A degree in finance provides the necessary background for a career in both the public and private sectors of the competitive job market. The program entails basic financial concepts and knowledge that serve as the foundation for both public policy and business decision-making activity. Career opportunities include financial planning, analysis, financial institutions, and treasury and investment functions in industry or government.
Sound financial thinking along with an understanding of the structure of the financial system and of financial tools is essential to the success of any organization. The program is designed to cover key finance areas including money and capital markets, corporate finance, measuring return on investment, financial planning and budgeting, capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy, investments, valuations, security analysis, and portfolio management.
By its very nature, finance uses prerequisites in accounting, economics, statistics, and quantitative tools necessary in understanding a complex, global society. Graduates will be prepared to work in different organizations and to eventually become vice president of finance, treasurer, controller or chief executive officer. The finance background could be one of the building blocks in many managerial and leadership positions. This program offers excellent preparation for students intending to study at the advanced degree level. Students are encouraged to earn professional finance certifications such as Certified Financial Planner or Chartered Financial Analyst.