College of Business and Economics

Finance

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance is available both on-campus and online. No matter how you complete your degree, the curriculum and learning outcomes will be the same. For more information on completing your degree online, visit Online BBA Degree.

Finance is central to many of the critical activities that make up our free market economy. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance provides students with an understanding of the financial and legal dimensions of business including a strong foundation in corporate finance, investments, money and capital markets, and personal financial planning. The major is a good fit for individuals that enjoy working with numbers, have an aptitude for technology, and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Emphases available in the Finance major include financial planning, insurance, real estate, and honors degree options. The program is unique in offering both Bloomberg Certification and opportunities to participate in the Applied Investment Program. 

The UW-Whitewater BBA in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the Level 1 CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which positions students well to sit for the CFA exams. In addition, the BBA in Finance with Financial Planning emphasis has been nationally recognized as a degree program allowing expedited testing for the Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation.

The UW-Whitewater Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance requires a minimum of 120 credits, including:

  • General education requirements 
  • Business requirements 
  • Major requirements 
  • Electives (to bring the total to at least 120 credits)

Information on the requirements specific to the finance major, including emphases options, can be found in the Course Catalog.

Individuals wishing to deepen their knowledge of finance with post-baccalaureate studies can complete an advanced degree in finance online through the Master of Science in Finance, or online or on campus through the Master of Business Administration with Finance emphasis.

Two finance minors are also available for non-business students. Requirements can be found in the Course Catalog, or in the College of Business and Economics listing of minors and certificates.

Job Outlook

National employment growth for financial analysts is expected to be 11 percent1 from 2016 to 2026 and 15 percent2 for personal financial advisors. For the same period, projected growth in Wisconsin for financial analysts is 15 percent3 and 23 percent4 for personal financial advisors.

Most employers require a bachelor's degree in finance or related field for entry-level positions. Research indicates finance majors receive a 38 percent wage premium from a graduate degree, which is the largest wage premium of all business majors.5 UW-Whitewater offers a two-year, 100 percent online Master of Science in Finance program for individuals interested in enhancing their undergraduate degree with a specialized master's degree.

Financial Analyst

National Median Pay (2017)1

$84,300 per year

Number of Jobs in the United States (2016)1

296,100

Number of Jobs in Wisconsin (2016)3

4,650

Annual Projected Job Openings in Wisconsin3

490

Personal Financial Advisor

National Median Pay (2017)2

$90,640 per year

Number of Jobs in the United States (2016)2

271,900

Number of Jobs in Wisconsin (2016)4

5,370

Annual Projected Job Openings in Wisconsin4

560

UW-Whitewater Placement Information

Placement Rate6

99%

UW-Whitewater Salary Estimate (6 months or less after graduation)6

$46,974

Highlighted Employers7

BMO Harris Bank, Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Bank

Common Titles7

Credit Analyst, Financial Analyst, Financial Representative, Mutual Fund Administrator, Securities Specialist

Bureau of Labor and Statistics - Occupational Handbook:  Financial Analysts
Bureau of Labor and Statistics - Occupational Handbook:  Personal Financial Advisors
CareerOneStop (U.S. Dept. of Labor) - Occupational Profiles:  Financial Analysts
CareerOneStop (U.S. Dept. of Labor) - Occupation Profiles:  Personal Financial Advisors
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 (p. 60)
6 Based on survey responses for 2016 - 2017 UW-Whitewater graduates
7 Self-reported data from UW-Whitewater surveys