Finance


Learn how to guide organizations in making financial decisions and monitor, analyze and manage market trends with a degree in finance.

Finance serves the decision makers outside of an organization like banks, government agencies, stockholders, customers and suppliers. A finance degree from KU will prepare you to work in a variety of fields, including corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning.

The major is also part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, meaning curriculum reflects the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. Business Jayhawks can be confident they are receiving an education closely tied to the practice of investment management and are well positioned to take CFA Program exams.


Recent graduate data

$55K
Median starting salary of spring 2020 finance graduates
92%
Percentage of spring 2020 finance graduates employed six months after graduation

Course information

Required courses

  • FIN 410: Investment Theory
  • FIN 415: Corporate Finance
  • ACCT 321 or ACCT 410: Intermediate ACCT Finance
  • FIN 413: Financial Markets and Intermediaries
  • +3 Advanced Business Electives

Advanced business electives (320 or higher)

  • FIN 450: Applied Portfolio Management
  • FIN 448: Business Valuation
  • FIN 435: Commercial Banking
  • FIN 468: Corporate Financial Policy
  • FIN 418: Finance Modeling and Risk Analysis
  • FIN 422: Financial Modeling
  • FIN 445: Fixed Income
  • FIN 425: Futures and Options
  • FIN 420: International Finance
  • FIN 462: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 454: Portfolio Strategy
  • FIN 428: Real Estate Investment
  • FIN 408: Principles of Insurance & Risk Management
  • FIN 424: Operational Risk Management

A finance degree from KU will prepare you to work in a variety of fields, including corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning, by developing strong analytical, accounting and communication skills.

No matter what career field you choose, it is important to gain experience through summer internships and part-time jobs. You can participate in a job shadowing experience or a company visit — both will allow you to take a look at finance careers.

Typical positions include:

  • Bank Examiner
  • Banking Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller/Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Fund Accountants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Manager
  • Portfolio/Fund Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Officer

Course information

Required courses

  • FIN 410: Investment Theory
  • FIN 415: Corporate Finance
  • ACCT 321 or ACCT 410: Intermediate ACCT Finance
  • FIN 413: Financial Markets and Intermediaries
  • +3 Advanced Business Electives

Advanced business electives (320 or higher)

  • FIN 450: Applied Portfolio Management
  • FIN 448: Business Valuation
  • FIN 435: Commercial Banking
  • FIN 468: Corporate Financial Policy
  • FIN 418: Finance Modeling and Risk Analysis
  • FIN 422: Financial Modeling
  • FIN 445: Fixed Income
  • FIN 425: Futures and Options
  • FIN 420: International Finance
  • FIN 462: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 454: Portfolio Strategy
  • FIN 428: Real Estate Investment
  • FIN 408: Principles of Insurance & Risk Management
  • FIN 424: Operational Risk Management

A finance degree from KU will prepare you to work in a variety of fields, including corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning, by developing strong analytical, accounting and communication skills.

No matter what career field you choose, it is important to gain experience through summer internships and part-time jobs. You can participate in a job shadowing experience or a company visit — both will allow you to take a look at finance careers.

Typical positions include:

  • Bank Examiner
  • Banking Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller/Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Fund Accountants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Manager
  • Portfolio/Fund Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Officer