Exploring the world of business.

Choosing a degree in finance is primarily about managing money, both for individuals and organizations. With this passion for the business field, you’ll find Marian’s finance program provides you with a foundation in financial management that will prepare you for a variety of careers after graduation.

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The Finance Program provides business students with a solid analytical grounding and quantitative skills to clearly frame the complex financial and economic factors at work in the increasingly global business environment. The curriculum covers domestic and international finance, investments, risk management, real estate, valuation, forecasting, and the application of the tools of financial analysis in decision making to bridge theory and practice. Real-world applications and the intuitive interpretation and communication of results are emphasized.

The program leads to career opportunities in such fields as banking, insurance, brokerage, and credit, both in private and government financial institutions. The major prepares students to succeed in law school, an MBA program, or other graduate programs.

18 credits as follows:
6 credits:

In this course, students will study the structure of financial markets, financial institution management, regulation of financial markets and institutions, determination of interest rates, and the role of the Federal Reserve and monetary policy in the economy.

Construction and management of investment portfolios to meet the needs of personal and institutional investors; selection of securities to balance income, risk and capital growth.

12 credits from the following:


A continuation of ACC 201 with concentration on corporate financial statements and the basics of managerial cost accounting. Applications are designed to provide exposure to analysis and interpretation of accounting data for managerial planning, control, and decision-making.


Builds on the theory and skills introduced in ACC 201 Financial Accounting. Emphasis is on accounting transactions through financial statement construction, valuation and measurement of cash, receivables, inventories, plant and equipment, intangibles, investments, and liabilities. Communication skills, as they apply to the accounting profession, are stressed.


A study of federal income taxes as they apply to individuals with emphasis on determination of gross income, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and taxes due. Students are required to complete comprehensive individual income tax returns.

This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.


An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.


Provide the student with the information needed to make sound personal financial decisions and manage personal financial assets wisely. Subjects covered include financial planning, budgeting, consumer purchasing decisions, income taxation, insurance and risk management, investing and retirement and estate planning.

This course will introduce the studies of Insurance and Risk Management. As to Risk Management, course participants will study risk identification, analysis, and management. Insurance will be studied
from the perspective of a risk management tool and from the perspective of how insurers operate, what risks can be insured, and how the industry is regulated. Additionally, career opportunities in the insurance
industry will be explored.


This course emphasizes the increasing importance of the global integration of money and capital markets. Topics include, among others, global foreign exchange risk management, global equity markets, global risk diversification, direct foreign investment and political risk management.


This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations. (also TEC 403)


A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work. Permission of instructor is required.

35 credits:

University electives

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and commitment to quality.


The goal of the undergraduate program in finance at Marian University is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue a career as a finance professional.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will Possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will Possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of finance functions & systems (Knowledge Acquisition)
  • Students will apply the principles of valuation to assess investment alternatives (Critical Thinking; Quantitative Problem Solving)
  • Students will understand how financial institutions work.

As a finance major, you will have the opportunity to experience the challenge of working with community businesses through class projects and internships. Career opportunities are available in financial institutions, government, businesses and economic development agencies. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting an increase in the need for business professionals with bachelor’s degrees, graduates of the finance program gain practical experience and increased job opportunities.



Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam
Results :
Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)
Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)

On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average. Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)
Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above 80th %-ile
Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.


Recent graduates have held internships in places such as:

  • Allied Beacon Partners-Racine
  • Bank of Oakfield
  • Helmer Electric
  • Investors Group (Calgary, AB)
  • Lindgren, Lester & Co
  • Manowske Welding Corp.
  • State Bank of Reeseville
  • Suncor Energy (Calgary, AB)

Job Placements

  • Baker Tilly
  • Virchow Krause
  • Grande Cheese
  • Grant Thornton
  • Feucht Financial Group
  • Mercury Marine
  • Met Life
  • Michels Corporation
  • National Exchange Bank and Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual Life
  • Oshkosh Defense
  • Robert W. Baird and Associates
  • U.S. Bank

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Designed to meet the academic and professional needs of working adults looking to advance their careers, the general management program will deliver to you the kind of powerful preparation and convenience that is hard to match. We offer you convenient learning centers in Appleton, Fond du Lac, and West Allis, as well as convenient evening courses from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can start your program in the fall, spring or summer; and you’ll be able to proceed through the program at your own pace by taking one or more courses per 7-week term.

An AGS student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards:

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00
  • A grade of “D+” or lower in any business course will result in the course being retaken until a grade of “C-” or better is achieved

Katherine Schuessler, Assistant Professor
Economics and Finance Program Director

Elizabeth Manser Payne, Assistant Professor
International Business and Model UN

Scott Richter
Adjunct Instructor

Nicholas Schumacher
Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 920.923.8965

As a student in the finance program, you’ll engage in courses as part of our liberal arts core and business core curriculum, as well as be able to select courses of special interest. Many Marian finance majors couple their degree with another business major or minor to become even more marketable. Other programs offered in the School of Business include accounting, business administration, health care administration, information technology, management, marketing and sport and recreation management.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Katherine Schuessler, MBA
Finance Program Director