Finance Major: Bachelor’s Degree in Business (BSBA)
As a finance major, you will develop a resume distinguished by career-specific learning experiences. You’ll analyze real-time data and manage an investment portfolio in our state-of-the-art finance lab. You'll earn certifications and prepare for licensing exams that will signal to employers that you're ready for the financial industry. And, you’ll be mentored by industry insiders who can connect you with countless internships and co-ops with finance, wealth management, and financial planning companies. These opportunities ensure that when you graduate, you won’t be just starting your career – you’ll be continuing the work you’ve been doing all along.
Every business decision has financial implications. Finance majors will learn how to become strategic leaders in a wide range of positions, from financial analysts and portfolio managers to financial advisors and risk managers.
Finance majors can choose the track that fits their career path:
Loading... - The traditional finance track prepares students for professional positions with financial institutions, finance departments of business enterprises, and asset management companies.
Loading... - The financial planning track is appropriate for students who wish to start their own financial planning business or work in the broad area of financial services. This track is designed so that graduates will be immediately eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP ®) exam.
Both tracks also prepare students to take the Series 65 exam, designed to qualify candidates as investment adviser representatives.
Prepare for rapid career growth by completing two degrees in five years. When you graduate, you’ll receive a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in one of several graduate programs in the School of Business Administration.
Joining a select group of universities worldwide, Widener has been designated as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, incorporating Bloomberg technology into the curriculum and providing students with hands-on experience through the use of real-time investment data, analytical tools, and trading simulations.
Widener's Finance Lab features the same advanced technology and programs professional asset managers and investors use in the real-world.
In this lab, finance students can complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts 8-hour, self-paced e-learning course and earn a Bloomberg Certificate, which shows future employers that they have mastered the Bloomberg system when it comes to analyzing data.
In addition to being offered as a major, students interested in finance can also pursue a minor. This minor allows students to expand their knowledge of financial planning and their powers of reasoning and analytical skills.
You may also choose from our expansive list of additional minors and certificates for undergraduate students to find unique combinations for your personal academic goals and unique career path.
The business honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their business education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.
Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in business.
Recognized as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, we're able to provide students with hands-on experience using Bloomberg technology through the use of real-time investment data, analytical tools, and trading simulations.
Finance majors are required to complete an internship or co-op. In partnership with the Office of Career Design and Development, explore the opportunity to complete 12 months of full-time, paid co-op work and still complete your degree in four years.
Or, we can connect you with an internship that interests you. Finance students recently interned with JPMorgan Chase, DuPont, Boeing, FDIC, Merrill Lynch and more. You'll apply what you've learned in class to get your foot in the door for future jobs.
Widener's unique Executives in Residence program in the School of Business Administration brings industry leaders to campus and provides students with career mentorship and networking opportunities with experts in the field.
Learn to analyze stocks and manage an investment portfolio - and you'll be a step ahead when you hit the job market.
Our Student-Managed Investment Fund offers the opportunity for finance majors and other members of the on-campus Money Club to practice investment strategies with guidance from an advisory board of professionals from leading financial firms, many of whom are Widener alumni. The fund began as a $500,000 allocation from the university, but has grown significantly - thanks to finance majors just like you.
Clubs & Organizations
Finance majors have the opportunity to join many clubs and organizations across campus, including the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), and many more.
Live and learn with your classmates in the Business (Developing Entrepreneurs) LLC, while exploring the real-life experiences of entrepreneurs and spending time with business faculty who are dedicated to your success.
At the SBA, we are committed to ensuring that what you learn is immediately useful to you. In our classes, we provide multiple dimensions of the topics using real-world implications of financial concepts. We also teach our classes using the same tools and methods that are used by current financial professionals. Our goal is to help our students build a portfolio of competencies that will enhance their careers.
Set yourself apart academically by participating in the School of Business Administration honors program.
Business Living Learning Community (LLC)
Being part of the Business LLC gives you the opportunity to live with like-minded business students and build strong relationships - both professional and personal - that will last a lifetime.
Your Inside Track to Success
Your Inside Track to Success
Students like you have graduated from our finance program and accepted positions with top companies. By making connections and gaining real-world experience, you’ll put yourself in a position to join them.
At Widener I’ve been getting ready for my career by doing it, in the lab and at my internship. When I graduate, I won’t just be starting my career. I’ll be continuing the work that I’ve been doing all along.
When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.
Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.
Next steps to apply
Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.