Finance Major

Assets…investments…acquisitions…uncertainty…All these principles and more play into the field of finance—essentially, the science of managing money.

Working in the world of finance means being able to strategize even in uncertainty, to be responsive during moments of chaos and fluctuation and to analyze effectively to make optimal choices and recommendations.

Recognized by the CFA Institute, the finance department in the School of Business Administration is the largest major on the University of San Diego campus. The finance faculty provides a comprehensive background in the areas of corporate finance, investments, international finance and financial institutions—all within a global context.

Elective courses are offered in specialized fields such as commercial banking, derivatives, international financial management, personal finance and new venture finance. The finance department maintains subscriptions to Bloomberg Terminals, CRSP, SDC Platinum, WRDS, Compustat, Datastream, option Metrics and I/B/E/S. Finance majors regularly secure internships with money management firms in San Diego and with other middle-market firms in Los Angeles and Orange County, both less than two hours away.

Our undergraduate finance program ranks number 63 in the nation, according to USA Today, and College Factual.



Finance Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2012-2014, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2014. Access the catalog of record at

Lower Division Preparation for the Majors (22-23 units)

Lower-Division Requirements for the majors are the completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better with no grade below C–. Transfer courses must be C or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3
MATH 150 Calculus I

Major in Finance (39 units)

Students majoring in finance must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in this catalog, Lower-Division Requirements for the major, the Professional Development Passport Program and all of the following major requirements:

Business Component
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics (3)3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302DBusiness and Society3
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 490Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
Finance Component
FINA 402Investments3
FINA 404Advanced Corporate Finance3
FINA 408Financial Statement Analysis3
Elective courses
Select two of the following courses:6
FINA 401Commercial Bank Management
FINA 403Derivatives (3)
FINA 405International Financial Management
FINA 406Personal Finance
FINA 407New Venture Finance
FINA 494Special Topics
Any pre-approved Finance elective, which may include a BUSN 498 internship3

The finance major requires a minimum of 24 Upper-Division Units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 units must be in finance.