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Bachelor's Degree in Finance (BBA)

OHIO's Finance Degree Awaits – Experience and Education Combined!

Investing, banking and advising — these are just a few of the things you can do with a bachelor’s degree in finance. With ample career opportunities and amazing growth potential, there’s no better time to jump in as a new professional! Ohio University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance offers best-in-class education and experiences to its students.

Finance is certainly a math-heavy industry. But at its core, finance is about people – after all, it drives decisions and behavior more than almost anything else! That’s why the finance degree program at Ohio University includes project-based learning opportunities, so you deal with both the intellectual and personal sides of the industry throughout your experience. Read on to learn:

Choose What You Want To Learn

All students in the finance major gain a broad understanding of corporate finance, investments and financial markets and institutions before completing a track of specialized classes in investments, corporate finance or financial planning.

  • Financial Planning Track

    It’s a stellar way to prepare yourself for a career in financial advising. You’ll learn how to help people make smart financial decisions and gain skills you can apply to both your personal and professional life!

  • Finance Investments Track

    It’s the ideal track for future investment managers and traders. If you’ve always wanted to know how to build and maintain a profitable investment portfolio, this is the track for you.

  • Corporate Finance Track

    Choose this track if you want to analyze the funds, investments and other monetary resources for companies. It could be perfect if you want to work for major companies and firms, like Dell, Cardinal Health, Goodyear and Sherwin-Williams, in the future.

Choose Where You Want To Learn

  • Athens, OH Residential Campus

    One of the major benefits of attending OHIO's Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance program is getting to live and learn on our spacious green campus in Athens. It’s more than a fully-equipped academy — it’s a place where students can get together, form lifelong bonds and support each other throughout their journeys.

    Athens Campus

  • Regional Campuses

    Get a start on your finance degree or complete a semester closer to home at one of OHIO’s regional campuses.

    Chillicothe Campus

    Eastern Campus

    Lancaster Campus

    Southern Campus

    Zanesville Campus

Internships and Job Placement
Average Salary Upon Graduation

Careers in Finance

OHIO’s finance program expands your professional opportunities like few other programs and majors. Want to work in banking? You can do it. Want to become a trader on Wall Street? You can do that, too. Want to help a mom-and-pop shop grow their small business into a booming enterprise? Go for it!

Our graduates take their education and experiences into a wide range of different finance jobs and sectors. Here are just a few of the titles you could see on your business card in the near future:

  • Financial analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Chief financial advisor
  • Certified financial planner
  • Wealth manager
  • Finance manager

Post-Grad Opportunities for Finance

With a 91% job placement and internship rate for our grads, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance students work for many of the best firms in America and beyond. Odds are you’ll recognize a few of the names of OHIO grads’ recent employers:

  • Bank of America
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Deloitte
  • Citigroup
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • KeyCorp
  • Nationwide Insurance

Of course, plenty of students also continue their education at Ohio University, proceeding into one of our many graduate programs. Whatever path you choose, a finance degree from Ohio University is a great place to start!


Attend the Ohio University Career Fair

Over 80 companies attend the annual Ohio University career fair. Combined with our extensive alumni network, it’s easier than you think to find a place to connect with employers and prove yourself to be the perfect candidate before graduation.

Career Fairs and Events

Get Hands-On Experience With Your Finance Degree

  • Join the Global Consulting Program

    As a finance major, you’ll have plenty of project opportunities outside Ohio — and the U.S.!  Many finance students join the Global Consulting Program (GCP) to study abroad, partnering with students from foreign countries to tackle exciting, complex projects for real-world companies.  Students have visited Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Greece, just to name a few countries.

  • Work in the Derivatives Management Group

    Finance majors looking to bolster their resumes can join the Derivatives Management Group, which uses a synthetic portfolio to teach students how to trade derivatives. It's one of the few student organizations of its kind in the country!

  • Participate in the Student Fixed Income Management Group

    As a finance student, you can get work experience in the Student Fixed Income Management Group (OUSFIMG), a selective organization that actively manages a portfolio of over $3 million of fixed-income securities for the Ohio University Endowment Fund! Join this group to make investment choices that matter and get real-world experience managing, analyzing and understanding finance like never before. The group meets twice per semester to trade bonds and is overseen by an advisor.

  • Be a Part of the Student Equity Management Group

    Cut your teeth on real-world finance problems with the Student Equity Management Group (OUSEMG), which also oversees millions of dollars for OHIO. The OUSEMG members trade stocks instead of bonds but get much of the same experiential learning as the OUSFIMG.

  • Tackle an Internship for Work Experience

    At Ohio University, we believe in giving each student the tools and personal experience needed to thrive in their professional future. Each student in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in finance completes an internship and project during their course of study.

  • Network in Student Organizations

    Broaden your social and professional horizons by joining finance-related student organizations, like the Association of Women in Finance, which is a perfect organization for up-and-coming female financial advisors, investors, and more.  Also, the Financial Management Association, a group where you can find a mentor, listen to guest speakers, and build your professional network from the ground up.

Why Choose a Finance Degree?

Finance is a fascinating topic for many students — so they study it at OHIO to learn the complex mechanics that govern many aspects of the modern world. Become a finance major, and you’ll gain tools that will benefit you personally and professionally. Sooner than you think, your friends might come to you for budget advice!

Finance is also a stellar degree in terms of career prospects. Every organization, no matter its size, needs skilled financial experts on their staff, and the right finance degree qualifies you for high-paying positions anywhere in the country. Ohio University’s finance program pairs rigorous classroom instruction with experiential learning, so you’re already familiar with industry-related tasks and technologies on your first day of work.

Student Support Resources for Finance Majors

Right from the beginning, all students have help drafting and sticking to a graduation plan, plus access to a dedicated success advisor. Whether you need an answer to a specific question or general guidance regarding your time at Ohio University, our finance faculty and advisors can assist.

Finance Advisory Council

Career Management

The OHIO Experience for Finance Majors

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance program blends informative classroom education with hands-on experiences using the tools and technologies commonly found in the finance industry.

Be prepared to become an Excel wizard in this program! But you’ll also get access to Bloomberg and FactSet datasets for your own financial analyses, projects and more. Students with minds for trading will enjoy the trading floor computer lab — if you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on investment trading terminals used by the pros, this is it!

As a result of this hands-on experience, our graduates emerge from the program confident, capable and ready to bring real value to their future employers.

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