School of Accountancy and Finance

B.S. Financial Management

The Bachelor of Science in Financial Management is designed to help you develop an understanding of financial markets in the contemporary economy, the operation of financial institutions, and the financial management of business operations. The curriculum prepares students for careers in such areas as banking, corporate financial management, financial planning and services, insurance and real estate. Governments of all levels also employ finance graduates in many of their divisions. Students may choose to continue their studies in graduate or law school. Bachelor of Science in Financial Management graduates will have developed the necessary skills in gathering, analyzing and communicating financial data as required for a successful career within the discipline.

Our students are highly recruited within the Southeast region. Our national reputation allows us to assist students who wish to obtain positions outside of the Southeast. Students may complete two internship or co-op experiences for academic credit.

The core of the curriculum provides a broad range of subjects with an emphasis on analytical and communication skills. Students then have the flexibility to tailor courses to their own needs by choosing emphasis areas that will enhance career preparation in specific areas of finance. Students who complete a specific set of courses are eligible to sit for the certified financial planner (CFP) examination.

To enter the bachelor's program, students must complete the 30 credit hours outlined in the Freshman Pre-Business Curriculum with a cumulative GPR of 2.0 or better. Students will follow the curriculum in effect at the point they enter the bachelor's program.

Emphasis Area Information

Corporate Finance: The corporate finance professional is most often an analyst responsible for capital investment valuation, financing analyses, financial forecasting, business performance and assessment, or reporting. Financial professionals may go on to become the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a firm. We have placed finance students at Milliken, Fluor, and General Electric.

Financial Planning: The financial planning professional is involved in determining whether and how an individual can meet their goals through the use and management of financial resources.  Often this position typically involves analysis and sales skills. We have placed students at Vanguard and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.

Financial Services: The financial service professional may be involved in analysis, management, or sales within a bank or investment company.  Often this position requires both analysis and sales skills. We routinely place students at Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Real Estate: The real estate professional may provide analysis and advice on the acquisition, sale, or management of both commercial and residential real estate. Students find employment in real estate development and appraisal companies, and in commercial lending institutions.