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

  • GWSB students:
    • GWSB Students must complete the Signature, Prerequisite, and Major Courses, requirements of their second major (outside of GWSB), and Baccalaureate requirements as determined by the University and School (e.g., a minimum of 120 credits, residency requirements, etc). GWSB Students will follow the School of Business General Education Curriculum.  The GWSB General Education Requirements includes the following courses (courses that overlap with the signature and prerequisite courses in this program are denoted with an asterisk *).
      • BADM 1001* and BADM 1002 * (First Year Development Program)
        • –or BADM 1003 * (Transfer Student Development Course)
      • BADM 1004 * (Age of Globalization)
      • ECON 1011* (Principles of Economics: Microeconomics) and ECON 1012 *  (Principles of Economics:  Macroeconomics)
      • Two Mathematics Courses: MATH 1231* (Single-Variable Calculus I) & MATH 1232 * (Single-Variable Calculus II)
      • Intro to Statistics* (STAT 1051, 1053, or 1111).
      • Advanced Statistics (STAT 2118* – Linear Regression)
      • UW 1020 plus two WID courses, all taken in separate semesters.
      • Humanities
      • Two Science Courses
  • Non-GWSB students: must complete all general education & first major requirements in their home school, as well as the Finance as Second Major Requirements.

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 Blank 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. (Available in the Spring 2016 Semester).

Information Sessions and Deadlines

  • Information sessions will be held in the Fall 2015 semester and early Spring 2016 semester:

    • Fall 2015 Semester:
      • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Duquès 451
      • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm in Duquès 451
    • Spring 2016 Semester
    • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Duquès 451
    • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Duquès 451

The application deadline is Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:59 EST.  If you are admitted to this program, you will be part of the Fall 2016 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 4 weeks after the application deadline and before the Fall 2016 registration period.

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