​Finance Major

​Buttoned-up business with a dressed-down attitude.

From assets to investments, finance is a top career choice for many of our analytical graduates. Whether you're interested in financial planning, investment banking or financial management, our undergraduate finance program will help you develop an impressive portfolio of skills you can apply to your future career.

Our expert team of award-winning research professors, business leaders and investment analysts will teach you all about corporate finance, investments and international finance from both a global and social perspective. Plus, you'll have opportunities to tinker with actual financial and economic data—and apply your analysis to a real $200,000 donor fund.

Using industry tools like Bloomberg and FinViz.com, you'll practice how to screen stocks, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations whether to buy, hold or sell stock in USD's own Student-Managed Investment Fund. With a decent annual return, we'd say our future advisors are off to a great start.

CFA University Affiliation Program

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The University of San Diego has become the latest university to be welcomed into the CFA University Affiliation Program. The USD Bachelor of Business Administration (finance major) program has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program.

This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the USD curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, USD is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Student taking a test Bring your A-game. Whether you plan to work in investments or commercial banking someday, we'll help you build the quantitative skills you need to think critically and draw sound financial conclusions.
Female student in class Fit for finance. USA Today ranks our undergraduate finance major 63rd in the nation.
Group of finance students A wealth of possibilities. From Wall Street to Main Street, finance majors have landed careers at some of the largest financial institutions, including Barclays, TD Ameritrade, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and more. (We hear they earn some of the highest salaries, too.)
Professor lecturing to class Prep for your CFA. At USD, the finance classes you take not only count toward graduation—they also count toward your CFA. Our finance curriculum is approved by The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, so you can take the CFA Level 1 exam right after you complete your degree.