The Business Finance Concentration allows students to understand widely used financial concepts and accounting principles. Students will be able to interpret financial statements to facilitate effective decision making, they will learn how to perform budgeting and forecasting to increase profitability and gain a global perspective on financial markets and multinational organization operations.

Program Length

44 weeks (40 academic weeks + 4 administrative weeks)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
for International Students

After completion of the Business Career Program, eligible international students can apply for up to 12 months OPT work authorization to gain practical experience in their field of study.

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44 Weeks
*54 Credit Hours



Tuition: $1,250 per quarter
Course Materials Fee: $180 per quarter
Supply Fee: $40 per quarter
Total: $1,470 per quarter

Tuition: $5,000 per year
Course Materials Fee: $720 per year
Supply Fee: $160 per year
Total: $5,880 per year


Tuition: $1,450 per quarter
Course Materials Fee: $180 per quarter
Supply Fee: $40 per quarter
Total: $1,670 per quarter

Tuition: $5,800 per year
Course Materials Fee: $720 per year
Supply Fee: $160 per year
Total: $6,680 per year


Externship can only be taken once a student has successfully earned 12 credits


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Risk Management

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Investment Concepts

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Business

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Business Financial Concepts

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

International Finance

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Business Information Systems

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Financial Statement Analysis

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Costs and Budgeting

6 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Business Professional Externship

3 Qtr. Credit Hours / 6 Seminar Hours / 84 Externship Hours

Cross-Cultural Management Fundamentals

3 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

Introduction to Small Business Management

3 Qtr. Credit Hours / 5 Weeks

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  • Identify various potential threats to businesses.
  • Be introduced to the development of risk mitigating strategies.
  • Be introduced to the different types of financial investments.
  • Identify investment objectives and how to effectively diversify a client’s portfolio.
  • Understand the legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements of businesses.
  • Utilize key accounting principles and assumptions to accurately evaluate the assets and liabilities of a business.
  • Be introduced to international trade practices and the key principles that influence international banking.
  • Demonstrate how manual and computerized records and protocols are integrated with financial accounting and corporate decision making.
  • Interpret and analyze financial statements to effectively forecast a company’s profitability and financial risk.
  • Examine the traditional budgetary process as well as alternative approaches and cost saving strategies to overcome budgetary issues.

Students are eligible for Externship (CPT) after successful completion of at least 12 credit hours and have more than 1 Academic year of studies in the United States.

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification (ESB v.2)

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    This program prepares you for the following careers:

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    • Brokerage Clerk
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    • Credit Counselor
    • Financial Analyst
    • Sales Loan Officer
    • Payroll Assistant
    • Project Manager
    • Risk Management
    • Portfolio Assistant Manager

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