Bachelor of Science in Finance

Emphasizing a finance-focused education, this degree directly targets the financial industry including commercial banks, investment banks, investment companies, and insurance companies.

This degree requires a second major in a non-business field, not only integrating the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study at the undergraduate level, but also positioning GW Business students to become informed global stewards.  This new degree program also allows non-business students to pursue a second major in finance.

Curriculum Information

Application Components:

  • Students who wish to pursue the BS degree with a major in finance or finance as a second major must apply and be admitted to this competitive program.

Required Materials:

  • Before you begin the application, you should have the following items available for reference and/or upload.
  • Academic Transcript - Review your academic transcript and verify that all courses that you have completed and in which you are currently enrolled are listed on your transcript.  If any credits are missing (e.g., AP/IB Credits, transfer credits), be prepared to list those credits in the online application.
  • Short Essay – In approximately 500 words, please explain why you are interested in pursuing a second major in Finance at the School of Business. Include how you feel this major aligns with your personal and professional goals beyond graduation.  If you are considering or are currently pursuing a major in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), your essay must be approximately 1,000 words.
  • Academic Plan – You must be able to demonstrate your ability to complete this degree within four years from the start of your undergraduate studies.  Complete the academic plan on the GWSB Advising Website.  If you are currently pursuing or are a considering a major offered through the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), you must obtain a signature from advisors at ESIA and the School of Business (GWSB).
  •  Complete the online application and attach the above materials. 


  • Two information sessions will be held in the Spring 2015 semester for interested students:
    • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30pm in Duques 451
    • Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:30pm in Duques 451
  • The application deadline is Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 11:59 EST.  If you are admitted to this program, you will be part of the Fall 2015 Cohort.

Application Review Process:

The application materials will be reviewed by the Finance Department chair, the associate dean for undergraduate programs, and the executive director of undergraduate advising and programs. Applicants will be informed of their application status within 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.

*Please note, the Curriculum Guide is intended for a general overview of the courses required and is subject to change.*