Financial Services Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree

The Financial Services major teaches students how to apply financial principles to the firms, services, and products that serve the individual and business consumers. Such services include banking, securities brokerage, investment advisers, and insurance.

Financial Services focuses on how to apply the principles of finance to the firms, services and products that serve the individual and business consumers. Such services include banking, securities brokerage, investment advisors, real estate, insurance and personal financial planning.

Students choosing to specialize in real estate or personal financial planning have the opportunity to sit for and be licensed as an Ohio real estate agent or to sit for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination to earn the CFP® designation, respectively.

Examples of financial services career opportunities include:

  • Security brokers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Bank loan, credit, and operations managers
  • Insurance firm managers
  • Commercial and residential real estate portfolio managers
  • Financial planners for individuals

Akron Advantage

All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that has earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 6 percent of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.

We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as Microsoft, and Oracle.

Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs.  Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country. 

Hands-on Research

Applications-based courses allow students to develop real world decision-making skills through the introduction of relevant business issues into the classroom and the use of expert guest speakers, case-based analysis and integration of current events.

Real-World Experience

Paid-for credit internship and cooperative work experience opportunities are available where students see how their education is applied in real-world settings. Guest speakers expose students to experiences of key members of the business community.

Recent Placements Include:

Financial Services

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Ameriprise
  • UBS
  • PNC (formerly National City Bank)
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • KeyBank
  • Northwest Mutual Insurance
  • ValMark Securities, Inc.
  • Capital Partners, Ltd.
  • Scottrade
  • Charles Schwab

    Sample Curriculum

    Financial Services — B.B.A.

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