Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance students acquire the knowledge and skills to analyze financial data and use financial concepts to value financial and real assets and to help individuals and companies make decisions about allocating scarce resources. Students can develop their expertise in a variety of areas, including corporate finance, banking, investments, and international finance.
The general requirements for the bachelor of business administration degree, the academic major requirements below, and sufficient electives to meet the minimum of 124 hours that must be completed for graduation.
Finance majors take advanced courses in Financial Theory, Investments, Financial Markets, and Institutions. A broad range of electives is offered to allow students to build on their preferred area of interest and include: International Business Finance, Risk Analysis, Commercial Banking, Financial Statement Analysis, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Economics. These courses provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to help personal or corporate investors acquire and allocate resources to maximize return over time under conditions of uncertainty and risk. Students will acquire the skills to research and analyze complex information and develop practical financial strategies.
A degree in finance offers a diverse set of opportunities working for various types of organizations: for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, and local and federal government agencies. Finance majors generally begin their careers as Financial Analysts, Budget Analysts, Treasury Analysts, Credit Analysts, Bank Auditors, Loan Officers, Investment Advisors, Stockbrokers, and more. Demand for financial professionals continues to grow and is one of the fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Articulation Agreements - Delta College (2018-2021) , Lansing Community College (2018-2021) , Macomb Community College (2018-2021) , or see Community College Relations for additional agreements for this major.
Students seeking admission to any program in the College of Business must complete 56 credit hours of coursework to include the courses listed below. The foundation courses for admission to the College of Business must be completed with a minimum earned a grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each. Students must also have an EMU GPA of at least 2.50.
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.