Finance is among the most versatile of majors—what organization wouldn’t benefit from optimizing the investment of its monetary resources?
The B.S. in Finance from Penn State Behrend prepares you for careers in every segment of our economy. So no matter what your interests—private corporations, government, financial services, banking, academia, or nonprofits—there’s a financial role to fill.
Why Penn State Behrend?
Students in Penn State Behrend’s Finance program don’t just learn in classrooms. They invest real money through the Intrieri Family Student-Managed Fund, and work on the same Bloomberg Terminals used on the trading floor.
The bachelor's degree in finance also has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Institute University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to institutions whose curriculum incorporates a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)—including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Students who complete the required coursework will be better prepared to take the CFA exams.
Plus, our Finance degree is a Registered Program with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (making you immediately eligible to sit for the national CFP® Certification examination), and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Academic Partner, offering you access to scholarships to earn the CAIA designation.
What Will I Study in Finance?
Finance students in the Black School of Business study corporate, personal, and international finance, investing, portfolio management, retirement planning, fixed-income securities, financial risk management, and financial derivatives, among other subjects.
To see the full Business Economics curriculum, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Who Hires Finance Majors?
Typical entry-level positions for Finance graduates include equity trader, equity analyst, research associate, portfolio manager, personal banker, and acquisitions associate.
Recent graduates of the Finance program work at companies like JP Morgan Chase, BNY Mellon, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Edward Jones Investments, Lockheed Martin, and UBS Financial Services.
More to Love
Consider broadening your career options with a dual major in Accounting, Business Economics, or Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies. Or, target a more specific career path by adding a certificate.
Chartered Financial Analyst® and CFA® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with plaque design) in the U.S., which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.