Bachelor of Science in
BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance is designed for students who desire a solid foundation in business with a particular emphasis on the theory and application of finance. Finance is characterized by a high level of volatility. This is why students will be trained to quickly navigate their way through such conditions by being flexible and inventive. Following graduation, students will have the capability to step into a position in a banking or financial institution and be well prepared to handle any given task.

 

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Program Details

In the first two years, students will focus on completing the university’s General Education Program (42 US credits / 84 ECTS ), which introduces five thematic areas: communication, data and quantitative literature, scientific inquiry, arts and humanities, and social sciences. In the third and fourth years, students will focus on topics relevant to their major. 

Program length:

4 years / 8 semesters

Credits needed to earn the degree:

120 US credits / 240 ECTS 

GPA needed to earn the degree:

2.0 or higher

Degree level:

MQF Level 6

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program  will have a solid foundation for a career in any area of finance..   The solid foundation in corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and international finance will give the student a strong content background.  In addition, students will develop communication and presentation skills, active listening skills, the ability to do software analysis, as well as development of teamwork skills and a solid ethical foundation.   All students majoring in business must complete the core curriculum which provides the foundation for all majors.  

Knowledge

The core knowledge from studying economics, statistics, accounting, etc. will prepare the students for the study of the financial topics of corporate, investments, international, and  institutions. The modules from the core will provide a solid background in business knowledge.  The finance modules cover core areas of finance theory and practice.  This is a unique combination and should be highly desirable to employers.

Learning Goals

Learning Objectives

Teamwork skills

Collaborate for effective presentations and analysis in diverse teams, and develop the interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with others.

Quantitative Reasoning and Financial Analysis Skills

Demonstrate the ability to perform basic financial analysis.

Research and Computer Skills

Research complex financial reports and synthesize the results.  The use of appropriate software, in particular SAS and Microsoft Excel, will demonstrate their proficiency in software for business applications for research and reporting of results.

Global Perspectives

Demonstrate an understanding of global dimensions of business including socio-cultural, political-legal, financial, technological and economic environments. Effectively function in the diverse nature of the local and global society and translate that knowledge into improved decision making. Work effectively in diverse teams to reach sound financial decisions.

 

Ethical Reasoning

Possess the skills to make decisions grounded in ethical thinking.

Specific Finance skills

Articulate and apply the principal theories of financeApply financial models and analytical tools to solve problems and guide financial decisions.

 

Competencies

a) Collaborate as part of a team to solve financial related problems.

b) Guide financial decisions of a medium size business, operating in conventional financial environments.

c) Be responsible for ethical decisions in financial matters.

Teaching & Assessment

In general, the Finance modules are taught with a mixture of theory and applied practice.  The primary mode for most modules is lecture/discussion.  This includes the working of problems based on financial models and discussions of how these models are applied in the financial world.  Modules toward the end of the program contain more of a case study format.  The use of case studies allows students to experience the application of financial theory and models to real business situations and to explore the results and consequences. This pedagogy, which is standard at the top graduate business schools, is introduced in the advanced modules which allow the students the benefits of this method of study as well as preparing them should they decide to advance to graduate school.

The primary assessment methods are the grading of homework problems based on the application of financial models, the use of quizzes, and the use of examinations.  In some modules the assessment of presentations and written reports will also be done to assess communication skills.  In later modules where case studies are used the assessment of research methods, critical thinking, as well as communications skills and teamwork will be done.  

Career Opportunities

Chief Financial Officer of a business corporation.

Investment Adviser at a hedge fund.

Head Analyst at a financial risk management service.

4-Year Degree Plan Outline

SEMESTER I

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • ENG 101

    3
    English Composition 101
  • MAT 101

    3
    Introduction to Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics
  • HIS 101

    3
    History of the Mediterranean
  • MGT 101

    3
    Principles of Management
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER II

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • ENG 102

    3
    English Composition 2
  • BIO 101

    4
    Unity of Life (with lab)
  • REL 101 or ATH 101 or PHI 101

    3
    Arts/Humanities GE
  • MAT 201

    3
    Business Statistics

TOTAL:   13

SEMESTER I

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • COM 101

    3
    Introduction to Multicultural Communication
  • PHY 101

    4
    Introduction to the Physical Universe (with lab)
  • PHI 102

    3
    Applied Ethics
  • ACC 101

    3
    Principles of Accounting I
  • ECO 101

    3
    Microeconomics

TOTAL:   16

SEMESTER II

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • CHE 101

    4
    Introduction to Chemistry (with lab)
  • PSY 101

    3
    Introduction to Psychology
  • ACC 102

    3
    Principles of Accounting II
  • ECO 103

    3
    Macroeconomics
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   16

SEMESTER I

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • SOC 101

    3
    Introduction to Sociology
  • PHI 101 or ATH 101 or REL 101

    3
    Arts/Humanities GE
  • Fin 201

    3
    Introduction to Finance
  • MGT 360

    3
    Organizational Behavior
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER II

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • PHI 301

    3
    Business Ethics
  • FIN 301

    3
    Money and Capital Markets
  • FIN 250

    3
    Corporate Finance
  • MGT 340

    3
    Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER I

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • MGT 370

    3
    Taxes, Law, and Regulation
  • MGT 301

    3
    Principles of Operations Management
  • FIN 305

    3
    Investments and Portfolio Management
  • FIN 360

    3
    International Finance
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

SEMESTER II

US CREDITS

COURSE

  • MGT 350

    3
    Principles of Marketing
  • FIN 380

    3
    Financial Statement Analysis
  • FIN 410

    3
    Markets, Institutions, and Derivatives
  • FIN 430

    3
    Finance: Theory and Applications
  • OPEN

    3
    Free Elective

TOTAL:   15

Andres Galizia
Assistant Director of Admissions
 

Maria Lia
Admissions Officer

Contact the Admissions Office!

If you have any questions about the admissions process, make sure to contact our admissions team. 

Email: admissions@aum.edu.mt

Phone: +356 2169 6970

 

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