Real-world Experience for Careers in Finance

Work side-by-side with award-winning finance experts at the only business college to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States. In the Finance emphasis of our Business Administration program, you’ll learn to help people and organizations to manage their finances while gaining real-world professional experience to jump-start your career. You’ll also be able to attain professional finance certifications including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certificate in Financial Management (CFM). 

UNC’s Monfort College of Business is among only five percent of business schools in the world to be accredited by AACSB International, the gold standard of accreditation in business education. Our graduates regularly score in the top five to 10 percent on the national Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Business, and enter the job market with a competitive advantage gained through expert faculty mentorship, extensive professional experience programs and valuable business networking opportunities in the local community and beyond.

Garth Allen

Faculty Spotlight

Garth Allen, J.D.
Chair and Professor of Business Law, Finance

Garth Allen, J.D., joined the University of Northern Colorado business faculty in 1974 after earning his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Iowa. He teaches business law and risk management courses, and is a frequent lecturer for Continuing Legal Education Courses for attorneys. Dr. Allen is also known nationally for his expertise in insurance coverages and claims practices.

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Degree Option

B.S. in Business Administration Finance

The Finance Emphasis provides students with a thorough foundation in finance while also preparing graduates for a wide range of finance related careers or graduate studies. Students may elect a traditional finance curriculum or any one of the three curriculum tracks designed to prepare students for nationally recognized certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or Certified in Financial Management (CFM).

Minor Options

Business Administration Minor

Gain diverse skills and knowledge in the fundamental areas of business including accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing. The UNC’s Business Administration minor offers a valuable addition to your major area of study that will be an asset in virtually any career.

Business Administration Minor with Entrepreneurial Option

Get a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, marketing analysis and small business operations. You can add the entrepreneurial option to the Business Administration minor with six additional hours of study.

Global Business Minor

UNC's Global Business Minor is designed for students in Business Administration and wish to pursue an additional area of study in global business. Completion of the minor provides broad exposure to the global areas of business administration. These include at a minimum finance, economics, management, and marketing. The minor is only open to students who major in Business Administration.

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Build Real-world Experience for Success

At UNC’s Monfort College of Business, you'll have access to many rewarding and diverse part-time job and internships opportunities with prestigious firms including PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Anton Collins Mitchell (ACM), Deloitte & Touche, EKS&H, GHP, BKD, Eide Bailey, Anderson & Whitney PC, Western Union, Swift & Company, and State Farm Insurance Companies.

“Being a part of the Student and Foundation Fund class was one of the most beneficial experiences for me, because it's real money, it's hands-on,and you're doing something that you know really makes a difference. I also appreciate getting to work on the best technology while I'm in school. The Finance Trading Room is awesome.”

Thea Saunders, Class of 2011, Finance

Your Future in Business Finance

At UNC, you’ll find an engaged and highly collaborative learning environment led by professors who have real-world expertise in professional finance. Classes are small with plenty of personal interaction and valuable mentorship. We also regularly welcome many of the world’s most influential business minds to the program as guest speakers.

Consider UNC’s B.S. in Finance if you:

  • Enjoy working with numbers and diverse people
  • Excel in small classes with one-on-one mentorship

You’ll learn:

  • How to apply financial concepts and problem-solving techniques to real-world situations
  • Ethical financial dilemmas facing today’s economy
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills

Sample courses:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Investments
  • Multinational Financial Management
  • Principles of Risk and Insurance
  • Introduction to Real Estate
  • Portfolio Management

Beyond the Classroom

In the global economy of the 21st-century, there's a growing demand for finance specialists in virtually every business sector. As a graduate of the Business Administration Finance emphasis your professional possibilities will be almost endless, with career opportunities ranging from joining the corporate/financial world to starting your own business or firm.

Where can your degree take you?

You’ll be able to apply the skills you gain in the Finance program to careers in corporate finance, investments, institutional finance, financial planning and other business opportunities requiring an in-depth understanding of financial tools, theories and problem-solving techniques.

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