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.
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.
Enjoy a portfolio of experiential activities which include:
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.”
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
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:
For complete details, review our Undergraduate Course Catalog or download our four-year plan of study and checklist.
In collaboration with your academic advisor, consider additional academic options that can make you even more marketable upon graduation.
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:
|Occupation||Growth through 2026||Median salary (2016)|
|Securities, commodities, or financial services agent||6 percent||$67,310|
|Budget analyst||7 percent||$73,840|
|Financial analyst||11 percent||$81,760|
|Financial advisor||15 percent||$90,530|
|Financial manager||19 percent||$121,750|
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:
The American Bankers Association (ABA) also offers professional certifications, including:
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