Bachelor of Science in Finance

Program Contact: Osman Kilic  203-582-8267

Students majoring in Finance gain an understanding of key financial skills and concepts, and hone their analytical reasoning skills. They receive hands-on experience in money management, develop proficiency in data gathering and also learn the importance of ethical considerations in financial decision making. Graduates are able to explain core financial terms and concepts and apply them to real business and financial problems. They understand modern financial theory and its application to corporate financial decision making, valuation, financial markets and institutions, and portfolio management.

Students may take an investment management focus to prepare them to pursue their interest in the financial services sector working in investment banking, portfolio management or investment analysis. Upon completion of the finance core and investment management courses, students will have the educational requirements to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I examination.

Students may also study financial technology and innovation, focusing on the emergence of transformative technologies in the finance sector, including cryptocurrency, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, blockchain and technology-driven disruptive financial strategies. In this focus area, students learn Fintech applications in wealth management, insurance, banking, risk management and portfolio optimization. The focus instills the necessary expertise to enable students to pursue careers in the newly emerging area of Fintech.

Students may focus in corporate finance and prepare for careers in the management and operations of large and small corporations. Upon completion of the finance core and select corporate finance courses, students will have the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification exam, which demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in corporate financial planning and analysis, decision support and ethics. Alternatively, students may prepare to sit for the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation, which exhibits knowledge and skills needed of treasury professionals.

Student learning opportunities are enhanced by the resources available within the Terry W. Goodwin ’67 Financial Technology Center (FTC). The center allows students to access real-time financial data, develop financial models, conduct trading simulations and analyze financial and economic data. Students earn Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certifications using the resources available at the FTC. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Student Managed Portfolio, an extension of the University’s endowment fund. Leadership and educational opportunities come from participating in the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum as well as CFA “Investment Research Challenge,” Bloomberg Trading competition, and Rotman Trading competitions.

Extracurricular activities include the Investment Club. This student-led organization sponsors investment challenges, campus speakers and trips to financial markets and institutions. The club also provides students peer-centered opportunities to develop their networking, team building and leadership skills. Outstanding students are eligible to be inducted into the Financial Management Association (FMA) National Honor Society.

BS in Finance Curriculum

Graduation with a BS in finance requires that the student complete 122 credits.

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Finance Core
FIN 310Investment Analysis3
FIN 320Financial Modeling3
FIN 325Financial Analytics3
FIN 350Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 360Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 380Intermediate Corporate Finance3
Finance Electives
Students must complete 12 credits of finance electives. Of these 12 credits, students may apply up to 3 credits from the following courses toward their finance elective requirements:12
Intermediate Accounting I
Object-Oriented Programming
International Finance
International Business Immersion
Open Electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will demonstrate: 

  1. Business knowledge: Students apply basic business theories and concepts to understand and solve business problems.

  2. Business Analytics: Students effectively gather, assess and utilize data to understand, improve and communicate business decisions using Excel and other analytical tools

  3. Communication: Students communicate business ideas effectively through written communications, oral communications and presentations, and digital media.

  4. Critical Thinking: Students utilize information and research findings to analyze problems and determine appropriate solutions.

  5. Business Ethics: Students apply ethical frameworks to evaluate situations and determine appropriate solutions.

  6. Cultural Adaptability: Students recognize and apply knowledge and diversity within and across individual and groups.

  7. Professionalism: Students exhibit professional behavior, including a strong work ethic in their classes, in their interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, and in their team assignments.

Admission Requirements: School of Business

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Business programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Finance

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Finance program. Below is a sample plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Introduction to Business 3
Microeconomics 3
Business Statistics 3
History Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
English II 3
Macroeconomics 3
Financial Accounting 3
Information Systems 3
Marketing 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
Managerial Accounting 3
Finance 3
International Business 3
Management 3
Art Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
Operations Management 3
Business Law 3
Science Elective with Lab 4
Social Science Elective 3
Additional Elective (Business or other) 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits61