Business Administration Major: Finance Option (B.S.)

Business Administration Major: Finance Option (B.S.)
Tom Kates

In the Business Administration Finance major you will study the ways money, markets, and people come together to create value. You’ll learn how banks, securities markets, and other financial institutions operate. You’ll study the influences of the national and international monetary pictures on financial management. You’ll learn how to make financing and organizational restructuring decisions in business firms.

What is finance?

Finance is the study of how individuals and and organizations manage and use money. In this major you will learn about different types of financial institutions and how they operate and will explore concepts in finance policy and investing. You will graduate prepared for a range of careers in banking, corporate finance, real estate finance, personal financial planning, and more.  

Why study finance at UNH?

The business administration finance major at UNH will give you the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to make informed financial decisions for yourself and the organizations you’ll work for. The program exposes you to the two main two core areas of finance —investments and corporate finance —while allowing you to specialize in one of three tracks: real estate, analytics and quantitative finance, or financial analyst. The job outlook for UNH Paul College graduates with a business administration finance major is strong, and starting and mid-career salaries are typically among the highest of all majors at the university. 4 + 1 option: As an undergraduate student you can complete prerequisites giving you a jump-start on a UNH master's in finance. 

Potential Careers

  • Corporate financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial planner
  • Investment banker
  • Loan officer
  • Money manager
  • Portfolio analyst
  • Private equity analyst
  • Real estate analyst
  • Risk manager

Phone: (603) 862-5379
Office: Accounting & Finance, Paul College Rm 355G, Durham, NH 03824
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Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Finance provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to make informed financial decisions for themselves and their organizations. Business students interested in numbers, quantitative analysis, problem solving, utilizing creativity, and practical applications will appreciate this option. Opportunities exist in a variety of fields, including commercial and investment banking, insurance, corporate finance, money management, venture capital, risk management, and real estate.

The job outlook for finance students is strong, and starting and mid-career salaries are typically among the highest of all majors at a university. Many premier jobs in business, such as hedge fund manager, investment banker, and CFO, are in finance.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

This is the capstone course in the business administration  program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of  the Discovery Program. Students may be required to concurrently enroll in ADMN 700 PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge (zero credits) for AACSB accreditation purposes.


Students may satisfy PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, PAUL 690 requirements through other courses/experiences with approved intelligence attributes assigned.  

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Option in Finance

Option in Finance
Required Courses
FIN 701Financial Policy4
FIN 702Investments Analysis4
Three additional Electives12
Must select at least one course from the Core and Exploration elective categories below.
Core Electives
Must select at least one course from the following:
FIN 703
International Financial Management
FIN 704
Derivatives Securities and Markets
FIN 705
Financial Institutions
FIN 706
Financial Modeling and Analytics
FIN 707
Equity Analysis and Firm Valuation
FIN 708
Real Estate Finance
FIN 709
Mortgage Banking and Fixed Income Securities
Exploration Electives, must select at least one course:
ACC 724
Auditing 2
DS 775
Corporate Project Experience 2
FIN 710
Big Data in Finance
FIN 711
Investment Banking
FIN 714W
Financial Scandals, Upheavals, and Crises
FIN 720
Topics in Finance II
FIN 725
Independent Studies in Finance 1
Additional course by petition approved by Finance Option Coordinator
Total Credits20

Independent study must be approved by option coordinator; four credits; paper required.


Requires pre-requisites outside of finance option. 

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.

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