Business: Financial Decision Making

Undergraduate Major - 55 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

To have a thorough understanding of the financial implications of business decisions may be the key to success in business, which is why the financial decision making concentration at BVU focuses on creating a financial intuition that allows students to make better business and personal choices in the future. Students explore various analytical techniques to evaluate financial performance, firm value, and shareholder wealth, and learn how financial markets work.

Program Description:

Finance may be most appealing to those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills. The fast-paced, competitive industry attracts individuals not only with strong analytical skills, but also with outgoing personalities. Finance requires integrative learning, as financial managers’ decisions are highly influenced by economic and political conditions as well as laws and global competition in business. Courses in financial decision making prepare students to make solid financial decisions by carefully observing and analyzing complex business environments.

Employment opportunities include careers in:

  • Agriculture
  • Commercial and investment banking
  • Financial planning
  • Hedge Funds / Mutual Funds / Asset Management
  • Private Equity / Venture Capital
  • Construction and manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Sports
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Business foundation courses

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Business Financial Decision Making Concentration Courses

  • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
  • FNBK 322 Analysis of Financial Statement
  • FNBK 430 Investments
  • FNBK 460 Enterprise Risk Management
  • FNBK 465 Advanced Financial Management
  • FNBK 495 Finance Internship, or 3 credits of FNBK or ACCT elective at 300 level or above

FNBK 322 may be waived for students who have taken ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I

Admissions criteria for the Business: Financial Decision Making program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Business: Financial Decision Making program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

Don't miss the opportunity for financial aid. Fill out the FAFSA at and use BVU's institution code.

The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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