Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Finance paves the way for your career in business. AUM’s College of Business will give you the tools and skills for a successful career in:

  • Banking
  • Financial management
  • Insurance
  • Investments
  • Venture capital
  • Personal financial planning 
  • Real estate
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Estate and retirement planning 

AUM’s BSBA in Finance offers a mix of applied and theoretical courses with an emphasis on applying practical knowledge and skills in the workplace. Through the successful completion of courses in the Finance core, you will garner the terminology, tools and skills necessary for a career in the financial services industry or functional area of financial management, as well as for graduate study. The program requires completion of a broad core of lower division courses that comprise the AUM core curriculum and an upper division business core that emphasizes a common body of knowledge and tools underlying the successful practice of business administration. 

In this program you’ll learn to determine the value of businesses, help new businesses find the capital they need to succeed or assist a young couple in planning for a comfortable retirement. You’ll get a solid foundation in financial institutions, financial planning, and financial management before choosing to concentrate in one of these areas or select advanced courses in finance, accounting or economics.

To get valuable real-world experience in the financial marketplace, competitive internships are available with local, regional, and national firms. You could also intern with a  government agency or nonprofit organization. AUM Finance students have benefited from internships with companies such as:

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Northwestern Financial
  • Scottrade
  • Next Financial Group
  • Stifel
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Rheem Manufacturing

During the course of earning your business bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Finance, you will learn from and be mentored by experienced and knowledgeable College of Business faculty, over 90 percent of whom hold a doctoral degree in their field. These faculty members maintain their currency in the field through conducting research and publishing their works in academic and practitioner journals, books, book chapters, along with a variety of other outlets.

Points of Pride

  • The AUM Investments Club encourages academic achievement and provides an opportunity to learn from professionals about the many career choices offered to business administration graduates.
  • For more information contact the club advisor, Dr. Tewhan Hahn, at [email protected] or (334) 244-3231.
  •  The College has an active chapter of Financial Management Association, International with students participating in the Student Leaders Conference in New York City each year as well as hearing presentations from local financial managers to improve internship and job placement prospects. To learn more, contact Dr. Ross Dickens at (334) 244-3459 or [email protected].
  • Students participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge (Southern Classic), an Atlanta competition designed for up-and-coming financial professionals.
  • Graduates have taken positions in financial planning, bank branch management, commercial lending and corporate finance.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 591,800 new jobs. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts. This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $68,350 in May 2018.

 U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample 
JobsMedian Annual Pay Job Growth through 2028
Financial Manager$127,99016%
Financial Analyst$85,6606%
Loan Officer$63,040 8%

For More Information

Department of Business Administration
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 303
[email protected]

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.
  • Kandice Peoples is a document center administrator at MAX Credit Union.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Finance major includes:

  Course Requirements
Course #Course NameCourse Description
FINA 3370Personal Financial Planning (writing intensive)Pre-requisites: upper division standing or permission of the Dean. Analysis of the personal financial needs of an individual at a certain point in the life cycle with information tools to make decisions in the areas of career, spending, saving, investing, insurance, retirement and estate planning.
FINA 3650Financial Institutions and MarketsA comprehensive study of financial institutions and markets of the economy in general. Prerequisite FINA 3610.
FINA 3620Financial Management IIAn examination and application of finance theory, including valuation models, capital structure and dividend policy. Prerequisite FINA 3610.
FINA 4640Investment Analysis and Portfolio ManagementExamination of a broad range of investment alternatives with emphasis on those most suitable for individuals; introduction to concepts of risk , security valuation and market behavior. Prerequisite FINA 3620.
ACCT 3000Excel for AccountingThis course teaches students how to efficiently and effectively use Excel to solve accounting problems.
Finance Electives (9 semester hours): select from approved electives; at least 3 must by Finance courses

For more information about the AUM Finance program, please contact the faculty and staff in the Department of Business Administration.

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