Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Finance
Are you inquisitive, persistent, and a natural problem solver? Want to help businesses and individuals be financially strong, ethical, and prepared for a bright future? If this describes you, a career in finance is an excellent academic choice.
Our finance program introduces you to real-world trends in corporate finance, ethical financial management, financial analysis and planning, insurance underwriting, investment banking, venture capitalism, and portfolio management.
Why choose a B.S. in Finance at Marian?
As a finance student, you will receive a thorough understanding of financial knowledge that offers you plenty of upward mobility and strong career outcomes. Additionally, you will learn fund allocation strategies for stocks, bonds, futures, mutual funds, and securities.
What makes us distinctive?
Enjoy a portfolio of experiential activities which include:
- Investments: Manage an investment portfolio, present to stakeholders and learn investment skills from Austin Crites, Past President of the CFA Society of Indianapolis.
- Financial Empowerment: Learn and earn a financial wellness digital certificate from Old National Bank.
- Internships: 100% of our students complete one financial internship.
- Mergers and Acquisitions: Conduct real-world consulting exercises such as identifying and analyzing acquisition targets for clients such as Eli Lilly, Danaher, Cummins, and Elanco.
- Competitions: Compete in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) research challenge.
- Graduate dual credit courses: Through our innovative partnership with Creighton University, take graduate courses and complete 20% of your MBA during your senior year at Marian University .
2022 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute State Champions
Olivia Armstrong, Lisa Cantú, Fergus Washington-Smith, and Carter Kasianowicz emerged victorious in the 2022 CFA Institute Research Challenge. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student is tested on their analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills.
Austin Crites, team industry mentor commented, “our students performed remarkably in the Finals against Purdue University’s graduate school team, exhibiting great maturity and poise. But what made me most proud was after being announced the winner, the entire team walked over and shook the hands of everyone in the Purdue team. These students truly represent the Marian ethos' and our Franciscan values.”
Exceptional Career Outcomes
Our finance graduates work for firms such as Amazon, Cummins, Ernst & Young, Eli Lilly, First-Merchant Capital, Mutual of Omaha, OneIndiana Financial Group, Pedcor Investments, and Valhalla.
Average starting salary
What will you study?
Our 128-credit finance degree includes general education, our business core, and required and elective courses in the finance major.
Courses for the finance major include:
- FIN 111: Personal Finance
- FIN 311: Advanced Corporate Finance
- MIS 320: Business Decision-Making
- FIN 352: Public Finance
- FIN 356: Real Estate
- FIN 357: Risk and Insurance
- FIN 360: Investments
- FIN 411: International Finance
- ACC 430: Federal Taxation
- FIN 455: Cases in Accounting and Finance
For complete details, review our Undergraduate Course Catalog or download our four-year plan of study and checklist.
Sample four-year plan and checklist
Adding a double-major, minor, or concentration to your plan of study
In collaboration with your academic advisor, consider additional academic options that can make you even more marketable upon graduation.
- About 80 percent of Marian’s finance majors choose a double-major. Most choose accounting, although some choose business analytics, marketing, or management.
- For the 20 percent who don’t earn a double-major, many earn an accounting minor.
- Concentrations like insurance or entrepreneurship are other good choices for finance majors.
What are your career paths?
Finance majors choose from rewarding careers as investment bankers, financial managers, insurance agents, personal financial planners, security analysts, and stock brokers, among others. They work at banks, government agencies, consulting firms, insurance companies, small businesses, global Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is the national employment outlook and average salary information for typical finance jobs:
||Growth through 2026
||Median salary (2016)
|Securities, commodities, or financial services agent
If your ultimate career goal requires graduate study in a master’s degree or doctoral program, earning your undergraduate degree in finance at Marian will prepare you to be a competitive candidate for admission to top graduate business schools.
Many finance graduates pursue certifications and licensure, such as:
If you want to work as a registered or licensed securities professional, for example, you can complete requirements through groups like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which offers about two dozen national qualifying exams like:
- Options principal (OP)
- General securities principal (GP)
- Compliance official (CO)
- Investment company and variable contracts products principal (IP)
The American Bankers Association (ABA) also offers professional certifications, including:
- Certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA)
- Certified regulatory compliance manager (CRCM)
- Certified retirement services professional (CRSP)
- Certified securities operations professional (CSOP)
- Certified corporate trust specialist (CCTS)