Finance is the study of value - the cornerstone of every industry

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at St. Edward’s University is the first step toward a rewarding career in the banking, investment or business world.

Financial management of firms involves raising and using capital efficiently to add value. Corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions are the major areas of finance covered by the core, required, and elective courses. Students with strong mathematical skills are well-suited for this degree.

In this program, students will:
  • Study historical cases and contemporary stories taken straight from the financial news
  • Gain insights from guest speakers who share their experiences from inside the world of finance
  • Discover how finance applies to a variety of areas, such as investment banking and global business
  • Learn how monetary value is created, calculated and maintained throughout the financial system
  • Understand the importance of raising and using capital in order to add value to a business or corporation

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Accounting.

Learning Goals

Students who earn a BBA in Finance will be able to:
  • Describe and explain financial concepts relating to the creation of value and associated risk management
  • Articulate the role of financial management firms involved in raising and using capital efficiently
  • Explain the functioning of financial institutions and world financial markets, for corporate and investor decision-making
  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills within an ethical framework
  • Recognize social justice issues inherent in financial decision-making

Outcomes

Graduates are prepared for rewarding careers in fields such as banking, real estate and investment.

Financial Analysts

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 16% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. A growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth.

Other roles for Finance graduates include:
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Credit Analysts
  • Financial Advisor with an Investment Firm

Certifications

Finance students are encouraged to set a goal of obtaining a professional certification after graduation. Such certifications can further establish their credibility and expertise in an area of specialty. Two of the most respected certificates are the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM).

CFA

This credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world. For more information about acquiring a CFA designation, click here.

CIPM

This certificate program is for developing advanced, globally relevant, and practice-based investment performance and risk evaluation skills. For more information about acquiring a CIPM designation, click here.

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with years of industry experience in their areas of expertise. They are actively engaged in their fields, and many have close ties with Austin-area businesses. This helps expose students to real-world business situations, and connects them to valuable opportunities for learning and growth.

"I believe that my students and I learn best when we all enjoy the classroom atmosphere. I ask a lot of questions as I present the material. Also, I try to make the subject material pertinent to their lives. We have a lot of fun while we all learn new things." — Amy Burnett, PhD, associate professor of finance

"My two main objectives are to teach students skills they need to be successful in their personal and professional lives, and to teach them how to think critically and analytically." — Camelia Rotaru, PhD, associate professor of finance