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What will I learn?

Finance is the study of how organizations make decisions in the context of firm value maximization. These decisions involve the analysis of risk/return variables and mathematical models used to measure them. Financial managers in a variety of institutional settings are responsible for decisions concerning such things as firm expansion, dividend policy, working capital management and capital structure.


Manage an investment fund that has topped $1 million. The Haile Student Investment Fund (HSIF) was initiated in the spring of 2011, growing from its initial $465,000 to a total of $1,150,000 by the end of summer 2020. The fund is managed as part of FIN 450, Advanced Investment Analysis, a selective undergraduate course that allows students to manage live investment portfolios in preparation for entering the job market, gaining valuable hands-on experience in security research, valuation of risky assets and portfolio management. The HSIF has consistently out-performed broad market indexes including the S&P 500 Index leading it to receive a Five-Star Rating from Morningstar, Inc.

Internship opportunities. Internship opportunities are very diverse and are continually being upgraded through the efforts of the department’s professional advisory boards, faculty, and the college’s business experience manager.

Make the world your classroom. Study abroad in countries around the world, including Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany and England, while taking specialized business courses.

More options. NKU's comprehensive curriculum makes it easy to double major or minor in another area of business, such as accounting or management, to compliment the knowledge gained through the finance major.


Those with Northern Kentucky University finance degrees are prepared for a variety of career possibilities including corporate finance, securities, commercial banking, and financial planning. Careers in corporate finance involve capital budgeting, project financing, mergers and acquisitions, financial risk management, and international finance. Careers in the securities industry include securities analysis and financial research. Banking careers include positions such as commercial loan officers, trust administrators and bank managers. Careers in financial planning encompass all aspects of individual financial planning such as retirement, estate, 401K, college savings, insurance and pension planning. Investment bankers help corporations perform business transactions, make investment decisions, and raise venture capital.

Finance Bachelor's Degree Jobs

  • Financial planner
  • Financial analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Risk management
  • Actuary
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Accountant
  • Financial Auditor

Which department am I in?

Haile/US Bank College of Business

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$20,448.00 per year
USD $10,224 (12-16 credits, minimum of 12 required)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Haile/US Bank College of Business



41099, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants must have all years of secondary school (or high school)

English Language Requirements:

Admission Requirement Without Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 79, with a minimum of 14 in reading.

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 550, with a minimum of 48 in reading

IELTS: Composite score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of a 5.5 in Reading and 5 in Writing
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 105

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 55

Admission with Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 61

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 500

IELTS: Composite score of at least 5.5, with a minimum of 5 in Reading and Writing

Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 90

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 44, with a minimum of 42 in Reading

Application deadline: Nov/01 for Jan intake; June/01 for Aug intake.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northern Kentucky University

NKU has a focus on undergraduate research and experiential learning, and graduates develop versatile skill sets in preparation for employment.

  • Over 80 degree courses
  • Focus on undergraduate research
  • International scholarships available
  • Campus ranked among safest in U.S.

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