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Go Global with Money Expertise

You’ve heard it before—money makes the world go round. Economic stability affects every business, government, community, and family. The world needs skillful, thoughtful leadership in the world of finance—leaders like you who can negotiate the fine line between finance and its related fields, like banking, real estate, and insurance. Mastering financial skills will make you a global citizen—and you’ll have significant influence and impact. 

A BS in Finance will set you up for all kinds of career paths, so that you can plot a direction based on your unique interests. Opportunities in the financial services sector will only continue to grow—just like the many directions you'll be prepared to pursue after graduation.

Why Major in Finance at IUP

At IUP, you’ll have access to a wealth of expertise from your professors who will equip you with real-world knowledge you’ll need for success. You can also gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities, the Student Managed Investment Portfolio, and the Bloomberg Certification. 

What You’ll Learn

Expect to build up your analytical and decision-making skills, which are so necessary in the fast-paced, competitive world of finance. With a Bachelor of Science in Finance, you’ll be able to:

  • Decode financial data to assess risk
  • Define the equity market, the bond market, and the derivatives market
  • Explain the global financial environment
  • Understand how corporations are run and how financial markets work
  • Use financial management concepts and tools to make complex investment decisions

Imagine Your Future

A Bachelor of Science in Finance will open doors for you as you set out to start your career. With plenty of paths to choose from, you’ll be prepared for roles in banking, corporate and personal financial management, insurance, investments, and so much more.

You’ll also be eligible for jobs within the federal government, like roles at the FDIC, Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, or Internal Revenue Service.

Career Options with a BS in Finance

  • Broker of stocks, bonds, and commodities
  • Credit analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Insurance agent
  • Project manager 
  • Real estate agent
  • Wealth management, investment, or credit officer

Similar Occupations

  • Budget analyst
  • Financial examiner
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agent

Financial Analyst

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10-year job outlook

9% job growth

Financial Manager

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Number of jobs in 2021


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17% job growth

Classes and Requirements

As a finance major, you’ll learn to manage high-stakes situations that can have global consequences. You’ll learn skills and strategies to fully understand and work within the many interlocking global financial systems. Blending technical skills and economic principles, your classes will give you the full picture of the world of finance.

Some examples of classes you’ll take include:

  • Accounting Principles I and II
  • Business Statistics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Analysis Using Electronic Spreadsheets
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Principles of Investments
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Production and Operations Management

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The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Student Managed Investment Portfolio

The Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP) will give you the opportunity to have real financial impact. You and your classmates will work together to help manage real assets. You’ll have oversight and guidance from the Foundation for IUP, and you’ll come away with hands-on experience using real money. Putting experience like this on your resume will make you stand out in the job market, because you will have already gained hands-on experience directly in the field of finance.

Credits and Experience

You either can take SMIP as an official 1.5-credit course or as an extracurricular opportunity. No matter which path you choose, you’ll be invited to lectures with engaging experts and take on assignments that mimic the real world. You’ll come away with an all-around understanding of managing financial assets—one you can take with you right into the professional world.

Minor in Finance

A Finance Minor is a smart way to add a very marketable skill to your resume, and it is especially helpful for Business majors. You’ll gain a well-rounded understanding of the financial world, and you'll be able to show an ability to manage money and solve financial problems. 

Add a Minor

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Eberly Business Honors Program

You’ll have the opportunity to truly shine in the Eberly Business Honors Program. As a member of the program, you’ll follow a specialized curriculum and participate in leadership development trips to Pittsburgh, Washington DC, New York, and international destinations.

You can also study finance as a student in the Cook Honors College at IUP.

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Student Organizations

Student Finance Association

The Student Finance Association represents students like you who are studying finance at the Eberly College of Business. Participating in SFA provides opportunities to network with fellow students, learn more about the field from alumni and other guest speakers, and potentially gain leadership experience.

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Path to Graduate Degrees, Professional Degrees, and Professional Certifications

With a BS in Finance degree from IUP, you can also pursue many different higher degrees and professional certifications. Some examples include:

  • JD (a law degree)
  • MS in Finance
  • MBA
  • Professional certifications (CFA, CFP, and more)


As a finance major, you may choose to take on an exciting internship to gain even more real-world experience. You might intern with local employers here in Indiana, or spend your internship in Pittsburgh or Washington DC. You may work with either the Eberly Corporate Relations and Internships Office or the IUP Career and Professional Development Center for help identifying internship opportunities.

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At IUP, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities that keep pace with the fast-moving world of finance. 

You can meet your friends and study in the Eberly atrium—where one wall hosts a continuously updated display of stock prices. Stop by the Mackey Family Charitable Trust Financial Trading Room, which features workstations and a data wall to provide up-to-the-minute financial information. 

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Bloomberg Certification

As an IUP finance major, you’ll have access to the Bloomberg computer lab and Bloomberg data—which is exactly what financial pros and investment firms use around the world. You’ll learn to master the Bloomberg software, and you can pursue a Bloomberg Certification to add to your résumé.