximum advantage is paramount. And it’s why businesses and financial institutions need people who understand the ins and outs of finance.

The Financial Management Major at Franklin University teaches you how to analyze an organization’s financial performance and ensure good financial health. You’ll acquire in-demand knowledge and skills in such critical areas as financial analysis and forecasting, portfolio management, cash management, international finance, and financial risk management.

Sharpen your skills for a variety of in-demand career opportunities

Our broad, interdisciplinary program prepares you for a variety of career opportunities from business financial management to international finance to banking and investment management. Our curriculum will teach you how firms raise funds, make portfolio decisions and projections, and accept and manage risk in domestic and international markets. You’ll also grapple with today’s biggest ethical issues through coursework and peer discussion, sharpening your future ability to manage conflicts of interest with forethought and integrity.

Acquire hands-on experience through applied analysis & simulations

With Franklin’s Financial Management Major, you’ll learn important fundamentals while also acquiring significant and relevant exposure to real-world experience. For example, you’ll analyze investments and stocks used to create portfolios, and you’ll research initial public offerings (IPOs) and review the financial performance of real companies.

In your capstone assignment, you’ll collaborate with students from other business majors in a simulated business environment. In your role as a financial management consultant, you’ll conduct ratio analysis, complete financial statement pro forma projections, and assess capital structure. These projects help you put financial management in the context of overall corporate strategy, while preparing you to work the way business really works, in cross-functional teams.

Expand your learning with in-depth elective studies

At Franklin, you can enrich your knowledge even more with elective areas that complement your chosen career path, such as accounting and financial planning. And because experienced financial professionals teach our practitioner-driven program, you’ll learn from and through them, benefiting from their workplace successes and mistakes.

Franklin’s Financial Management Major is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Financial Analysis & Forecasting
    • Compute financial ratios to illustrate trends and make comparisons for use in decision making
    • Examine industry trends and business conditions, using findings to prepare pro forma financial forecasts of future cash flows, income statements, and balance sheets
    • Prepare financial and business-related research and analysis on firm performance, prospects, and valuation
    • Analyze financial results, comparing against forecasts and prior year
  • Portfolio Management
    • Develop investment strategies used in the creation of investment portfolios
    • Study market and economic trends, establishing corresponding investment strategies
    • Review investment alternatives for sources of risk and return both as individual investments and in portfolios
    • Research economic, financial, political, and regulatory factors to identify key drivers affecting investment portfolios and their performance
  • Cash Management
    • Develop strategies for the management of working capital in the cash conversion cycle, from payouts to cash inflows
    • Assess appropriate securities for investing surplus cash
    • Understand alternatives in the payments system for receiving and remitting cash
    • Examine the management of relationships with banks and other financial services providers to assist in liquidity management
  • International Finance
    • Analyze trends and assess drivers in the movement of foreign exchange rates
    • Measure and manage global foreign currency risk, including analysis, formulation, and execution of foreign exchange hedging strategies
    • Analyze and recommend company hurdle rates, country risk premiums, and valuation changes for international capital and portfolio investments
    • Assess the impact of diversification into cross-border investments on company or portfolio risk and return
  • Financial Risk Management
    • Identify and assess business operations’ financial risk
    • Apply alternative approaches to adjusting asset values for risk
    • Conduct sensitivity and scenario analysis to assess likely financial outcomes
    • Determine the costs and benefits of hedging financial risks through diversification, financing choices, and derivatives

Career Opportunities

  • Bank Officer

    Bank Officers oversee bank operations, ensure correct accounting procedures, approve loans, and nurture customer relationships.

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  • Credit Manager

    Credit Managers evaluate and approve credit applications, compile financial reports, and ensure that security measures are in place to safeguard against theft and fraud.

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  • Financial Analyst

    Financial Analysts analyze and interpret financial information to inform investment and finance decisions.

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  • Financial Risk Manager

    Financial Risk Managers assess financial risk, and develop policies, procedures, and processes to manage or mitigate these risks.

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  • Stockbroker

    Stockbrokers buy and sell shares of stock, recommend investment stocks, and implement risk strategies in support of reaching financial goals.

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  • Treasurer

    Treasurers oversee cash-management activities, including monitoring cash reserves, overseeing banking transactions, and ensuring internal processes and controls.

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  • Portfolio Manager

    Portfolio Managers create, recommend, and implement investment plans in support of individual or business goals and objectives.

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  • Cash Manager

    Cash Managers handle an organization’s financial transactions, from accounts payable to taxes to expenses.

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  • Asset and Liability Manager

    Asset and Liability Managers oversee individual or company assets and investments, working to maximize value and minimize risk.

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  • Trader

    Traders manage individual or corporate financial portfolios, buying and selling securities in order to achieve financial objectives.

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Employment Outlook

Occupations Job Openings (2015) Expected Growth
Financial Managers 19,453 11.32%
Budget Analysts 1,934 7.11%
Credit Analysts 3,874 9.62%
Financial Analysts 10,235 15.43%
Personal Financial Advisors 12,185 30.07%
Loan Officers 8,447 10.38%
Financial Specialists, All Other 2,788 8.95%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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