Business Administration—Finance Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The field of finance encompasses many different areas including investments, financial institutions, corporate finance, and real estate. The Finance Concentration includes coursework in each of these areas as well as courses in options and futures, multi-national finance and insurance. Managing finances requires you to answer intricate questions like: Can we afford to give employees a raise? Is it better to rent or buy office space? How should we finance our business? Typically, a student who pursues a concentration in finance is good with math, money, inherently a problem solver, and well organized.

 

"The internship programs at Western are a great way to get a heads up on the competition after graduation and I would recommend them to any student who is serious about pursuing a certain career path."

–John Peters, Merrill Lynch & Saturna Capital

Beyond the Classroom

Student internships or apprenticeships in finance are excellent for gaining practical experience in a professional, finance-related work setting. Internships help students apply the skills learned in class to real-life situations and give students valuable professional experience and mentoring. 

The Financial Management Association (FMA) assists in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in financial management, banking, real estate and investment management. It provides an association for college students actively interested in these fields, and encourages interaction between business executives, faculty, and students interested in finance, economics, and accounting. FMA events include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Investment management experience 
  • Resume building
  • Career information and internships
  • Networking with potential employers
  • Club outings
  • Affiliation with the nationally-recognized  FMA International
  • FMA website (jobs, conferences,  finance certifications, and forecast competitions)
  • Membership in the FMA National Honor Society 

Careers and Graduate Studies

A graduate with a concentration in Finance may work as a financial securities or loan officer analyst, business financial manager, portfolio manager, financial planner, or stockbroker. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Adobe Systems: Tester 
  • Bank of America: Teller 
  • Bentall Kennedy: Property Assistant 
  • Chrono Wealth Capital: Financial Analyst 
  • Curnow and Curnow: Administrative Assistant 
  • Golin Harris: Billing Coordinator/Financial Administrator 
  • KeyBank: Management Associate 
  • Mutual of Omaha: Financial Services Representative 
  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Club: Finance Intern 
  • WA State Auditor’s Office: Assistant State Auditor 
  • WA State Department of Financial Institutions: Financial Examiner 
  • WA State Department of Revenue 
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: Home Mortgage Consultant

Sample Careers

  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Planner
  • Claims Adjuster/Examiner
  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Appraiser
  • Loan Officer
  • Business Financial Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Stock Broker

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