Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Finance Major)
In support of the college's undergraduate programs, the Department of Finance provides a curriculum that enables all students in the College of Commerce to acquire a basic understanding of the public and private financial processes affecting all aspects of business, government and personal investments. It provides a strong foundation for students with career goals related to corporate financial management, investment analysis and management, risk management, management consulting, banking, and other financial institution administration. Finance majors find practical experience through the Department's internship program which places students at leading firms including Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney, William Blair, Charles Schwab, Harris & Associates, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange. Many students hold part-time jobs at investment firms, banks, research organizations, as well as at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and the Chicago Board of Trade. Utilizing a state of the art finance lab, students become proficient in the most widely used analytical tools and databases used by finance professionals.
Students with a minimum GPA of a 3.30 may qualify for admission into the Honors Program in Finance. The program emphasizes teamwork and active learning. It consists of a set of honors-only courses designed to strengthen the student's analytical and communication skills.
The department offers a concentration in Finance within the MBA program and a concentration in Financial Analysis for students interested in the CFA® designation. A Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is offered for students interested in an in-depth curriculum for analytically focused careers.
Our graduate programs are best characterized as cutting edge and dynamic with a reputation of achieving the right balance between theory and application. These curricula are delivered by the dedicated, well-trained, nationally recognized financial economists and executives-in-residence who make up our faculty.
The department offers MBA concentrations in Banking, Behavioral Finance, Finance, Financial Analysis, Financial Management and Control, Investment Management, and Managerial Finance (Weekend MBA only). Additionally, we offer a Master of Science in Computational Finance and a Master of Science in Finance.
Masters of Science Programs