Our finance degree (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA-FIN) gives you the expertise needed to excel in finance, whether you work for a large corporation or a small professional group. Walsh College courses give you a deep understanding of financial theory, planning and analytical skills, and the ability to think strategically. Course work includes economics, finance, and investments and credit analysis. You graduate prepared to start your career in many areas: bank branch managers, stockbrokers, underwriters, financial planners, and financial analysts.
Finance Skills for Career Opportunities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deregulation of the banking industry has allowed banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms to broaden their financial services portfolios, creating additional need for financial analysts and personal financial advisors. Financial managers are among the occupations in Michigan adding the most jobs that require a bachelor’s degree, with projected openings expected to grow.
Starting salaries for BBA-Finance students range from $35,000 to $50,000 per year. With six years of experience, salary ranges increase to $56,000 to $78,000 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many financial analysts receive a yearly bonus in addition to their salary. This bonus usually depends on the accuracy of their predictions. Financial advisors who manage a client’s assets usually charge a percentage of those assets. Many financial advisors also receive commissions for the financial products they sell.
BBA - Finance Program Format
You need to earn a total of 127 semester credit hours for our Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree. This includes the transfer of up to 82 credit hours and a minimum of 45 credit hours (15 courses) taken while in residence at Walsh College. The management program requires completion of all courses in the professional core and major.
Equivalency guides outline the courses transferable to Walsh as prerequisites to advanced course work and for completion of degree requirements. A list of standard equivalencies may be viewed from our website.
The * courses are typically transferred from a community college or another accredited educational institution. Additional transfer equivalencies may be established, depending on the course taken and the transfer tuition.
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I*
ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II*
ACC 310 Managerial Accounting*
BIT 305 Business Computing Tools*
BIT 335 Business Driven Technology
BL 420 The Legal and Tax Environment of Business
MGT 461 Business Strategy and Policy
COM 210 Principles of Business Communications*
COM 300 Communications Essentials**
COM 320 Business Communication Methods
COM 340 Professional Communication
ECN 201 Principles of Economics I*
ECN 202 Principles of Economics II*
FIN 310 Financial Markets
FIN 315 Financial Management
MGT 201 Principles of Management*
MGT 303 Behavioral Management*
MKT 202 Principles of Marketing*
QM 202 Statistics Methods for Business*
QM 301 Statistical Inference for Management Decisions
Elective Any 400 level course at Walsh College not already required
**COM 300 is required of all students who score below 4 on the Walsh College communications placement exam.
| Core Courses
FIN 403 Investment Management
FIN 406 Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 412 International Economics and Finance
FIN 419 Financial History of the United States
FIN 425 Financial Modeling