Financial Planning

Bachelor of Business Arts - BBA

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The study of finance blends concepts from Accounting, Economics, and Statistics into the course work composed of Investment and Portfolio Management, Advanced Topics in Financial Planning, Personal Financial Planning, Money and Banking, and Financial Management.

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Ahmed Gomaa, M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Information Systems and Corporate Finance

Arthur Comstock, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Chairman
Investments and Corporate Finance
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Finance programs prepare students for career opportunities in financial management that are both challenging and rewarding. At the undergraduate level, the most common job market entry level position is as a financial or credit analyst. Ultimately, though, the Finance major provides students with the analytical tools to handle a variety of finance and business functions. With graduates receiving some of the highest average starting salaries among all majors, a Finance degree from Marywood offers you the career opportunities that you desire. By utilizing our local internship connections to explore possibilities and gather critical field experience, you will gain an edge over the competition within this exciting industry.

Recent Finance graduates have taken their knowledge, skills, and training acquired here at Marywood and landed challenging positions with firms such as Merrill Lynch, Latona Associates, KPMG Consulting, and Wells Fargo.

Some of our alumni:

  • Antonia Fedakova, Senior Investment Accountant at PFPC Securities, Inc.
  • Nardimar Santos, Controller at Glenmaura National Golf Club
  • Stacie Palmer, Senior Financial Analyst at Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements for Majors

All students seeking a business degree are required to complete the following courses:

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
BUS 123 Management and Career Options
BUS 131 Accounting I
BUS 132 Accounting II
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools for Management 3
BUS 234 Introduction to Financial Planning
BUS 252 Business Law I/Legal Environment of Business
BUS 301 Management Information Systems
BUS 312 Operation Management/Quantitative Analysis
BUS 341 Organizational Behavior
BUS 422 Personnel/Human Resource Management
BUS 475A,B,C,D Portfolio Experience
BUS 481 Business Policies and Strategic Planning
ECON 100 Basic Economics 3/6*
[ECON 101
ECON 102
Principles of Economics I
Principles of Economics II
MATH 155 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Science
PHIL 427 Business Ethics
PHIL 315 Ethics 3*

Total: 45/48 credit hours: 36 Business credit hours—9/12 liberal arts* credit hours.

The student majoring in one of the aforementioned business areas may also elect to pursue a double major or emphasis in another business area. In doing so, the student is required to take at least an additional 15 credits outside his/her major area. The student should consult with his/her advisor for more information.

All students in the program will take: ECON 100: Basic Economics, or both ECON 101: Principles of Economics I and ECON 102: Principles of Economics II, which fulfills the Social Science requirement within the Liberal Arts core. MATH 155 fulfills one of the liberal arts requirements in Category III. Aviation Management majors are encouraged to take ENVS 212 as their Science requirement in Category
III. All Business students are encouraged to take BUS 380, Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility, as a business elective.

The recommended curriculum in each major area is available in curriculum guide format for the four year period and can be obtained in the SBGI Office.

All SBGI students are strongly urged to take advantage of the excellent opportunities in work experience provided by the corporations that have agreed to participate in the internship program. This unique on-the-job training gives students a chance to utilize skills developed in the formal classroom. Students can register for the internship during their junior or senior years; however, their QPA in their major must be at least 2.75 unless approved by the Executive Director. Accounting and Finance students may have to do their internships during the spring semester of their senior year. However, the internship requirement may be waived by the Executive Director if there is evidence that it may create a student hardship.

Students transferring from other colleges/universities, upon acceptance, will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in the School of Business and Global Innovation at the Marywood campus.

Financial Planning

The Financial Planning major prepares students for a financial career in large corporations, small businesses, banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and many more. At the undergraduate level, the most common job market entry level position is as a financial or credit analyst. Ultimately, though, the Financial Planning major provides students with the analytical tools to handle a variety of finance and business functions.

The student majoring in Financial Planning is required to complete 63 semester hours in the core Business classes and the following major courses:

BUS 320 Corporate Financial Analysis
BUS 322 Personal Financial Planning
BUS 323 Money and Banking
BUS 325 Investment and Portfolio Management
BUS 334 Federal Taxation
BUS 432 Accounting for Management
BUS 445 Advanced Topics in Financial Planning
BUS 451 Business Internship
BUS 471 International Finance

Total: 27 credit hours