Prepare for an exciting career in the growing world of finance with a BBA in Finance.

The Marian University Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance program is designed for those who want a career helping individuals or businesses and non-profits with investing, financial planning, and managing assets to grow their enterprises.

Students pursuing a bachelor’s in finance will explore and develop the essential knowledge to work in a wide array of finance occupations. In addition to a liberal arts core, finance students will study foundational courses in several areas of business and more specialized finance courses in financial management, investments, technology, and financial institutions. Graduates leave able to apply that learning directly into various positions in finance such as commercial banking, financial planning, insurance, and real estate.

The BBA in Finance program develops leaders who are prepared to provide a positive impact for businesses across the nation. Our courses integrate real business challenges into the classroom, and we offer students internships and cooperative work experience to develop expertise and enhance their resumes.

Learn to effectively navigate the dynamic global business environment

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    Build a Solid Resume with Classroom Knowledge, Internship Experience and Networking

    Apply concepts learned in the classroom to your internship experiences.
    Gain practical experience that will help you prepare for professional licensing exams.
    Develop relationships with numerous organizations, often leading to professional employment opportunities following graduation.

    Job Outlook for Financial Managers


    Finance professionals can expect high job growth through 2020, much faster that the average for all occupations.


    The median wage for Financial Managers with a bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience.

    Aspire to these positions:

    • Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
    • Finance Manager
    • Financial Wealth Manager
    • Manager of Financial Reports
    • Finance and Insurance Manager
    • Financial Sales Manager

    Opportunities in industries such as:

    • Banks
    • Investment firms
    • Insurance companies
    • Real estate
    • Government
    • Retail
    • Automotive
    • Healthcare

    “Being a finance major at Marian University was instrumental in providing me the necessary tools to build a strong foundation for my career. I was able to learn and develop key skills that are crucial to my career and I was provided a vast range of knowledge that has set me up for success. The skills I developed in the program led to me landing a summer internship with BMO Financial Group in just my junior year, which led to me finding employment right after graduation. Overall, it was a great learning experience.”

    Michael Gudmandson - Credit Analyst, BMO Financial Group, 2017 Marian graduate

    “Earning a BS in Finance from Marian University helped me tremendously in preparing for my career. The classes in economics, financial risk management, managerial finance, business ethics, and investments gave me a strong foundation that translated well when I was hired at Michels Corporation, and it’s truly been a great career to get into.”

    Justin Cooke - Assistant Project Manager, Michels Corporation, 2017 Marian graduate

    Explore a Finance Degree

    Listen to Dr. Cheryl Seelig, professor, describe the business majors and minors at Marian University.  A business degree from Marian University opens the door for a career with any company, in any industry.  Choose a specialty in sport and recreation management, business administration, marketing, marketing and public relations, accounting, healthcare administration, management information systems, or finance. Professors bring topics to life through their real world experience in running companies and managing staff. Courses teach you about businesses not only from a local/regional perspective but also from an interconnected global perspective. Discuss current events and how to survive and thrive in different economic conditions. Whatever your major, participate in an internship where you spend between 150 and 300 hours at a business either in the U.S. or abroad.

    As a business student, you will take general education courses alongside students from all Marian bachelor programs.  Then you will take a core of business courses and courses specific to your concentration.  If you are not sure what business major is for you, reach out to our Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE).  They have tools to help you choose a business degree based on your interests and abilities.

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    The Program
    Marian’s finance program aims to develop leaders who are prepared to provide a positive impact for businesses across the nation. As a student in the program, you’ll explore and develop essential knowledge and skills in all aspects of business—including accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing and personnel.
    *Finance majors must also complete ECO 201 which may satisfy an elective General Education Social Science requirement.

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

    Sample Course Plan:
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    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.

    At Marian University, you’ll be inspired by our focus on personalized support and quality practical experiences. You’ll find faculty who are experts in the business field, bringing with them decades of experience and a passion to serve others. As a finance graduate from Marian University, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and insight to be successful in the 21st century business world.Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

    A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

    Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

    • ENG 101 or ENG 105

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

    • ENG 151 or ENG 106
    • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
    • BUA 210
    • Science lab(s)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Failure to Meet Criteria

    Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

    Graduation Requirements

    A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

    Internship Experience

    The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

    Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

    “The education I received as a finance major at Marian University allowed me to excel in every role I’ve had since graduation – Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, Loan Officer at Marine Credit Union, and most recently I started my own insurance agency. The courses helped me understand how to create the balance statements, income statements, and profit-and-loss report that has allowed me to be successful. Without this knowledge it would have been difficult to properly run a business on my own. I also really appreciated that the program helped me land an internship with Northwestern Mutual, where I learned how to properly network, effectively give sale presentations and manage my time. Everything I learned at Marian has made it possible for me to be doing what I am today.”

    Michael Mathweg – Insurance Agent, Milz Health Group, 2015 Marian graduate

    Katherine Schuessler, M.B.A.
    Associate Professor


    Students pursuing a BBA in Finance from Marian University develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Most students take advantage of Marian’s business internship program to gain hands-on experience. These skills developed in our other foundational business courses, combined with learning from the liberal arts core, prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers.

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    Katherine Schuessler, M.B.A.
    Associate Professor