At a Glance

What is Finance?

Finance is the study of the optimal allocation of scarce financial resources. 

Finance professionals:

  • Explore the process from both sides—the financier holding the money and the entity requesting use of the money.
  • Study the efficiencies of the markets in which all transactions take place and search for ways in which all participants in the financial system can reduce or hedge the risks they face.
  • Focus on the interplay between time and value by analyzing financial patterns and trends, estimating risk and uncertainty, and forecasting probabilities and future prospects.

BS Finance Program

The BS Finance program prepares students through instruction from award-winning professors and hands-on experience. Special emphasis is given to critical thinking and problem solving and includes skill development in data procurement and analysis, firm and project valuation, fundamental analysis, risk hedging, and portfolio management and optimization. 

Students pursue one of six tracks within the BS Finance major: consulting, corporate finance, equity, fixed income, investment banking, and real estate.

Students interested in applying for the program need a strong quantitative-based background (e.g. economics, math, and statistics). The BS Finance program is limited enrollment, accepting 175 students on a rolling basis beginning each fall semester. 

Upon acceptance into the program, students will complete a series of courses, starting with the finance junior core which covers financial management, investments, and the relationship of financial institutions with business and the economy. During their senior year, students have the opportunity to take electives that focus on a specific track within the program. Throughout their time in the program, students have multiple opportunities to serve in leadership positions, present their work to colleagues and industry experts, participate in national competitions, network with Fortune 500 companies, and receive mentoring from industry professionals.

Careers in Finance

Marriott School finance graduates land careers with considerable flexibility regarding both compensation potential and work-life balance. Alumni work in a variety of positions including, but not limited to: asset manager, commercial banker, corporate financial planning and analysis analyst, corporate treasury analyst, consultant, credit analyst, equity analyst, investment banker, private wealth advisor, and securities or commodity trader.

Recent graduates have accepted positions in a variety of industries, such as financial services, technology, real estate, consulting, consumer products, and manufacturing. Top recruiters on campus include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Vanguard, Walmart, Adobe, Union Pacific, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley.