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Explore the business finance bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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 AACSB International, 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. 

Wyatt Haas is among the students leading an effort to help all Blugolds become more financially literate.

Making UWEC the most financially literate campus in the U.S.

Business finance students love a good challenge. So it's no surprise that they are in the midst of a major project: to make UW-Eau Claire the most financially literate campus in the U.S. The quest has led to the creation of a highly-successful student organization, Blu$Gold, which creates and distributes financial literacy curriculum to the UW-Eau Claire campus community. Popular Blu$Gold workshops include information on financial scams, earning credit, renting, 401(k)s, student loans, budgeting, investing, retirement and even “how to become a millionaire.”

Finance student Wyatt Haas sums up the program's mission well: “There is a saying that goes, ‘Why didn’t I learn that in school?’ when it comes to financial literacy," he said. "Our goal is to get to a point where no one ever asks that again.”

Business finance degree scholarships

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.

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Quick facts

Business finance program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor or certificate.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. 
Student organizations
  • Blu'$ Gold Financial Management
  • Beta Alpha Psi Honorary (BAP)
  • Student Accounting Society (SAS)
  • Financial Management Association (FMA)

Accreditation information

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Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.

Business finance bachelor’s degree program highlights

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!

What jobs can you get with a business finance degree from UWEC?

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?

Business finance careers

Kenzie Meye, Business Finance Grad

Unique opportunities to set you apart

Meeting Dick Johnson, CEO of Foot Locker, and attending Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Nebraska are just a few of the exciting opportunities organized by the business finance program and its inspiring, supportive professors. They are also among the many reasons recent grad Kenzie Meyer feels prepared to begin her new chapter in the working world. 

“How many students get to say they got to do those things? UWEC has helped shape me and prepare me for life after college," Kenzie said. "I will forever be grateful for all my professors, peers, advisors and other faculty who have helped me along the way.”

Business finance bachelor’s degree program curriculum

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 majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive business finance major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the business finance minor in the UWEC course catalog.

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