Financial skills are useful in every type of business from start‐up firms to multinational corporations. Because financial decisions encompass so many activities of the firm, finance students acquire a broad understanding of all of a firm's activities. They often can jump from their specialized finance role to general corporate strategy and management.
A finance concentration provides an excellent background for study for a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), or law degree (JD). Certifications include the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in investment and portfolio management, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in financial planning, Certified Financial Manager (CFM) and Certified Cash Manager (CCM) in corporate finance, Master Appraisal Institute (MAI) in valuation, Financial Risk Manager (FRM) in risk management, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in Insurance, Banking School certificate programs in banking, and various professional licensure exams in brokerage, insurance, and real estate.
Business Administration-Finance students will gain skills in managing for value creation and value maximization within the firm. Students will gain the ability to integrate economic, market, industry, technical and financial information in decision‐making, financial analysis, knowledge of investment instruments and their analysis. They will be able to understand domestic and global financial markets and institutions and will have proficiency in understanding and using quantitative skills for financial decision‐making for financial markets. Every organization has a business component. Students who major in finance secure jobs in banking, insurance, real estate, the investment industry, financial planning, and risk management.
Academic advising is the strength of the college. A professional advisor in the College of Business and Economics advises freshman and sophomore students. After students have selected a field of emphasis and are formally admitted to the college, they are assigned a faculty advisor in that area.
Our student organizations, the Business Association and the Finance Club, are active and generate student/faculty professional and social interaction. The Finance Club offers hands-on investment analysis of a local company in an annual contest, The CFA Challenge; field trips and guest speakers.
There are also opportunities for student-faculty research and mentoring.