The discipline of finance prepares individuals to utilize established principles of financial management to efficiently meet the financial goals of the entity or individual involved. The finance degree offers the student three paths.
- Corporate Financial Managementutilizes financial principles to efficiently manage the assets of an organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit.
- The Financial Services path provides students with the skill sets to apply those same financial decision making principles to properly deliver financial services and products to consumers. Within the Financial Services path, there is an opportunity to specialize and obtain pertinent professional designation and licensing.
- The Financial Planning path qualifies the student to sit for the CFP (Certified Financial Planning) Exam.
In addition to education in the fundamentals of finance, students enhance skill sets needed for career success, including verbal and written communication, leadership, group dynamics, computer and other technology, and interpersonal relationships.
Corporate Financial Management focuses on the management of the financial resources of a firm. Students learn to efficiently manage assets of a firm by taking additional required finance and accounting courses. Elective courses permit further study in such areas as firm asset management, investment management and capital budgeting.
Examples of corporate financial management positions include:
- Chief Financial Officer
- Firm Treasurers
- Bank loan officers, Credit Managers, Operation Managers
- Corporate credit managers
- Financial analyst
- Participants in all phases of mergers & acquisition
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
Financial Planning– Financial Planners do what many people don’t like doing for themselves: Figure out how to manage their money. By meeting with clients and then helping them determine budgeting plans, investing decisions, insurance needs, and other financial to-do’s, they get them on track to meet their money goals. This Major qualifies the student to sit for the CFP (Certified Financial Planning) Exam.
- are highly trained in their areas and highly motivated to provide students with sound theory and application of finance principles
- are dedicated to providing the best possible education for their students
For more information on our faculty, visit Finance Faculty.
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.
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.
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:
Corporate Financial Management
- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
- The Timken Company
- Diebold, Inc.
- Burt Manufacturing
- The J.M. Smucker Company
- Merrill Lynch
- PNC (formerly National City Bank)
- FirstMerit Bank
- Northwest Mutual Insurance
- ValMark Securities, Inc.
- Capital Partners, Ltd.
- Charles Schwab
Finance Student Organizations
The College of Business Administration offers major-specific student groups as well as a variety of general business groups:
- Financial Management Association
- Financial Management Association Honors Society
- Beta Gamma Sigma — an honorary fraternity
- Delta Sigma Pi — a professional fraternity
- Student Toastmasters
- International Business Association
- Financial Planning Association (FPA)
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