Want a job that’s in demand, where you’ll be well paid and can work independently? Do you enjoy working with numbers and feel comfortable using math? Then a degree in finance at UW-Eau Claire, might be right for you!
Our business programs are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate level by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), a mark of quality achieved by fewer than 5 percent of all business schools in the world.
In demand and well paid
According to the Bureau of Labor and Business Statistics, the employment of personal financial advisors (30%), financial analysts (20$%) and financial managers (8%), all will be above average from 2011-2018.
Internships and Research
Finance internships last three to eight months, are paid, and are taken for academic credit. Students participate in the finance internship program as juniors or seniors after admission to the College of Business and completion of Finance 320 (Principles of Finance). Finance students who participate in collaborative research work with an accounting or finance faculty member on a project of mutual interest.
Finance majors may participate in the Financial Literacy Improvement Program (FLIP). This program links business partners and students with community members who need financial counseling. FLIP also fulfills the service learning requirement at UW-Eau Claire.
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam. The CFA is an internationally-recognized certification. Finance professionals who aspire to be at the top of the field take this exam. Our curriculum includes content specially designed to ensure students are well prepared for this rigorous exam. Courses directly related to the CFA include Introduction to Derivative Securities, Advanced Derivative Securities and Wealth Management.
Most students take 30 credits (15 credits each semester) their freshman year.
Suggested freshman curriculum
- Principles of
- English Composition
- Short Course in Calculus
- Introduction to
- General electives
- Science course
- Student Professional
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Typical positions held by finance graduates include corporate financial analyst, insurance underwriter
portfolio manager, banker, stockbroker, investment analyst, personal financial planner, and chief financial officer.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:
- Associate Financial Analyst,
Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, MN
- Staff Accountant,
- Credit Analyst, US Bank,
Royal Credit Union,
and Wells Fargo Bank,
Eau Claire, WI and
Green Bay, WI
- Senior Underwriter,
- Financial Analyst,
Ecolab, Cargill, Hormel
Foods, IBM, and
United Health Group
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Special admission requirementsApplication for admission to the College of Business is typically done the second semester of the sophomore year after meeting the following criteria:
1. Complete the following five courses with at least a 2.20 GPA in the five courses: Accounting 201 & 202; Economics 103 & 104; and Information Systems 240.
2. Present a 2.6 or better resident or total grade point average in all undergraduate course work completed prior to admission.
3. Complete 54 credits.
You will need to complete Math 246 and at least 60 credits before you take your finance courses. Meeting these two requirements will allow you to enroll in your finance courses first semester junior year and will help you to graduate in 4 years.