Undergraduate Degrees

Online BS in Business Administration in Finance

Program Overview

Elevate Your Career Potential With a BS in Business Administration in Finance From Peru State College

No matter where you live — from rural communities to cities and beyond — you can impact your community and discover a thriving career through working in finance. Across business, nonprofit and government settings, financial experts serve as the backbone to any organization's mission, and our online BS in Business Administration in Finance can help you become that expert.

Career-First Curriculum

At Peru State College, we've built our program with your career in mind. We set you up for personal and professional growth with immersive online education that is affordable, flexible and transfer-friendly. Our hands-on curriculum goes beyond theory to provide interactive and personalized learning that teaches you real-world skills and how to apply them, preparing you to move from the classroom to your career immediately after graduation.

Faculty Support

Our dedicated faculty members are with you every step of the way to support your learning and give your career direction, regardless of where your unique interests lie. We're here to help you build relationships that matter because we truly care about your success, and we'll go above and beyond to ensure that your needs are accommodated.

Are you ready to launch a steady, well-paying career with long-term growth potential in the dynamic and far-reaching field of finance? Peru State College is ready to help you get there.

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Generous Transfer Policy
(Up To 90 Credit Hours)

Choose Peru State College to Advance Your Finance Career

At Peru State College Online, the BS in Business Administration in Finance courses are taught by faculty members with the real-life experiences to fuel meaningful learning.

Our finance degree isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. We offer robust specialization opportunities so that you can tailor your learning to your particular goals, allowing you to bridge the gap between finance and other key elements of business. You'll graduate as a well-rounded business professional with the knowledge and leadership skills to have a competitive edge when finding your place in the workforce.

Ultimately, our leading mission with the online BS in Business Administration in Finance is to offer you a program that gives you the skills, support and resources to advance your career and land a well-paying job.


Through this program, you can anticipate the following learning goals and outcomes:

  • How to serve as an ethical leader who uses financial knowledge as a means of driving positive outcomes for organizations and communities
  • How human behavioral components influence business actions and stakeholder decision-making
  • Foundations in core areas of finance, such as risk management insurance, investing, markets and banking, and financial planning
  • Knowledge particular to your selected area of concentration, such as accounting, analytics, CMIS or marketing

Transfer Credits


Credit for Experience You Already Have

We make it easy to transfer to Peru State College Online. With nearly 80% of our students transferring in, we're glad to evaluate all possibilities to make the most of knowledge you've gained elsewhere.

  • Prior college Coursework
  • Corporate and military training
  • Even life and work experience

It all adds up to maximum transfer credit, and minimal time and tuition to graduation and the new life waiting, for you.

Up to 90* credit hours are accepted from an accredited college or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college. You could start at Peru State College Online already 75% finished with your program!


Low Tuition, Top-Value Education

Per credit hour

One Rate
For any state

Free Application
No other per-credit hour fees

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State's approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.

What's our secret? No surprises here …

  • At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
  • Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it's free to apply.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you'll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

Academic Support

An Engaged Online Community

With no physical boundaries, Peru State College's rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.

  • Our knowledgeable instructors are experts in teaching online. Easily accessible, they include 1:1 faculty interaction, discussion boards and video conferencing as part of your experience.
  • You'll advance alongside others with similar aspirations, and benefit from knowledge sharing and motivating mutual support.
  • Free online tutoring and career services are just a few bonus features that help keep your eye on the prize.
  • And to help ensure a top-notch educational journey, your student advisor will be by your side, offering encouragement and keeping you right on track to graduation.
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Simple, Clear Application Process

Whether you'd like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.

  • STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
  • STEP TWO. Request your official high school and, if applicable, college transcripts (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)

We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we'll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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"The education, support and experiences provided by Peru State have forever changed my life for the better."
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Flexible, Quality Learning

Our online curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and robust specialization opportunities. You'll graduate with the skills to move straight from the classroom to your career with confidence.

  • Eight- and 16-week courses
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • Easy Canvas navigation
  • No set daily login times
General Studies Requirements

All Business majors must complete these courses as part of their General Studies Requirements.

BUS 201 Organizational Communications (3 Credit Hours)

Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process and research methods, manage data and use graphics, and organize and prepare reports and proposals for the design and delivery of business presentations.

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.

ECON 221 Principles Of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

Consideration is given to the microeconomic concepts of wages, interest, rent and profits, personal distribution of income, consumption, monopolies, agriculture, government taxation and expenditures, international trade and comparative economic structures.

ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents elementary concepts of macroeconomics with an emphasis on equilibrium analysis, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, developmental economics, and comparative economic systems.

MATH 112 College Algebra (3 Credit Hours)

This course is for students who specifically need algebra in certain pre- professional programs. It covers algebraic principles and processes and is not to be taken for credit by students who have completed Math 113 or Math 120.

ACT Math 17 or greater, SAT 530 or greater or Math 100

STAT 210 Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

A study of the methods of summarizing and interpreting data, elementary probability, and its relation to distributions. The meanings, importance, and application of the normal and binomial distributions and the methods of random sampling, testing of hypotheses, analysis of paired data, and interpretation of standardized test scores are covered. Students work on independent research projects to gain first- hand experience with the issues of the course.

Business Core Requirements

You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies Requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.

BUS 214 Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces basic business quantitative concepts to students. Basic business math, banking practices, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, payroll, credit installment purchases, mortgage finance vs. refinance, simple and compound interest calculations, annuities and sinking funds, interpretation of financial reports, depreciation, inventory, taxation, insurance, and an understanding of the elements of the stock market are included in the course. Students are introduced to basic business statistics and the used of advanced Excel in the course.

BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to accounting as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. Students learn about the complete accounting cycle, accounting systems and internal controls, and balance sheet accounts cash, receivables, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, and current liabilities.

BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students continue their preparation in accounting by studying the accounting process for a corporation – organization, capital stock transactions, and dividends; income and taxes, stockholders' equity, and investments in stocks; and bonds payable and investments in bonds. Other topics studied are: statement of cash flows, financial statements and analysis, managerial accounting and job order cost systems, process cost systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting and performance evaluation using variances from standard costs.

Prerequisites: Principles of Financial Accounting

BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.

BUS 328 Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn the buying, selling, transporting, and storing functions involved in marketing, with an introduction to retailing, wholesaling, and marketing management.

BUS 335 Production/Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course explores a wide variety of production and operations management topics. Topics include: operations strategy and competitiveness, product design, process selection, quality management, capacity management, Just-in-Time (JIT) production systems, facility location and layout, supply chain management, operations scheduling, and the production planning process.

Prerequisites Required: BUS 232 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

BUS 339 Business Finance (3 Credit Hours)

Students examine the sources and management of funds used to finance assets. Strategies and tools are presented in the areas of financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, and long- term financing.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 373 Organizational Behavior (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.

BUS 480 International Business (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn contemporary business and management practices in multi-national market environments with emphasis on cultural, financial, and marketing differences.

BUS 495 Business Policy (3 Credit Hours)

This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to analyze a firm's internal and external environments and to apply concepts, theories and analytical models related to the formulation and implementation of business-level and corporate-level strategies through critical thinking and problem solving. The student communicates solutions to case scenarios both in writing and through oral presentations. The influence of other functional areas on strategic thinking emphasizes teaching students the linkage between strategic problems, management interpretations, solutions, and firm performance. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Management students and should be taken in the last year of study.

For Seniors Only

CMIS 300 Information Systems Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.

Finance Option

You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.

BUS 234 – Personal and Financial Planning (3 Credits)

An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial recordkeeping, planning your spending, tax planning, consumer credit, making buying decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments and estate planning.

BUS 331 – Risk Management and Insurance (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the study of risk management and insurance.

BUS 332 – Investments (3 Credits)

This course utilizes economic principles in evaluating the major uses of investment funds, including savings accounts in banks and other financial institutions, government bonds, corporate stocks and bonds, annuities, and real estate.

BUS 346- Financial Institutions and Markets (3 Credits)

Students study the various institutions which constitute the United States financial system. Analysis of financial market dynamics and the mechanics of interest rate determination are also covered.

Prerequisite: ECON 222

BUS 353 – Organizational Ethics (3 Credits)

This course applies ethical concepts and principles to moral issues in business: corporate responsibility, discrimination, advertising, competition, whistle-blowing, trade-secrets, multinationals, environment, workers' rights, government regulation, investment, bribes, product liability, and consumerism.

In addition to foundational courses above, students will also select three of the following to specialize their learning:

BUS 336 – Market Research (3 Credits)

Students develop an understanding of the theories and techniques of planning, conducting, analyzing and presenting market studies as an aid to problem-solving in business. Students will study different methodologies with emphasis on primary research including data collection, interviewing, and report-generation software including data analysis. Students will develop project, instrument and sampling designs, using electronic and printed survey methods.

