Business Programs

Banking & Finance

Associate of Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours

Learn interpersonal, communication, analytical, decision making, customer service, and computer skills that are essential for success in banking and finance.

Learn banking and financial management.

The Banking & Finance program at Mountwest Community & Technical College consists of 60 credit hours. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Banking & Finance, the graduate will be able to understand banking and finance terminology, apply knowledge of business computer software to financial institution activities, apply relevant mathematical skills to financial institution activities, demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical, legal, and social skills that relate to the banking and finance environment, make decisions after gathering and analyzing information and prepare and present written and oral business communication. 


Financial Manager

2019 Median Pay
$129,890 per year

Number of Jobs
653,600 in 2018

Job Outlook
2018-2028 16%

Much faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at

Frequently asked questions

We have a student focused culture at Mountwest. We want to you be successful in your academic endeavors. The business faculty will work with you to accomplish your goals, by providing additional support

We have excellent full-time and part-time faculty with real-life experience. Our business programs will provide knowledge in accounting, business law, economics, finance, marketing, management, and business computer software. They will also enhance your critical thinking, communication, and mathematics skills.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree business programs can be completed within two years if you take all of the required courses within two academic calendar years. Many students who are working full-time, and who have other obligations may take longer to complete the degree requirements. If you have course work from other accredited colleges you may be able to complete the program in less time.

The more education and diversified skills that you acquire, the more opportunities that you will create for yourself, and allow you to more easily achieve your career goals. Mountwest’s business programs provide a quality business education and a variety of marketable skill sets.

We have articulation agreements with a number of four-year institutions. Marshall University is one of those institutions. Many of our graduates pursue Baccalaureate degrees from the University in either Accounting, Finance, or Management.

The keys will be your ability to manage your time, keep up with your chapter readings and assignments, asked for help if and when you are struggling with a class, and stay connected with your professors. The Mountwest faculty are advocates for you and want to see you succeed.

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Please let me know if you have any questions that will help you make your decision. You can email Rick Brown at I will be happy to assist you in your academic pursuits.

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • BB&T
  • Community Trust Bank
  • First Sentry Bank
  • First State Bank
  • Huntington Federal Savings Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Ohio Valley Bank

Career Outlook: projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028

The Banking & Finance program at Mountwest provides these skills and provides a background in the subject matter relevant to institutions such as commercial banks, savings banks, credit unions, mortgage banks, and other financial institutions. The program is designed for students seeking careers with financial institutions and for those individuals already working for financial institutions who desire career advancement.

Employment of financial managers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by industry.

Services provided by financial managers, such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments, are likely to stay in demand as the economy grows. In addition, several specialties within financial management, particularly cash management and risk management, are expected to be in high demand over the decade.

Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Josh Keck, MBA
Assistant Professor, Business Technology

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