Program Overview

As the science and the art of managing money, finance represents a system of skills and knowledge that is highly regarded in the business world. Finance is at the heart of why a business exists and continues to operate. Owners provide the funds to start a business enterprise with the expectation of earning a reasonable return on their investment. A business firm will cease operations if it fails to offer its owners the expectation of returns sufficient to justify their investment. Analyzing the performance of a business enterprise and evaluating alternatives that might alter that performance requires financial skills.

Program Objectives

The B.S.B.A. with a concentration in finance equips students to:

  • Understand the application, strengths and weaknesses of various tools of financial analysis;
  • Understand the importance and operations of global financial markets; and
  • Apply quantitative skills in the preparation of capital budget and pro forma financial statements.

Curriculum

The 120-credit hour curriculum has five components:

  1. Robert Morris University Core - 42 credits
    These are the traditional liberal arts requirements of the University. Studies in humanities, communications skills, and social, behavioral, natural and quantitative sciences are included.
  2. Business Foundations Courses - 30 credits
    These are required of all students earning a B.S.B.A. degree and include courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management and other business administration areas.
  3. Concentration (Finance) - 21 credits
    This is the major field of study and includes required courses in investment analysis, corporate finance and financial analysis. The provision of a finance elective permits students to extend their knowledge of some particular area of interest in the field.
  4. Business Electives - 12 credits
    Students may select any four courses within the School of Business offerings to broaden their skills in some business area(s) of interest.
  5. Non-Business Electives - 15 credits
    Students may select five courses offered outside the School of Business to broaden their skills in some area(s) of interest.

Tuition

Tuition information can be found at Tuition Fees & Schedules.

Admission Criteria

The following are required for admission:

  • Robert Morris University application for admission - Apply Now!
  • Official transcripts from high school and any post-secondary instituitions attended

Opportunities for Graduates

There are many different positions held by finance graduates, including auditor, loan officer, market analyst, purchasing analyst, sales analyst, budget analyst, financial analyst, loan review analyst, marketing administrator, real estate appraiser, stock broker, credit analyst, import/export agent, lobbyist, pricing analyst, reporter, statistician, economic analyst, insurance agent, consultant, product manager, research analyst and underwriter.

Bachelor-Level Internship Employers

American Eagle Outfitters; 911th Airlift Wing; C.B. Anderson; E.E. Powell; Hefron-Tillotsen; Merrill Lynch; Scottsdale Securities; UPMC Health System; UPS; Wells Fargo Financial.

Bachelor-Level Hiring Organizations

American Eagle Outfitters; Cigna Healthcare; Federated Investors; Global Capital Management; Marconi Communications; Mellon; Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; National City; PNC Bank; Prudential Securities; TD Waterhouse; Todd Organization of Pittsburgh; UPMC Health System; Waddell & Reed Financial Services.

Salary Information

Position TitlePosition Salary
Commercial Banking (Lending)$43,605
Consulting$51,776
Financial/Treasury Analysis$77,360
Insurance (Underwriting)$65,320
Investment Banking (Corporate Finance)$54,470
 Management Trainee$54,470
 Portfolio Management/Brokerage$36,660
 Sales$34,660
The information in this chart is based off of 2009 nation mean salaries

Concentrations