School of Business


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School of Business


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

128 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early College online classes

128 credits

128 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early College online classes

Finance teaches you how plan to maximize wealth for individuals and organizations. Learn risk analysis, taxation, and financial planning. Understand cost accounting, financial analysis, and wealth maximization. This degree prepares you to work in both small or large businesses.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • have strong analytical skills
  • have an interest in financial strategy and investments
  • want to steward God's resources well

Why study finance at Northwestern?

Our business classes incorporate the Christian worldview in business concepts and curriculum. Our professors and your classmates will approach courses with integrity and academic excellence.

Small classes enable our faculty to challenge and equip you for work immediately after graduating or completing graduate programs.

Northwestern also has a prime location close to the Twin Cities. Classes have speakers from local organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits. Many classes incorporate case studies to highlight real-world application of business principles. Students take advantage of opportunities in Minneapolis and St. Paul's thriving finance industries.

Northwestern requires students to take internships for practical work experience. More than 60% of internships result in job offers. Northwestern students have interned at large companies including Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and United Health Group. Northwestern also offers a by invitation only Student Investment Practicum for juniors and seniors.

You have the option to add a graduate degree to your experience at Northwestern by enrolling in the Bachelors/Accelerated Master's plan.

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What degree concentrations are offered in Finance?

Careers in finance

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in finance.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Claims Adjuster
  • Controller
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Aid Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Internal Auditor
  • Investment Banking
  • Loan Officer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Property Assessor
  • Purchasing Manager or Purchasing Agent
  • Budget Analyst
  • Stockbroker

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Businesses and corporations of all types
  • Christian organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Non-profits
  • Banks, credit unions, and other financial planning institutions
  • Stock brokerage and security firms
  • Real estate brokers or agencies
  • Educational institutions

Strategies for success:

  • Quantitative skills are extremely important. Take additional courses in math, statistics, and accounting.
  • Many positions in finance require the ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Read the Wall Street Journal and other financial news magazines to stay abreast of current events and to learn more about the industry.
  • Join student professional associations in the field of finance.
  • Don’t overlook the federal government as a potential employer.
  • Develop strong computer skills, including spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
  • In many business settings, multiple internships are a prerequisite for employment.
  • Leadership is always seen as a valuable asset. Get involved in student leadership while in school.
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of finance students found employment


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


of internships result in job offers

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