Financial Services 

The Financial Services concentration will provide students with knowledge in accounting, finance, and risk management and insurance.  Graduates will possess unique skill sets for a wide variety of positions in the financial services industry.  This concentration consists of 30 credit hours of business and elective courses and 30 hours of courses in organizational leadership.  All courses are available online, many in an accelerated eight-week format.  Students may earn credit for life experiences through ULM's program of prior learning assessment.  Courses generally contain no more than 25 students so individualized attention occurs frequently. 

Nationally, 780,400 additional jobs in the financial activities sector and 3.8 million jobs in the professional and business services sector are forecast to be added during the decade ending in 2020.  Occupational projections for Louisiana through 2018 indicate a need for more than 4,600 employees per year in business fields, but the supply of general business graduates in the state falls short of this number by approximately 1,000 individuals each year.  

Required Classes:
• ACCT 2012 Introduction to Financial Accounting
• ACCT 2013 Intro to Managerial Accounting
• ECON 2002 Microeconomics Principles
• FINA 3015 Business Finance 
• FINA 4010 Principles of Bank Operations
• RMIN 2005 Risk and Insurance
• RMIN 3007 Property and Casualty Insurance

Recommended Electives (2 of 6 required):
• BLAW 4001 Legal Environment of Business
• CINS 3050 Management Information Systems
• ECON 3001 Money and Banking 
• ENTR 2005 Entrepreneurship 
• ENTR 4032 New Venture Creation
• MGMT 3005 Organizational Behavior 


Online applications and information for University of Louisiana at Monroe are available at:

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is committed to serving as a gateway to diverse academic studies that meet the postsecondary educational needs of individuals, businesses, and industries.  ULM ensures student learning by promoting a comprehensive context for intellectual, scientific, cultural, technological, and economic development among its students, faculty, and staff.

ULM's location in eastern Monroe, the largest metropolitan area of northeastern Louisiana, provides many advantages including a beautiful tree-shaded campus of 238 acres; ready access to transportation via air, rail, or highway; exciting athletic programs and outdoor activities; and a vibrant cultural life including museums, the theater, symphony, and ballet.  Strong partnerships with other colleges and universities, research leaders such as the LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center and area businesses - including a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Monroe - provide opportunities for students and faculty to develop remarkable experiences that add considerably to their academic achievements.

For these reasons and many others, ULM has been rated by U.S. News & World Reports as one of the best regional universities in the South.  Its commitment to providing superior service also earned it the elite designation nationwide as a "military-friendly school."  Furthermore, ranked ULM's online MBA program as #1 in the nation and designated it a "best buy."  That same organization also gave ULM's College of Education and Human Development four "best buy for online degree" recognitions, including the online Master of Arts in Teaching program ranking as number two best buy in the country.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick Bruno:
“University of Louisiana at Monroe business faculty possess considerable expertise in an array of financial topics. ULM’s financial services concentration—offered as part of the new BA in Organizational Leadership—will provide students with knowledge in accounting, finance, risk management and insurance.  Graduates will possess unique skill sets for a wide variety of positions in the financial services industry.  Collaboration and sharing of resources is a valued part of ULM’s mission. We are pleased to participate in Louisiana’s first system-wide online, collaborative degree that highlights the strengths of each of our universities.”

For questions about admissions requirements and financial aid, contact:
Laura Moore-Miller, Enrollment Services Specialist, Recruitment/Admissions 

For questions about curriculum, contact:
Dr. Donna Luse, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration

Visit the Organizational Leadership home page to get additional information about the overall program, including cost, age/credit requirements, and length of term. 

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