Concentrate in Finance

Invest in yourself by pursuing a bachelor's degree in finance. Professionals analyze the financial health of companies, organizations and individuals to assess current standing and identify areas of growth and opportunity. This concentration opens a wide variety of doors in the business world from careers in banking, real estate and insurance to corporate financial management, security analysis and government services. Develop the expertise to apply finance theory to real-world situations.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $52,722on campus

BBA in Finance

Our experienced faculty prepare students for a wide range of careers in the finance field as well as graduate study. You will learn to interpret financial information, make financial decisions and develop financial strategies for corporations and investors. Students cover concepts such as interest rate determination and monetary policy, agency issues in finance and how to calculate and apply value concepts to financial decisions. Other objectives of this curriculum include an understanding of the risk-return tradeoff and insurable risk as well as analysis of accounting information to support financial decisions.

Washburn's Business students consistently score in the 80th percentile on the Major Field Test (MFT). This national, standardized exam is given to more than 550 U.S. business schools and reflects the high quality of our program. But that's just the beginning! Our students benefit from a long list of opportunities that add up to career success. 

  • Accreditation: Washburn School of Business is accredited by AACSB, a distinction bestowed upon only the top 5% of business schools nationwide.
  • Mayo Schmidt Finance Lab: Located within the Washburn Business Technology Center, the Mayo Schmidt Finance Lab is named in honor of a Washburn University business graduate who has had a distinguished career in global agriculture including multi-billion dollar acquisitions and initial public offerings of private companies.
  • Student Investment Fund: The real world comes to life for our students through the Applied Portfolio Management course. Students manage the Washburn Student Investment Fund as a stand-alone business and make all of the decisions including which stocks are bought and sold. The analytical skills gained in this course help students attract top job offers regionally and nationally.
  • Internships and Career Opportunities: Connect with major employers in our area including Advisors Excel, commercial banks, credit unions, SE2 and Security Benefit.
  • Networking Opportunities: Students connect with regional businesses through the Washburn Finance Society. The group sponsors guest speakers and educational trips such as a finance-themed trip to Chicago.
  • Scholarships: Washburn's School of Business annually awards more than $400,000 in scholarships to approximately 200 incoming and current business students. Several scholarships are available exclusively to Finance majors.

Elisa Gayle


"As an Actuarial Science student, I was required to take a few business classes.  After taking a Finance class, I decided to pursue a second degree in Business.  Washburn has allowed me to combine two very different course loads and thrive as a well-rounded student.  Today, I am working as a merchandise distribution analyst and I can say it is because of the great education I received at Washburn."

– Elisa Gayle, BBA Finance, 2012

Admissions & Advising

Washburn faculty and staff are ready to help you plan your educational journey. Whether you are a freshman and starting out or an upperclassman who needs an advisor, we are prepared to answer your questions and continue to provide support.

Students are eligible for admission to the School of Business after completing seven lower-division courses. Learn about the three steps required for declaration of major, application and admission.

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Amber Ybarra initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.

The following courses are required for students pursuing a finance degree:

  • BU374 Principles of Risk and Insurance or BU484 Applied Portfolio Management
  • BU483 Investments
  • BU488 Financial Management
  • EC485 Money and Banking
  • Twelve additional upper division elective hours in accounting, business or economics

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment in business and financial operations is predicted to grow by 5% from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is faster than the average for all occupations.

Starting Salary


Career Options

investment analyst

financial advisor

credit analyst

loan officer

insurance agent

Annual Scholarships


(to WU business students)

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