Valparaiso University’s College of Business prepares students to hit the ground running in the professional world. Finance majors at Valpo often pursue careers as financial or investment managers, as investment bankers, or in similar fields. Students study key elements and tools in financial management and develop analytical and communication skills.

On your journey to earn a degree in finance, you will start with several foundational courses. All College of Business majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The finance major requirements ensure students have a solid understanding of the issues and methods related to managing money.

Major Requirements for Finance
IDS 115 Statistics for Decision Making 3 credits
FIN 330 Financial Systems and Institutions 3 credits
FIN 410 Theory of Corporate Finance 3 credits
FIN 420 Investment Management 3 credits
FIN 430 International Finance 3 credits
FIN 470 Financial Strategy and Policy 3 credits
Total 18 credits
Major Field Requirement 6 credits
Two non-core business courses numbered higher than 300
Free Electives 6 credits
Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the BSBA program at Valpo’s college for finance is required to complete one of the following:

  • A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
  • An Internship

Admissions are rolling throughout the year. To be considered for admission to Valparaiso University, students should keep the following in mind:

  • No application fee
  • Students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year will be able to apply test optional, meaning SAT or ACT test scores are not required
  • Students can apply with the Valpo application or the Common Application

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“There is a distinct culture that blends achievement and service at Valpo that cannot be replicated elsewhere,” says Paul Yox, a double major in finance and economics who hails from Mt. Pleasant, Texas.