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Finance is a diverse discipline with many career opportunities.

At Ohio University, all finance majors take four foundational courses, ensuring a breadth of knowledge in the core areas of finance. The courses provide practical, applied training in financial markets and institutions, financial statement analysis, investments, and corporate finance. Then, we encourage you to select specialized curriculum tracks to prepare for your career in investments, corporate finance, or financial planning. As an OHIO finance student, you’ll have access to more than 30 College of Business student organizations, some which focus specifically on the needs of finance majors.

At graduation, you’ll leave Ohio University’s College of Business with sound theoretical knowledge of financial principles, highly developed problem-solving skills, and experience with industry standard analytical tools. As a graduate, you’ll be highly sought after in investment banking, commercial banking, corporate finance, financial planning, and insurance. Or, you can further your education and enter a variety of master’s programs. 

Students that major in finance will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).

Internships and Job Placement
Average Salary Upon Graduation

Internships and Job Placement

91% of our 2022 finance graduates experienced positive outcomes such as employment or continuing education within six months after commencement. Many students have even accepted offers during their senior year.

Our Business Academic Advising & Career Services is onsite in Copeland Hall, ready to help you understand how to use good career marketing strategies, starting your first year. In addition to career fairs and College Placement Champions, you’ll have access to BOBCAT CareerLink, a web-based system where employers post positions, review resumes, and connect with candidates. Plus, participate in workshops, seminars, and even one-on-one coaching to make sure you’re presenting yourself the right way and achieving your career goals.

Recent Internship and Job Placements

  • Bank of America
  • Cardinal Health
  • Citigroup
  • Cohen & Company
  • Deloitte
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Jefferies Group
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • KeyCorp
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • UBS Group
  • U.S. Bancorp



Potential Careers

Whether you choose to pursue your passion in commercial banking or corporate finance, financial planning, or investment banking, you can be assured that you’ll be prepared to excel in one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative positions in the business world.

Some titles include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Sr. Financial Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Wealth Manager
  • Sales & Trading

Finance Advisory Council 

Career Management

Finance Major Courses

View the Finance Major catalog page in OHIO's Undergraduate Catalog to see additional requirements, such as Individual Core Requirements or Introductory Cluster Requirements. 

Required Courses

  • FIN 3200 - Financial Statement Analysis and Financial Modeling
  • FIN 3270 - Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FIN 3410 – Investments

Complete One Track

Financial Planning Track: Learn to help people make financial decisions.

Complete the following three courses:

  • FIN 3310 - Risk and Insurance
  • FIN 4100 - Personal Financial Planning
  • FIN 4140 - Cases in Financial Planning

Finance Investments Track: Learn to analyze companies and securities for portfolio construction.

Complete the following three courses:

  • FIN 4460 - Fixed Income and Futures
  • FIN 4470 - Equity and Option Valuation
  • FIN 4480 - Portfolio Management

Finance Corporate Track: Learn to help companies make financial decisions.

Complete the following three courses (either FIN 4280 or FIN 4550, not both):

  • FIN 4510 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • FIN 4280 - Bank Management
    FIN 4550 - International Finance
  • FIN 4580 - Applied Corporate Finance

Finance Professional Engagement Series

The Finance Department is committed to bridging the gap between the classroom and the financial industry, and the Finance Professional Engagement Series is a principal conduit.  Each year, dozens of finance professionals give guest lectures to classes, network with student organizations, provide professional coaching, and participate in signature events like the Finance Panel Speaker Summit and the Women in Finance Summit (new in 2023). These interactions expose students to the incredibly broad set of possibilities in the finance world, give students a window into the daily lives of financial professionals, and provide concrete steps to enter and thrive in a variety of fulfilling roles.

Finance Event Panel at Nelson Commons
Finance Series Student Audience

Company Engagements

  • WesBanco
  • Sycamore Capital
  • Rockies Venture Club
  • PNC Financial Services
  • Peoples Bank
  • OUCU Financial
  • Ohio Treasurer's Office
  • Ohio Department of Financial Institutions
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Mutual of America Capital Management LLC
  • KeyBank
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Invesco
  • Huntington National Bank
  • Golub Capital LLC
  • GBQ Partners
  • First Merchants Bank
  • FDIC
  • Farmers Bank
  • Deloitte
  • Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Ameriprise Financial Services
  • Advanced Drainage Systems

Student Organizations

The Finance Department has five student organizations that give you hands-on experiences to set you apart from your peers. Students are recruited at the highest level for finance positions. 

Equity Management Group

OHIO's Student Equity Management Group manages more than $4.4 million in Ohio University Foundation funds. The student-run group selects investments for their long only equity portfolio, consistently beating the S&P 500.

Student Fixed Income Management Group

The Ohio University Student Fixed Income Management Group also manages more than $4 million in Ohio University Foundation funds. These funds are invested in fixed-income securities based on group members' research.

Derivatives Management Group

The Ohio University Derivatives Management Group manages a synthetic portfolio consisting options, futures, and swaps. These students use many unique strategies in order to fully capitalize on the expected movement of the underlying asset.

Association of Women in Finance

The Association of Women in Finance supports and encourages women who are interested in working in and/or learning about finance. New members are paired with an experienced mentor who has a background in finance, similar interests, and real world experience.  

Financial Management Association

Members of the Financial Management Association develop professional and social skills outside the walls of the classroom. The benefits of membership include exposure to the financial industry, networking opportunities, and affiliation with an international chapter.

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