Finance Degree

Skills gained through the study of Finance can translate into a variety of career fields in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Students graduating from Walsh University's Finance program will be prepared to begin working in a business firm or financial services, or to enter a graduate program.

A wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including Walsh's Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP) and CFA student investment team, offer students real-world applications of the coursework.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Finance:

  • Median Salary (Financial Analyst): $81,590
  • Number of Jobs (in US) Financial Analyst: 487,800 
  • Growth by 2029: 5%

Walsh's newly designed Finance curriculum was developed after careful research of peer institutions and conversations with industry professionals in order to discern skills required of a modern Finance major. The result is a curriculum consistent with current market conditions.

Walsh's DeVille School of Business and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management have partnered to offer a 4+1 BA/MSM Finance degree. This allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in Finance from Walsh and a Master of Science in Management-Finance degree in as little as five years.

Why Walsh?

Integrated Curriculum. We established principles for each major, and these become themes that are carried out and reiterated through the curriculum and any experiential learning. It's part of our effort to help students retain what they're learning and to offer them a foundation to draw upon throughout their collegiate career and beyond.

Hands-on Experience. Under the supervision of DeVille School of Business faculty, students learn to navigate the financial markets and complete trades using real funds, and participate in a mandatory Finance internship.

Responsible best-practices. The importance of ethical, social, moral and personal responsibility is integrated throughout the coursework. It's embedded in our classrooms and within our experiential learning activities.

Global perspective. We delve into the impact the global environment has on the finance field. Our courses impart knowledge about how finance practices work in the global market. Students are also encouraged to participate in Global Learning experiences.

In Addition, Students Graduate the Program with the Skills Necessary to:

  • Integrate financial knowledge with analytical skills to solve problems in the global business setting
  • Evaluate financial management theories and concepts, and apply them to maximize the value of the business enterprise
  • Synthesize financial knowledge with financial analytical modeling to effectively value business enterprises.

100% of Walsh students complete an internship prior to graduation

Experiential Learning & Internship Opportunities

Experiential "hands-on" learning is threaded throughout the Finance curriculum. In addition, Finance majors will be required to complete a minimum of a three-credit hour internship in the Finance field. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP) through which they work in teams and gain hands-on experience in the world of financial trading using real funds that have been donated by Walsh University board members. In addition, students can join Walsh's CFA student investment team with opportunities to network with top financial professionals and to compete in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Cleveland's Global Investment Research Challenge. Walsh's team earned second place honors in the CFA's 2015 competition.

Career Opportunities

Some specific finance career opportunities include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Personal or Corporate Financial Advisor
  • Commercial Banking
  • Investment Banking


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