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Finance, B.B.A.

Effective management of finance is critical to the successful management of any business. The Bachelor of Business Administration in finance provides students with the financial concepts and strategies businesses need.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

Finance is a dynamic field that affects all areas of business and many areas of personal life. Finance majors gain specialization in a specific field by taking advanced courses in that area. Study abroad opportunities also exist to prepare students for a global society.

Why Study Finance at Grand Valley?

  • All courses are taught by faculty who have strong academic credentials and are experts in the finance field.
  • Current technology (Excel®, financial simulation, etc.) is used in the classroom and integrated into courses.
  • Internships allow students to earn money and gain valuable business experience. An annual expo is held to make students aware of internship opportunities.
  • The active portfolio management course offers students the opportunity to manage a stock portfolio of more than $250,000.
  • The Gary L. Tilkin Financial Markets Center provides students with experiential learning opportunities utilizing databases such as WRDS (including CRSP and Capital IQ) and application-based exercises.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


Aside from the business core, students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Valuation
  • Investments
  • Derivatives
  • Banking
  • Financial modeling
  • Insurance
  • International finance
  • Portfolio management

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Seidman's Early Access Program

Each year, the Seidman College of Business allows early access into the business college to a select few individuals as first-year students. This honor is reserved for students who have received a 3.500 or higher high school GPA.


Seidman Success Standards

For students not part of Seidman’s Early Access program, the Seidman College of Business permits access to upper-level (300-400) business courses after meeting the following Seidman Success Standards:
1. Have earned at least 55 semester hours (junior status)
2. Established a 2.500 or higher overall GPA; and
3. Completed the following courses with a 2.500 or higher combined GPA: ACC 212, BUS 201, ECO 210, ECO 211, MGT 268, STA 215

For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW
(616) 331-7500

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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