In your world, finance will lead the transition from a relationship-based, segmented market to a data-driven, global market place where capital flows seamlessly to the highest value use.
The proliferation of big data and rise of predictive analytics means that more and more, successful finance professionals will be challenged to analyze data and ask questions that generate clear choices.
It will be your ability to interpret, translate and make informed opinions and decisions about a wide range of market, customer and financial data that will distinguish you and your career in finance. These interpretations will one day shape:
- institutional policymaking
- corporate strategic planning
- new product and marketing decisions
- merger and acquisition deals
- individual and institutional investments
What You Will Do
Boler finance graduates apply their tools, training and judgement in a variety of situations and professions. As a corporate finance professional, you deal with a company’s day-to-day financial operations and short- and long-term business goals. As an investment banker, you focus on advising corporate clients on financial decisions, raising capital through both public and private placements and conducting merger and acquisition deals. Responsibilities include brokerage services, financial analysis, financial planning, underwriting, venture capital, and portfolio management.
You might also work for a private equity firm or governmental organization, such as the US Federal Reserve. Boler finance students are actively sought by corporate recruiters and have become high-ranking financial officers of prominent and successful companies or have achieved important positions in banks and governmental agencies.
What You Will Learn
Finance applies fundamentals from economics, accounting, and mathematics to financial decision making. Whether you study corporate finance, international finance, investment, or financial institutions, your close examination of financial theory will be challenged by real-world practice; concepts of ethical behavior will move from the abstract to the concrete.
At the Boler College of Business, finance majors emerge well-rounded, with a firm grounding in the liberal arts, sciences, and communications. Our students learn to balance financial advantage seeking with a deep sense of personal and professional integrity. You will graduate understanding that high ethical principles and professional standards, more than rules and regulations, generate sustainable outcomes and lasting value.
Jobs in finance are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, depending on the job title, finance positions are currently experiencing anywhere from 7-30 percent growth in the next seven years, with annual salaries ranging from $70,000 – $121,750.
Finance Program Requirements
Bachelor of Finance: A total of 64-73 credit hours as described below.
Business Core: 40-46 credit hours, including MN 461. FN 312: Prospective finance majors must complete FN 312 with a minimum grade of C.
Major Courses: 24-27 credit hours. AC 310 or 303-304; EC 301, and 302 or 311; FN 316, 342, 440, 441; plus one of the following seven courses: FN 405, 418, 439, 442, 444, 452, or 498.
Boler Finance Curriculum
To view the suggested course sequence, please click here.
Double major with Financial Planning & Wealth Management
Students who wish to double major in both Finance and Financial Planning & Wealth Management can do so with the addition of 15 credit hours of coursework (EC 301, AC 310, FN 316, FN 440, & FN441 [15 credit hours]). This combination is particularly useful for students who not only wish to earn a CFP® credential but also the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential. Students who intend to pursue a double major with finance may use the same financial planning and wealth management elective to count as their finance elective.
To view the suggested course sequence for the double major with Finance, please click here.
Bloomberg Professional® is a real-time financial service that provides current and historical data and financial analysis on approximately 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies and funds.
The Dornam Student-managed Investment Fund
This fund has a corpus of approximately $200,000. Decisions for additions and deletions to the fund are made by students in the Portfolio Management (FN 452) course. Students are guided in their asset allocation and stock picking decisions by one of the full-time faculty members and our executive-in-residence, a former Chief Investment Officer for KeyBank.
Finance Student Association
Get involved, build connections and grow your opportunities and participate in investment challenges. Annual trips to New York City or Chicago, touring and meeting with Boler alumni working in finance.
We encourage every Boler student to earn Bloomberg Certification. By completing the (free) self-paced Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning course, you gain a credential that tells employers you have a firm grasp of the gold standard financial markets data platform.Learn More