Business Administration Major: Finance Option B.S.

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

Finance is the study of 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.

Program Overview

What is finance?

Finance is the study of the ways money, markets and people come together to create value. If you are interested in numbers, quantitative analysis, problem solving, and applying creativity in practical applications then finance may be the right option for you.

Why study finance at UNH?

As part of the Paul College of Business and Economics, the business administration major with a finance option 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 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 Paul College graduates with a business administration major and finance option is strong, and starting and mid-career salaries are typically among the highest of all majors at the university.

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

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  • Economics and Finance Double Major
    I honestly expected to be worked to the bone, not respected, and not trusted. It’s the way I’ve heard big bank culture is. But I was immediately proven wrong. The team was extremely welcoming to me on the first day, we would go out together after work on occasion, and I had way more face time with...
    Economics and Finance Double Major
    I honestly expected to be worked to the bone, not respected, and not trusted. It’s the way I’ve heard big bank culture is. But I was immediately proven wrong. The team was extremely welcoming to me on the first day, we would go out together after work on occasion, and I had way more face time with...
  • Finance Major with a Sales Minor
    I just closed my first six-figure deal working full-time, and also being a full-time student. I wake up, go to work from 8:30 to 1, come back, go to my class at 2:10, then work again until 5 and am on call until 7. When I was offered the job before my senior year, it was a pleasant surprise. I wasn...
    Finance Major with a Sales Minor
    I just closed my first six-figure deal working full-time, and also being a full-time student. I wake up, go to work from 8:30 to 1, come back, go to my class at 2:10, then work again until 5 and am on call until 7. When I was offered the job before my senior year, it was a pleasant surprise. I wasn...
  • Internship leads to job for accounting and finance major
    Kelsey Ulaskiewicz ’17 was a junior when she stood before 50 of her peers in the Atkins Investment Group and, for 90 minutes, tried to convince them that Eaton Vance Mutual Funds would be a worthwhile investment.
    Internship leads to job for accounting and finance major
    Kelsey Ulaskiewicz ’17 was a junior when she stood before 50 of her peers in the Atkins Investment Group and, for 90 minutes, tried to convince them that Eaton Vance Mutual Funds would be a worthwhile investment.

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.

The goal of the finance option is to provide students with general exposure to the field while allowing them to specialize in one of three tracks: analytics and quantitative finance, financial analyst, and real estate. Tracks are not required; please inquire with the finance option coordinator for details.

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 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 703Strategic 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

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

Required
ACFI 701Financial Policy4
ACFI 702Investments Analysis4
Select two of the following:8
ACFI 703
International Financial Management
ACFI 704
Derivative Securities and Markets
ACFI 705
Financial Institutions
ACFI 706
Financial Modeling and Analytics
ACFI 707
Equity Analysis and Firm Valuation
ACFI 708
Real Estate Finance
ACFI 709
Mortgage Banking and Fixed Income Securities
ACFI 720
Topics in Finance II (Big Data in Finance) 2
ACFI 720
Topics in Finance II (Hedge Fund Analytics) 2
ACFI 720
Topics in Finance II (Investment Banking) 2
ACFI 720W
Topics in Finance II (Financial Scandals, Upheavals, and Crises (Writing Intensive)) 2
Total Credits16

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