B.S. in Business Administration in Finance

Students focus on financial decision-making in a corporate environment, the functioning of financial markets and institutions, methods of financing business operations, and security selection and portfolio management. Graduates pursue careers in commercial and investment banking, financial advising and portfolio management, financial research, and corporate finance. Recent graduates have been able to advance rapidly within their initial industry choice and also have been able to shift easily in response to attractive opportunities in other institutions.

The Maine Business School is fortunate to be home to the Gerard S. Cassidy ’80 Capital Markets Training Laboratory (CMTL), which exposes undergraduate and graduate business students to the professional atmosphere of a small investment firm trading floor. The Lab features nine Bloomberg terminals that provide access to real-time and historical price information and analysis on equities, fixed income securities, derivative contracts, and foreign exchange.

Employment opportunities in finance include financial management in business, management and non-profit organizations; commercial and investment banking; and brokerage. The major in finance focuses on three general, interrelated areas:

  1. the structure and functioning of financial markets and institutions
  2. the methods of financing business operations; and
  3. security selection and portfolio management for both individual and institutional investors. 

Courses in Finance

Required Courses

  • BUA 351 Valuation & Corporate Investment Dynamics
  • BUA 352 Financial Institutions
  • BUA 353 Investment Strategy
  • BUA 354 Financial Derivatives

Elective Courses

  • BUA 455 International Corporate Finance

Sample Curriculum

Note: Although the following is a suggested curriculum, students should be aware that upper-level finance classes (not including BUA 350) are offered only once a year.  Students are responsible for the successful completion of prerequisites to upper-level courses.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • BUA 337 Production/Operations Mgmt
  • BUA 350 Business Finance
  • ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing
  • + 6 credits
  • BUA 351 Valuation and Corporate Investment Dynamics
  • BUA 343 International Business
  • +9 credits
Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • BUA 352 Financial Institutions
  • BUA 353 Investment Strategy
  • +9 credits
  • BUA 449 Strategic Management
  • BUA 454 Financial Derivatives
  • Finance Elective
  • +6 credits

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • American Express
  • Emera Maine
  • Bath Iron Works
  • Boston Stock Exchange
  • Callaway Golf
  • CU Mortgage Services
  • Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
  • Eastern Maine Health Care
  • Fidelity of Boston
  • General Electric
  • John Deere
  • Key Bank
  • Bank of America
  • NCR
  • Otis Elevator
  • Prudential Securities