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Concentration in Finance

finance program at UNC

In a global economy, the world of finance is more challenging, complex and filled with more opportunities than ever. UNC’s Finance concentration provides students with the opportunity to obtain professional certifications including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certificate in Financial Management (CFM).

Academically and professionally qualified and experienced, our faculty thrive on interacting with students and helping them achieve their potential. They bring a wealth of professional experience to the classroom, and put teaching first, producing high-quality research that adds to the body of knowledge in their field.

About our Program

Global Association of Investment Professionals Recognizes UNC’s Monfort College of Business

The University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business earned recognition from a global association of investment professionals that governs the most respected and recognized investment credential in the field of finance. 

CFA Institute

The college's finance emphasis has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute's University Recognition program. Entry into the program signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the college's finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited for preparing students to sit for CFA exams.

What is Finance?

Finance is the management of money and other assets. It encompasses activities such as investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, saving, and managing risk. Finance is a crucial aspect of both personal and business decision-making, as it involves the allocation and utilization of funds to achieve specific goals. In a broader sense, finance also involves the study of financial markets, institutions, and instruments, as well as the principles and techniques used to manage financial resources effectively.

Financial Education Center at the Monfort College of Business

Careers in Finance

There are many potential job titles for finance graduates. Below are a few example careers. The titles and salaries listed below are not necessarily entry level, and students should take into consideration how years of experience, geographical location, and required advanced degrees or certifications may affect pay scales.

(2020 -2030)
*Median Annual Salary

Investment Banker


Financial Advisor


Budget Analyst


Securities Analyst



Business Analyst



* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) and Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022 wage data.

  • Degree Overview

    To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, students will need to take a total of 24 credit hours on top of the usual Business Core requirements.

  • Curriculum

    Required Courses include: 

    • Financial Markets and Institutions
    • Multinational Financial Management
    • Investments
    • Financial Management
    • Case Problems in Financial Management

    Select 3 of the following electives: 

    • Intermediate Accounting I
    • Cost & Managerical Accounting I 
    • Prin. of Risk & Insurance
    • Introduction of Real Estate
    • Commerical Bank Management
    • Student and Foundation Fund
    • Portfolio Management

    View the Finance Degree Plan

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"Being a student at MCB has forever changed the direction of my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes, specifically all of the real-world examples, and the exceptional teaching. The course work is challenging, but the faculty and staff always take the time to ensure my success both in and out of the classroom. I firmly believe that my finance education has prepared me with all of the tools needed to be successful in the financial world."

- Katie Cyr, Class of 2016

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