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Finance

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School of Business

Finance


  • 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

Learn about economics and business principles while approaching investments from a biblical perspective, recognizing that we are stewards for God's resources. The finance program teaches you about economics, investments, risk analysis, and how to strategize to maximize wealth for individuals and for organizations. This degree prepares you for work in small or large businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, security firms, government agencies, and more.

Why study finance at Northwestern?

You have the option to add a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree to your experience at Northwestern by enrolling in the dual business administration degree plan.

We require you to participate in an internship to help translate classroom lessons into practical work experience, with more than 60% of internships resulting in job offers. Previously, Northwestern students have interned at large companies including Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and United Health Group.

Our business classes regularly visit local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Many classes utilize case studies to highlight real-world application of business principles. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and finance industries.

Our small classes enable faculty to personally engage with you and pass on insights to thrive within a business environment, prepare for graduate programs, and serve the Lord in any profession.

If you have strong analytical skills as well as an interest in strategy and investments, this might be the right degree for you.

What degree concentrations are offered in Finance?

What will you learn?

You will learn to solve problems, manage money, and communicate effectively.

Some classes include:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Financial Investments
  • Money and Banking
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates

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
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91%

of finance students found employment

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of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible

60%

of internships result in job offers

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

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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