The Department of Finance at St. Bonaventure University is recognized by the Chartered Financial Analyst Program at the CFA Institute,
which promotes ethics-based investment education in university degree programs aimed at developing serious investment professionals.
Only 43 schools in the United States have earned this prestigious recognition. It's a rigorous standard that many universities cannot achieve, requiring not only a well-rounded curriculum, but depth of study
The CFA Institute specifically emphasizes ethics in education, ensuring that finance professionals conduct themselves morally in their career. It promotes the development of competent and ethically centered investment professionals for the overall benefit of society.
The CFA recognition means that our School of Business provides a top-notch education in finance to prepare students for the best jobs in the field.
The finance major prepares you for a rewarding career
The finance curriculum prepares students for successful entry to the increasingly complex and rewarding world of financial management.
Finance students at St. Bonaventure receive technical training in the three core areas:
- corporation finance
- financial institutions and markets
This will be augmented by a broad-based general curriculum in the functional areas of business:
- management science
Success in the active market for finance majors requires students to be familiar not just with current business practice, but with the cutting edge tools that will define the financial marketplace in the future.
Toward this end, finance students take electives designed to further their interest and marketability in specific areas of finance such as bank management, international finance, financial statement analysis and options and futures.
Hands-on Experience and Meaningful Internships
Those who want a hands-on learning experience can participate in Students in Money Management
, a program in which students invest a real endowment fund. Requiring equity analysis and economic analysis, this real-world forum provides invaluable experience and distinguishes students from their peers as they enter the work force.
Finance internships are plentiful and may be used to augment the more traditional academic training. Additionally, many students choose to fulfill a portion of their additional finance electives through independent research directed by the faculty.
Many students use the flexibility built into the finance program at St. Bonaventure to complete secondary concentrations in areas such as economics, accounting, international business, foreign language, computer science, and mathematics.
Recent graduates in the finance program have chosen positions in portfolio management, option trading, futures trading, commercial lending, insurance underwriting, treasury management, brokerage and not for profit financial management. Students seeking the substantial payoff to graduate study in finance find the rigorous curriculum at St. Bonaventure well-suited as a means of preparation.