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With an education in banking, you can acquire valuable knowledge about personal finance, global markets, risk management, regulations, and digital transactions. Gain financial literacy and boost your career prospects with online courses from edX.

What is banking?

Banking encompasses a range of financial services provided by institutions that ensure secure transactions, both in cash and credit. While banks have been a cornerstone of the financial system for generations, advancements in technology have revolutionized the industry. Today, banks offer a wide array of services, including checking and savings accounts, credit cards, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, loans, and more.

The rise of online and mobile banking provides convenient access to financial resources and streamlined transactions. With the proliferation of fintech companies and digital payment systems, the industry is continuously evolving to meet the changing needs of customers.

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Banking course curriculum

Banking is a multifaceted field with numerous components, so each course will look a little different. Generally, a banking course offers practical insights and real-world examples, allowing learners to apply their knowledge to real banking scenarios and enhance their problem-solving abilities.

Those learning banking for the first time may choose to take courses that cover key banking principles and regulations, laying the foundation for further exploration. Learners can explore the different types of banking institutions, including commercial banks, investment banks, and central banks, as well as their respective roles in the financial system. These banking courses might also include an overview of common banking transactions, types of accounts, lines of credit, interest rates, and personal financial management.

Those looking to delve deeper into the complexities of the banking industry may opt for courses on risk management, regulatory frameworks, and financial analysis. They may also have an opportunity to learn about topics like credit assessment, loan underwriting, investment strategies, and banking technology.

With edX, you can discover the learning path that best suits your goals and aspirations. If you prefer a focused and practical approach, an intensive boot camp can provide hands-on learning. If you're looking for an in-depth curriculum, consider enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. And if you’re a busy professional in search of flexible learning opportunities, an executive education course might be ideal for you.

Explore banking jobs

Banking offers diverse career paths, such as:  

  • Retail banker: Works directly with customers to assist them with their financial needs. Responsibilities in retail banking may include opening and managing accounts, and offering advice on various banking products and services.Footnote 1

  • Commercial banker: Is trained to provide financial solutions to businesses. Their responsibilities may include evaluating financial statements, assessing loan applications, and managing credit risks. More importantly, they play a vital role in developing and maintaining relationships with corporate clients, ensuring that their financial needs are met.Footnote 2

  • Investment banker: Advises corporations and institutions on financial matters such as mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, and managing investments. Professionals in this niche analyze market trends, conduct financial modeling, and assist clients in making strategic financial decisions.Footnote 3

  • Wealth manager: Assists high-net-worth individuals in managing their investments and reaching their financial goals. They provide personalized advice, develop investment strategies, and monitor portfolios.Footnote 4

  • Risk manager: Is responsible for identifying and assessing potential risks, implementing risk mitigation strategies, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.Footnote 5

If you are considering entering the field of banking, start building the professional skills you need today with convenient online learning opportunities delivered by edX.