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Finance

What is 'Finance (FINA)'?

With more finance curriculum than any other institution in Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College offers numerous diplomas, certificates and degrees for those interested in careers in financial management and financial planning. Studying these fields at MCC offers students an opportunity to learn more about finances specific to institutions (financial management) and households (financial planning).

Is It For You?

Those interested in pursuing these career paths should have good interpersonal skills and an aptitude for working with numbers. Other personal characteristics include entrepreneurial abilities as almost one third of personal financial advisors are self-employed. Although rapid job growth is projected for this sector, keen competition is anticipated for those seeking highly paid positions. Continued education and professional designations, such as the CFP®, are also important for industry participants.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

Entry-level jobs in this career field (such as practitioners, administrative support staff, financial planning specialists and para-financial planners) can be obtained with an associate degree.

Job titles for advanced positions in this sector include: controller, treasurer or finance officer, credit manager, cash manager, risk and insurance manager, manager of international banking, financial analysts and financial advisor. An education in these fields of study prepares students for jobs with financial firms, insurance establishments and government entities.

Such organizations include banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, insurance carriers, securities dealers and financial planning organizations. The median annual wage of financial managers was $103,910 in 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,120, and the top 10 percent earned more than $166,400. Financial managers work in many places, including banks and insurance companies. Most financial managers work full-time, and many work long hours. Note: Earnings of self-employed were not included in these median statistics.

Program Faculty

Ashley Peters
B.S.B.A., M.B.A., M.S.
FINANCE/BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Course Area: FINA 1000/2000 level

Larry Buland
M.B.A., B.G.S., Nebraska Licensed Real Estate Professional
REAL ESTATE/BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Course Area: FINA 1000 level

Program Descriptions

FINANCE

  • Business Management - Financial Planning (BMPC1) - certificate of achievement for practical experience in retirement planning, estate planning and tax-advantaged investments

  • Business Management - Financial Studies, online (BMFCE) - certificate of achievement and pathway to Business Management - Generalist (BGAAS), may be in one or a combination of careers involving contemporary financial studies

  • Financial Studies, online (BMFCC) - career certificate and pathway to Business Management - Generalist (BGAAS), may be in one or a combination of careers involving contemporary financial studies

We are an Applied Finance Institute.

Check out our Certified Financial Planner Program!

Certified Financial Planning program

Credit Classes and Registration

Financial Planning

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Financial Planning is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. As baby boomers plan for retirement and investors seek advice on creating and preserving wealth, the need for financial planning professionals will continue to increase.

For those mapping careers in this exciting industry, Metropolitan Community College offers the following academic alternatives:

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Business Management - Financial Planning

This certificate of achievement provides students with practical experience in fields of personal investment strategies related to retirement planning, estate planning and tax-advantaged investments. Upon completion of this program, potential employment opportunities exist with companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the financial services industry.

The Certificate of Achievement in Personal Financial Planning is a registered program with Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards Inc. For more information about the CFP® Certification, please contact Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards.

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Business Management - Financial Studies Online

The skills developed in this certificate of achievement may be in one or a combination of careers involving contemporary financial studies. Opportunities for state or national certification may also be available.

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Financial Studies Online

This career certificate recognizes a focus on one or a combination of careers involving financial studies. Opportunities for state or national certification may also be available.

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Metropolitan Community College Business and Accounting degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.