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Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

The finance program provides students with an understanding of financial definitions, concepts, relationships, and strategies involving individuals, financial institutions, and non-financial business activities. This 19 credit hours program is designed to provide fundamental knowledge for careers in banking, financial management, investments, portfolio management, and financial planning. It recognizes that finance is becoming an increasingly complex and critical area in the overall management and success of all types of organizations, institutions, business, and others, and for individuals as well.


Generally, 80 to 90 percent of finance graduates report finding jobs directly related to their major, giving them one of the highest placement rates among new Grand Valley State University graduates. Graduates obtain careers in business and personal finance, investments, banking, insurance, real estate, government, and international financial management. You may become a financial analyst, credit analyst, commercial lender, bank branch manager, mutual fund/pensions manager, project finance manager, cash manager, capital budgeting manager, or financial planner.

Seidman Investment Portfolio Organization (IPO), a student business organization, provides many opportunities to explore different avenues of finance. Students who participate in IPO will gain valuable investment experience by helping to manage a $120,000 stock portfolio.



All BBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Participating Programs

Financial Planning Certificate Program

The Seidman Financial Planning Certificate Program (SFPC) is a non-credit program that fulfills a growing demand among financial planning professionals for the or certified financial planner CFP® certification. Those who successfully complete this CFP Board-Registered Program will be qualified to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

The SFPC program consists of six non-credit courses that cover insurance, investments, retirement, personal income tax, estate planning and a capstone case course. All of the courses in the program follow guidelines established by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Texts are selected from the bibliography provided by Certified Financial Planner Boards of Standards Inc. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Requirements for the B.B.A.

Core Courses

All business core courses acquaint you with various fields in business and help you learn to communicate, to interact, and to assume responsible positions in your chosen field.

For the B.B.A., you must complete the following courses.

Students are required to select one class from the following list. This course may count toward the major or minor if applicable.

Required Business Electives

Three upper-division business courses are not applied to the major or minor (nine credits total). However, these courses can be applied toward a second business major if one is declared.

Electives Courses

Students may elect nonbusiness or business courses to fulfill their elective course requirements. Students may apply up to six hours of internship and independent research credit, in any combination, toward their degree requirements. Business majors may not take any of the major courses, except the internship and study abroad courses, on a credit/no-credit basis.

Requirements for a Major in Finance

Business Core

Quantitative group - choose one:

Additional Courses

Include three additional finance courses at the upper level (at least one at the 400-level) that is not an internship.

Note: Some financial institutions require a minimum of 12 credits of accounting for students who plan to seek positions as credit analysts.

Finance Program Description

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