Entrance to a growing field. Well-paying jobs. An in-demand degree. Achieve all this and so much more with a bachelor's degree in business finance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
An excellent choice for those who have a knack for numbers, the business finance major gives you the tools and experiences necessary to become a company influencer or even your own boss. Through projects, internships, study abroad opportunities and service-learning, you'll learn to analyze risk and determine the acceptance or rejection of investments — knowledge that is crucial to a business's success.
Accredited by the AACSB, the business finance program prepares you for a wide variety of career paths. Typical positions held by finance graduates include corporate financial officers, bankers, stockbrokers, financial analysts, portfolio managers and personal financial planners. And these types of careers are in demand. In fact, 99% of students who recently graduated from UW-Eau Claire's business finance bachelor’s degree program have reported that they are now employed.
There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a degree from the College of Business and specific scholarships available for individuals seeking a business finance degree. Scholarships range from $300 to $3,000 and are available throughout your entire college journey. For example, the Albert J. Colianni Jr. Accounting Leadership Award is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to someone who has shown success in accounting and finance.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your business finance degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Business finance program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This program is a comprehensive major and does not require a minor.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Blu'$ Gold Financial Management
- Beta Alpha Psi Honorary (BAP)
- Student Accounting Society (SAS)
- Financial Management Association (FMA)
Accreditation information: Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5 percent of all business schools worldwide.
Intentional curriculum, informed by industry. Preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam is a major focus of the program's curriculum. Classes are taught by expert faculty, who know exactly what the workforce is looking for. And they design course projects to help you further develop communication, teamwork, technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills — all of which employers highly value.
Paid, taken-for-credit internships. Opportunities to participate in paid, taken-for-credit internships are available to finance students. Participating organizations include companies like IBM, Merrill Lynch, Edward Jones and many more. These experiences are incredible ways to make connections, find mentors and discover what you want to do after graduation.
Involved alumni. Many business finance alumni choose to give back to current UWEC students by offering advice and resume-building opportunities. These long-standing partnerships allow current students to get an inside look at what life will look like after graduation.
A growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth in employment for personal financial advisors (27%) and financial analysts (16%) will be above the average growth of 11% for all occupations from 2012-2022. What does this mean for you? You'll be entering a thriving industry with the education and expertise many organizations need. Now is a great time to enter the finance industry!
Techniques and best-practices learned throughout your time at UW-Eau Claire are relevant and immediately applicable to industry. And because these skills can be applied to a variety of professional fields, finance graduates have plenty of career choices — many of which pay well, too!
Where are business finance alumni now?
- Credit analyst, Associated Bank, Wisconsin
- Financial analyst, Ecolab, Minnesota
- Staff accountant, Carson Co., Minnesota
- Managing director, Sidelines Partners, Minnesota
- Financial planner, Ameriprise financial, Wisconsin
Business finance careers
- Senior financial analyst
- Risk consultant
- Credit analyst
The College of Business helped prepare me for the expectations the workplace has for me. Graduating and leaving UWEC, I feel confident and ready to be successful with wherever my job takes me.
The curriculum for the finance bachelor’s degree program is intentionally designed to ensure students are well prepared for the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. The CFA is an internationally-recognized certification earned by finance professionals who aspire to be at the top of the field. Combine that certification with the highly-marketable technical skills you'll gain throughout your liberal arts education, and your resume is sure to stand out from the rest.
Classes for business finance degree majors might include:
- Student Investment Management
- Wealth Management
- Advanced Wealth Management
- Corporate Evaluation
- Advanced Investment Strategy
View more in the UWEC course catalog.
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