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A major in Finance offers a solid foundation for a successful career in the business world.  It provides in-depth knowledge of financial markets, investment strategies, and risk management.  Additionally, a major in Finance will equip oneself with valuable skills that are highly sought after by employers, opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities.  So, whether you are a high achiever looking for a rewarding career in corporate finance, banking, or investment, a Finance degree is the first step toward achieving your professional goals. Read more about our program and the emphases you can acquire.

Why Study Finance at Northwest

Finance majors at Northwest focus on three areas: Financial Services, Corporate Finance and Finance Management. Students can choose between those emphases to jump-start their college education.  

Finance directly affects the lives and well-being of every individual and organization, whether financial or non-financial, public or private, profit or non-profit. These individuals and organizations earn or raise money and spend or invest money. The processes and decision-making methods to carry out these activities are the purviews of finance, defined as the art and science of managing money. The study of finance is concerned with the processes, institutions, markets, and instruments involved in transferring money between individuals, businesses, and governments. To learn more about Northwest's program, view our specializations listed below.

Northwest's Finance Comprehensive major is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Pick your path

Financial Services

Financial Services prepares students for entry-level jobs in the insurance, investment management, and banking industry. Students will acquire analytical and interpersonal skills necessary to provide financial advice to individuals and institutions. Our graduates are prepared to seek licensure as a Certified Financial Planner or Chartered Financial Analyst.

financial services 4-year plan

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance provides students with the tools to work within the corporate structure under the chief financial officer, where accounting and financial information is used to make corporate decisions. Students will learn how companies raise capital and optimize their capital structure between equity and debt. Students will gain an understanding of the corporate governance structures of firms and how a firm’s choices influence company performance and market valuations.

corporate finance 4-year plan

Financial Management

Financial Management prepares students for a position in management rather than a staff position in finance under the corporate treasurer. This option blends the knowledge of finance and management, so the student is prepared to make management decisions that require an understanding of finance. Almost all decisions in business require a balance of interests from all functional business areas, using the decision-making process and the tools of finance to guide the corporation to achieve its goal.

financial management 4-year plan

Online program

Earn your bachelor’s degree on a schedule that works for you. An online program is available in finance – financial management.

Career Ready
Marketing & Financial Management

“Northwest is not like a bigger university where you are being taught by a graduate assistant. It is much more hands-on here and education-focused.” — Michael Addison

Career Opportunities

  • Loan officer
  • Asset management
  • Business consultant
  • Financial representative
  • Accountant
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial analyst
  • Settlements processor
  • Property manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Real estate agent
  • Real estate appraiser

What Can I Do With a Major in Finance?

New Venture Pitch Competition

Each spring semester, college students, high school students, and community members present their business ideas in a competitive setting. The event provides students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to present ideas to professionals, small business owners and potential investors. It also allows students to network with business professionals and gain presentation experience.

New Venture Pitch Competition

Financial Management Association

Financial Management Association (FMA) assists in the professional, educational, and social development of students interested in finance, banking, and investments. Students will get the opportunity to interact between business executives, faculty, and students of business and finance. 

Financial Management Association
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