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Girard School of Business


Important Notice
As of fall 2017, the finance concentration is no longer admitting new students. Students who are expected to graduate in spring 2019 or later may choose between two new finance concentrations: corporate finance and investments, and financial planning. Those graduating in fall 2017, spring 2018 or fall 2018 will graduate from the former finance concentration, unless they can meet the requirements of one of the two new concentrations and opt into that program.

Meet Your Major: Finance

The engine that powers all meaningful investments, finance is the study of money management — how businesses raise and invest capital, how individuals invest their assets and how markets function.

With a finance concentration, you’ll combine analytic skills with creative problem-solving strategies to assess an organization’s assets, liabilities and marketplace position, and identify opportunities for growth, at home and abroad.

What You’ll Learn

By concentrating in finance, you will:

  • Examine the key principles that underlie the investment and valuation process.
  • Strengthen your analytical, problem-solving and electronic spreadsheet skills.
  • Deepen your understanding of the dynamic global marketplace though international coursework.
  • Access trading simulations and real-time market information through the Girard School’s Mucci Capital Markets Lab, which houses 19 Bloomberg terminals.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in semester-long internships. It’s your chance to gain firsthand insights into the financial marketplace and get a leg up on the job market at employers like Merrill Lynch, Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors. Bonus? Become a member of the Merrimack Financial Group to increase your investment industry insight and professional-networking circle through specialized events.

Career Options

Thanks to coursework in corporate investment, financial planning and international business, you’ll be prepared for a career in finance — or equipped to launch your own entrepreneurial venture. Positions may include:

  • Credit analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment banker
  • Mortgage analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Research analyst
  • Securities analyst
  • Securities broker

What You’ll Take

All business administration majors must satisfy the college’s general education requirements and the following business requirements*:

BUS 1100

Introduction to Business

BUS 2203

Accounting for Business

BUS 2205

Principles of Marketing

BUS 2210

Management Information Systems

BUS 2213

Business Statistics

BUS 2215

Managerial Finance

BUS 2220

Operations Management

BUS 4402W

Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making

* ECO1201 and MTH1003 or MTH1115 are pre-requisite courses that must be completed by all business administration majors.

In addition to the core courses in business administration, listed above, finance majors must also complete the following six finance courses:

Required: Complete All Three

FIN 3315

Financial Analysis

FIN 3325


FIN 4406

International Financial Management

Electives: Choose Three

FIN 3500

Fieldwork in Financial Coaching

FIN 4410

Financial Planning and Services

FIN 4431

Advanced Topics in Finance

FIN 4433

Advanced Topics in Investments

FIN 4900

Special Topics in Finance