Engage in the study of value – the foundation of every industry
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance is the first step toward a rewarding career in the banking, investment or business world.
The Finance degree program covers everything from corporate finance and investments to global markets. Students learn how monetary value is created, calculated and maintained throughout the financial system. They also understand the importance of raising and using capital in order to add value to a business or corporation.
Finance faculty expose students to historical and contemporary case studies – taken straight from financial news – and invite guest speakers to share their experiences.
Students examine financial decision-making through a social justice lens and gain critical thinking skills they will need to contribute and thrive in an organization.
Major Requirements: The BBA in Finance requires 66-67 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Finance courses students take:
- Intermediate Financial Management – Study corporate finance theories and examine how they apply to corporate decisions in the areas of capital structure, working capital, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions and more.
- Investment Principles and Analysis – Analyze investment vehicles and consider investment decisions in the context of risk-return analysis. Discuss security market operation and portfolio management.
- Financial Institutions and Markets – Develop an understanding of money and capital markets; the flow of funds in the economy; the role of credit; the term structure of interest rates; risk management; regulation and deregulation; and financial crises.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
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.
"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, associate professor of Finance
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
Finance students gain relevant work experience in local, national and even international organizations during their time at St. Edward’s, and many serve as campus and community leaders, obtaining the skills they need to advance in their careers post-graduation.
Finance students make huge contributions at their respective internship sites. They assist with data mining and mapping, analyze financial data and develop predictive metrics. They put complex financial concepts to practice, such as modern portfolio theory, portfolio development and investor behavior. These experiences prepare them for both the job search and graduate school. Our students have interned at BBVA Compass, Merrill Lynch, Chase, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kestra Financial, Tech Ranch and NXP Semiconductors, to name a few.
Student organizations, like the FMA, offer Finance students the opportunity to connect with local professionals. In addition to hosting speaker series and other events, the FMA sponsors the FMA National Honor Society, the only international honor that specifically recognizes the achievement of Finance majors and demonstrates their expertise in areas such as financial economics and decision-making.
Service is at the heart of the St. Edward’s University community, and the S.E.R.V.E. program exemplifies how dedicated students, faculty and staff are committed to making a difference. Finance major Amanda Rodriguez ’19 gained experience as one of five student coordinators who help plan monthly S.E.R.V.E. 1 Day events, which can include gardening, painting and other one-time tasks.
Credentials and Advanced Degrees
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. These can include:
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – This credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world.
- Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) – This certificate program is for those who want to develop advanced, globally relevant and practice-based investment performance and risk evaluation skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions will lead to strong employment growth for Finance graduates. Many of our graduates find successful careers in banking, real estate and investment. Job titles they take on include:
- Financial analyst
- Budget analyst
- Financial manager
- Insurance underwriter
- Personal financial advisor
- Credit analyst
- Financial advisor with an investment firm
Alicia Olivier ’17 landed an internship with Goldman Sachs the summer before her senior year. With her sights set on a Wall Street career, she attended a pre-internship "Insight Day" at Goldman Sachs in Dallas, made it through seven interviews during the application process and even flew to New York City to train at the bank’s headquarters.
Alicia’s experience paid off – after graduation, she began in a full-time role as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs in Dallas.
Read about other successful alumni, and see what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
Investing in Community Impact
Erika Ortiz ’16 reflects on her St. Edward’s University journey and how each experience led her to JUST, a company which invests locally in low-income entrepreneurs and provides access to resources, coaching and peer support.