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The finance curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that students will be well equipped for the highly competitive, 21 st Century global marketplace. It is a broad-based, professional education in all aspects of theory and practice, integrating practical business experience as a key graduation requirement. A measure of the success of our finance program is the successful placement of our graduates in business, industry and non-profit organizations.

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Background Information

AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredits the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Business at North Dakota State University. The College of Business is one of only two accredited schools of business in North Dakota.

AACSB International is one of higher education’s most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies, stressing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Less than 10 percent of business programs worldwide have this accreditation.

The Program

Students begin the finance program with two years of general education, including course work in the liberal arts, quantitative methods and technology, economics and the behavioral sciences. With this broad academic foundation in place, many students are then exposed to the functional areas of business—management, marketing, finance and accounting. The program design builds an understanding of the interrelationship among these functional areas of business, as well as sensitivity to the economic, social, technological, legal and international environment in which businesses must operate. The objective of the program is not simply to impart basic knowledge, but to instill and nurture important qualities and skills in students that are essential for future business leadership and organizational success. These attributes include analytical and problem solving skills, communicative capacity, interpersonal and teamwork skills, an understanding of quantitative methods and information technology, and a sense of community and civic responsibility.

Selective Admission

Students who wish to study finance at NDSU enroll as pre-finance majors in the College of Business for the first semester of their freshman year. Pre-finance majors then apply for admission to the professional program after completing the pre-professional courses required for professional program admission, including ENGL 120, COMM 110, MATH 144, ECON 201 or 202, and PSYC 111 or SOC 110. Transfer students with appropriate course work also may apply.

Admission to the professional program is based upon the successful completion of the pre-professional course requirements and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

The Faculty

In order to provide a rigorous and timely educational experience, we have recruited and attracted faculty who are highly qualified to teach finance. Dedicated to student learning, our faculty have often been recognized for their teaching excellence by students and colleagues. The faculty employ a wide variety of instructional techniques and are considered especially strong in approaches to the study of organizations and management decision making. They remain current in their sub-fields of finance by actively engaging in research and constantly assisting firms in identifying and solving business problems.

The Practicum

Finance majors are encouraged to complete a three-credit practicum. The practicum is designed to enable students to relate finance concepts learned in the classroom to actual business situations and to give them a competitive edge in job placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a finance major have opportunities in business, industry, government service, and the non-profit sector, both regionally and globally. Job opportunities for finance majors are found in corporate finance and the financial services industries, such as banking, insurance, brokerage, investment banking and financial planning.

The College

The College of Business also offers majors in accounting, business administration, management, marketing, management information systems, and global business (second major only), as well as Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy degrees.

High School Preparation

It is recommended that high school students interested in studying finance at the university level take mathematics courses at least through pre-calculus. High school electives in the social sciences, English and communication also would be of benefit. Please speak with a professional advisor for more information.

Finance Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Fall Credits Spring Credits
ENGL 110 College Composition I 4     COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MIS 116 Business Use of Computers 3 ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts 3 MATH 144 Mathematics for Business 4
Gen Ed Wellness 2 PSYC 111 or SOC 110 or Introduction to Psychology or  3
Introduction to Sociology
Non-major Elective 3
Gen Ed Cultural Diversity 3
15 16
Fall Credits Spring Credits
ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I 3 ACCT 201 Elements of Accounting II 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PHIL 216 Business Ethics 3 STAT 331 Regression Analysis 2
STAT 330 Introductory Statistics 3 Non-major Elective 3
Gen Ed Science & Technology 3 Gen Ed Science & Technology (w/lab) 4
15 15
Fall Credits Spring Credits
ENGL 320 Business and Professional Writing 3 BUSN 430 Legal and Social Environment of Business 3
FIN 320 Principles of Finance 3 FIN 410 Investment Analysis and Management 3
MGMT 320 Foundations of Management 3 FIN 430 Management of Financial Institutions 3
MIS 320 Management Information Systems 3 300-400 Level CoB Elective 6
MRKT 320 Foundations of Marketing 3
15 15
Fall Credits Spring Credits
FIN 460 Corporate Finance 3
BUSN 489 Strategic Management 3
300-400 Level Finance Elective 3
300-400 Level Finance Electives 6
300-400 Level CoB Elective 3
300-400 Level Approved Electives 1 6
300-400 Level Approved Elective 1 3
Non-major Elective 2
14 15
Total Credits: 120

1 Approved electives include College of Business courses or those with the following prefixes: AGEC, CSCI, ECON MATH, and STAT. Must earn a letter grade.

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