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Balance Your Interests with a Degree in Finance

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Finance

An old saying goes, “Money makes the world go ‘round,” but who harnesses that money so it can fuel improvement for individuals, families, companies and nonprofit organizations?

Financial services professionals are in the business of connecting individuals, business, and organizations with resources to achieve their goals. It feels great to be the person who helps others manage money, plan for the future, and build wealth. And to be recognized for doing so, you don’t need to be a math genius or a fortune teller. What you need is a solid business education—with a strong focus on finance—that integrates classwork, group projects, professional networking, and plenty of one-on-one time with professors who’ve been successful in the real world of finance and enjoy guiding you in that direction, too.

That’s the kind of business education you get in the AUM College of Business, and perhaps it explains why AACSB International grants its coveted accreditation to degree programs in the College—an honor enjoyed by only 900 other collegiate institutions.
At AUM’s College of Business, we understand that each student is trying to discover his or her own mission in life, so we give you the tools to shape your own career for your own purposes.

Where might your career mission take you after earning a business degree with a concentration in Finance?

  • Banking
  • Business financial management
  • Insurance
  • Investments
  • Personal financial planning
  • Real estate

But for now, know this. Your journey won’t be all books and lectures. AUM hums with networking events so you’ll get to know professionals in the financial field. The College of Business offers 10 student clubs and organizations, through which you’ll be exposed to professional opportunities and experiences.

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The Know How

What you will know with an Finance degree from AUM

We Show You The Rewards

Know that your hard work and education in finance will position you for success and the return on your college investment is highly rewarding.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Serving Others

Know that virtually any endeavor needs someone on hand who has financial skills. Volunteer with your local charities or work for your favorite non-profit.

We Set The Bar For Sustainable Goals

Know how to introduce investments that provide real-world environmental solutions.

We Prepare You To Lead

Know how to develop a strategic vision, empower others, and never compromise your character.

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Points of Pride

  •  The College of Business has an active chapter of Financial Management Association International with students participating in the Student Leaders Conference in New York City.
  • Students travel to Atlanta for the CFA Institute Research Challenge, a competition designed for up-and-coming financial professionals.
  • The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International—an honor enjoyed by only 900 other collegiate institutions.
  • AUM Finance students have benefited from internships with companies such as:
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Northwestern Financial
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Rheem Manufacturing

Soaring Warhawks

  • Eric L. Jacks is Vice President of Lending at First Community Bank of Central Alabama.
  • Tyler Kennedy is a financial planner at Camerio & Company.
  • Kyle Stewart is a loan officer/member services consultant.
  • Jordan Halloran is a financial advisor assistant.

Customize Your Degree

  • Choose a minor in a field that might complement your career path. For instance, if you aspire to market your own ventures and businesses, you might add a minor like Writing and Editing or Communications.
  • Apply for the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

Check out our Career Discovery Board below to begin exploring your options. Or, contact the Dean’s Office so we can have a personal conversation. We’ll also be glad to arrange a campus tour!

Finance majors are inquisitive and enjoy problem solving. They also have a natural ability to relate to people and communicate complex information in a simple way.

Accounting focuses on the day-to-day flow of money for a company or institution. Finance plans and manages assets and liabilities for individuals, families, and/or companies.

Jobs in finance often require desk work, but not all of the time. Team meetings, travel projects, and client consultation require getting out from behind the desk.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Finance Right for Me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Personal Financial AdvisorBachelor’s Degree4% (As fast as average)$89,330
Financial AnalystBachelor’s Degree5% (Faster than average)$83,660
ActuaryBachelor’s Degree18% (Much faster than average).$111,030
StockbrokerBachelor’s Degree4% (Much faster than average)$64,770 +commission
External AuditorBachelor’s Degree4% (As fast as average)$73,560
StatisticianBachelor’s Degree33% (Much faster than average)$93,290
Financial ManagerBachelor’s Degree
(MBA Preferred)
15% (Much faster than average)$134,180

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Business

Begin your study in the College of Business with a strong foundation. Then customize your degree with intensive courses in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Finance, Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing or General Business. All degrees offered by the College of Business have achieved business accreditation by AACSB-International, the most prestigious business school accrediting body. In addition to a B.S. in Accounting, you will graduate with an AACSB accreditation. Only 1 percent of schools worldwide hold this special accreditation.

Official Name of the Finance Degree

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance

Special Requirements

Courses required in the specialization must be taken in residence at AUM. With permission, two courses in a student’s specialization may be completed at another AACSB accredited school.


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, business, and electives. Contact the Department of Business Administration for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.  

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
FINA 3370Personal Financial PlanningLearn good money management to help clients meet their financial goals.
FINA 3650Financial Institutions and MarketsComprehensive study of financial institutions and markets of the economy in general.
FINA 4640Investment Analysis and Portfolio ManagementExamine a wide range of investment alternatives with an emphasis on investments for individuals.
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