Prerequisites: BUS 328, STAT 210

BUS 337 – Intermediate Accounting I (3 Credits)

This course is a comprehensive study of accounting theory and concepts relating to the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, cash, current receivables, revenue recognition, and inventories.

BUS 338 – Intermediate Accounting II (3 Credits)

This course is a comprehensive study of accounting concepts relating to plant assets, investments in equity securities, accounting for debt securities, leases, stockholder's equity, accounting for changes and errors, accounting for income taxes and earnings per share.

BUS 347 – Consumer Behavior (3 Credits)

This course presents the principles of consumer behavior in the areas of motivation, perception, learning, attitude change, information processing, life-style, demographics, social class, reference groups, opinion leaders and diffusion, family and culture, and shopping environments.

Prerequisite: BUS 328

BUS 355 – E-Marketing (3 Credits)

This course provides an overview of different types of internet business, internet marketing, global e-commerce, consumer issues, business-to-business internet marketing, online selling strategies, legal and ethical issues. Today's social media like YouTube, Facebook, Blogs, and Twitter are the new customer-centric methods to reach and collaborate with customers in building relationships, and in marketing ideas using digital media. The course explores new media, online selling strategies, Web Analytics and Internet-based business marketing techniques.

Prerequisite: BUS 328

BUS 419 – Federal Income Taxes – Individual (3 Credits)

This course details federal laws, regulations, etc., as they pertain to the income taxation of individuals. A review of the history of taxation is included. Practice in tax return preparation and problem solving is provided.

Prerequisite: BUS 232

BUS 420 – Federal Income Taxes – Corporate, Partnership, Fiduciary (3 Credits)

Students study federal laws, regulations, etc., relating to estate and gift taxation and income taxation of partnerships, corporations, and fiduciaries. Practice in tax return preparation and problem solving is provided.

Prerequisites: BUS 232, BUS 419

BUS 425 – Accounting Analytics (3 Credits)

Students will develop the knowledge and skills related to the techniques and technologies used to analyze data with an emphasis on financial and non-financial data as it is linked to assessing financial performance, forecasting, decision making, and recommendations.

BUS 441 – Internship (1-12 Credits)

This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty-five hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. No more than 12 credits of internship credit may be counted towards graduation requirements.

BUS 450 – Advanced Accounting (3 Credits)

This course emphasizes financial accounting concepts and applications related to business combinations and consolidated financial statements. Accounting for partnerships and accounting for foreign currency transactions are also covered.

Prerequisite: BUS 338

CMIS 360 – Cyber Security (3 Credits)

This course introduces the fundamentals of information security. Current issues as well as historical incidents will be examined to assess vulnerabilities and provide solutions and countermeasures. Topics include identification and authentication, access control, security models, and operating system integrity. Security is considered from macro and micro scales and from virtual to physical intrusions. Costs, potential liabilities, and other issues with data leakage are explored. This course is designed so students of any major with an interest in Cyber Security may take the course.

Prerequisites: CMIS 101

Career Path for Business Administration with Finance

With your online BS in Business Administration in Finance under your belt, you can accelerate your career down the finance industry path that interests you most.

Peru State College graduates at their commencement

One top career example is an information systems manager, with a median annual salary of $146,360 (May 2019), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 11 percent by 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. And demand for these professionals will grow as companies continue to expand their business to digital platforms.

Another example is a software developer. In May 2018, the median annual wage for software developers (applications) was $103,620, and $110,000 for software developers (systems). Projected growth for these professionals is 21 percent by 2028 – also faster than the average.

By completing an online BS in Business Administration in CMIS program at Peru State College Online, you will be prepared for a number of other careers, too, like:

Budget Analyst

Median Annual Salary: $79,940

Financial Analyst

Median Annual Salary: $81,410

Personal Financial Advisor

Median Annual Salary: $94,170

Loan Officer

Median Annual Salary: $63,380

Purchasing Manager, Buyer or Agent

Median Annual Salary: $75,410

Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Examiner or Investigator

Median Annual Salary: $64,710

*Salary statistics provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accredited and Respected

Firmly established since 1867, Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915.

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities.

Peru State received notice in July 2022 of its continued accreditation by HLC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2031-32.

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