Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Finance
Are you inquisitive, persistent, and a natural problem solver? Want to help businesses and individuals be financially strong, ethical, and prepared for a bright future? If this describes you, a career in finance is an excellent academic choice.
Our finance program introduces you to real-world trends in corporate finance, financial analysis, financial planning, insurance underwriting, investment banking, venture capitalism, and portfolio management.
Why choose a B.S. in finance at Marian?
As a finance student, you will receive a thorough understanding of financial knowledge that offers you plenty of upward mobility and strong career outcomes. You will study the principles and best practices for sound, ethical financial management. Additionally, you will learn fund allocation strategies for stocks, bonds, futures, mutual funds, and securities.
Enjoy a portfolio of experiential activities which include:
- Internships: 100% of our students complete one internship which will give you real world skills and a competitive advantage in the job market.
- Applied Learning: Conduct real-world consulting exercises such as identifying and analyzing acquisition targets for clients such as Eli Lilly, Danaher, Cummins, and Elanco.
- Competitions: Compete in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) research challenge.
- Financial Wellness: Learn financial wellness and teach other Marian University students how to better prepare for financial success.
- Invest: Manage real investments in entrepreneurial startups via a $175,000 student-managed venture fund.
- Graduate dual credit courses: Through our innovative partnership with Creighton University, take online courses and complete 20% of your MBA during your senior year at Marian University.
Exceptional Career Outcomes
Our finance graduates work for firms such as Amazon, Cummins, Ernst & Young, Eli Lilly, First-Merchant Capital, Mutual of Omaha, OneIndiana Financial Group, Pedcor Investments, and Valhalla.
Average starting salary
What will you study?
Our 128-credit finance degree includes general education, business core, and required and elective courses in the finance major.
Marian’s general education courses enable you to build the strong critical thinking and other skills that employers want.
The Byrum School’s core business courses provide you with significant business experiences. In these courses, you’ll learn business by doing business, like putting together business plans and completing both quantitative and comprehensive analyses of businesses.
Courses for the finance major include:
- FIN 111: Personal Finance
- FIN 311: Advanced Corporate Finance
- MIS 320: Business Decision-Making
- FIN 352: Public Finance
- FIN 356: Real Estate
- FIN 357: Risk and Insurance
- FIN 360: Investments
- FIN 411: International Finance
- ACC 430: Federal Taxation
- FIN 455: Cases in Accounting and Finance
For complete details, review our Undergraduate Course Catalog or download our four-year plan of study and checklist.
Sample four-year plan and checklist
Adding a double-major, minor, or concentration to your plan of study
In collaboration with your academic advisor, consider additional academic options that can make you even more marketable upon graduation.
- About 80 percent of Marian’s finance majors choose a double-major. Most choose accounting, although some choose business analytics, marketing, or management.
- For the 20 percent who don’t earn a double-major, many earn an accounting minor.
- Concentrations like insurance or entrepreneurship are other good choices for finance majors.
What are your career paths?
Finance majors choose from rewarding careers as investment bankers, financial managers, insurance agents, personal financial planners, security analysts, and stock brokers, among others. They work at banks, government agencies, consulting firms, insurance companies, small businesses, global Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is the national employment outlook and average salary information for typical finance jobs:
||Growth through 2026
||Median salary (2016)
|Securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent
|Personal financial advisor
If your ultimate career goal requires graduate study in a master’s degree or doctoral program, earning your undergraduate degree in finance at Marian will prepare you to be a competitive candidate for admission to top graduate business schools.
Many finance graduates pursue certifications and licensure, such as:
If you want to work as a registered or licensed securities professional, for example, you can complete requirements through groups like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which offers about two dozen national qualifying exams like:
- Options principal (OP)
- General securities principal (GP)
- Compliance official (CO)
- Investment company and variable contracts products principal (IP)
The American Bankers Association (ABA) also offers professional certifications, including:
- Certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA)
- Certified regulatory compliance manager (CRCM)
- Certified retirement services professional (CRSP)
- Certified securities operations professional (CSOP)
- Certified corporate trust specialist (CCTS)