The BBA with a concentration in Finance provides undergraduate students with the analytical tools and conceptual framework needed to evaluate financial transactions and firms and to make financial decisions. The academic program allows students to understand finance from three inter-related perspectives:

  1. financial management related to capital budgeting, financial structure, financial analysis, working capital management, and dividend policy;

  2. investment and portfolio management related to the valuation of stocks, bonds, and derivative contracts and the construction of efficient portfolios; and

  3. the money and capital market related to the issuance and investment in financial instruments by banking organizations with emphasis on the consequence of interest rates and interest rate structure on valuation and risk.

Curriculum Information

For students entering GWSB beginning Fall 2014 and forward:
BBA: Finance Concentration Required Courses


Career Options in Finance

Upon successful completion of the BBA field of concentration in Finance, students can apply for professional positions such as a credit analyst, equity analyst, or financial analyst with governmental agencies, for-profit corporations, and investment banks. Finance also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in business, economics, public policy, and law.

Studying Finance in the BS vs. BBA

  Finance Major, BS Finance Concentration, BBA
Type of Study Specialized: Provides a finance-focused and interdisciplinary education, targeting industries such as commercial banking, investment banking, money management, and insurance. Broad: Provides analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to evaluate financial transactions and make financial decisions within firms.
Second Major Outside GWSB Required Optional
Minor Outside GWSB Optional Required
Option for Dual Concentration in GWSB No Yes
Study Abroad Possible? Yes* Yes*
Available to Non-GWSB Student? Yes No
# of Business Related Requirements   5 - 6 Signature Courses 11 Business Core Courses
# of Finance Courses 11 Major Courses 5 Field Courses
# of Elective Courses Variable** 6 Elective Courses

Students interested in completing the BS in Finance program must apply and be admitted by the GWSB Finance Faculty.  It is recommended that students apply in the Spring semester of their Freshman year; however, upper-classmen are welcome to explore this degree program and should have a conversation with an advisor if they are interested in it. 

All GWSB Degrees (BAccy, BBA, BSF) will require that students complete a minimum of a 120 credits; earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0; and earn a major GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible to graduate. 

* Please consult with a GWSB Advisor if interested in Study Abroad.

**Depending on the student’s second major outside of GWSB, there may or may not be the opportunity to take elective courses.