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If you have always wanted to be a chief financial officer, financial planner, industrial broker or investment counselor, a finance degree will pave the way.

Finance is alternatively defined as both the "art and science of managing resources including money" and the "processes by which money or funds are transferred among businesses, individuals and governments." A finance degree not only prepares students for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers, but also equips them to make better decisions as investors throughout their personal lives.

Professionals able to assess an organization's financial viability are needed in businesses, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Individuals with a finance degree become critical participants not only in day-to-day operations but also in planning strategies to identify future investment project opportunities to leverage financial growth. Finance plays a critical role for both business and individuals. This degree allows students access to a range of employment opportunities from chief financial officer to small business owner to a director position in the banking industry.

Internships are available for juniors and seniors at local, regional and international companies. Students pursuing a finance degree have recently held internships at Alpine Bank, Guild Mortgage and Wells Fargo, among others.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a concentration in finance combines business knowledge and a focus on the finance skills needed by today's workforce. This degree prepares students for the challenges of decision-making in today's organizations as well as the organizations of the future.

Academic Requirements for Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

The 3+2 program is a five-year plan that enables students to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Business Administration. Through careful planning and coordination, students can complete their four-year degree and their graduate degree simultaneously.

Academic Requirements for Bachelor of Business Administration + Master of Business Administration in Finance (3+2 Program)
  • Financial analyst
  • Retail bank manager
  • Cash manager
  • Trust officer
  • Credit analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Loan officer
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Stockbroker
  • Insurance agent
  • Portfolio manager
  • Underwriter
  • Mortgage banker
  • Pension fund manager

CMU finance degree graduates currently hold positions as bank president, loan officer, research analyst and small business owner.

Need more info on career options for finance? Explore what you can do with a finance degree. Or contact IRIS for academic and career advising.

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