Walsh College

BBA - Finance


Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

The Finance major assists the student in developing an appreciation for and understanding of the financial decision making process. It is designed to provide an exposure to accounting, business law, and taxation concepts along with financial analysis, planning, and management. The curriculum prepares the student for the fields of credit analysis, commercial lending, brokerage and financial services, financial planning, and financial analysis, and financial institution management, as well as other careers in industry and government.

Students must complete 15 semester credit hours of the 45 semester credit hours taken in residence at Walsh College in Economics and Finance. For complete BBA.FIN graduation requirements, please refer to page 22 of our online catalog. 

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 finance program requires completion of all courses in the professional core and major.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Finance Major

127 credits (includes up to 82 transfer credits)


Professional Core

ACC 300

Financial Accounting

ACC 310^

Managerial Accounting

BL 420

The Legal and Tax Environment of Business

COM 210^

Principles of Business Communication

COM 300*

Communication Essentials

COM 320**

Business Communication Methods

COM 340***

Professional Communication

ECN 201+

Principles of Economics I

ECN 202+

Principles of Economics II

FIN 310/515

Financial Markets

FIN 315

Financial Management

IT 305^ Business Computing Tools
IT 335/520 Business Driven Technology

MGT 201^

Principles of Management

MGT 303^

Behavioral Management

MGT 461

Business Strategy and Policy (Capstone)

MKT 202^

Principles of Marketing

QM 202^

Statistical Methods for Business

QM 301

Statistical Inference for Management Decisions


Any 400-level course at Walsh College not already required


Required Finance Major Courses

FIN 403

Investment Management

FIN 406

Financial Statement Analysis

FIN 412

International Economics and Finance

FIN 425

Financial Modeling


Finance Major Elective Options – Must select three courses:

ECN 405  Managerial Economics

FIN 321

Risk Management and Insurance

FIN 401

Personal Finance

FIN 407

Entrepreneurial Finance

FIN 419

Financial History of the United States

FIN 420

Real Estate Principles

FIN 460

Fundamentals of Financial Fraud

FIN 488

Finance Internship


*COM 300 is required for all students that obtain a score of 1-3 on the Walsh College Communication Placement Exam. The Communication Placement Exam must be completed within the student’s first semester of enrollment at Walsh College.


**Students are required to take COM 320 within their first 9 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College.


***Students are required to take COM 340 within their first 15 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College.


+  ECN 201 and ECN 202, must be taken at the transfer institution prior to attendance or through concurrent enrollment.


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 institution.


BBA students are eligible to take two courses (six credits) at the graduate level.

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. 

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.

Salary Expectations

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.

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